Three days after dropping 108 points on a struggling Division 3 program in Rivier College, the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team took one on the chin Friday in a road game against Massachusetts of the Atlantic 10.
The Minutemen shot 34-for-51 from the floor — or 66.7 percent — in a 104-75 rout of the Wildcats at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.
UMass (2-0) had five players score in double figures, led by center Rashaan Holloway’s 18 points. Luwane Pipkins (14 points), Curtis Cobb (12) and Kieran Hayward (9) each hit three 3-pointers on a night the Minutemen shot a blazing 52.6 percent from beyond the arch.
The Wildcats (1-1) never led, falling behind 20-7 over the game’s opening eight minutes. Sophomore Josh Hopkins led the team with 15 points. Freshman Marque Maultsby and senior Jordan Reed each scored 12, and junior forward Chris Lester had 10 with five rebounds.
On Tuesday night, while UNH was mopping up against Rivier, Massachusetts had to work to hold off former Portsmouth High School star Joey Glynn and UMass Lowell of the America East. Glynn scored a game-high 18 points in Lowell’s 83-75 defeat.
UNH, struggling defensively, couldn’t give the Minutemen a similar push in one of three guaranteed money games on its non-conference schedule; the Wildcats will play at UConn on Nov. 24 and at Seton Hall on Dec. 4.
The ’Cats were outrebounded on the defensive glass 28-15 on Friday night. They did shoot a solid 10 for 24 from 3-point range but were 26-for-64 shooting overall. They also shot a poor 13-for-21 from the free-throw line.
UNH now has a 23-62 lifetime record against UMass. It was the first meeting between the two schools since 1993.
The Wildcats return home to Lundholm Gym on Monday night to host D-3 Mount Saint Vincent.