DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team, despite shooting 40 percent from three-point range, fell to the University of Miami in its season-opener at Miami Arena on Saturday, 93-58.
The Wildcats were a combined 10 for 25 from beyond the arc, including 3 for 8 shooting from freshman Jeremy Friel (Durham, N.H.) who finished the game with nine points. Junior Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.) was the 'Cats top-scorer with 12 points, nine of which came via the three on a perfect 3 for 3 shooting from behind the line.
UNH led 10-9 with 13:54 to go in the first half when sophomore Roland Williams (Eglin AFB, Fla.) hit a three-pointer. But that lead was short-lived as a 20-4 run by the Hurricanes made it 29-14 with 5:11 to go in the first half. Miami (1-0) never led by less than 12 the rest of the game.
Darius Rice led Miami with 19 points and James Jones had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Hurricanes led 44-28 at halftime.
Rice scored twice during Miami's 13-3 run to start the second half, but the Wildcats answered with a 9-2 run.
Friel came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers during the run, and the Wildcats narrowed the Hurricanes' lead to 59-40.
Senior Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.) finished with nine points and matched a career-high with 12 boards. Freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) turned in four assists and three steals.
UNH returns to action Monday night at Northwestern University (7 p.m.)