BOSTON, Mass. - Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) led New Hampshire in scoring with 12 points but the efforts weren't enough as the Harvard University Crimson eased past the Wildcats, 71-50, during Wednesday night's non-conference match at Lavietes Pavilion.
New Hampshire amassed 13 personal fouls in the first half and the Crimson took advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe, scoring 15 of their 35 first half points on free throws. The Wildcats were only able to tie the game at 5-5 with 14:37 remaining when Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass) banked a 3-pointer. The Crimson then went on a short 5-0 run that New Hampshire ended with a basket from Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) from behind the arc at 12:32.
New Hampshire pulled to within one point with 8:58 remaining in the half when Christensen found an open shot and banked another 3-pointer. Harvard pulled away and started a 9-2 run on the next possession. The Crimson built their lead up to 12 points before the end of the half. Harvard's Brian Cusworth was 7 for 10 at the charity stripe to lead the game in scoring with seven points at the half. Harvard led 35-23.
New Hampshire could not catch up to Harvard in the second half. The Crimson twice led by as many as 21 points. They opened the half with on an 11-2 run before Jamaal Caterina (Portland, Maine) sank a jumper from underneath the basket at 14:27.
New Hampshire was able to cut into the lead when Christensen scored a lay up from the right side at 4:06. But that was the last basket for the Wildcats as the Crimson finished the game on a 9-0 run that included four free throws from Jim Goffredo after technical fouls were called on Blagoj Janev and New Hampshire coach Bill Herrion.
Brian Cusworth and Jim Goffredo were the high-scorers with 15 points apiece while Matt Stehle had 12 rebounds for the Crimson.
New Hampshire returns to Durham to host their home opener against Long Island University on December 3 at 7 p.m.