Men’s Basketball Falls at Bryant, 76-64

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Senior Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) scored 12 points apiece but the Wildcats could not escape an early deficit as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell at Bryant, 76-64, Saturday afternoon at the Chace Athletic Center.

With the loss, New Hampshire dips to 2-1 overall, while Bryant improves to 1-2 on the season.

Myrick shot 3-of-7 from the field and added five boards, while Pelcher shot-3-of-4 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line. Junior Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) chipped in with 11 points, including seven to kick off the second half, to pair with two assists. Senior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) added 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers.

Alex Francis led Bryant with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds, while Dyami Starks and Frankie Dobbs posted 17 and 12, respectively. The Bulldogs shot 51.7 percent (15-29) in the opening half to build a nine-point lead at halftime.

Bryant raced out of the gate for a quick 12-0 lead before Myrick stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer from the corner. Bronner drilled a pair of free throws on the next possession to pull the Wildcats within seven, 12-5, with 15:11 remaining in the half.

Bryant stretched its lead to 22-11 over the next six minutes, but UNH responded by going down low, resulting in either tough post baskets or a trip to the free throw line. The Wildcats manufactured a 9-2 run during the 2:04 stretch as Morris drained a 3-pointer to pull the Wildcats within four, 24-20, with 7:20 left in the stanza.

The teams then swapped trips to the charity stripe before Rhoads converted a pair of free throws and Myrick hit a shot from beyond the arc to trim the deficit to two, 28-26, at the 5:04 mark.

From there, Bryant used an 11-3 stretch to increase its lead to ten, 39-29, with 3:06 remaining. Rhoads quieted the crowd with a 3-pointer, but the Bulldogs ended with a 4-2 edge for the 43-34 advantage at halftime. Myrick paced the Wildcats with 12 points and five rebounds at intermission.

Bryant opened the second half with an 8-2 run, going to Francis for three unanswered baskets to open the frame, as the Bulldogs owned a 51-36 lead at 16:05. UNH went to Bronner for its first seven points of the stanza, capped off with a 3-pointer to bring the Wildcats within 12 at 53-41.

New Hampshire managed to get to the foul line over the next 2:20 as Pelcher and junior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) went a combined 6-6 at the stripe to trim the deficit to 55-47 with 12:40 remaining.

Bryant answered right back with six unanswered points over a 1:47 span for the 14-point lead midway through the stanza and the Bulldogs held a double-digit advantage the rest of the way to seal the victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 21 when they visit NJIT at 7:30 p.m.

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