NEW BRITAIN, CONN.-- The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team received a 20-point effort from freshman point guard Marcelle Williams (Teaneck, N.J.) but it was not enough was the Wildcats were defeated by Central Connecticut at William H. Detrick Gym on Saturday night, 87-65.
It was the fifth-straight loss for the Wildcats who fell to 1-7 on the season, while the Blue Devils improved to 5-2.
Williams did most of his damage from the free throw line, connecting on 10x12 from the charity stripe. The only other UNH player to score in double figures was junior guard Brett LeFlem (Peterborough, N.H.), who scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed three steals in 22 minutes of action. All 13 players who traveled saw action in the contest for the Wildcats.
The Blue Devils held the lead the entire game, hitting a double digit advantage for the first time at 16:26 of the opening stanza (12-2). The only basket for UNH during that stretch was by junior center Rob Marquardt (Northport, N.Y.) ,who finished the night with eight points and seven rebounds. The lead for CCSU continued to grow and was at a 19-point margin during the intermission (48-29).
The Blue Devils never looked back in the second half and held their biggest lead of the contest with 3:41 to play (85-53), good for a 32-point spread.
The Wildcats improved in the second stanza as evidenced by the fact that the home team outscored UNH by just three points (39-36) in the final 20 minutes.
Central Connecticut was led by John Tice and Rick Mickens, who each finished the evening with 20 points.
Looking at the team numbers, UNH was outrebounded (49-47) and shot .313 from the floor (20x64), as compared to a mark of .435 by CCSU (30x69).
The Wildcats will not return to action until Dec. 29, when UNH competes at the Stanford Invitational. The 'Cats will play the highly-ranked host team on the opening night of the tournament.