COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Colbey Santos (Onset, Mass.) scored 14 points, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to 25th-ranked University of Maryland in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,180 fans at the Comcast Center on Friday night.
The Wildcats even their record at 1-1 on the young season, while the Atlantic Coast Conference-member Terrapins remain perfect at 3-0. The 27-point win marks the smallest margin of victory this season for the Terps.
Santos, UNH's America East Player of the Game, scored all 14 of his points in a 5:05 stretch during the second half on 5 of 10 shooting, including 4 of 9 from behind the arc, to go along with three assists and only one turnover.
After Maryland went up 9-0 to start the game, junior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) drained a 3-pointer at 15:42 and classmate Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) converted a three-point play at 13:49 to bring the Wildcats within 13-6.
The Terps scored six straight before Abreu nailed another 3 to make it 19-9 midway through the opening half. From there Maryland would craft a 13-3 run, sparked and capped by Eric Hayes 3-pointers, to make its lead an even 20 (32-12) with 6:15 to play in the first.
Four straight points from sophomore Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) started a 10-4 run for the Wildcats, bringing them back to within 36-22 with just under two minutes to play before the break. The Terrapins netted the final four points of the frame, however, and took a 40-22 lead into the locker room.
After Maryland opened the second-half scoring to push its lead back to 20, junior Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) sank a 3-pointer to make it 42-25 just 1:12 in. Five consecutive points from Landon Milbourne, however, started a 7-0 run for the Terps that pushed their lead to 24 at 16:45.
Senior Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon) sank one of his three treys before Conley followed with a steal and a layup to cut the UNH deficit to 19. After the two squads traded baskets, however, Maryland ripped off a 16-0 run, which culminated with a Sean Mosley layup at 10:45 to make it 67-32.
Santos responded in a big way, sinking four treys and hitting a layup as part of a 19-6 Wildcat run that sliced their deficit to 73-51. The tri-captain sparked the run with a 3-pointer at 10:12, then followed with another one at 9:05 and a layup at 6:50, before hitting a trifecta at 6:17 and again at 5:07 to cap the run.
Maryland responded with an 8-0 run of its own, using a James Padgett dunk as an exclamation point that capped the run and pushed the Terrapin lead to an even 30 with 1:52 to play. Freshman Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) scored his only two points of the game on a turn-around jumper and sophomore Russell Graham (Norristown, Pa.) capped the scoring on a layup with 18 seconds remaining as UNH scored four of the game's final five points to bring the score to 82-55.
Onguetou was 3-for-4 from behind the arc as he finished with nine points and three rebounds. Abreu also finished with nine points and added three assists. Graham tallied five points, eight rebounds, three assists and turned the ball over just once. DiLiegro and Conley each recorded five points and four boards, while Benson posted four points, three boards and a block.
UNH shot 35 percent (18-51) from the floor, including 43 percent (12-28) in the second half, while Maryland hit at 57 percent (30-53) for the game and 64 percent (16-25) in the second stanza. The Terps held a 32-31 edge on the glass, forced 21 turnovers and handed out assists on 23 of their 30 baskets.
Milbourne led the Terps with 24 points, while Hayes added 15 and Mosley recorded 13 to go along with 10 assists. Preseason All-ACC First Team selection Greivis Vasquez tallied eight points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. when they head to Lavietes Pavillion to take on Harvard University.