Myrick's career-high 24 points, 11 boards lift men's hoop past Yale, 64-56

DURHAM, N.H.Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a career-high 24 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds for his second career double-double to lead the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to Saturday afternoon's 64-56 non-conference win against Yale at Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire improves to 4-5 on the season, while Yale falls to 3-7 overall.

Myrick, who was named the America East Player of the Game, shot 10-of-19 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from long range. Junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting, while junior Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y,) also reached double-figures with 11 points. Senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) chipped in with eight points and a game-high six assists and six steals. 

Austin Morgan led Yale with 12 points, while Justin Sears registered 10 points.

New Hampshire raced out to a 15-4 advantage to open the contest, highlighted by 10 points from Myrick during the stretch, for the 11-point lead at the 13:09 mark. Yale answered with back-to-back baskets, but a Pelcher layup sparked a 6-0 run for the 21-8 lead with 9:42 left in the stanza.

Yale used a 9-2 stretch to trim the deficit to six at 23-17, but Myrick responded with five quick points as the home side held a 28-21 lead at the half. Myrick scored 15 points in the opening half, while Rhoads had four assists and five steals.

The Bulldogs kicked off the second half with a 6-3 stretch to pull within four, but the Wildcats fought back with eight unanswered points to push the lead to 39-27 with 15:19 remaining.

UNH led by as many as 14 and held a 54-40 advantage with 5:43 left to play before Yale chipped away with a 14-6 run to pull within six with 1:20 remaining. Konan was forced to the line in the waning minutes and went 4-4 at the charity stripe to seal the victory.

New Hampshire shot 45.3 percent (24-53) from the floor, while Yale shot 37.8 percent (17-45) from the field. UNH limited the Bulldogs to 7.1 percent (1-14) from 3-point range.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Dec. 16 at Boston College. Tipoff is 1 p.m. at the Conte Forum with radio coverage on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network.

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