DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a game-high 18 points and was one of four Wildcats in double-figures as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team topped Brown University, 63-50, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
New Hampshire snapped a four-game skid with the win to move to 3-4 overall, while Brown dipped to 3-4 on the season.
Myrick, who was named the America East Player of the Game, shot 6-of-17 from the field and added five rebounds and three steals. Junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six boards. Juniors Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) enjoyed an all-around performance of seven points, nine boards, four assists and two steals.
Matt Sullivan led the Bears with 18 points, while Sean McGonagill posted 14 points and six rebounds. Cedric Kuakumensah had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.
As a team, UNH shot 41.5 (22-53) percent from the floor and 50 percent (14-28) in the opening half. The Wildcats held the Bears to just 32.2 percent from the field and 20 percent in the first stanza.
New Hampshire opened the game with an 11-4 lead as Pelcher and Bronner combined for six straight to cap off the stretch at the 14:31 mark. Brown closed the gap to 11-10, but freshman Logan Mortenson (South Jordan, Utah) hit a 3-pointer to spark a 12-2 run and push the home team in front, 23-12, with 7:57 left in the opening half.
The Wildcats maintained their momentum with a 6-3 burst for the 14-point advantage with 5:50 remaining, but the Bears closed out the half with a 15-3 run, trimming the UNH lead to 34-31 at intermission.
The teams were scoreless for the first 3:26 of the second half, before the Bears rattled off six straight points to take the lead, 37-34, at 15:29.
Brown still held a three-point lead with 12:17 left to play, but Pelcher scored back-to-back post baskets to kick off an 11-0 run over the next five minutes and move the Wildcats on top, 50-42, at 5:55. The Bears answered with five quick points to pull within three, but Myrick hit his third trey of the game to stave off the comeback as the Wildcats held on for the win.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Dec 5 when they host Central Connecticut State at 7:30 p.m. in the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.