DURHAM, N.H. – The Citizens Bank All-Stars staved off a late surge by the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team for a 95-84 exhibition victory Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats, who trailed 49-40 at the half, fell into a 71-49 deficit 5:09 into the second half. The ‘Cats trimmed the deficit to 78-65 in the next seven minutes and utilized a 9-0 run to close within 80-74 with 5:32 remaining.
UNH’s offense struggled in its ensuing possessions, which allowed the collection of former college players to pull away down the stretch.
New Hampshire held an early lead at 17-14, then fell behind 29-22 before rallying to take a 38-35 advantage with seven straight points. Citizens Bank closed the half with a 14-2 spurt to take the nine-point halftime lead.
Freshman Marcelle Williams (Teaneck, N.J.) led the ‘Cats with 23 points. Mark Yeaton (Concord, N.H.; 18), Rob Marquardt (Northport, N.Y.; 12) and Chris Brown (Boston, Mass; 10) also scored in double figures. Marquardt recorded a double-double by registering a game-high 15 rebounds. Yeaton did most of his damage from the perimeter with 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range.
Iben Bacari (28 points), Pete Gittens (21), Phil Lott (18) and Scott Sytulek (11) reached double figures for Citizens Bank, which held a 58-40 advantage on the glass. The visitors also shot much better from the floor than the ‘Cats –– 31-for-63 (.492) in comparison to UNH’s 30 of 86 (.349).
UNH begins the 1999-2000 season on the road against Boston College on Nov. 20 (7:30 p.m.). The ‘Cats play their home opener Nov. 23 against Buffalo. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.