RALEIGH, N.C. - Despite a career-high 19 points from freshman Allen Gould (Grand Rapids, Mich.), the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to North Carolina State University 103-59 in action here this afternoon at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
Junior Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine), the second-leading scorer in NCAA Division I entering the game, was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 15 points. Damien Wilkins had a game-high 20 points for N.C. State (6-3).
UNH (2-6) kept the game close early, as the 'Cats were down one, 12-11, on a Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.) tip-in with 14:36 to play in the first half. NCSU would then go on a 13-4 run to go up 25-15 with 8:58 in the opening stanza. The Wolfpack gradually increased their lead and held a 46-27 halftime advantage.
New Hampshire would score seven of the first nine points of the second half to pull within 14, 48-34, with 18:12 remaining. N.C. State would then go on a 9-0 run of its own to go up 57-34 with 14:38 left in the contest. Rob Marquardt (Northport, N.Y.) would score 19 seconds later to make it 57-36, but the 'Cats would get no closer the rest of the way.
New Hampshire returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 28 when it travels to Worcester, Mass. to face the Crusaders of Holy Cross. Game time is 7 p.m.