TOWSON, Md. - Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Md.) scored 25 points and snagged eight rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to the Towson University Tigers, 72-64, Monday night at the SECU Arena.
The game went back-and-forth for the first six minutes of first half. Timajh Parker-Rivera opened the scoring for the Tigers, hitting a layup 20 seconds into the game. Konan responded with two free-throws to knot the score. Towson followed with back-to-back buckets to open a 6-2 advantage, but a jump shot from Konan and a three-ball from Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) gave UNH its first lead of the game.
Following Morris' three, the Tigers launched an 11-0 run to take a 15-7 lead. Jerrelle Benimon nailed a jumper from the left shoulder to start the run. Four McGlynn followed with two free-throws and Marcus Damas hit a layup to put the Tigers up 12-7. Rafriel Guthrie capped the run with a three-ball from the right corner.
After Towson extended its lead to 26-14 with 6:06 remaining, UNH ended the half on a 12-3 run. Konan got it started for UNH with a layup and a free-throw. Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) added a free-throw for the Wildcats before Konan added two more free-throws to make it 26-20. After Jerrelle Benimon hit a layup and a free-throw, Konan and Okeke nailed a three-pointer each to make the halftime score 29-26.
Konan led the Wildcats with 12 first-half points, while Okeke added 11 in the first stanza. Benimon paced the Tigers with seven points in the opening frame. Mike Burwell and Damas added five points apiece.
UNH opened the second half on a 6-2 run to take its first lead since six minutes in. Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) scored all six of the points for the Wildcats, hitting four free-throws and a layup.
Towson quickly regained the lead on a 5-0 run to make it 36-32. UNH responded again with 15-4 run to go up 47-40. Morris got it started for UNH when he hit an off-balance fade-away jumper from the left shoulder. Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) followed with five straight points on a three-ball and a layup to put the Wildcats up by four. After Benimon hit two free-throws, Okeke nailed a jumper and Bronner capped the run with a three to put UNH up 47-40.
The game went back-and-forth over the next five minutes. Towson tied the score with 9:38 remaining in the game, but the Wildcats answered when Konan hit a layup and a free-throw to put UNH up 54-51. The Tigers would seize control of the game after that, closing the contest on a 21-8 run to claim the victory. Benimon scored eight of the points during that run and Burwell added a big three-pointer that gave Towson a six-point lead with 50.0 seconds remaining.
Benimon scored a game-high 24 points, including 17 second-half points, to lead the Tigers. Damas added 11 points, Parker-Rivera chipped in with 10 points, and Guthrie notched 10 for Towson, who improves to 8-6 with the win.
Konan led four Wildcats in double-figures with 25 points and eight boards. Okeke scored 13 points, Bronner added 12, and Armstrong notched 11 for UNH, who falls to 2-10 on the season.
The Wildcats return to action when it hosts Sacred Heart University on Saturday, January 4 at Lundholm Gymnasium. For the latest news and information on UNH men's basketball tune in to www.unhwildcats.com.