Men's Basketball Ousted by Penn State, 72-45
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) notched nine points apiece, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team was defeated 72-45 by Penn State University at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday afternoon.
New Hampshire falls to 4-7 on the season, while Penn State improves to 7-4 overall.
Additionally, senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) chipped in with eight points and five rebounds.
Jermaine Marshall led all scorers with 15 points for the Nittany Lions, while teammates Sasa Borovnjak (11), Brandon Taylor (10) and D.J. Newbill (10) also reached double figures.
Penn State opened the contest with a 12-3 lead over the first six minutes, before Myrick slashed to the basket and drew the foul for the 3-point play, trimming the deficit to six with 13:27 left in the first stanza.
After the Nittany Lions scored 12 unanswered points to stretch their lead to 24-6, Myrick notched a basket down low to break up the streak, but the home side responded with a 10-0 run for the 34-8 lead at 5:07.
UNH ended the half with a 6-5 advantage but the Lions held a 39-14 lead at intermission. Penn State shot 55.2 percent (16-29) in the opening half, while Myrick led the Wildcats with seven points and three boards.
UNH kicked off the second half with five straight points, as junior Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) knocked down a trey and Rhoads followed with a pair of free throws, but Penn State responded with a 6-2 stretch for the 46-21 lead at 16:30. Junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) broke up the run on the next possession with a conventional 3-point play to pull the Wildcats within 48-26.
From there, Penn State used a 12-4 run to stretch its lead to 58-28 for an even 30-point advantage with 11:15 left to play. Facing a 32-point deficit at the 5:35 mark, Morris came off the bench and drilled three 3-pointers as part of a 13-8 run to help bring the lead down to 26, but the home side cruised to the 72-45 victory.
Penn State shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the field and limited the Wildcats to 22.6 percent (12-53) from the floor. The Lions won the battle for rebounds by a margin of 40-34.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 30 when they visit Colgate at 2 p.m.