BOSTON – Northeastern guards Adrian Martinez and Bobby Kelly combined for 29 points to lead the Huskies (3-6) past the University of New Hampshire Wildcats (1-8), 51-41 in non-conference men’s basketball action played on Solomon Court.
Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) recorded 16 points and eight rebounds to lead all scorers en route to scoring in double digits for the sixth time this season and was named America East Player of the Night for his efforts.
Both teams struggled offensively throughout the contest and the Wildcats mustered a season-low 41 points in the loss. The Wildcats brought the score to 29-24 on a trey from Janev with 14:13 remaining in the second half, but Martinez responded with two-straight three point buckets in the span of 21 seconds to bring the Huskies to a 35-24 lead. The Wildcats, who never held a lead during the game, got right back into the game when junior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) nailed a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 39-36 with 7:32 left to play. After Northeastern’s Eugene Spates made four consecutive foul shots along with a crucial steal by Martinez that set up an easy layup for Kelly, the Wildcats quickly found themselves down 51-38 with 2:28 to go. The Huskies stingy defense forced the ‘Cats to take tough shots all night and the offense scored just enough to capture their third win of the season.
The Wildcats, who are second in the America East in three point field goals, went 6-of-26 beyond the arc (23.1%) as they attempted to build an offensive surge by shooting around the perimeter. Freshman forward Dan McGeary (Newton, Mass.) posted nine points, recording 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Northeastern held a 43-33 advantage on the glass, including a career-high 19 rebounds from Bennet Davis.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday (Dec. 22) as they square-off against Iona College at 7:00 p.m.