CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) matched a career-high with 20 points, and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) poured in 15 of his 17 points in the second half, but the University of New Hampshire was edged by Boston College, 67-64, in non-conference men's basketball action at Conte Forum on Monday night.
UNH fell to 1-1 on the young season, and BC captured its season opener.
Rhoads shot 6-of-14 from the floor, including 2-of-6 from 3-point distance, and cashed in on 6-of-10 free throw attempts. He chipped in with five rebounds and an assist in 37 minutes.
Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), who played all 40 minutes, tallied 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, handed out three assists and grabbed five rebounds.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) led the 'Cats on the glass, pulling down a game-high 12 boards while also chipping in with six points, three blocks and two steals. Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) added 10 rebounds and four points.
The first half saw six ties and five lead changes. UNH led by as many as six points, at 20-14 and 22-16, but BC ended the half on a 14-1 run to bring a 30-23 advantage to the intermission. Bronner and Rhoads, on a combined 6-of-12 shooting, tallied 17 of the Wildcats' 23 first-half points, but the 'Cats went 0-for-7 from 3-point range.
The Eagles continued to turn up the heat in the second half, building their lead to as many as 11, as a Patrick Heckmann layup put the home team up 51-40 with 12:28 remaining in regulation.
New Hampshire battled back strong following the basket, posting 10 unanswered points to cut the deficit down to just one point. Benson scored the final two baskets of the run, finishing off the stretch with a put-back layup in the paint to set the score at 51-50 with 9:28 remaining.
BC responded with a 5-0 run, but UNH kept its foot on the gas, piecing together a 7-2 run to cut the lead down to one point once again. Abreu led the way for the 'Cats, kicking off the scoring spurt with a 3-pointer from the left wing at 7:09, while also adding a jumper and a layup to finish off the stretch.
Both squads would trade baskets over the course of the next 4:15, until John Cahill knocked down a dagger three with 55 seconds remaining to give BC the 65-61 advantage. After a pair of scoreless trips up the floor by UNH, Matt Humphrey knocked down one of two free throws, putting the home team ahead, 66-61, with 17 seconds on the clock.
The Wildcats weren't finished just yet, as Bronner fired a pass to Abreu on the right baseline and he knocked down a trifecta to put UNH within two, setting the score at 66-64 with 12 seconds remaining. However, the comeback was short lived, as New Hampshire failed to score the rest of the way and Boston College was able to hold onto the lead in the final seconds of the contest.
The Wildcats return to action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Nov. 20, for a 1 p.m. non-conference game against Loyola (Md.). For tickets and more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.