EVANSTON, ILL.- Ronnie Dennis (Abbeville, Ala.) scored a career-high 18 points on four of seven shooting from three point range, but it wasn't enough as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team dropped an 81-55 decision to Northwestern University on Monday night. The loss left UNH at 0-2 on the young season. Meanwhile, the host Wildcats moved to 2-0 on the year.
Dennis began his tear early in the first half, as he nailed the game's first points with a three-ball 22 seconds into the stanza to give UNH a 3-0 lead. Freshman guard Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) then drained a jumper to extend the Wildcat lead to 5-0 with 18:51 remaining in the half. However, Northwestern then came alive as they scored the game's next 10 points, and by halftime would lead by a score of 37-27.
Following two layups by Jitim Young, Northwestern opened the second half with a 7-0 run to open up a 44-27 advantage. UNH then went on a 7-3 run of their own to creep to within 13 points, but that was as close as the 'Cats would get, as Northwestern responded with an 24-9 run over the next 7:44 to insure the win.
Young, who shot 11 of 14 from the field en route to a game high 29-points, led four Northwestern double-digit scorers. He also grabbed a game-high eight boards.
Dennis' 18 points led UNH. Sophomore center Ben Sturgill (Hamiltion, Ohio) also played well for UNH, as he scored nine points and caught five rebounds to assist in the Wildcat effort. Freshman Jeremy Friel (Durham, N.H.) followed up his impressive nine-point effort at Miami last Saturday with another solid contribution, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds in 23 minutes of action.
UNH looks for their first win of the season when they entertain Liberty on Saturday afternoon in their home-opener at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game is slated for a 12 p.m. start.