WEST POINT, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team came back from an 11-point deficit with 5:55 to play but came up short, 80-78, in its season-opener vs. Army on Wednesday at Christl Arena.
Senior Colin Donahue's (Des Moines, Iowa) block with 15 seconds remaining gave the Wildcats a chance to tie it. Freshman Allen Gould (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was fouled on the ensuing play and made 1-of-2 to pull his team within one, 79-78. Ray Fredrick made one of his two free throw shots to give Army a two-point lead with nine seconds to go. Donahue had a chance to tie it with time running out, but his shot went wide right.
Junior Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine) finished with a team-high 17, Donahue and Gould each had 16 and freshman Matt Kauderer (Rydal, Pa.) scored 13, eight in the second half.
The Black Knights were led by Chris Spatola who had a game-high 23. Seth Barrett had 17 for Army, 13 of those coming in the second half.
Army led by as much as 11 twice in the second half, 63-52 at 9:37 and 71-60 at 5:55. But each time the Black Knights appeared to be pulling away the Wildcats continued to battle back.
UNH took its first lead of the game at the 1:35 mark of the first half when Donahue hit a three to put the Wildcats up 38-36. Freshman Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) extended the 'Cats lead to 41-38 by sinking a three with 33 seconds remaining in the half. Ganly scored 10 of his 17 points in the first going 4-for-5 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Next up for the Wildcats will be Dartmouth on the road this Saturday (1 p.m.). The game will be televised by WMUR-TV Channel 9.