DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team suffered its eighth loss of the season at the Poinsettia Holiday Classic on Sunday, dropping the consolation game of the tournament, 75-69, to previously winless Stetson University at Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C.
Despite a balanced-scoring attack that featured five players in double-figures, including a career-high 14 points from junior Kyle Peterson (Malone, Wisc.), the Wildcats fell to 1-8 on the season. The Hatters improved to 1-8 behind the bench play of Derrick Dewitt with 14 points and Ravii Givens with 13 points.
New Hampshire got off to a fast 14-4 start to take a 10-point lead five minutes into the game. That lead quickly evaporated, however, as the Hatters responded with a 13-2 run of their own to lead 17-16.
The Wildcats trailed 37-32 entering the second half, but an early 11-2 run on five points from junior Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and four from Peterson gave UNH a 43-39 lead with just over 15 minutes to go in the game.
With 7:40 remaining UNH led by three (55-52), but the Hatters took over from there, going on a 11-1 run over the next three minutes to take a seven-point lead (63-56). UNH did pull within three over the next two minutes on four free throws from sophomore Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio), yet that was as close as the Wildcats would get the rest of the way.
Joining Peterson (14), Bullock (13) and Sturgill (10) in double figures were junior Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.) with 13 points and freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) with 11 points.
Craig Stiles finished with 13 points for the Hatters.
UNH shot 4 for 24 on three-point attempts for the game and were 1 for 13 in the second half alone.
The Wildcats open the America East portion of their schedule when they host Binghamton University on Thursday, January 2 at Lundholm Gym (7 p.m.)