Men's Basketball Downs Binghamton, 58-49; Earns No. 5 Seed in Conference Tournament
DURHAM, N.H. – Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) earned his second career double-double registering a team-high 17 points to go along with a career-best 12 rebounds, propelling the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 58-49 victory over Binghamton University on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Abreu was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, adding three assists and two steals to his line. He shot 7 of 14 from the floor and 3 of 4 from deep in the contest.
Jimmy Gray was selected as the player of the game for Binghamton, finishing with a game-high 20 points to go along with five boards, four steals and two helpers.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) chipped in with 15 points, eight rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes.
New Hampshire opened the contest on a 19-5 run on the back of Benson, who poured in eight points on a stretch that lasted 6:38. The 'Cats polished off the run with seven unanswered, as Abreu dropped in a pair of layups to cap things off with 12:22 remaining in the first frame.
Ben Dickinson canned a jumper and Omar Richards added a pair of baskets to kick off a 9-3 scoring spurt by the Bearcats that cut the deficit down to eight, 22-14, at 6:41.
Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) would increase the lead to double-digits on a pair of free throws, but Gray sank a jumper and hit 1 of 2 shots from the free throw line, as Binghamton trimmed the score to 24-17.
The 'Cats closed out the stanza on a high note, outscoring the Bearcats 7-2 the rest of the way with Benson once again fueling the offense, netting a 3-pointer and a layup to close out the stretch. He finished the first half with 13 points, sending UNH into the locker room with a 31-19 edge.
Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) kicked off the second frame with a pair of free throws, igniting a 12-6 scoring run that gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the contest, 43-26, with 10:41 left in regulation.
The Bearcats battled back with a 9-2 scoring spurt, trimming the advantage to 10, 45-35, with 8:14 remaining. Gray iced the run with a trio of free throws, rounding out a string of seven unanswered points.
Abreu answered the call, halting the run with a three that set off a 12-5 run to push the advantage back up to 17, 57-40, with 1:59 on the clock. The senior co-captain put the 'Cats on his back with seven points during the stretch, including baskets on back-to-back possessions to close out the run.
The fifth-seeded Wildcats return to action Saturday, March 3 at 2:15 p.m. when they take on No. 4 Albany in the quarterfinal round of the America East Championship tournament at Hartford's Chase Arena.