Myrick Scores 23 Points in Men's Basketball's 65-63 Loss at Colgate

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) notched 23 points and the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team erased an early 12-point deficit, but Colgate scored the game-winning bucket with two seconds left in regulation to hold on for the 65-63 victory Sunday afternoon at Cotterell Court.

New Hampshire drops to 4-8 overall to wrap up non-conference play, while Colgate improves to 5-9 on the season.

Myrick shot 8-of-19 from the floor, including a career-high five 3-pointers. Senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) finished with 13 points and a career-high nine assists to go along with two steals. Junior Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) added 12 points and nine rebounds, shooting 5-of-10 from the field.

Murphy Burnatowski led all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 at the foul line.

New Hampshire shot 37.5 percent (21-56) from the field and 47.8 percent (11-23) from long range. Colgate shot 49 percent (25-51) from the floor and outrebounded the Wildcats, 39-29.

Colgate raced out to a 16-4 advantage over the opening six minutes of action, powered by Burnatowski, who led the Raiders with 11 points during the stretch. New Hampshire answered right back with an 11-2 run as four different players scored during the stretch to pull the Wildcats within three, 18-15, midway through the stanza.

Colgate responded with a quick 5-1 burst, but the Wildcats continued to find offense through Myrick on the outside as the senior knocked down a pair of treys to trim the deficit to 25-22 at 6:12.

After the teams swapped post baskets and trips to the charity stripe, the Raiders ended the half with a slim 6-4 edge for the 35-29 advantage at intermission. Myrick led the Wildcats with 12 points at the break, including three 3-pointers, while Burnatowski paced all scorers with 13 points.

Colgate kicked off the half with a 9-6 run, as Rhoads and junior Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) hit back-to-back 3-pointers during the middle of the stretch to keep the Wildcats within nine, 44-35, at 14:52. UNH chipped away over the next three minutes until Rhoads hit a shot from beyond the arc to trim Colgate's lead to two, 49-47, midway through the frame. The Raiders answered with a layup before the two teams went back-and-forth from long range, alternating a pair of treys and ending with Colgate on top, 57-53, with 6:02 remaining.

Colgate used a 4-2 burst to expand its lead to six at 2:41, but Myrick responded with his fifth trifecta of the contest. The shot sparked an 8-0 run as Pelcher drained a pair of free throws and Myrick drove to the hole to draw the foul and convert the three-point play, pushing the Wildcats on top, 63-61, for their first lead of the game with 2:10 remaining.

The Raiders evened the score on a jumper from Mitch Rolls, but were forced to take a deep 3-pointer on their next possession, giving UNH the ball with 40 seconds left to play. Rhoads was fouled with nine seconds left to play, but missed the front end of a one-and-one, setting up Luke Roh for a game-winning lay-in with two seconds remaining to seal the victory.

The Wildcats open up America East play on Wednesday, Jan. 2 when they play host to reigning conference champion Vermont at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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