BALTIMORE – Junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a team-high 19 points, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell at the University of Maryland Baltimore Country, 68-57, in America East play Wednesday evening at RAC Arena.
With the loss, New Hampshire drops to 4-11 overall and 0-3 in league play, while UMBC improves to 3-13 on the season and 1-2 on conference action.
Konan, who was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, scored 14 of his 19 points in the opening half and finished with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and two steals. Senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 12 points and four assists, while junior Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) chipped in with seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Ryan Cook led all players with a game-high 21 points for UMBC, while Brett Roseboro (13), Chase Plummer (11) and Adrian Satchell (11) also reach double figures.
New Hampshire shot 33.3 percent (21-63) from the field and won the battle for rebounds, 40-36. UMBC shot 51.1 percent (24-47) from the floor.
UNH raced out to an early 5-0 lead as Pelcher converted a hook shot in the paint and Myrick knocked down a 3-pointer on the next possession. UMBC rallied back with six unanswered points to take a slim lead, but Konan answered right back with consecutive treys from the corner to push the Wildcats in front, 11-6, at 15:04.
UMBC responded with five straight, using a 3-pointer from Cook to even the score, but junior Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) hit a deep trey on the other end to give the visitors the lead, 14-11, at 12:38.
The Retrievers used a 6-0 run to move out in front by two, until Konan silenced the stretch with his third 3-pointer of the half for the 17-16 advantage. The home side responded with a basket down low, but Konan came back again, this time in the paint as he muscled in a bucket down low and drew the foul for the 3-point play.
New Hampshire maintained a two-point lead over the next four minutes, but UMBC closed out the half with a 10-4 run over the final seven minutes for the 33-29 lead at intermission. Konan led all players with 14 points at the half.
UMBC kicked off the second half with an 8-2 run, backboned by a pair of 3-pointers from Brian Neller, for the 41-31 lead at 16:39.
The Retrievers increased their lead to double digits, 44-33, before Myrick stepped back and drilled a shot from beyond the arc. Pelcher kept it going with a hook shot inside to pull the Wildcats within six, 44-38, with 13:10 remaining.
From there, the teams exchanged two-point field goals and trips to the foul line, until Pelcher scored down low to keep the Wildcats within six, 50-44, at 9:30. UMBC answered with an 8-1 stretch over the next three minutes for the 13-point lead. Senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) hit a 3-pointer to slice the deficit to ten, but UMBC held a double-digit lead the rest of the way to hold on for the victory.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 16 when they host Albany at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.