February 13, 2013

Konan scores career-high 22 points to lead men's basketball past UMBC, 92-86, in OT

DURHAM, N.H.Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season to help the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team outlast UMBC, 92-86, in overtime on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

New Hampshire improves to 7-16 overall and 3-8 in America East play, while UMBC falls to 6-19 on the season and 4-8 in conference play.

Konan, the America East Player of the Game, shot 7-of-8 from the floor and added two assists in 41 minutes of action. Senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) recorded 20 points and five assists while juniors Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) and Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) added 13 points apiece. Morris went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in the contest.

Joey Getz led the Retrievers with 22 points, going 6-of-8 from the floor including a trio of three-pointers. Brian Neller added 19 to the mix with 13 coming in the first half. Ryan Cook and Chase Plummer added 15 and 10 points, respectively.

After the teams were all tied up at 67-67 with 3:48 left in regulation, Konan netted the next four points, capped with a big 3-pointer to lift the Wildcats in front, 71-67, at 1:38. UMBC battled back but still faced a three-point deficit at 74-71 with 11 seconds left to play, setting up Neller with a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.

UNH opened the extra period with a 4-2 burst on a pair of layups from Konan and Myrick, but Plummer hit a pair of free throws to even the score at 78-78. UNH then took back the lead with a trifecta from Morris on the next possession for three-point advantage with 2:50 remaining.

After the teams swapped a pair of free throws, UNH took a five-point lead on layup from Pelcher, but UMBC answered with 3-pointer from Malik Garner to trim the deficit to 85-83 at 1:16.

UNH then went 3-of-4 at the free throw line to offset a Retriever layup and foul shot and hold a two-point lead at 88-86 with 12 seconds left to play.  From there, UNH was forced to take care of business at the charity stripe as Myrick and Konan combined for a perfect 4-of-4 down the stretch to seal the victory. 

New Hampshire shot 53.7 percent (29-54) in the contest, including 4-of-4 in the overtime period, while UMBC shot 41.8 percent (28-67) from the field. UNH also won the battle for rebounds, 41-32.

UMBC held a 43-33 lead at halftime, backboned by eight treys in the opening 20 minutes. New Hampshire shot 50 percent (12-24) from the floor in the first half, led by Konan with nine points and four boards.

The teams traded a trio of buckets to kick off the second half until Myrick netted three straight points to pull the Wildcats within seven. After a 6-5 stretch kept the Wildcats within range, Konan and Rhoads hit back-to-back 3-pointers to trim the deficit to three, 54-51, at 11:49.

Still down by four with just over seven minutes left in regulation, Morris drilled a shot from beyond the arc to spark a 7-0 run and push the home side in front, 62-60, with 5:43 left to play. UMBC answered with a 7-5 run as Neller hit a 3-pointer to even the score at 67-67, setting up the thrilling moments at the end of regulation and UNH's eventual overtime victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Feb. 17 when they go on the road to take on Boston University at 1 p.m. UNH will return home on Sunday Feb. 24 to play host to Binghamton University at 1 p.m. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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