Seniors double up for UNH win
Seniors Ferg Myrick and Chris Matagrano both recorded double-doubles to lead the UNH men's basketball team past Binghamton University, 63-45, Saturday evening at the Events Center in Binghamton, N.Y.
New Hampshire snapped a nine-game skid with the win to improve to 5-14 on the season and 1-6 in America East play. Binghamton dropped to 3-17 overall and 1-6 in conference action.
Myrick, who was named the America East Player of the Game, posted 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting to pair with 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Matagrano posted 12 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 5-of-9 from the floor. Senior Chandler Rhoads registered 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with five assists and five steals. Junior Patrick Konan added 12 points to round out the double-figure scorers.
Jordan Reed led Binghamton with a game-high 18 points, while Brian Freeman chipped in with 11 points.
UNH shot 39.7 percent (23-58) from the floor and won the battle for rebounds, 44-37.
New Hampshire kicked off the contest with a 10-0 run as Myrick sparked the stretch with an steal at midcourt and drove all the way for a finishing layup. He also added a 3-pointer during the stretch before Roland Brown put the Bearcats on the board with a bucket down low at 16:11.
UNH answered right back with a basket from Matagrano, but the Bearcats scored four straight points to trim the deficit to six, 12-6, at 14:31.
From there, the Wildcats reeled off an 11-1 stretch as Konan converted a breakaway layup and Jeron Trotman put back an offensive board on the next possession to start the run. Binghamton managed to get to the line for a free throw, but Scott Morris responded with 3-pointer from the corner. UNH kept it going with back-to-back layups from Myrick and Rhoads to push the visitors on top, 23-7, midway through the stanza.
Binghamton rallied back with a 10-2 run over the next six minutes to cut the lead to seven, but UNH ended the half with an 8-2 run. Rhoads wrapped up the stretch by intercepting a pass at midcourt and followed with a breakaway dunk to give UNH the 33-19 lead at intermission. Myrick led all scorers with 11 points at the break, while Rhoads had 10 points and five steals.
UNH maintained its momentum to open the second half as Konan wrestled for a loose ball after a missed shot and kicked it out to Rhoads for a 3-pointer. Binghamton answered with a 4-2 edge on a pair of buckets from Reed, but Konan and Myrick knocked down back-to-back treys to push the Wildcats up 44-23 with 15:06 remaining.
Binghamton continued to go to Reed for four points over the next four minutes, but the Wildcats countered by spreading around the offense as Matagrano, Rhoads and Morris all hit short buckets for the 53-29 lead at 7:49.
The Bearcats had trouble scoring from the floor and managed just three free throws over the next four minutes before Jimmy Gray hit a jumper, but UNH had increased its lead to 24 at 58-34 with 3:55 left to play. UNH then went 5-of-6 at the line over the final 3:08 to seal the victory.
UNH is back on the court Wednesday, Jan. 30 when they visit Maine at 7:30 p.m.
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