DURHAM, N.H. – Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) paced four players in double figures with a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team rolled to a 94-70 win over Suffolk University in the regular season opener Saturday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats (1-0) open the season with a win over the Rams for the sixth-straight season.
Pelcher, who was named the America East Player of the Game, finished the night 9-of-12 shooting from the floor in 30 minutes. In addition to Pelcher, Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) poured in 19 points and added seven boards, three assists, a steal and a block. Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) contributed 12 points and six assists, while freshman Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) pumped in 14 points, fueled by 3-of-4 shooting from behind the arch.
The teams were tied 5-5 just three and a half minutes in when the Wildcats went on an 8-1 run to take a 13-6 lead with 13:18 left in the first half. The run was powered by eight-straight points by Pelcher. The Rams trailed 25-15 with 8:35 left in the first, when they rattled off three straight trifectas to cut the lead to 25-24 with 6:53 left. A pair of Sam Nwadike free throws gave the Rams their last lead at 26-25 with 6:26 left in the half. UNH finished the half strong and went into the break up 46-38. Pelcher paced the Wildcats in the first half with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 12 rebounds. UNH shot 48.5 percent from the floor in the first half and held a 26-15 advantage on the glass.
In the second half, New Hampshire held a comfortable lead throughout. The Wildcat built its largest lead of the game at 78-54 with 7:21 remaining and matched that with when Williams Gabriel (Lagos, Nigeria) made a layup with 1:05 remaining to close out scoring at 94-70.
UNH shot 55.0 percent from the floor for the game, including 63.0 percent during the second half. The Wildcats held a 51-36 rebounding advantage and held a commanding 48-22 scoring advantage in the paint.
The Wildcats return to action when they travel to Duquesne University on Wednesday, Nov. 13 (7 p.m.). UNH's next home game is Sun., Nov. 17 against NJIT. For more information about UNH men's basketball including ticket information log on to UNHWildcats.com.