PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) finished with a career-high 17 points as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team upended Duquesne 84-81 at the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The win improves the 'Cats to 2-0 on the young season.
The Wildcats went on a 9-1 run to open the first half as Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) was first to get UNH on the board with a jumper. Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) hit his first three pointer of the night in that span as Konan made it 9-1 with a three of his own. Duquesne hit back-to-back three point shots at 13:53 and 13:27 left on the clock to aid a 7-0 run. Micah Mason hit the first while Derrick Colter hit the second.
Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) responded with a three-pointer of his own with 12:39 left in the half. Duquesne garnered its first lead of the game with 7:48 left in the half with a layup by Tra'Vaughn White. Morris drained a shot from three point land to regain a 30-28 lead for New Hampshire. Colter gave the Dukes a 31-30 lead with a layup after a free throw by Ovie Soko. Okeke drained his next three pointer to regain a 33-31 lead for New Hampshire, but the game was quickly tied back up with a jumper by Soko. Duquesne went on a 9-5 run to close out the first half. With the first 30 minutes in the books, the Dukes held a 42-38 lead.
Konan again garnered the first points of the half with a layup to start the second. After a three pointer by Duquesne's Colter, the Wildcats then scored five unanswered points to level the score at 45 apiece. With 14:14 remaining and the Dukes leading 54-51, Morris hit back-to-back three pointers to tie the score with a Duke three in between to make the score 57 all. Freshman Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) gave the Wildcats a 62-61 lead with 11:21 remaining in the half. Morris hit another three pointer with 10:38 left to increase UNH's lead to 65-61.
After holding the lead for nearly 10 minutes, Duquesne regained it with a score of 81-80 with just over a minute remaining with a layup by White. Konan was quick to get the lead back for UNH with a layup with 44 seconds remaining in regulation. With fouls to give, Duquesne fouled the Wildcats until Morris went to the line for a 1-and-1 situation. After hitting them both for an 84-81 lead, Colter rushed down the court and bombed a three with just one second remaining, but Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) grabbed the rebound and held on to let he final second tick off the clock.
Konan finished the game with 16 points and six boards while Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.H.) finished with his second double-double of the season in as many games with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Dion came off the bench for 13 points and six assists while Okeke finished with 12 points.
The Wildcats shot 15-of-27 from behind the arc while shooting at the 53 percent clip for the game (33-of-62).
New Hampshire returns home to host NJIT on Sunday, Nov. 17. Tip off is set for 5 p.m.