Sunday, December 19, 2010

Powerful Second Half Lifts Bloomfield Over New Haven Men's Basketball

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. - The University of New Haven men's basketball team dropped a non-conference game to 85-75 Bloomfield College Sunday afternoon in New Jersey. The Chargers dropped to 2-7 on the season, while the Deacons improved to 5-3.

Opening with a three-point field goal from freshman Justin Exum, the Chargers jumped out to an early lead. New Haven led by as many as five points in the opening six minutes. The Deacons started a 9-0 run with a three-pointer at the 14:25 mark. Two minutes later, Bloomfield led by five points, 18-13. The Chargers stayed close and took back the lead with 8:40 left in the first half. Freshman Ashanti DePass then sparked a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to give the Chargers a 10-point lead with 3:59 left in the half. The Chargers maintained the lead throughout the half and led by eight, 42-34, at halftime.

UNH shot a blistering 57.1-percent from the floor in the first half, connecting on 16-of-28 shots from the floor. The Chargers also made 5-of-11 three-point attempts and 5-of-5 from the foul line. Senior Rob Jamerson led the Chargers with 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting.

Through the first eight and a half minutes of the second half, the Chargers held steady with a comfortable lead. The Chargers led by seven before the Deacons went on a 9-0 run over the course of two and a half minutes to take a 58-56 lead with 10:52 left in the second half. UNH began to accumulate fouls down the stretch and the Deacons continued to pull away. Three players fouled out for the Chargers, who trailed by as many as 12 points in the final minute.

New Haven was whistled for twive as many fouls, 24 compared to 12 by Bloomfield in the Sunday afternoon contest. The team shot over 50-percent in the second half as well and finished the game with a 55.4 shooting percentage.

Jamerson led the team with 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists. Exum and Jeffrey Atkins each chipped in with 13 points, while Exum also recorded a team-high seven rebounds.

The Chargers are now on an 11-day break before returning to action on Thursday, December 30 in their final game on 2010. The Chargers will host N.Y.I.T. at 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

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