DURHAM N.H. – Senior Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) scored 15 points and snagged four rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to the Bryant University Bulldogs, 60-55, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH opened the game on a 9-0 run on four points from Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.), a three-pointer from Bronner, and a jumper from John Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.). After a timeout, Bryant responded with a 7-0 run of its own. Dyami Starks started the run with a jumper from the left side. Corey Maynard added to the run with a jumper, before Starks capped the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key.
The Wildcats followed with a 7-1 run to make it, 16-8, with 9:52 remaining in the half. Bronner scored five points in that span, hitting a jumper and a three-pointer, while Pelcher added a layup. The Bulldogs hung in, responding with a 15-10 run to end the half only trailing, 26-23. Bronner paced the Wildcats with eight points at the break, while Starks led Bryant with 10.
Bryant came out shooting in the second half, notching a 9-0 run to start the period and take a 32-26 lead. Junior Alex Francis scored six points during the run, highlighted by a breakaway dunk in transition to give the Bulldogs a six-point lead.
With the Wildcats trailing 34-29, freshman Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) scored nine of the next 13 Wildcat points to tie the score, 42-42. Armstrong showed strong one-on-one offense during the span, beating his man for three layups.
UNH took its first lead of the half with 7:24 remaining. With the score knotted 45-45, Bronner hit a pair of free throws to give the Wildcats a two-point lead. Bryant quickly re-tied the game on a dunk by Francis 25 seconds later. Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) made it 50-47 when he buried a three from the right corner, but the Bulldogs once again tied the score on a three-ball from Joe O'Shea. Starks poured in four-straight free throws to push Bryant's lead back to four.
With Bryant leading, 54-50, and 3:53 remaining, the game was halted by a campus-wide blackout. The blackout delayed the game for 48 minutes before the teams resumed action.
The Wildcats cut the score to two after the blackout on a layup by Bronner. The Bulldogs responded with a three-pointer from Corey Maynard to push the lead back to five. Bronner made it a two-point game with 46 seconds left when he buried a three pointer from the top of the key, but the Bulldogs pulled away at the end, scoring the games' final three points to earn the victory
Bronner led a trio of Wildcats in double-figures with his season-high 15 points. Armstrong added a career-high 15 points and corralled six rebounds, while Pelcher notched his fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Starks scored 19 points to pace the Bulldogs. Francis (16 points), Maynard (13 points), and O'Shea (10 points) also scored in double-figures for the Bulldogs.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 3-2, while UNH falls to 2-3 on the season.
Next up for UNH is a meeting with Holy Cross on Saturday Nov. 30. Due to scheduling conflicts with UNH football, the original 1:00 p.m. game time has been rescheduled to a time TBA. Tune in to www.unhwildcats.com for the latest news on UNH basketball.