DURHAM — It was more of the same for the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team Wednesday night.
The Wildcats couldn’t shoot consistently, couldn’t slow down the opponent’s best player, and ran into foul trouble en route to a 62-42 loss to Albany at Lundholm Gym.
The loss was New Hampshire’s fifth in a row and dropped its record to 3-17 and 1-6 in America East play.
“I thought the first 15 minutes of the game we were really good defensively,” UNH coach Bill Herrion said. “I don’t know how many open shots we had in the first half. We just don’t have guys making shots.”
UNH scored the first five points of the game and it all went south from there. By the five-minute mark the Wildcats had lost their lead and eventually went into halftime down 16 points.
New Hampshire had no answer for Ahmad Clark. The junior, who came into the game averaging 17.4 points a contest, had 18 in the first half and finished with 25 to pace the Great Danes. Cameron Healy chipped in 16 of his own for Albany.
“Clark dominated us,” Herrion said. “We had no answers for him defensively. The kid just took the game over and we had no answer for him.”
UNH outrebounded the Great Danes, 46-33, including 18-6 on the offensive end. But UNH shot 24.1 percent from the field and made only half their free throws.
UNH was led by 14 points from Chris Lester, who was the only Wildcat in double figures. Lester also led the team with six rebounds. Sophomore Josh Hopkins had eight points for the Wildcats.
UNH had four assists to 17 turnovers.
“We’ve just got to keep shooting,” Hopkins said. “Every guard can score as well as the bigs. We got open looks tonight. They went in and out, short. We just got to keep shooting and trusting our shot because everyone works hard. That’s the only way we’re going to make the next shot.”
The game was New Hampshire’s 11th time this year scoring under 60 points.
Freshman Jayden Martinez hasn’t played the last two games due to an ankle injury and junior John Ogwuche, who had starts each of the last two years, has played only 44 minutes and been out due to personal reasons.
“Jayden Martinez is a good player for us,” Herrion said. “He’s our leading rebounder. He can make threes. Without him, we’re very limited offensively.”