BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a team-high 15 points, including 11 in the second half, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell at the University of Vermont, 63-48, Wednesday evening at Patrick Gymnasium.
New Hampshire drops to 6-16 overall and 2-8 in America East play, while Vermont improves to 15-7 on the season in 8-2 in conference play.
Konan, who was named the America East Player of the Game, shot 6-of-10 from the floor and added five rebounds and two assists. Junior Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) also reached double figures with 11 points including a trio of 3-pointers.
Luke Apfeld paced Vermont with 16 points, while Clancy Rugg and Ethan O'Day added 13 and 10, respectively. Brian Voelkel led all players with 14 rebounds.
Vermont shot 46.7 percent (21-45) from the field, including 50 percent in the first half, while UNH shot 38.8 percent (19-49) from the floor. UVM also won the battle for rebounds, 34-27.
Vermont opened the contest with seven unanswered points until senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) drove through traffic and finished with a layup to put the Wildcats on the board at 16:46. The teams then swapped a pair of short jumpers, but Rugg followed with his second 3-pointer of the game to spark a 6-0 stretch and push the home side on top, 15-4, at 14:17.
Konan stopped the scoreless stretch with a jumper in the paint, but Apfeld responded on the other end with another 3-pointer. After New Hampshire answered back by going inside to Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) for a basket, UVM scored nine straight points over the next 6:42 for the 27-8 lead with six minutes left in the half.
From there, UNH netted a 4-2 stretch as Konan converted a baseline layup and Pelcher hit a short jumper in the corner, but Ben Crenca picked up a 3-point play on a driving layup and the subsequent free throw to extend the lead, 32-12.
New Hampshire ended the half with another 4-2 stretch as sophomore Tommy McDonnell (Durham, N.H.) crashed the boards on a missed shot and put back the offensive board for the lay-in. Morris added a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining but Vermont held a 34-16 lead at halftime.
Vermont kicked off the second half with a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-4 opening run, while Konan and senior Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.) scored for the Wildcats during the span. UNH responded with a 5-2 stretch, going to Konan for all five points to trim the deficit to 42-25 with 12:34 left to play.
After the Catamounts bounced back with a 7-2 stretch, the 'Cats reeled off a 13-4 run to pull within 56-40 at the 2:54 mark. Morris hit a pair of 3-pointers during the run, while Pelcher, Konan and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) also contributed to the scoring effort.
New Hampshire edged the Catamounts by a 9-6 margin in the final three minutes, but the home team had already secured the victory.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when they play host to UMBC at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.