DURHAM, N.H. – All five Wildcat starters registered double figures in scoring, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to Central Connecticut State University, 87-84, in Wednesday night's non-conference action at Lundholm Gymnasium.
New Hampshire falls to 3-5 on the year, while CCSU improves to 4-3.
Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.), who was named the America East Player of the Game, registered a team-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, handed out seven assists and swiped three steals. Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) added 16 points and eight rebounds. Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and was 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. In addition, Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) each added 11 points for the Wildcats. Logan Mortenson (South Jordan, Utah) scored a career-high eight points powered by a pair of 3-pointers.
CCSU's Kyle Vinales scored a game-high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting and dished out seven assists.
The Wildcats took a 41-35 lead into the half and extended the lead to 53-41 over the first three minutes of the second half, but the Blue Devils went on a 21-2 run capped off by a Joe Efese layup at 11:42 to take its first lead of the game at 56-55.
The teams went back-and-forth over the next few minutes with a Pelcher layup giving UNH a 71-70 lead. It would turn out to be the 'Cats last lead of the game. Kyle Vinales drained a three to spark a 6-0 run by CCSU to make it 76-71 with 4:54 left. The Blue Devils were able to hold a slim lead for the remainder with UNH getting as close as two at 82-80 after a Rhoads layup with 36 seconds left. CCSU made five of six free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
UNH stormed out of the gate scoring the game's first seven points including five from Rhoads. The Wildcats kept their foot of the gas extending the lead to 19-6 after a made Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) 3-pointer with 12:33 left in the first half.
CCSU responded with eight unanswered, before a Mortenson 3-pointer sparked a 10-2 stretch for the 29-17 lead with 8:42 remaining in the stanza. The Blue Devils answered right back to pull within one, 30-29, but the home side closed out the half with a 9-5 run for the six-point lead at intermission.
CCSU won the battle for rebounds, 30-28, and shot 50.0 percent (32-64) from the floor. UNH shot 57.1 percent (28-49) from the field, including 48.0 percent (12-25) from long range.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Dec. 8 against Yale University. Tipoff is 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium with radio coverage on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Tickets to the Yale game and all UNH home games are available online at UNHWildcats.com.