It took nearly two months, but the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team is back in the win column after a 68-64 home win over America East foe UMass-Lowell on Wednesday at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win helps the Wildcats (3-12, 1-1 AE) snap an 11-game losing streak as their last win came on Nov. 12.
Josh Hopkins led three UNH players in double figures with 19 points while David Watkins and Jayden Martinez contributed 13 and 12. Hopkins provided UNH’s final five points, including a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play to give the Wildcats the lead for good.
Saint Anselm 73, New Haven 52: In Goffstown, Londonderry’s Cody Ball scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the second half of the Hawks’ rout. Tim Guers (18) and Chris Paul (10) were also in double figures for Saint Anselm (10-1, 8-0 NE-10), which led by as many as 25. The Hawks scored 20 points off turnovers while edging New Haven 20-7 in assists.
SNHU 81, Pace 78: In New York City, the Penmen (8-5, 4-4 NE-10) never had a lead greater than five in the second half, but they never trailed over the final 20 minutes either. Eamonn Joyce poured in 22 points for SNHU while Manchester’s Jon Martin and Daquaise Andrews each dropped 18. SNHU shot 57 percent from the field, including 10 3-pointers.
New Haven 63, Saint Anselm 59: In Goffstown, a 14-8 second quarter set the Hawks (10-3, 5-3 NE-10) back for the rest of the game as the Chargers took a lead midway through the second and never relinquished it. New Haven dominated inside as well, scoring 50 of its points from in the paint and shooting 49 percent overall. Shannon Ryan and Peyton Steinman posted 15 and 12 points to lead the Hawks.
Pace 90, SNHU 79: In New York City, the lead remained with the Setters for all but eight seconds while they led the Penmen by as many as 17 points at one point. Kylie Lorenzen (21 points) Gyanna Russell (14) and Victoria Dean (11) scored in double figures for SNHU (9-6, 3-5 NE-10).
UNH 56, UMass Lowell 53: In Lowell, Mass., Amanda Torres’ layup and free throw with 22.5 seconds to go gave the Wildcats the lead for good. Torres, of Hudson, scored nine in the win. Kari Brekke and Ivy Gogolin led the Wildcats with 10 points each. It was the first America East win for UNH (1-2, 4-12).
Lowell, which got a game-high 17 from Brianna Rudolph, is 1-2 in the league, 5-11 overall.