DURHAM, N.H. – Playing in their final career home game, senior Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) scored a team-high 16 points, but the UNH men's basketball team dropped a 70-53 decision to the University of Maine on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 12-16 on the season, with an America East record of 6-9. The Black Bears snap a six-game losing streak to improve to 15-13, 9-6 in the conference.
DiLiegro, UNH's America East Player of the Game, posted his seventh double-double of the year and the 15th of his career. The 6-foot, 9-inch center hit four of his five field goal attempts and shot 6 of 8 from the free throw line. Conley went 5 of 15 from the floor, including 2 of 8 from 3-point distance, and added four rebounds. Sophomore Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was also in double figures with 11 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists.
Gerald McLemore, who scored a career-high 30 at Lundholm Gym last season, poured in a game-high 26 points, shooting a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line and 7 of 16 from the floor to earn America East Player of the Game honors for the Black Bears.
UNH and Maine were tied twice in the first half, but the Wildcats were never able to claim the lead before the intermission. The Black Bears shot at a 51.9-percent clip, hitting 14 of 27 first-half shots, with 11 of their field goals coming from inside the paint. McLemore had 12 points at the half on 5 of 10 shooting from the floor and 2 of 2 from the free throw line.
The Wildcats climbed to within eight at 39-31 just two minutes into the second half, but a 15-5 run from Maine ran its lead up to 18 at 54-36 midway through the half. The Black Bears grabbed their largest lead of the game at 60-39 with 7:05 to go on a layup by Alasdair Fraser. UNH cut it to 15 three minutes later, but would not get closer than that.
Maine outshot UNH, 49 percent (25-51) to 35.3 percent (18-51), despite going 0-for-8 from behind the arc. The Black Bears made up for it by holding a commanding 42-24 margin in the paint and outrebounding the Wildcats, 36-30.
Conley finished the night with 1,272 career points and moved past Dan Nolan (1,258) for seventh place on UNH's all-time scoring list.
UNH plays its regular-season finale at the University of Hartford on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com.