DURHAM, N.H.— Freshman point guard Marcelle Williams scored 20 points and junior Colin Donahue added 15 points, including key points down the stretch, to lead the University of New Hampshire to a 75-57 victory over cross-state rival Dartmouth on Friday night at Lundholrn Gymnasium.
Shaun Gee, who scored a game-high 25 points for the Big Green (now 2-2), scored a three-pointer to start the second half and trimmed the UNH lead to just three points (36-33). The Wildcats, who earned their first victory under first-year head coach Phil Rowe, went on an 11-0 run, to make the score 47-33 with 16:30 to play.
The Big Green never closed the gap to less than seven points the rest of the way.
Williams and Donahue both went 4x4 from the free throw line for the Wildcats in the final 3:28 of the contest to help the Wildcats hold on to the victory. As a team, UNH was 12x13 from the free throw line in the second half for a shooting percentage of .923.
UNH opened a lead early in the first half as well. After the game was tied at 4-4 at 17:16, the Wildcats went on an 11-2 run keyed by Williams, who had two three-pointers and an assist on another basket, to make the score l5-5 with 13:06 remaining in the opening stanza.
The Big Green came back to within four points (20-16), and trailed by six points at the half (36-30).
In addition to Gee’s 25 points. Mark Kissling and Veclad Osmanovic each contributed eight points in the losing effort for the Big Green.
Dartmouth was just 4x30 from three-point range for a shooting percentage of .133 and shot .317 from the floor.
Other players scoring in double digits for UNH were Mark Yeaton with 12 points and Rob Marquardt.