UNH Battles Penn State on Big Ten Network Sunday; America East Teams Go 4-1 Saturday
New Hampshire will take on Penn state in morning men's basketball action Sunday as the two teams tip at 11 a.m. The game, the final America East men's hoops contest until Friday, will be nationally televised on the Big Ten Network.
UNH (4-6) nearly upset Boston College its last time out, before falling to the Eagles 61-59, in overtime. Ferg Myrick, who ranks sixth among league leaders averaging 15.7 points per game, had 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals. The Wildcats are among the best teams in the country at defending the three, ranking second by holding teams to just 22 percent shooting from behind the arc.
On Saturday, America East teams posted a 4-1 mark, as Boston University, Hartford, Maine and Vermont each notched victories.
Boston University (5-6) trailed by as many as eight points to visiting Cornell in the first half, but turned that around into a 13-point victory, beating the Big Red 70-57 for the Terriers fifth win in the last six games. It is the first time since 2004-05 that the Terriers have won five of six non-conference games.
DJ Iriving led Boston U. with 23 points, while Malik Thomas matched his career-high with 17. Irving gave the Terriers their first lead of the second half with less than eight minutes to go in the game, hitting a layup to break a 46-46 tie. That was part of a 13-0 run that gave Boston U. a 57-46 lead that they would not relinquish.
Luke Apfeld scored a career-high 26 points and Brian Voelkel added 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead Vermont (7-3) to a 76-62 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. The Catamounts trailed by five, 44-39, in the second half, but a dunk by Ethan O'Day sparked a 13-2 run to give Vermont a 52-46 lead that the Catamounts would not give up.
Justin Edwards scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, gave out five assists and had a key layup late in the game to lead the Maine (4-8) to an 84-78 win over Florida Gulf Coast. With Maine clinging to a 71-69 lead with 2:44 left, Edwards converted a layup and stole the ball on the ensuing FGCU possession. Xavier Pollard then canned a three-pointer to give Maine a seven-point lead and sealed a win.
Hartford (7-5) led from start to finish, defeating Marist 56-46 at home. The 7-5 start is the best 12-game start for the Hawks in 16 years. In addition to the best 12-game start, the seven wins are the most non-conference victories since the 1989-90 season, and the second-most in the program's Division I era. In that 1989-90 campaign, the Hawks posted nine non-league wins in 15 games, finishing the season 17-11 overall.
Three Hawks finished in double digit scoring, led by sophomore Nate Sikma who had 15 points and eight rebounds. Classmate Mark Nwakamma added 14 points in just 18 minutes on 6-of-12 shooting from the field while freshman Evan Cooper had 11 points, five rebounds and four steals in his first career start.
UMBC was the only conference team to suffer a setback, but nearly stole a game on the road at DePaul, falling 69-61 to the Blue Demons. Guard
Aaron Morgan led UMBC with a season-high 15 points as
the freshman point played all 40 minutes of the contest.
Recent Results - Saturday, December 22
at Boston U. 70, Cornell 57 -- Box Score | Recap | Highlights
Fairleigh Dickinson at Vermont, 2 p.m. -- Box Score | Recap | Highlights
Florida Gulf Coast at Maine, 2 p.m. -- Box Score | Recap
UMBC at DePaul, 2 p.m. (ESPN3/WatchESPN) -- Box Score | Recap
Marist at Hartford, 3:30 p.m. -- Box Score | Recap | Highlights