DURHAM, N.H. – Sophomore guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) scored a career-high 24 points and dished out five assists to lead the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to Saturday afternoon's 71-64 non-conference victory against Colgate University at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Bronner was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, finishing the afternoon with three boards and a pair of steals. He shot a solid 7-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from deep while knocking down a career-best 8-of-9 shots from the stripe.
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 mark from beyond the arc. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) chipped in with 10 points, five boards and an assist.
Mike Venezia led Colgate with 15 points and two rebounds. Mitch Rolls and Sterling Melville added 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Both squads exchanged baskets with one another for the first 14 minutes of play until Pat Moore and Venezia each drained 3-pointers, sparking a string of 10 unanswered points by the Raiders. Rolls and John Bradenburg polished off the stretch with layups to give the visitors their largest lead of the contest, 17-11, at 9:41.
The Wildcats stormed back with a 13-6 scoring run to reclaim the lead for good, as an Abreu trey set the score at 24-23 with 3:18 remaining in the stanza. From there a Bronner trifecta kept the offensive spurt alive, as UNH outscored Colgate 7-2 the rest of the way to complete a 20-10 run that lasted 9:06.
UNH shot 52 percent (12 of 23) in the first half to take a 31-27 lead to the locker room. Abreu shot a perfect 5-for-5 in the half for 13 points.
New Hampshire opened the second frame with a 7-2 run, extending its advantage to nine on a Bronner layup at 16:54. The Raiders quickly answered back with six unanswered, capped off with jumpers from Nick Pascale and Venezia on back-to-back possessions, cutting the score to 38-35 with 14:38 on the clock.
The run was halted when Rhoads took the ball hard to the basket and scored on a layup, setting off a streak of seven unanswered by the home team to claim its first double-digit lead of the contest, 45-35, at the 12-minute mark. Rhoads led UNH with five points on run.
Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) stopped the bleeding, sinking 3-pointers on back-to-back trips up the floor, pushing the lead to double-digits once again, 55-43, at 6:46. Colgate stepped up down the stretch, outscoring New Hampshire 20-14 the rest of the way, but the Wildcats were able to hold onto the lead and preserve the victory.
The Wildcats are back in action when they tip off their conference schedule on Monday, Jan. 2 (7 p.m.) against the University of Maryland Baltimore County at Lundholm Gymnasium.