'Cats blow out Suffolk in opener
The New Hampshire Wildcats opened up their 2012-13 campaign on Saturday with a relentless 91-51 win over Suffolk. Junior forward Patrick Konan led the charge for the Wildcats with a team-high 16 points off 66 percent shooting.
The 'Cats are now 6-0 all-time when facing the Rams, each win coming at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, N.H.
Redshirt-junior center Chris Pelcher went 7-of-8 shooting, putting up 14 points of his own along with nine rebounds in the game, earning him the honor of player of the game.
UNH head coach Bill Herrion said on Wednesday the team was looking for more offensive balance this season and to get the forwards and centers under the basket more involved offensively.
Pelcher and center Chris Matagrano combined for 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Senior forward Ferg Myrick pulled down nine rebounds and added 14 points to the board.
"We have made a decision on offense to go inside, and we did that today," Herrion said following the victory.
The Wildcats came out of the gate on an 11-3 run in the first two and a half minutes of play.
Senior forward Jeron Trotman denied Suffolk on its first shot attempt with a block that was picked up by senior guard Chandler Rhoads that led to a Konan three-pointer in transition.
Konan picked up another basket on a two-point jumper before Suffolk scored its first basket of the game.
Slowly but surely the Wildcats built up its lead in the first half, with Suffolk just trying to stop their defensive bleeding.
An exciting moment for the Wildcats came in the closing seconds of the half when junior guard Scott Morris stole the ball in the defensive zone, pushed the ball up the court and then put away the layup as time expired.
UNH led at the half 54-23.
The second half opened up with a foul on Pelcher who missed both free throws (0-for-4 on free throws in the game).
Trotman got the Wildcats going with a dunk that started out a 6-0 run two minutes into the half.
The Rams were unable to chip away at the lead anymore and the Wildcats cruised through the rest of the game until the final buzzer.
"I'm pleased," Herrion said. "I was pleased with our defensive effort in the first half. I think we got a little bit sloppy in the second half, but I think it's hard when you play in a game like this with the margin the way it is. Overall, for a first game out of the gates, I am pleased."
The Wildcats will travel west to take on Dartmouth on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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