Ben Sturgill Plays 12 Minutes With Broken Jaw
STONY BROOK, N.Y.-- The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team was happy to have senior captain Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) back in action despite the broken jaw he suffered at practice on Wednesday. However, it was not enough to help UNH to victory as the squad was defeated at Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon, 73-64.
The Wildcats (5-8, 1-3 America East) played well early in the contest and held a four-point advantage at the intermission (38-34). UNH led by as many as six points in the opening stanza and the teams played to six ties.
However, Stony Brook (6-7, 1-3 America East), led by Antwan Hardy's 15 points and 12 by Bobby Santiago, outstcored UNH by a 39-26 margin in the second half. The 'Cats led by as many as six points (47-41) with 16:34 to go in the game, but the Seawolves went on a 12-2 run that gave them a 53-49 lead with 11 minutes to play. Sturgill kept UNH in the game, connecting on five free throws to keep it close. The game was tied 56-56 with 7:46 remaining following a pair of made free throws by sophomore forward Blagoj Javen (Sydney Australia).
Stony Brook eventually utilized two huge three-pointers to put the game away, starting with one at 3:16 by Hendrick Feist that gave the home team a 66-60 lead. Santiago then opened up a nine-point advantage with a trey at 2:38 to make it 69-60 in favor of SBU, which added to the lead down the stretch from the free throw line.
Janev continues to be one of UNH's top all-around players as he and freshman forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) each poured in 14 points. Janev was also tough on the boards, pulling down a career-high 10 rebounds on the afternoon, while also blocking three shots. Christensen tied his career-high and led UNH with five assists in the contest.
Sturgill, who got in early foul trouble, saw 12 minutes of action, despite the fact that his broken jaw that he suffered in Wednesday's practice was wired shut making breathing difficult. He scored seven points on the day and had one rebound.
UNH shot 37.3 percent from the floor (19-51) as compared to a mark of 41.5 by Stony Brook (22-53). The Seawolves were hot from behind the three-point arc, making 10-20 three-pointers for 50 percent shooting.
The Wildcats return home on Jan. 13 when they take on America East traditional rival Maine. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gym.