Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) delivered a game-high 23 points to lead the University of New Hampshire (1-4) Wildcats over Quinnipiac University (3-2), 64-59, in non-conference men’s basketball action on Sunday at Burt Kahn Court.
    With the victory, head coach Bill Herrion reaches 250 career wins in his 16th season as a head coach. The Wildcats also registered its first win of the season and avenged last season’s heartbreaking 64-62 loss to the Bobcats.
    The Bobcats opened the game with a 7-0 run highlighted by Van Crafton’s 3-pointer. UNH returned with a 16-2 run as junior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) drilled a trey from beyond the arc to put the Wildcats up 16-9 with 11:20 remaining. Christensen finished the contest with 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds. The Wildcats headed into the half with a slight 26-25 lead as the visitors shot 7-of-21 (33.3%) from the floor, while QU shot 9-of-28 (32.1%).
    The Bobcats tied the score at 29 apiece on a lay-up by senior guard Chris Wehye, but the Wildcats would hold the lead throughout the rest of the contest as freshman forward Dan McGeary (Newton, Mass.) began another UNH run by hitting a 3-pointer with 16:56 remaining. The Wildcats led by as much as nine points with 8:53 remaining in the contest, but struggled to put the host team away as Adam Gonzalez pulled the Bobcats within two at 58-56 on a lay-up with 2:00 on the clock. Gonzalez led all Quinnipiac scorers with 20 points. Janev, however, nailed four clutch baskets from the charity stripe in the final 1:52 of play to ice the game and contribute to UNH’s first victory of the season. He was awarded America East Player of the Game for his efforts on the court.
    UNH senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) posted eight points, three assists, four rebounds and two blocks, while sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) notched six points, eight rebounds and three steals in the victory. The Wildcats shot 37. % from the field for the game and 21-of-28 (75%) from the foul line. Both teams pulled down 35 rebounds apiece.
    The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday (Nov. 29) when they play host to Ivy League member Harvard University with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off at Lundholm Gymnasium.
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