Men's Basketball: Pelcher records sixth double-double in 'Cats loss

By Rob Wilson
On February 25, 2014

The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team's shooting woes continued at home Saturday, leading to its fourth straight loss to UMass-Lowell 58-52 on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Patrick Konan, Jordon Bronner, Scott Morris and Chris Pelcher wore their home jerseys for Senior Recognition Night for the last time in their careers. The players had their families to support them. However, at the end of it all, they hadto walk away from the court with another loss.

"It was a disappointing loss," Herrion said. "We were just really bad offensively, and it didn't look like we had a lot of life out there on the court. It's just been a problem all year for us, and that's being inconsistent. Overall, I thought we defended well enough, but what is a good defense without leading to better offense?"

The loss dropped the Wildcats to 6-21 on the season, 4-10 in America East play, while the River Hawks improved to 9-18 overall, 7-8 in conference action.

The game opened up with the River Hawks scoring first at 17:12 in the first half on a layup from Kerry Weldon. Morris put the Wildcats on board with a tying three-pointer at 15:53, followed by a Pelcher layup to give UNH its first lead of the game, 5-3. 

It wasn't until the last three minutes of the half that Lowell took the lead with a Mark Cornelius jumper and a three-pointer by teammate Tyler Livingston to give it a 22-18 lead. Jacoby Armstrong was able to bring the score to 22-20 with a layup with 2:17 remaining in the half. Weldon followed suit with a layup to extend the lead 24-20, but Jaleen Smith brought the deficit to one with a three-pointer to end the first half with a score of 24-23. 

Weldon kicked off the second half scoring with a layup just 22 seconds in, but Pelcher retaliated with a hard slam-dunk on the next possession to make the score 27-26. At 17:33, Bronner gave the Wildcats their first lead of the half after being fouled on a layup, but was unable to convert from the line.

Bivins and Weldon combined for 2-4 from the line to give Lowell a 28-27 lead at 16:34. Williams matched their two points and raised them a layup spurring an eight point run before Armstrong hit a jump shot to make the score 38-29 at 13:00.

It was just over three minutes before sophomore Frank Okeke hit a three-pointer to bring the Wildcats within four points of the lead.  Then, Bronner and Armstrong combined 5-6 from the line to outdo a Lowell layup from Cornelius. Over the next four minutes, the teams went back and forth before Daniel Dion led the Wildcats on a 6-4 run and Armstong continued his hot streak from the line by going 2-2. This brought the Wildcats within two, down 49-47.

Dion then made a three with 49 seconds left to give the Wildcats a late 50-49 lead. However, Williams answered back with an acrobatic layup under the basket around Pelcher to get the basket and the foul. He made the And-1, giving Lowell a 52-50 lead with 34 seconds. A costly turnover by Dion followed the Williams basket. This lead to another score by Williams, who led all players in scoring Saturday with 25. The River Hawks finished the game on a 9-2 run to clinch the 58-52 victory.

With two games left in the regular season, New Hampshire hopes to finish strong, but needs to fix the little things that have been preventing the team to win ball games, according to Pelcher.

"We just need to figure out the things holding us back from winning ball games over these next two games," Pelcher said. "We just need to take it game-by-game."

Dion pointed towards the team's energy over the course of the game, which plagued the team from creating any offense.

"We were just low on energy and definitely could have played better as a team," Dion said. "I think we will be ready for Thursday. On the bright side, we have had some close games recently, besides the Vermont loss, so we just need to work things out and get better into the next game."

The Wildcats return to the court on Thursday, Feb. 27 when they travel to Albany for a 7 p.m. tipoff


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