DURHAM, N.H. - Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) banked a three-pointer in with two seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, then Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) scored seven of UNH's 14 points in overtime to lead the Wildcats over the Harvard Crimson, 67-60, Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats had several chances to tie the game in the final two minutes of the second half, but Vetrano missed two three-point attempts, Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) missed a three-point attempt of his own, and Anderson could not put in a jumper. However, with an offensive foul and two missed free throw attempts, the Crimson gave the Wildcats one more chance, which Vetrano succeeded on.
Anderson hit a jumper 20 seconds into overtime to give UNH the early lead. After Harvard's Kevin Rogus hit a three-pointer with 1:28 remaining to tie the game at 57, Anderson converted on a three-point play to put the Wildcats ahead for good. Vetrano, Anderson, and Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) combined to go 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 37 seconds to ice the game for the home team.
Anderson led the Wildcats in scoring for the second consecutive game, scoring 17 points to go along with three steals and a monster blocked shot with 4:21 remaining in the second half that brought the crowd back into the game when the Wildcats needed it the most. Vetrano contributed 15 points and four assists, Sturgill added ten points, eight rebounds, and three steals, and Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.) contributed seven rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot.
Brian Cusworth, the seven-foot sophomore for Harvard (1-3), scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line. Cusworth also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots. Fellow big man Matt Stehle earned a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Rogus made five three-pointers to score 15 points for the Crimson.
The 4-1 record for the Wildcats is the best record after five games since the 1963-64 season, when UNH started 7-1. The Wildcats open America East play on Saturday, December 4, at 2 p.m. against the Boston University Terriers at Lundholm Gymnasium.