December 8, 2012

Turnovers Prove Costly In Loss At New Hampshire

Kreisberg Scores 14 Points To Pace Yale

DURHAM, N.H. – After falling behind early, Yale seemed on the verge of a run several times in Saturday's game at New Hampshire. The Wildcats, though, had an answer every time. Ferg Myrick was a big reason why. He scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Wildcats held off the Bulldogs 64-56 in a matinee at Lundholm Gym.

Six early turnovers had Yale playing from behind throughout the game. UNH (4-5) led 15-6 midway through the first half and 21-8 with 9:48 left. The Bulldogs, though, clawed their way back and were within seven, 28-21, at halftime despite 12 first-half turnovers.

Eighteen of New Hampshire's 28 points came following a Yale error.

"Defensively in the half court, we did a pretty good job, but they were able to get out in transition," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "Our bad offense led to their good offense."

The Bulldogs (3-7) took better care of the ball in the second half, but still couldn't catch the Wildcats. Yale was within four, 31-27, after a Justin Sears layup early in the half. UNH, though, scored the next eight points.

Yale cut the lead back to single digits, 46-38, on a free throw from Sears with 9:05 left, but New Hampshire answered with a 5-0 run.

Still, the Bulldogs made one more push, closing to within 60-54 on an Armani Cotton free throw with 1:20 left. Patrick Konan then hit four free throws in the final 46 seconds to seal the victory for the Wildcats.

"In the second half, we got going a little bit," Jones said. "We had some shot opportunities that we just didn't make."

Jeremiah Kreisberg had his second straight strong game for the Bulldogs, finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds. Kreisberg, who was 6-of-11 from the field, also had 14 points in Wednesday's win at Bryant.

Austin Morgan finished with 12 points, Sears scored 10, nine of which came in the second half, and Cotton had seven points and a career-high nine rebounds.

New Hampshire's starters scored all but five points in the game. Konan had 14, Chris Pelcher added 11 and Chandler Rhoads contributed eight points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals.

The Wildcats, who entered the game leading America East in field goal percentage defense (.373), held Yale to 37.8 percent from the field, but it was more the turnovers that doomed the Bulldogs.

"We did a poor job of taking care of the ball, and that sealed our fate," Jones said.

NOTES: Yale got 25 points from its bench… The Bulldogs also outrebounded the Wildcats 35-32… Brandon Sherrod returned after missing one game with an injury… The two teams were playing for the first time since 1998... The loss snapped Yale's four-game winning streak against UNH… The Bulldogs now have a 10-day break for final exams… Yale is next in action at home against Albertus Magnus on Dec. 18. Tipoff at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

 
 

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