MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa.- Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) and sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) each posted 13 points apiece, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Hampshire Wildcats (0-4) fell to Robert Morris University (3-0), 77-64, in non-conference men’s basketball action played at the Sewall Center on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats offense was in rhythm to open play up in the first stanza as Gibbs, who was named America East “Player of the Night,” fired a 3-pointer to open the scoring 3-0 in favor of the Wildcats. The Colonials used a 19-9 run in the following minutes to hold a 19-12 lead with 13:29 remaining. Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) drained a trey from beyond the arc to keep the Wildcats close, while finishing the night with eight points and two boards. UNH freshman forward Radar Onguetou (Yaoundé, Cameroon) then converted a three-point play to bring the ‘Cats and Colonials even at 27 apiece with 6:03 remaining. Onguetou matched a career-high 11 points and pulled down three rebounds in the process. The Wildcats shot a season-high .556% from field goal range in the first stanza as they went into the half with a slight 36-34 advantage.
The lead would be short lived, however, as the Colonials A.J Jackson posted four straight treys en route to scoring 20 second half points and help lead the Colonials to a quick 13-2 run as the Wildcats wouldn’t relinquish the lead again. UNH shot a solid .436 from the field in the second half, but RMU shot .528 and out-rebounded their opposition by a 31-26 margin for the game.
UNH freshman forward Dan McGeary (Newton, Mass.) and junior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) both notched seven points in the loss. The loss marks the first time UNH has to Robert Morris, with the series still in favor of UNH, 2-1.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday (Nov. 26) when they travel to the face the Quinnipiac University Bobcats at 3:00 p.m.