DURHAM, N.H. - Junior Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.) scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team, but Liberty University still came away with the victory, spoiling the Wildcats home-opener Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium in front of 1,010 fans.
New Hampshire (0-3) led by 10 at the half, 42-32, but were held scoreless in the first five minutes of the second half as the Flames darted out of the gates with a 13-0 run. Vincent Okotie scored 15 of his game-high 20 in the second half to lead Liberty.
There were five lead changes in the next eight minutes of the second half before the Flames took the lead for good at the 6:46 mark. Freshman Ronnie Dennis (Abbeville, Ala.) got UNH back within one at 3:06 with a jumpshot but Liberty pulled away from there, outscoring the 'Cats 13-4 down the stretch.
Also putting up good number for UNH were junior Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) with 13 points and three assists and freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists. Walker was also a force defensively for the Wildcats with five steals. Dennis finished with eight points and three assists.
In all, the Flames had five players register double figures, including Okotie. Gabe Martin finished with 18 points while Ryan Mantlo (13), Jeremy Monceaux (11) and Jason Sarchet (10) all chipped in with 10 or more.
The Wildcats return to action at Mt. St. Mary's on Dec. 2 (7:30 p.m.).