BOSTON, Mass.-- The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team lost their conference opener at Boston University as the Terrier offense erupted as they went on to win, 67-46.
The game's first basket was scored when Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) converted a 3-pointer from the top of the key to start a short 5-0 run for New Hampshire. Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) followed up at 19:08 with a short jumper from out front.
The lead would not stick for the Wildcats. BU's Omari Peterkin sank a short jumper from the left side to tie the score 8-8 at 14:00 and Bryan Geffen poured in a shot from behind the arc to put the Terriers up 11-8 at 12:40. Christensen banked a jumper from the left side to pull the score to 11-10 in favor of BU. From there, the Terriers embarked on a 19-2 run that lasted eight minutes. During that time, Peterkin had 10 points while his teammate Corey Hassan shot 3-for-4 behind the perimeter for nine points for the Terriers. Christensen sank a jumper from the left side to break up the run. With 53 seconds left in the half, BU held a 23-point lead. The Terriers shot 14-for-27 from the field for 51.9 percent shooting while the Wildcats were 7-for-25, shooting 28 percent. Christensen was the high-scorer for New Hampshire with 10 points while Peterkin had 12 for Boston University. At the half it was the Terriers leading the Wildcats, 37-16.
While the Terrier offense did not show signs of slowing in the second half, New Hampshire's offense did show signs of life as it improved to 48 percent shooting. Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.), Brandon Odom (Dorchester, Mass.) and Jamaal Caterina (Portland, Maine) were the big shooters for New Hampshire. The Wildcats were able to cut the lead to 15 when Odom hit his second three-pointer to pull the score to 44-29 with 12:34 remaining. The Terriers sparked a 9-0 run in the next possession when Ibrahim Konate made a lay up.
The Wildcats would not score another basket until Gibbs hooked a basket under the hoop at 6:21. Caterina followed up on the next possession with a three-pointer from the left side and it was 58-34 in favor of BU with 5:51 remaining. He added another basket for New Hampshire with a lay up from the left post at 3:50. New Hampshire had a few short runs down the stretch but the Terrier defense was solid enough to protect the lead. Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) scored the final basket from behind the perimeter at the 14-second mark.
Corey Hassan was the game-high scorer, shooting 6-for-9 from behind the arc with 18 points for Boston University. Christensen and Gibbs were the high scorers for New Hampshire with 11 points apiece.
New Hampshire travels to the University of Vermont on Saturday, December 10, to play the Catamounts at 1 p.m.