HAMILTON, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team defeated Colgate University, 60-52 to win their first game of the season at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y. It was the first win for coach Bill Herrion in his first season at New Hampshire.
Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) was the high-scorer for New Hampshire with 13 points while Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) and Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) followed with 12 points apiece.
The Raiders jumped out to a 4-0 lead to begin the game with baskets from Kyle Chones and Dan Gentile. Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) got New Hampshire on the board with a 3-pointer that started a 15-2 run for New Hampshire at 18:37. Colgate cut New Hampshire's lead to four (17-13) when Kyle Roemer banked a shot from behind the arc with nine minutes remaining in the half. The Wildcats built their lead back up as high as ten while the Raiders shot 5 of 12 with three turnovers before the end of the half. New Hampshire shot 55 percent in the half and was up 31-21 at the half.
New Hampshire came out strong in the second half. Christensen banked a jumper at 19:32 to increase the lead. For most of the half, New Hampshire was able to hold onto a lead of 10 points or more. Their highest lead of the game came with 7:35 left in the game when a jumper from Karalis putting New Hampshire up by 17 points at 52-35. Roemer sank two free throws immediately after to spark a 9-2 run for the Raiders.
With 30 left seconds in the game, Roemer hit a 3-pointer to close the lead to 58-52 in favor of New Hampshire. Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) sank two free throws with 12 seconds left. Colgate's Jon Simon attempted a shot from behind the arc at the seven-second mark but missed with Christensen rebounding the ball and hanging onto it for the win.
Roemer scored a game-high 17 points in 31 minutes of action for Colgate.
New Hampshire (1-3) continues their road trip on Wednesday November 30 at Harvard University at 7 p.m. They will return to host Long Island University on Saturday December 3 at 7 p.m.