Bronner Scores 23 Points in Men's Basketball's 72-68 Loss to Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) dropped 23 points and Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas) added a career-high 15, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team lost its non-conference finale to Brown University 72-68, Tuesday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Brown opened the game by jumping out to an 8-3 lead three minutes in. Tavon Blackmon got it started for the Bears, nailing back-to-back three's from the right shoulder. Cedric Kuakumensah added two free-throws for the Bears, while Bronner scored UNH's first points of the game on a three-pointer of his own.

UNH and Brown went back and forth over the next five minutes, with Brown holding a 16-12 advantage with 12:19 remaining in the half. The Bears then launched an 8-0 run to take a 24-12 lead. Sean McGonagill nailed a three-pointer to start it off, Dockery Walker followed with a layup, and McGonagill capped it with another three.

The Bears extended its lead to 14 points at 6:09, but the Wildcats responded with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to six points with 4:10 remaining in the half. Smith buried a three-pointer to start the run for the Wildcats. Bronner scored the next five points for UNH on a three-ball and two free-throws to cut the lead to 35-29.
Brown closed out the half on a 6-2 run to push the lead back to 10 points. McGonagill led the way for Brown in the first half with 13 points on 4-5 shooting including 3-4 from beyond the arc. Tavon Blackmon added 10 for the Bears in the first period.

Bronner led all scorers at the end of the half with 14 points. Smith pitched in with seven points on 2-4 shooting in the frame.

Brown stormed out of the gate with a 13-4 run to start the second half. McGonagill netted a jumper to start things off for the Bears. After Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) and Bronner netted layups, Kuakumensah finished a fast break dunk for Brown. Steven Spieth then hit a jumper from the left elbow, followed by two Norman Hobbie free-throws. McGonagill ended the run with a trey and a layup to put Brown ahead 54-35.

Following a layup by Blackmon to extend Brown's advantage to 21 points, UNH responded with a 14-4 run to cut the lead to seven points. Konan started it for UNH when he buried two free-throws. Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) and Bronner then scored the next five points on two layups and a free-throw, before Blackmon hit a layup for Brown.

Four straight free-throws, two from Konan and two from Smith, brought UNH within 12, and a jumper from Armstrong trimmed the lead to 65-55. Walker put Brown back up 12 before Armstrong hit a layup and Konan nailed a three to bring UNH back within seven points, 67-60.

UNH would cut the lead to four points after a three from Armstrong, but two Spieth free-throws iced the game for the Bears, eventually taking a 72-68 victory. 

McGonagill scored 23 points on 7-12 shooting including 4-8 from downtown to lead the Bears. Blackmon added 14 points and Walker netted 10 for Brown which improves to 7-6 on the season.

Bronner paced the Wildcat offense with 23 points on 7-15 shooting. Smith chipped in with a career-high 15 points and Konan notched a double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) for UNH which falls to 2-12 on the year.

Brown shot 45.3% (24-53) from the floor including 50.0% (14-28) in the first half. The Wildcats hit 33.3% (21-63) of its shots and 81.0% of its free-throws (17-21) during the contest.

UNH returns to action Thursday night when it travels to Binghamton University for an America East Conference battle with the Bearcats at 7:00 p.m. The Wildcats return to Lundholm Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m when it plays host to America East Rival UMBC. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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