NEW YORK, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team was edged out by Quinnipiac University, 64-62, in Saturday's consolation game at the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic played at Columbia University.
Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) was the high scorer for New Hampshire and tied with Quinnipiac's Chris Wehye for a game-high 17 points. Jamaal Caterina (Portland, Maine) followed with 13 points for New Hampshire.
Quinnipiac took the early lead in the game when Chris Wehye converted a 3-pointer 26 seconds into the game. The Wildcats got on the board with their first three points coming from made free throws from Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) on separate attempts. The Wildcats got their first lead on two free throws from Caterina, giving them a 10-9 lead at 14:19. The lead was exchanged numerous times before New Hampshire would once again be out front. At 8:16 Janev sank a 3-pointer with an assist from Anderson to put New Hampshire on top 19-18. But they could not hold the lead for long and Quinnipiac went on a 10-3 run late in the half. Quinnipiac led 30-25 at the half.
New Hampshire opened the second half with a 3-pointer from Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) to cut the lead 30-28. Quinnipiac widened the margin on a 7-1 run that lasted until New Hampshire's next basket, a jumper from Caterina at 16:15. Quinnipiac led by as many as 11 points when a 3-pointer from Wehye put the Bobcats ahead 52-41 with 11:01 remaining. The Wildcats gradually cut the lead and went on a 12-2 run started by a converted free throw from Janev at 10:17. Branimir Zeko (Mississauga, Ontario) banked a jumper at 3:35 to pull the Wildcats closer at 57-55 in favor of the Bobcats. Janev followed up with a lay up to knot the score at 57-57 with 2:16 remaining. Quinnipiac pulled away with a made free throw by John Winchester after a foul was called on Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) at 1:32. Quinnipiac's Adam Gonzalez added two more for the Bobcats with a made jumper with 54 seconds remaining. On the next possession, Caterina scored a jump shot in the paint with the assist from Vetrano. Vetrano furthered the cause with a 3-pointer that tied the score 62-62 with 36 seconds remaining. With one second remaining, Gonzalez banked a jumper that would be the winning basket for the Bobcats.
New Hampshire (0-2) goes back out on the road November 23 against Providence College at 7:30 p.m.