Last time out: The first meeting between these two programs was an instant classic as the Blackbirds came away with a thrilling 59-56 victory over the Wildcats. UNH’s senior co-captain Blagoj Janev delivered a game-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds. Junior forward Brandon Odom notched a career-high 12 points and three rebounds, while Mike Christensen added five points in the losing effort.
Long Island registered its first victory of the 2005-06 campaign with the win as Paska Morkeliunas posted 16 points and Randy Jones recorded 12 points in the win.
UNH shot 37.1% for the game, while LIU shot 44%. UNH held the 35-31 advantage in rebounds and had less turnovers, but LIU posted one more trey from beyond the arc, which was one of the major factors as both teams played an even style of basketball.
All Time Series: Long Island Leads 1-0
Last UNH win: none
Last LIU win: 59-56 (12-3-05)
Who To Watch For
Wildcat senior co-captain Blagoj Janev recently eclipsed 1,000 points for his career as he posted a game-high 23 points in last Sunday’s 64-59 win over Quinnipiac. The senior forward ranks second in scoring (12.2 ppg), first in rebounds (5.0 rpg) and third in assists (8). Senior point guard Jermaine Anderson is coming off one of his most brilliant performances to date as the captain posted a game-high 28 points and tallied nine assists in an overtime loss to Harvard on Wednesday night.
For the Blackbirds, James Williams leads all scorers with 16.5 points per game. He is coming off a 21 points and eight rebound effort in a loss to Hartford this week. Aubin Scott is second with 9.8 points per game as he posted nine points and eight rebounds against Hartford.
Despite UNH’s 1-5 record, the Wildcats rank first in the America East field goal percentage, shooting 138-of-324 (.426 %).
Janev Nets 1,000 Career Points
Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev notched 23 points against Quinnipiac last Sunday afternoon as he became the 24th UNH men’s basketball member to reach 1,000 career points.
Sam The Man
Freshman big man Sam Herrick made his presence felt in Wednesday’s overtime loss to Harvard as the newcomer posted a career highs in rebounds (7), points (4) and minutes (22).
The Wildcats feature three players from foreign lands. Senior co-captain and America East Preseason All-Conference member Blagoj Janev calls Sydney, Australia his home. Junior forward Branimir Zeko comes to New Hampshire from Mississauga, Ontario and freshman forward Radar Onguetou hails from Yaounde, Cameroon. All three players have been inserted into the starting lineup throughout the first six games.