DURHAM, N.H. - Senior forward Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and led four players in double figure scoring as the University of New Hampshire posted a 96-51 victory over New England College in men's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium. The victory was the first of the year for UNH, breaking a six-game winless drought.
In addition to the efforts of Brown, the Wildcats (1-6) received a career-high 17 points off the bench from Brady Catlett (Hedgesville, W.V.). Kyle Peterson (Malone, Wisc.) and Allen Gould (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had 12 points apiece for UNH. Joe Shaw led the Pilgrims (2-5) with 15 points, while Icocca Coleman poured in 13.
The visitors took a 3-0 lead at 19:48 on a three-pointer by Shaw, but UNH's Brown hit a three of his own to give UNH a 5-3 advantage with 18:26 to go in the first, a lead the Wildcats would never relinquish.
New England College cut the Wildcat lead to eight points (31-23) with 6:38 to play in the opening stanza, but UNH then went on a 10-0 run to give the home team a comfortable 41-23 cushion with 3:50 to go before the intermission. UNH led 54-31 at the break and continued to add to the margin in the second stanza, leading by as many as 45 points with 3:51 to play in the contest.
Rebounding may have been the most obvious difference in the game, as the Wildcats took advantage of the much smaller Pilgrims with a 67-33 rebounding margin. UNH also shot for its best field goal percentage of the season, making 38x85 attempts from the floor for a shooting percentage of .447, as compared to a mark of .273 for the visitors (18x66).
The UNH men's basketball team will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 8, when the squad travels to play Lehigh. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats will play their next home contest on Wed., Dec. 12 vs. Harvard. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.