November 24, 2012

Men’s Basketball Outlasted By Holy Cross, 60-50

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted 13 points and the Wildcats opened the second half with a 13-3 run to erase a 10-point deficit but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell at Holy Cross, 60-50, Saturday afternoon at the Hart Recreation Center.

New Hampshire drops to 2-3 on the season, while the Crusaders improve to 4-2 overall.  

In addition to Konan, senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) also reached double-figure scoring with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting to pair with five rebounds. Senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) posted a season-high five assists to go along with six points and seven boards.

Dave Dudzinski paced the Crusaders with a game-high 19 points, while Cullen Hamilton and Malcolm Miller recorded 11 and 10, respectively.

Holy Cross opened up the contest with a 7-2 lead through the first 3:31 of action, until Myrick came off the bench and netted six unanswered points, capped off with a 3-pointer, to pull the Wildcats within one at 9-8 at 14:33.

The Crusaders responded with five unanswered points, but the Wildcats answered right back with a 6-1 stretch as a Rhoads layup kept the Wildcats within one point midway through the opening stanza.

From there, Hamilton hit back-to-back treys to spark a 12-2 Crusader run and put the home side in front, 27-16, at the 6:34 mark. Konan was able to slice the deficit to eight after he drilled a 3-pointer from the corner, but the Crusaders held a 33-23 advantage at halftime.

New Hampshire kicked off the second half with a 6-0 run as freshman Chris Orozco (Tenafly, N.J.) contributed four points during the stretch to bring the Wildcats within four, 33-29. After Holy Cross stopped the run with a 3-pointer, the Wildcats reeled off seven straight points to complete the 13-3 stretch and even the score at 36-36 with 15:18 remaining.

The teams swapped baskets over the next four scores to remain tied at 40-40 before the Wildcats took the lead on a pair of free throws by junior Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) to move in front, 42-41, at the 10:47 mark.

From there, the Crusaders answered with a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 48-42 with 6:22 left to play. UNH trimmed the deficit to five at 50-45 on a jumper by Konan, but could not get closer the rest of the way as the Crusaders went a perfect 12-12 at the free throw line during the final 4:34 to hold the 'Cats at bay and seal the victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Thursday, Nov. 29 when they visit Connecticut at 7 p.m.

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