February 18, 2012

Men's Basketball Wins Fourth Straight with 72-58 Decision Over Towson

DURHAM, N.H. Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) shared team-high honors with 19 points apiece to help guide the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to its fourth straight victory, 72-58, against Towson University in Saturday afternoon's non-conference game at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats, who have won five of their last six, improved to 12-14 on the season while dropping the Tigers to 1-28. The last time UNH posted a four-game winning streak was during the 2005-06 campaign when the 'Cats collected victories against Hartford (Jan. 8), UMBC (Jan. 11), Stony Brook (Jan. 14) and Dartmouth (Jan. 16).

Myrick tied his season high in scoring, earning America East Player of the Game honors, adding six boards, two steals and two blocks to his line. He shot 6 of 13 from the floor, including an impressive 6 of 7 from the charity stripe.

Patrick Konan
(Gainesville, Fla.) chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. Rhoads also added four assists, two rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

Robert Nwankwo led the way for Towson, registering 20 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and one block.

After both teams battled to a 10-10 tie with 13:10 on the clock, New Hampshire would find its offensive rhythm midway through the first stanza when Rhoads knocked down a 3-pointer to ignite a 10-3 run. Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) polished off the stretch with a trey of his own, giving the Wildcats their largest lead to that point, 20-13, with 7:54 remaining.

Kris Walden sank a three and Erique Gumbs canned a layup to cut the deficit to two, but UNH responded firing off 12 unanswered points to push its lead to 14. Myrick fueled the run with seven points, including a layup that capped off the run, giving the 'Cats the 32-18 edge with 2:45 on the clock.

Towson struck back when Gumbs hit a jumper and Nwankwo dropped in a layup, but New Hampshire took a 32-22 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Myrick and Rhoads scored nine points apiece in the first frame.

Marcus Damas helped get the Tigers back in the action when he drained a pair of free throws, setting off a string of seven unanswered points to set the score at 37-33 with 16:44 remaining in regulation.

UNH quickly picked up the pieces, as Rhoads knocked down 1 of 2 shots from the charity stripe and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) sank a trey, opening up a 20-3 run that gave the home team its largest advantage to that point. The Wildcats thrived on the three-point shot during stretch, knocking down five trifectas on their way to taking a 57-36 edge at 9:16.

The 'Cats maintained their edge for the next six minutes until Towson posted 13 unanswered points, with Damas fueling a stretch that lasted 2:01 notching seven points, trimming the lead to 11, 65-54, with 1:18 to play.

Despite the late scoring spurt, New Hampshire was able to hold onto the lead in the final moments of the contest, outscoring Towson 7-2 the rest of the way. The Wildcats made the most of their opportunities from the free throw line, knocking down 7 of 8 shots from the stripe to preserve the victory.

New Hampshire returns to America East action Wednesday, Feb. 22, with a 7 p.m. game at Maine.  For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com


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