RALEIGH, N.C. - Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) scored a career high 20 points, but the efforts weren't enough to help the University of New Hampshire past North Carolina State. The Wolfpack escaped the Wildcats, 81-62, during Wednesday night's men's basketball action at the RBC Center.
NC State opened the game on a 9-0 run. Branimir Zeko (Mississauga, Ontario) scored New Hampshire's first basket at 15:49. Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) stole the ball away from Tony Bethel and scored the Wildcats' next basket with a lay up at 15:27. Ioannis Karalis added a 3-pointer for New Hampshire moments later at 12:52.
The New Hampshire offense slowed down as the Wolfpack began an 11-0 run at 9:13 with a dunk from Cedric Simmons. By then, NC State led 22-7. New Hampshire ended the run with a lay up from Anderson at 8:53. At 4:34, Vetrano poured in a 3-pointer to push the score to 33-18. But that was all New Hampshire would score as NC State embarked on an 11-0 run to end the half. At the half, NC State led 44-18.
New Hampshire improved its offense in the second half. But it could not control the Wolfpack from scoring. NC State was able to maintain a double-digit lead through out the half.
The Wildcats allowed the lead to balloon to as much as 32 points with 5:42 remaining before they would make baskets to cut the lead down. Anderson sank a jumper at 5:24 that sparked a 12-3 Wildcat run. Vetrano contributed with three 3-pointers and a jumper during the run. New Hampshire cut the lead down to 17 points with 28 seconds in the game. Anderson sank a 3-pointer at the 28-second mark that would be New Hampshire's last basket.
NC State (10-1) boasted five players who scored in double figures, shooting 46 percent from the field. New Hampshire (2-10, 0-2 AE) shot 45 percent in the game and outscored the Wolfpack 44-37 in the second half. Vetrano, Anderson and Christensen all reached double figures in scoring.
New Hampshire heads home to Durham to resume conference play against Binghamton University January 5 at 7 p.m.