Dec. 6, 2008
Durham, NH - New Hampshire overcame a 14-point second half deficit to tally for a 64-61 non-league win over Brown Saturday afternoon. Junior Matt Mullery lead Brown (3-5) with 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field, while Tyrece Gibbs was the top scorer for the Wildcats (3-3) with 19 points.
Brown had a chance to tie the game at the end, but sophomore Peter Sullivan's trey from the top of the three-point arc hit the back of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.
The difference in the game came was the Wildcats' shooting from behind the three-point arc, where 14 of New Hampshire's 23 field goals were treys. New Hampshire made 14 of 34 three-point attempts. The Bears were able to convert just five of 13 treys.
The 34 treys by the Wildcats turned into long rebounds, with New Hampshire out-rebounding Brown by a 36-24 margin.
The Bears came out of the halftime locker room and quickly turned a six-point lead, 33-27, into a 46-32 advantage on two free throws by Mullery with 12:25 left in the game.
New Hampshire got right back in the game with a 19-5 spurt to tie the game, 51-51, on a trey by Radar Onguetoua at the 7:18 mark of the second half.
The Wildcats took their first lead, 57-54, on a long trey by Gibbs with 4:38 left in the game.
Trailing 62-58 down the stretch, Bears' senior Scott Friske connected on a jump shot with 1:12 remaining to pull the Bears to within two points of the Wildcats, 62-60. But that was as close as the Bears would get after New Hampshire's Alvin Abreau connected on two free throws with 51 seconds remaining.
Brown led by as many as 10 points in the first half, 26-16, on a three-point basket by sophomore Garrett Leffelman, before settling on a 33-27 halftime lead.
Brown shot 58 percent from the field in the half, connecting on 14 of 24 field goals, including 3 of 5 from three-point range. The Wildcats counted on a three-point barrage, with seven of its 10 field goals coming behind the three-point arc.
Friske came off the bench to have a big game for the Bears with a season high 14 points, on 5 of 10 shooting from the field, five rebounds and four assists. Sullivan also scored in double figures with 12 points. Sophomore Adrian Williams chipped in with nine points and a team high seven rebounds, while senior Chris Skrelja added eight points.
Tyrone Conley and Abreu each scored 16 points for the Wildcats.
Brown returns home on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, to battle Hartford in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown is collecting for Toys-For-Tots, and all fans bringing a new teddy bear to this game will be admitted for free and be able to participate in the halftime contest. The winner of the Teddy Bear Toss will win an exclusive prize pack from many of Brown's corporate sponsors.