Men's basketball battles past Marist, 73-56

DURHAM, N.H. - Senior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) scored a game-high 18 points, and the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team erased an early 10-point deficit to run past Marist, 73-56, in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH upped its record to 4-4 with the victory while Marist fell to 4-6 on the season.

Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was named the America East Player of the Game, registering 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block, as the guard played all 40 minutes. He finished the contest shooting 6-for-11 from the field, 3-for-6 from deep and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.

Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers with a season-best 12 points, four boards and three assists. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) added 14 rebounds and four points.

Marist took the early advantage, outscoring UNH 12-2 through the first eight minutes of action before the Wildcats' bench sparked an 18-6 run to grab its first lead, 20-18, at 7:43.

Myrick scored seven consecutive points during the spurt en route to nine points in 12 minutes of play, and Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) tacked on four points and five rebounds in only seven minutes of action as the 'Cats went to halftime with a 31-26 advantage.

The two squads came into the second frame exchanging baskets in the early going, but New Hampshire was able to create some separation with a 13-2 run that pushed its lead to its highest margin to that point, 47-32.

Myrick sparked a spurt of nine unanswered points that kicked off the run, sinking a layup and Rhoads and Matagrano capped off the stretch with layups on consecutive possessions, building the lead to 15 at 14:09.

UNH held its ground for the next four minutes until the Wildcats caught fire midway through the stanza, posting a 16-6 run, scoring on five straight trips up the floor to polish off the stretch. Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) capped off the 6:30 scoring outbreak with a jumper, giving the Wildcats their largest lead of the contest, 68-43, with 4:37 on the clock.

Marist responded scoring seven unanswered, cutting the score to 68-53 with 2:53 remaining in regulation. Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) snapped the run with a 3-pointer at 2:31, as the 'Cats outscored the Red Foxes 5-3 the rest of the way to hold onto the win.

UNH visits Providence for a non-conference game Tuesday, Dec. 20 (7 p.m.) before returning to Lundholm Gym to play host to Sacred Heart on Thursday, Dec. 29 (7 p.m.). For tickets, CLICK HERE or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.
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