VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) made four straight foul shots in the final 17 seconds and classmate Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) notched 14 second half points to lift the University of New Hampshire Wildcats past America East foe Binghamton University, 75-72, on Thursday night at the Events Center.
The Wildcats win for the second straight contest as their record improves to 7-12 and 3-3 in conference play. The Bearcats slip to 9-10 and 2-5 in the America East. Janev, who shot 8-of-10 from the floor, was awarded America East honors for the eighth time this season.
The Wildcats trailed by as many as 15 (49-34) with 16:10 remaining in the half as the Bearcats cruised to a 15-6 run to open the second half led by Lazar Trifunovic’s 10 points, including eight of them during the run. The Wildcats quickly responded with a run of its own led by Janev and Anderson. Freshman forward Dan McGeary (Newton, Mass.) nailed a three-pointer with 13:38 left to cut the deficit to 51-41. UNH continued the 15-2 run and took just their second lead of the night on a three-point basket at the top of the key from Janev. The teams would trade baskets in the final minutes of action until UNH went up for good on a layup from freshman forward Radar Onguetou (Yaoundé, Cameroon) with 4:50 to play. The game was ultimately won on the foul line for a second straight game led by the clutch shooting of Anderson, who shot a perfect 8-of-8 at the line as the guard continues to lead the conference in free throw percentage. (50-of-57)
Sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) posted two consecutive three-pointers to score UNH’s first six points of the game en route to 16 points for the Wildcats. UNH notched four scorers in double digits for the first time this season in the victory.
UNH shot 26-of-46 (56.5%) for the contest and held the advantage on the glass by a margin on 30-23. The Bearcats shot 29-of-55 (52.1%) for the contest. Mike Gordon finished with a game-high 20 points and was awarded America East Player of the Game for the Bearcats, while Steve Proctor notched 16 points in the loss.
The Wildcats, who played two road games in three nights, return back to action on Sunday (Jan. 21) and play host to conference rival Stony Brook at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. Tickets are still available by visiting www.unhwildcats.com and the game will be broadcasted on the UNH Sports Network.