Men's Basketball: BC edges UNH in OT
Let’s just say Boston got the best of the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to close out the year.
Eli Carter netted 28 points, including seven in overtime, to lead Boston College past the Wildcats 72-67 in a non-conference tilt Wednesday at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
UNH, which lost at Boston University on Dec. 21 in its previous game, dropped to 7-6. In that game, UNH whittled a 13-point deficit down to two in the final minute before losing 78-74 to the Terriers.
The Wildcats had momentum heading into overtime against Boston College when Jaleen Smith buried a trifecta with eight seconds left to tie the game at 60-60.
Jacoby Armstrong, who led UNH with 16 points and seven rebounds, opened the extra frame with a basket and provided his team with its last lead (63-62) with a free throw.
Boston College (7-6) took a 65-63 lead on a trifecta from Ervins Meznieks, but UNH tied it with 1:05 left on two free throws from Jaleen Smith, who had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Carter made the difference in the final minute, hitting a jumper while he was fouled by Joe Bramanti for a three-point play and a 68-65 advantage with 35 seconds to play.
Armstrong connected for a jumper, but Carter was fouled and hit two free throws for a 70-67 lead. Ronnel Jordan, who had 16 points for UNH, tried a 3-pointer with six seconds left that missed the mark. Carter was fouled and canned two more free throws for the final decision.
Tanner Leissner, who fouled out with 4:25 left in regulation, had eight points for the Wildcats, who led 29-27 at halftime.
UNH begins its America East conference schedule on Saturday, Jan. 9, when its hosts Binghamton at 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gym in Durham.