DURHAM, N.H. – Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 14 of the University of New Hampshire's 28 second-half points, but it wouldn't be enough as Stony Brook University beat the Wildcats, 57-48, in men's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Monday night.
After being held to one first-half point, Myrick went 6-for-9 in the second half, including 2-of-4 from 3-point land, to score 15 points. He also added four rebounds.
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) tallied a game-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but he was held to seven in the second half. He was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the evening with two boards and one block.
Tommy Brenton collected player of the game honors for Stony Brook, notching 14 points, four boards, two assists and one steal.
The two teams exchanged the lead four times and were tied on three occasions during a see-saw first half. The Seawolves took a 24-20 lead at the half, courtesy of 7-of-26 (27 percent) shooting from the floor and 8-of-12 (67 percent) shooting from the free throw line. The Wildcats shot 35 percent (8-for-23) in the first half, powered by 12 points from Abreu and five points from Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.).
After trading baskets for the first nine minutes of the action, a pair of Dave Coley free throws set off a 9-3 scoring run that gave Stony Brook its largest lead of the half, 16-11, with six minutes remaining in the stanza.
The Wildcats were held scoreless for three minutes at the tail end of the stretch, but Abreu helped stop the bleeding when he canned a trifecta to open up a 9-4 run that knotted the score for the third time, 20-20, with 3:32 on the clock. Abreu fueled the stretch with seven points, capping off the run with a pair of layups while Konan sank a jumper to complete the scoring spurt.
Stony Brook responded scoring on back-to-back possessions, as Coley and Bryan Dougher notched field goals to give the Seawolves a 24-20 edge heading into the break.
Al Rapier gave the Seawolves an offensive spark six minutes into the second frame when he netted three points the old-fashioned-way to set off a 10-2 run by the visitors that gave them their largest lead to that point with a 12-point edge at 10:42. Stony Brook kept New Hampshire off the board for the last 2:30 of the stretch, scoring seven unanswered to cap off the run with a 38-26 advantage.
Myrick halted the run when he provided all the offense during a UNH 6-0 run, as the junior forward dropped in a layup and canned a fastbreak dunk on back-to-back possessions to open up the stretch, cutting the score to 38-32 with 8:13 remaining in regulation.
Stony Brook quickly got back on track, scoring six unanswered points on its way to putting together a 10-3 scoring run that gave the visitors their largest lead of the contest, 52-38, with one minute remaining in regulation.
UNH wraps up a three-game homestand when the University at Albany invades Lundholm Gymnasium on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.