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New Hampshire men’s basketball team falls to Connecticut, 61-53

  • New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher, left, shoots over Connecticut's Phillip Nolan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher, left, shoots over Connecticut's Phillip Nolan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • Connecticut's DeAndre Daniels, right is guarded by New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    Connecticut's DeAndre Daniels, right is guarded by New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • Connecticut's Ryan Boatright drives against New Hampshire during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    Connecticut's Ryan Boatright drives against New Hampshire during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • Connecticut's Tyler Olander, right, and New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    Connecticut's Tyler Olander, right, and New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • Connecticut's Phillip Nolan, left, shoots over New Hampshire's Ferg Myrick during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

    Connecticut's Phillip Nolan, left, shoots over New Hampshire's Ferg Myrick during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

  • New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher, left, shoots over Connecticut's Phillip Nolan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
  • Connecticut's DeAndre Daniels, right is guarded by New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
  • Connecticut's Ryan Boatright drives against New Hampshire during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
  • Connecticut's Tyler Olander, right, and New Hampshire's Chris Pelcher fight for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
  • Connecticut's Phillip Nolan, left, shoots over New Hampshire's Ferg Myrick during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

’Cats battle UConn

Ryan Boatright scored 19 points and Connecticut avoided an upset last night, holding off New Hampshire, 61-53, in a game that was close most of the way.

Omar Calhoun added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (6-1).

UNH’s Ferg Myrick led all scorers with 20 points. Chris Pelcher added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (2-4)

Connecticut never trailed and was up by 11 with 1:42 left.

But Jordon Bronner cut the lead to six points on a 3-point shot off a turnover with 1:22 left.

A UConn shot-clock violation led to a layup by Pelcher that made it 57-53 with just 36 seconds left.

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