DURHAM, N.H. - The New Hampshire Wildcats and Iona Gaels meet for the first time. Iona danced in the March Madness Tournament last season when they defeated St. Peters, 80-61, to capture the MAAC Chamionship before falling to eventual Final Four member LSU Tigers, 80-64, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels, however, are still in search of their first win of the season. The Wildcats hope to close 2006 out with a non-conference road win before participating in the Kent State Tournament on December 28.

Who To Watch For

    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev enter today’s game  coming off a 16 point and eight rebound performance against Northeastern on December 18.  Janev has scored in double-digits on six occasions. He is third on the team in scoring, averaging 13.0 ppg. Junior forward Mike Christensen is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 ppg and is shooting 47.2% from the field. The forward leads the team in rebounds (52) and is second in steals (10). Senior captain Jermaine Anderson leads all Wildcats in scoring with 13.7 points to go along with a team leading 28 assists. Freshman guard Arin Dunn posted a career-high four rebounds and played 16 minutes of action against the Huskies of Northeastern as he continues to grow as a player at the collegiate level.
    Iona is still in search of its first win of the season as they fell to Niagara, 79-58, on Tuesday. Anthony Bruin scored 18 points and Justin Marshall had 14 for the Gaels who are enduring the worst start in their 62 seasons of intercollegiate basketball. The nine losses represent the longest losing streak since coach Jim Valvano’s first Iona team (4-19) finished the 1974-75 season with 15 consecutive losses.
    Bruin leads the Gaels in points (11.9 ppg) and in rebounds (53), while shooting 36-of-74 (48.3%) from the floor. Milan Prodanovic is second on the team in scoring (8.0 ppg) and leads all Gaels from beyond the arc with 13.

America East Player of the Night
1. Tyrece Gibbs vs. Boston College 11/10/06
2. Mike Christensen vs. Franklin Pierce11/13/06
3. Jermaine Anderson vs. CCSU 11/18/06
4. Jermaine Anderson vs. Robert Morris 11/21/06
5. Blagoj Janev vs. Quinnipiac 11/26/06
6. Jermaine Anderson vs. Harvard 11/29/06
7. Blagoj Janev vs. Long Island 12/1/06
8. Mike Christensen vs. Rutgers 12/6/06
9. Blagoj Janev vs. Northeastern 12/18/06

Making It Count
    Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson is a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe this season to lead the America East.  During the 2005-06 campain, Anderson shot 68-of-74 (91.9%) from the foul line, placing him second in Division 1 basketball.
    Janev Moves Up On All-Time
Scoring List
    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev posted 16 points against Northeastern on December 18 and has now compiled 1,054 career points, placing him 16th on UNH’s  all-time scoring list.

  On The Road Again...
    The Wildcats endure a tough December road schedule with eight straight road games, including a visit to Kent State for a tournament on December 29. The Wildcats open America East play on the road to begin January with visits to defending champion University at Albany and rival Maine before playing host to Vermont on January 9 for their first home game of 2007.

Overtime Blues
    The Wildcats have lost all three overtime games played this season. The record for most overtime games played in a single season is four, which was set by the 1989-1990 team as they posted a 3-1 record.

International Flavoring
    The Wildcats feature three players from foreign lands.  Senior co-captain 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.

Holiday Sharing
    Senior Jermaine Anderson is fourth in the America East with 28 assists (4.67 apg) and is just eight shy from 200 career assists.

Beyond the Arc
    UNH has recorded 66 3-point baskets and is fourth in the America East from beyond the arc, avergaing 7.3 per game.
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