Durham, N.H.- Alvin Abreu and his 21 points lead New Hampshire over UAlbany, 69-64, on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Lundholm Gym. UAlbany falls to 7-6 in the conference to stay at fourth place while New Hampshire improves to 4-8. The Great Danes look ahead to Maine in Saturday's matinee game at 2pm.
Gerardo Suero led the Great Danes with his fourth consecutive 20-plus point performance of 21 points and four rebounds. Blake Metcalf had his first back-to-back double-digit scoring performance with 12 points and four rebounds in the contest. The Great Danes struggled again, defending the three, as they let the Wildcats shoot 42.0 percent (8-19) from behind the arc.
New Hampshire's Abreu, who won America East Player of the Week for last week, led all scorers with 21 points and added three rebounds. Brian Benson and Freg Myrick each had 19 points to help compliment Abreu's performance. The Wildcats outshot the Great Danes, 48.0 to 45.0 percent from the floor and out rebounded the Danes overall, 33-28.
New Hampshire began the first half up 11-6 with 13:44. America East Player of the Week Abreu scored five of his first seven points during the stretch. The Wildcat's would extend the lead to eight, 20-12, with 9:12 left in the first that was capped off by Abreu's second three of the half.
UAlbany bounced back to go on a 15-3 run to grab the lead, 27-23, with 2:40 left in the half. Jacob Iati would get the Great Danes their first lead, 25-23, with a deep three from the left shoulder of the arc then Ralph Watts would hit a 12-footer.
The Great Danes outshoot the Wildcats at the half, 43.0 to 37.0 percent while out rebounding as well, 18-16.
New Hampshire came out in the second half on fire, erasing a two point deficit to go up by 10, 43-33, with 13:29 left in the game. Benson had six of his 19 points during the run. The Wildcats would look to put the game out of reach with a 13-point lead, 56-43, with 7:04 remaining.
UAlbany went to a full-court press and began to scratch the deficit down to three, 58-55, after another Jacob Iati deep three. Then Suero was able to tie the game up, 61-61, on a cutting layup with 1:53 remaining. However on the next possessiong, Suero would turn the ball over to give up an easy layup to put the Wildcats up four and New Hampshire would hold onto the lead from there.