DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team cut a 17-point deficit in the second half to five with 51 seconds to play but came up short, 91-84, against St. Francis Xavier in exhibition action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Friday.
With less than a minute to play, senior Colin Donahue (Des Moines, Iowa) hit three consecutive free throws to pull his team to within five. But the Wildcats would pull no closer despite a John Dullea (Peabody, Mass., sophomore) three-pointer with three seconds remaining.
Fred Perry and Jordan Croucher each had a game-high 23 points for St. Francis, a Canadian collegiate team from Nova Scotia. Junior Assane Faye (Dakar, Senegal) had a team-high 19 for the Wildcats while Donahue chipped in with 17.
UNH started the game with a 13-3 run thanks to back-to-back three-pointers to open the game by sophomore Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.) and Donahue. However, St. Francis would tie the game at 13:59, 13-13, and a Croucher three at 13:40 would put the X-Men up for good.
UNH trailed 37-30 at halftime.
Senulis had nine points and eight rebounds in limited action, 15 minutes, due to foul trouble. Dullea was 4-for-7 from the field for nine points in 11 minutes of playing time.
The Wildcats open the season on the road at Army on Nov. 22.