DURHAM, N.H. – For the second time this season, New Hampshire scored at least 40 points by halftime of its game against UAlbany. And the second half was even more productive for the Wildcats on Wednesday in an 84-65 win in America East men’s basketball action.
New Hampshire shot 31 of 59 from the field for 52.5%, going 14 of 28 in the first half, when it led 40-29, and 17 of 31 in the second half.
In their first meeting of the season on Dec. 31, 2022, New Hampshire outscored UAlbany 41-18 in the first half on its way to a 67-51 victory.
UAlbany’s last tie of the game Wednesday came at 13-13, after freshman Marcus Jackson scored seven straight points for the Great Danes.
New Hampshire scored the first eight points of the second half, and the game was never in doubt after that. Three times, UAlbany (1-6 America East, 6-16 overall) cut the lead to 12 points, the last time coming at 71-59, with 4:20 left, after a pair of Aaron Reddish free throws.
The Great Danes shot 40.7% from the field, but were especially cold on 3-pointers, going 3 of 19 (15.8%).
Jackson led UAlbany in scoring, tying his career high of 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. He also pulled down five rebounds. Sarju Patel finished with 14 points.
Gerald Drumgoole Jr. had 12 points, while Jonathan Beagle and Reddish each finished with 11. Beagle also led the team in rebounds, with seven, and assists, with three.
Kyree Brown led New Hampshire (4-3, 9-10) with a game-high 23 points. Matthew Herasme scored 22. Clarence Daniels added a double-double of 12 points and 17 rebounds.