Durham, NH - New Hampshire held Brown to just eight points in the last 12 minutes to earn a 63-50 come-from-behind win over the Bears at Lundholm Gymnasium Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Bears to 3-4 overall, while New Hampshire extends its record to 3-4.
The Bears chose an inopportune time to go ice cold from the field after holding a 42-39 advantage with 12:19 remaining on a jump shot by junior Sean McGonagill. Brown connected on just one field goal in its last 15 attempts, as the Wildcats rallied down the stretch to put the game away.
Brown shot just 32-percent (19-59) for the game, including 19-percent (4-21) from behind the three-point arc, while New Hampshire connected on 22 of 53 field goal attempts (42-percent).
Senior Matt Sullivan paced the Bears' attack with 18 points, while junior guard Sean McGonagill chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds.
Bears' sophomore forward Cedric Kuakumensah, who played at the St.. Andrew's School, posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Rafael Maia struggled from the field, scoring just four points, but he pulled down seven second-half rebounds.
New Hampshire forward Ferg Myrick scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half, including eight points in the final seven minutes. Forward Patrick Konan scored 14 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats, while center Chris Pelcher added 11 points.
Brown got into early foul trouble with both of its starting big men, Maia and Kuakumensah, whistled for two personal fouls in the opening eight minutes.
With 13:07 left in the first half, Brown trailed, 11-10, following a lay-up by McGonagill. A 12-2 run by the Wildcats gave New Hampshire a 23-12 lead with 7:57 remaining on a lay-up by Konan.
Brown fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half, 34-20, before mounting a comeback to get back into the game. An 11-0 Brown run, fueled by two treys by McGonagill and a late tip-in by senior Tyler Ponticelli, cut New Hampshire's lead to 34-31 at the half.
Baskets by Sullivan, sophomore Longji Yiljep and McGonagill to open the second half gave the Bears their first lead, 37-34, with 15:29 remaining.
Brown heads out to South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, December 8 to face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game will be televised on ESPN3, with tip-off at the Purcell Pavilion at 7:00 pm.
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