MEN'S HOOPS FALLS IN HEARTBREAKER TO VERMONT, 62-60
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DURHAM, N.H. –
University of Vermont forward Marqus Blakely drained a three-pointer in the final second of play to stun the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, 62-60, in America East action on Tuesday at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    The Wildcats fall to 4-11, 1-2 America East, while the Catamounts win their fifth straight, improving to 10-5, 2-0 in the conference.
    UNH senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) recorded a career day for the Wildcats and was awarded America East Player of the Game. The 6’8” forward shot an amazing 11-of-11 from the field, while also posting an impressive 5-of-5 effort from beyond the arc en route to scoring a career-high 31 points and six rebounds. Janev drilled three treys from downtown in the first four minutes of action.
    UNH sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) drilled a three-pointer to push the Wildcat lead to 56-54 with 2:13 remaining in the contest. Vermont guard Mike Trimboli, who scored a team-high 13 points, made a foul shot at the charity stripe before converting on a layup that placed the Catamounts back into the lead (57-56) with 52 seconds left. UNH regained the slight advantage by a score of 58-57 on two foul shots by Janev. Trimboli then followed with a missed jumper, but the nation’s leading offensive rebounder, Chris Holm, brought down the board and was then fouled by Janev. Holm, a 45.9% shooter from the foul line, sank both baskets to reclaim a 59-58 lead. Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.), who notched 12 points on the night put UNH back into the lead after two clutch baskets at the foul line with just five seconds remaining.
    Vermont used a timeout to design a play that had Trimboli race down the court and find a heavily-guarded Blakely, who threw up a contested shot and beat the buzzer, handing UNH another tough home loss.
    The Wildcats shot 47.8% for the game on 22-of-46 from the field. Vermont held a slight advantage on the glass, 32-29. Both teams scored 13 points apiece off turnovers, while the Catamounts outscored UNH in the paint by a margin of 24-20. UNH, which retuned home after a season-high eight game road trip, has yet to pick up a victory at Lundholm Gymnasium, as the Wildcats have lost two overtime games this season before falling at the buzzer to their America East rivals.
    UNH returns to action on Thursday (Jan. 11) at 7 p.m. when they play host to the University of Hartford. Tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.
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