, N.J. – University of New Hampshire junior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) delivered a game-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds as the Wildcats (1-7) fell just short of a comeback to Big East member Rutgers (3-5), 55-48, in men’s basketball action played at Louis Brown Athletic Center on Wednesday night.
            The Wildcats struggled offensively in the first half of play, shooting 5-of-19 (26.3%) from the floor, while Rutgers posted a 30-7 run to open the game and led by as much as 27 during the first half. Rutgers sophomore guard Anthony Farmer netted three straight 3-pointers for nine first half points to lead the charge. The Scarlet Knights took a 37-16 advantage heading into halftime, shooting 14-of-30 from the field (46.7%).
            The Wildcats, however, opened the second half with a 14-6 run to cut the deficit to 43-30 with 11:59 on the clock. Christensen led the Wildcat comeback by scoring 18 of his 22 points in the second half. Christensen threaded the Scarlet Knights defense on a number of drives to the basket and made a crucial layup with 9:38 remaining to cut Rutgers lead down to nine, 43-34.
            The determined Wildcats came within seven points on three separate occasions during the second stanza, but a 5:01 scoring drought in the middle of the second half ended any hopes of officially completing an amazing 23 point comeback. UNH shot 11-of-25 from the field (44.6%) and its stingy defense limited the Scarlet Knights to 18 second half points.
 UNH held the advantage on the glass, outrebounding Rutgers by a margin of 36-33 and scored 24 points in the paint. Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) posted ten points and shot a perfect 6-for-6 at the foul line. Junior forward Brandon Odom (Dorchester, Mass.) and freshman forward Dan McGeary (Newton, Mass.) each posted five points apiece. Christensen, who shot 7-of-12 from the field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, was named the America East Player of the Night in the loss.
            UNH continues its eight game road trip with a visit to Northeastern on Monday (Dec. 18) for a 7:00 tip-off. The game will be broadcasted on the UNH Sports Network.
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