January 19, 2013

Konan posts double-double in men’s basketball’s 69-59 loss to Boston U.

DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) recorded 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to lead a group of four Wildcats in double figures, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to Boston University, 69-59, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH drops to 4-13 overall and 0-5 in America East play, while BU improves to 9-10 on the season and 3-3 in league action.

Konan, the America East Player of the Games, earned his second double-double of the season, while senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) led the Wildcats with 16 points to go along with three assists. Seniors Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) added 14 points apiece to round out the double-figure scorers.

Dom Morris led all players with 18 points for the Terriers, while Maurice Watson Jr. (13), Malik Thomas (11) and Travis Robinson (11) also posted double figures.

BU shot 53.2 percent (25-47) from the floor and held the Wildcats to 36.8 percent (21-57) from the field. UNH won the battle for rebounds, 32-30.

The two teams were evenly matched to open the contest as Rhoads drove hard down the lane to even the score at 6-6 four minutes into the game. BU answered with five unanswered points until Konan stepped back and drilled a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to 11-9 at 14:02.

After BU used an 8-5 stretch to gain a five-point advantage, Myrick and Matagrano hit back-to-back jumpers to pull the Wildcats within 19-18 with 8:07 left in the opening frame.

Boston University responded with consecutive jumpers, but a free throw by Konan and a layup from Myrick pulled the home side within two at 23-21. Nevertheless, the Terriers ended the half with an 8-3 stretch for the 31-24 lead at intermission.

The teams opened up the second half much like the first as BU maintained a seven-point advantage at 37-30 after a trio of buckets on either side over the course of a four-minute span.

From there, the Terriers went on a 9-2 run as D.J. Irving capped off the stretch with a shot from beyond the arc to push the visitors in front, 48-32, with 12:01 left to play.

New Hampshire made it interesting and slowly chipped away at the score over the next three minutes as Myrick knocked down a jumper and Rhoads sunk a free throw to pull the home side within seven, 52-45, at 6:52.

BU answered right back with a 9-2 run, powered by a trio of 3-pointers, to push the lead back up to 14 with 4:36 remaining. UNH cut the lead to seven once again, but could not get closer as the Terriers held on for the victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Thursday, Jan. 24 when they play host to Hartford at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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