DURHAM, N.H. – Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) posted a game-high 28 points with nine assists and sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) registered his first career double-double, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to Harvard, 83-81, in an overtime thriller played at Lundholm Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats drop to 1-5 on the season, while the Crimson climb to 3-3.
In a game that featured 13 ties and 12 lead changes, the Crimson capitalized on two key UNH turnovers during the extra stanza. Gibbs, who finished the night with ten points and ten rebounds, drilled a 3-pointer with 3:10 remaining. Harvard’s Drew Housman, however, tied the score up at 76 apiece with a trey of his own from beyond the arc with 2:59 on the clock. The two teams exchanged three pointers in the closing minute as junior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) nailed a shot from beyond the arc to put the ‘Cats up 81-78 with 1:32 to go. Harvard responded right away with a 3-pointer from captain Jim Goffredo to even the score at 81 apiece. Crimson guard Jeremy Lin capitalized on a costly UNH turnover en route to scoring the game-winning basket on a layup with 23 seconds remaining.
UNH shot 30-of-64 (45.5%) for the game, while the Crimson shot 26-of-56 (46.4%). Harvard outrebounded the Wildcats by a margin of 33-25, while each team made 21 turnovers. The UNH bench outscored their opposition, 29-8, as Christensen delivered 19 of those points off the bench. Jermaine Anderson was named the America East Player of the Night for his 28 points, nine assists and two steals.
Harvard was led by senior center Brian Cusworth, who posted a team-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Evan Harris notched 17 points and eight boards. Housman and Goffredo each tallied 14 points apiece in the victory.
UNH looks to rebound on the road with a visit to Long Island University on Saturday (Dec. 2) with the tip-off to start at 4:00 p.m.