PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team played scrappy basketball but fell to 4-3 overall on the season after being defeated at Brown University on Wednesday evening, 76-64. The Wildcats had three players score in double digits with sophomore forward Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) scoring 14 points and senior center Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) and sophomore guard Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) each chipping in 12 points.
The Bears, now 4-4, were led by Mark McDonald's 25 points and 11 from P.J. Flaherty and Damon Huffman.
UNH held a 5-4 lead with 14:39 remaining in the first half but trailed the rest of the way as the Bears went on a 15-6 run to take a 19-11 advantage with 10:55 remaining before the intermission. The Wildcats stayed close and chipped the home team's advantage to just three points 24-21 on a jumper by Anderson. However, Brown went on a 21-11 run to finish the half up by 13 points (45-32).
The Wildcats continued to scratch and claw their way back into the game in the second stanza. A basket by freshman forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) cut the home team's lead to six points (68-62) with just 3:24 remaining. Next Anderson did it again, burying a jumper with 1:51 left on the clock to make it 68-64, Brown
But, the Bears quickly responded, scoring three straight baskets, two by McDonald, to open up a 10-point lead with 34 seconds to go (74-64) and ice the win.
UNH shot 42.6 percent from the floor (26-51) as compared to 47.3 by Brown (28-59. The Wildcats won the rebounding war (40-33) but turnovers were the key as UNH committed 17 to the Bears' nine.
The Wildcats, who are now 1-1 vs. the Ivy League this season with a win over Harvard and a loss to Brown, travel to play cross-state Ivy rival Dartmouth this coming Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m. and the contest can be heard live on the UNH Sports Radio Network.