DURHAM, N.H. - Despite outscoring its opponent 43-33 in the second half, the University of New Hamsphire men's basketball team came up just short against Mt. St. Mary's, 70-68, dropping its fourth straight to start the season on Monday at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Junior Marcus Bullock's (Cherry Hill, N.J.) three-pointer with 45 seconds go knotted the game up at 68 apiece. However, with three seconds remaining on the clock, Mt. St. Mary's Pat Atangan hit a pair of free throws to seal the game for the Mountaineers who move to 2-2.
Sophomore Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) had a strong effort for the Wildcats (0-4), notching career-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Sturgill was 7 for 10 from the field, while five of his 10 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
Senior Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.) had 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including three three-pointers. Junior Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.) was slowed by foul trouble but still finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Bullock also had 10 points for the 'Cats.
Landy Thompson and Jamion Christian led the way for the Mountaineers with 19 points apiece. Atangana finished with 16 points. Collectively, Mt. St. Mary's had nine steals on the night, forcing the Wildcats into 21 turnovers.
UNH shot just 58 percent (10 for 17) from the free throw line in the second half but was more effective from the field where it shot 52 percent (14 for 27) overall and 50 percent (5 for 10) from three-point land.
Mt. St. Mary's led at halftime, 37-25.
The Wildcats return to action at Colgate University on Friday (7 p.m.).