DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team, despite a career-high 21 points from senior Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.), dropped its fifth straight to start the season on Friday night with a 87-68 loss to Colgate University at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y.
The Wildcats (0-5) trailed 44-29 at halftime after watching the Raiders (3-3) go on a 19-7 run to take a 15-point lead to the locker room. UNH never got the deficit below 10 the rest of the game.
Mark Linebaugh led the Raiders with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field to go along with a team-high six assists. Howard Blue scored 19 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Senulis and freshman Shejdie Childs (Wynnewood, Pa.) were the lone bright spots for the Wildcats. Senulis hit 7-of-11 shots from the field and was an impressive 5 for 8 from three-point range. Childs had his second strong game in a row for the Wildcats, posting 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting and collecting four steals.
UNH's leading scorers this season, juniors Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.), struggled from the field, hitting a combined 2-of-11 shots. Bullock, who was averaging 11.7 points per game, scored just two points in 22 minutes of play, while Walker, who checked in at 10.5 points per game, finished with just two points as well.
UNH posted just six assists to Colgate's 17. The Raiders outrebounded the Wildcats 45 to 33.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday at Cornell University (12 p.m.).