NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team dropped its sixth game in a row, 71-61, at the hands of Yale at John. J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 4-1 lead early on thanks to two free-throws from Williams Gabriel (Lagos, Nigeria) and a layup by Patrick Konan. After Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) hit a free-throw to make it 5-3, Yale notched an 14-2 run over the next 7:34 to give Yale a 16-7 advantage.. Brandon Sherrod got the Bulldogs started when he hit a layup and Armani Cotton made gave Yale its first lead of the night when he hit a layup of his own. Sherrod extended the run when he hit his second layup of the night and Anthony Dallier capped the run when he added his first two points of the game.
With 5:55 remaining and Yale holding a 19-12 lead, the Bulldogs launched a 9-0 run to extend their advantage to 28-12. Sherrod got it started again for Yale, scoring the first four points on a layup and two free-throws. Justin Sears scored the next five points for the Bulldogs to cap the run. The Bulldogs would take a 30-14 lead to halftime.
Sears and Sherrod paced the Bulldog offense in the first half with 11 and eight points, respectively. Armstrong led the way for UNH in the stanza, collecting four points and five rebounds.
Yale opened up a 19-point lead to start the half behind two points from Sherrod and a three-pointer by Nick Victor. The Wildcats responded with a with a 10-2 run to draw within seven points with 12:24 remaining in the game. Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas) got it started for the Wildcats when he cut through the middle of Yale's defense for a layup. Gabriel earned himself an and-one next time up the court when he took a feed from Tommy McDonnell (Durham, N.H.) and finished from the left block. After Gabriel scored the layup the Wildcats got a stop and Konan buried a three-pointer from the right side, Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) hit a jumper in the paint, and Konan added a layup to cut the lead to 40-33.
The teams went back and forth over the next five minutes before Yale pulled ahead to a 17-point edge. UNH once again responded to cut the lead to eight points, but it was too little too late for the Wildcats as Yale closed the door and took the game, 71-61.
Konan led the way for UNH with 14 points and 5 boards. Gabrield chipped in with a career-high eight points and three rebounds, while John Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) added a career-best eight points.
Sears paced the Bulldog attack with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Sherrod posted 18 points and 9 boards. Yale dominated the glass, outrebounded UNH 38-29 in the contest.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Dec. 18 when they host Stony Brook for the first conference game of the season. For the latest news and info on UNH basketball tune in to www.unhwildcats.com