HANOVER, N.H. – Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 19 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, while Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) also tallied a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards to power the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to Tuesday night's 72-58 victory over Dartmouth College at Leede Arena.
New Hampshire improves to 2-0 on the season with its fifth-straight victory over the Big Green, while Dartmouth dips to 1-1 overall.
Myrick scored a game-high 19 points, shooting 5-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-10 from the free throw line to go along with 11 rebounds and three steals. Konan netted 14 points and 11 boards to add with two steals and two assists. Senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) also reached double-figures with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting and added three assists. Junior Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) dished out a game-high five assists.
Alex Mitola paced the Big Green with 17 points, while Jvonte Brooks chipped in with 10 points and 11 boards for the double-double.
As a team, the Wildcats shot 44.4 percent (20-45) from the floor and limited the Big Green offense to just 26.7 percent (16-10) from the field. UNH also outrebounded its opponent by a margin of 48-35.
The teams opened the contest with nearly two minutes of scoreless action before Konan stepped outside and drilled a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats the early lead at the 18:17 mark. After Dartmouth hit its first field goal just under four minutes into the game, the Wildcats answered with back-to-back baskets to move in front at 7-2 with 14:47 remaining.
Dartmouth chipped away over the next three minutes and trimmed the deficit to three at 9-6, but Konan silenced the Big Green stretch with another trey from the corner. Freshman Chris Orozco (Tenafly, N.J.) then hit a free throw on the next possession to give the Wildcats the 13-6 lead with 11:17 left in the stanza.
The teams alternated baskets over the next four scores until the Wildcats netted four straight points as Myrick converted an impressive post move to put the visitors in front, 21-12, with six minutes left in the frame.
From there, the Big Green bounced back with a 13-4 run over the next 5:48 to take a quick lead at 26-25, but UNH closed out the half with four consecutive points for the 29-26 advantage at intermission. Konan and Myrick paced the Wildcats with eight points and five rebounds apiece at the break.
UNH kicked off the second half with a 10-2 run, limiting the Big Green to just one field goal in the first six minutes of action as five different Wildcats scored during the stretch to build a 39-29 lead.
Dartmouth then turned to the free throw line and managed to sink six foul shots over the next 3:33, also adding a deep 3-pointer in the process, but UNH maintained its 10-point lead at 49-39 with 7:59 remaining.
The Big Green continued to battle and get to the line as Mitola drained four free throws to pull his team within eight, but senior Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.) took over on the next play as he muscled to the basket, pushing the Wildcats back up by ten, 59-49, at the 4:04 mark. The play sparked a 7-0 run for the Wildcats to build a 15-point advantage as the visitors cruised to the eventual double-digit victory.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Nov. 17 when they visit Bryant University at 1 p.m.