WILDCATS CLIP HARTFORD HAWKS, 77-69

New Hampshire captures first conference win

Jermaine Anderson

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire scored a season high 77 points to defeat the University of Hartford (5-8, 1-2 America East), 77-69, capturing its first conference win during Sunday afternoon's men's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Wildcats.

New Hampshire shot a season high 53 percent from the field. Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) scored 14 points in the second half to lead the Wildcats with 17.

The two teams switched the lead nine times in the first half. Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) poured in a 3-pointer from the top of the key at 11:03 that put New Hampshire up 20-17. At 10:10, Aaron Cook converted a 3-pointer that started an 11-0 run for the Hawks that gave them a 10-point lead, their highest of the game. The Wildcats chipped at the lead, cutting Hartford's lead to one (35-34) with 2:38 left in the half. But the Hawks were able to hold on to a four-point advantage, leading 40-36 heading into the second stanza. The Hawks registered six baskets from the behind the arc and were led in scoring by Cook, who shot 4 for 8 from the field, scoring 11 points in the half.

Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) opened the second half with a lay up from the left post at 19:48. The Hawks didn't answer back until 18:34 when Kenny Adeleke posted a jumper. Down 47-46, Brandon Odom (Dorchester, Mass.) earned a trip to the free throw line after a foul was called on Cook at 14:35. Odom converted both free throws, giving New Hampshire the lead for the remainder of the game.

Adeleke led all scorers with 27 points, registering a double-double with 13 rebounds. Vetrano was 5 for 5 from the field with four baskets behind the perimeter to finish with 14 points. Janev was the third Wildcat to finish in double figures with 12 points. New Hampshire registered season highs in made 3-point field goals (10), total field goals (24) and free throw percentage (.950).

New Hampshire (3-11, 1-3 America East) continues conference play against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Wednesday January 11 at 7 p.m. in Baltimore.

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