DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted a game-high 16 points and four other Wildcats recorded double-figures as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team downed Suffolk, 91-51, in the season opener Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats improve to 1-0 on the young season, earning their sixth-straight home-opening victory. UNH improves to 6-0 all-time against Suffolk University with all six wins coming at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Redshirt-junior Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.), who was named the America East Player of the Game in his UNH debut, posted 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three assists. Konan shot 6-of-9 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) also added 14 points and nine boards. Junior Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) and senior Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) registered 13 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the double-digit scorers.
The Wildcats outshot the Rams 54.7 percent (35-64) to 25.9 percent (15-58) from the field and 41.2 percent (7-17) to 35.3 percent (6-17) from long range. UNH also won the battle for rebounds by a 51-34 margin.
UNH opened the contest with a 14-3 run, sparked by Konan with a deep trey, while senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) capped off a 9-0 stretch with back-to-back layups and a free throw at the 17:12 mark.
Suffolk chipped away over the next six minutes as Colin Halpin buried a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 11, but the Wildcats rattled off six unanswered points for the 33-16 lead midway through the frame.
After a Suffolk basket, UNH netted 12 straight points as Morris and Konan each hit a trey during the stretch to push the home side in front, 45-19, with 3:20 remaining. The Wildcats ended with a 6-1 run for the 54-23 advantage at halftime.
The teams matched points during the first two minutes of the second half, until a dunk by senior Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.) ignited a 6-0 run to move the Wildcats in front, 64-26.
UNH never led by less than 36 points the rest of the way, while a 3-pointer by freshman Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) gave the Wildcats a 44-point advantage with five minutes remaining as the home side cruised to the 91-51 victory.