PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- Despite a valiant 19-point career-high effort as the starting center by sophomore Assane Faye (Dakar, Senegal), the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to 1-4 on the season after suffering a 98-64 setback at Brown University’s Pizzitola Center on Saturday night.
The Wildcats kept things interesting in the first half and trailed by just one point at the intermission (41-40). In that opening stanza, the Wildcats held an early lead and eventually tied the game following a 10-point deficit on a layup by freshman guard Ruben Bush (Springfield, Mass.). The Wildcats did all that without starting junior center Rob Marquardt (Northport, N.Y.) who suffered an ankle injury in practice earlier this week.
In the second half it was all Bears (now 1-3 on the season), as the score increased from 50-49 in favor of the home team with 14:31 to play, to a 19-point advantage (71-52) with just over nine minutes to play in the game. Brown had rattled off a 21-3 run and never looked back again. The biggest lead of the contest for the Bears was 34 points, which was the final score. Brown outscored UNH in the second half (57-24).
Looking inside the numbers for the Wildcats, Faye was the only UNH player to score in double digits, with three other scoring eight points apiece.
The difference in the game could be seen in the rebounding department, as the home team outrebounded the visitors by an incredible 61-29 margin.
Brown was also successful from the charity stripe, hitting 29x44 shots, as compared to UNH’s mark of 11x16.
Brown was led in scoring by center Alaivaa Nuualitia, who took advantage of the absence of Marquardt by scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
The UNH men’s basketball team will open the America East portion of the schedule on the road Monday night when the squad travels to Northeastern University. Game time is 7 p.m. in Cabot Gymnasium.