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Men’s basketball loses to New Hampshire 64-49
Mansell nets team-high 19 points, is named America East Player of Game
January 21, 2012
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Chandler Rhoads and Ferg Myrick combined for 37 points to pace visiting New Hampshire (7-11, 2-5 AE) to a 64-49 win over Binghamton (0-19, 0-7 AE) Sunday afternoon from the Events Center. In front of 3,691 fans, the Bearcats committed 17 turnovers and managed just seven second-half field goals.
New Hampshire closed out the first half with a 12-2 run to take a 33-23 cushion into intermission. Sophomore guard Robert Mansell, BU’s top scorer with 19 points, scored six straight points to pull the Bearcats to within five, 45-40, with 10:09 left. But UNH guard Alvin Abreu answered with a three-pointer on the next possession to stem the tide. Mansell, who sank 10-of-10 free throws, hit another pair with 9:26 left to pull BU within six, 48-42. But Rhoads, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, delivered the dagger with an ensuing four-point play. He drilled a three-pointer from the left wing, was fouled and sank the free throw to restore UNH’s double-digit lead. The Wildcats kept the margin at double-figures the rest of the way.
“It was a game of runs and possessions,” head coach Mark Macon said. “New Hampshire did two things to us ... they caused turnovers and they got offensive rebounds. Rhoads hurt us with big baskets, steals and the four-point play.”
Mansell hit 4-of-8 from the floor and added a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman forward Omar Richards scored nine points and classmates Ben Dickinson and Chris Longoria chipped in eight points apiece. Dickinson netted all his points in the first half and added a team-high four assists. Junior guard Jimmy Gray produced five points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Bearcats actually outshot their visitors (45% to 43%) but the turnovers and 11 UNH offensive rebounds resulted in 13 more shots for the Wildcats. New Hampshire’s bench outscored BU’s bench 25-0 and the Bearcats were held to just three offensive rebounds.
Binghamton begins a stretch of four-of-five on the road with a trip across I-88 and a matchup with longtime SUNY rival Albany on Wednesday.