MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO KENT STATE TOURNAMENT
Scouting the Wildcats (2-8)
    New Hampshire registered a 1-1 record for the week... UNH fell to a scrappy Northeastern squad, 51-41, at Solomon Court on December 18 as senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia/Australia Institute of Sport) posted 16 points and eight rebounds, while junior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va./Flint Hill) chipped in seven points and six rebounds... UNH snapped a four game losing streak on Friday when they defeated defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion Iona College by an impressive 67-52 margin... UNH tallied four scorers in double digits as seniors Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass./Phillips Exeter) and Janev combined for 24 points and nine rebounds, while Christensen notched a team-high 15 points... For the game, UNH shot a season best 14-of-19 from the charity stripe (73.7 percent) and the defense caused 16 Iona turnovers... The Wildcats connected on 9-of-23 (39.1 percent) from beyond the arc as they halt a four-game losing streak and record their second road win of the season.

Scouting Elon (2-7)
ELON’S Brett James poured in 22 points and Devan Carter chipped in 19 as Elon staved off Wofford for a 79-69 Southern Conference men’s basketball triumph Wednesday night at Alumni Gym.
    James’ scoring outburst fell one point shy of his career-high 23-point performance earlier this month at Davidson. Carter’s point total equaled his career high. James and Carter each scored 12 points in the second half. Elon outscored the Terriers 34-20 in the paint and 17-7 in second chance situations. Wofford edged the Phoenix 19-17 off turnovers and 18-9 off the bench. Each team hauled in 39 rebounds. Elon committed 17 turnovers to Wofford’s 18.
    The Phoenix fired 47.5 percent (29 of 61) from the field, 44.4 percent (8 of 18) from behind the arc and 54.2 percent (13 of 24) from the free throw line. The Terriers shot 38.6 percent (22 of 57) from the floor, 34.5 percent (10 of 29) from beyond the arch and 83.3 percent (15 of 18) from the charity stripe.
SERIES: First Meeting

Scouting Shawnee State (9-4)
    The Shawnee State University Men’s Basketball Team split a pair of games at the Newt Oliver Classic hosted by Rio Grande over the weekend.  Shawnee State opened the event with a 96-78 win over Union College on Friday.  Josh Reed led the Bears with 29 points and 5 rebounds.  Aaron Mauk had a career-high 15 points.  Justin Patrick had 14 points and 8 rebounds.  Kevin McDonald chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
    Shawnee State shot 53% (31-of-58) from the field including 58% (7-of-12) from beyond the arc.  The Bears held Union to 41% (25-of-61) shooting.  Shawnee State out rebounded Union 42-26. Shawnee State led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but wound up losing to Bluefield State 86-71 on Saturday afternoon.   Kevin McDonald and Justin Patrick had 10 points each.
    Shawnee State shot 53% (27-of-51) from the field.  However, the Bears were just 12-of-22 from the free throw line.  Union connected on 30-of-64 attempts from the field for 47%.  Shawnee State committed a season-high 26 turnovers.
SERIES: First Meeting

Scouting Kent State (5-5)
    The Golden Flashes (5-4) have played their last four games on the road, most recently a tough 79-72 defeat despite a valiant effort on ESPN at No. 6 Duke University Tuesday night (Dec. 19) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  KSU went 1-3 on its four game “road trip”, but returns home where it is 2-0 this season and has won eight straight overall.
     Kent State has posted concurrent streaks of 20-wins or more and postseason appearances for the last eight years.
 The Golden Flashes have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments, including last season, and four NIT’s during the current postseason streak.
SERIES: First Meeting


Making It Count
    Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson is a perfect 14-of-14 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 13 points in a 67-52 win over Iona on December 22. He has now compiled 1,067 career points, placing him 16th on UNH’s  all-time scoring list.

Road Warriors
    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.

Foriegn Frenzy
    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 32 assists (4.57 apg) and is just four shy from 200 career assists.

Beyond the Arc
    UNH has recorded 75 3-point baskets and is third in the America East from beyond the arc, avergaing 7.3 per game.

America East Opening Night
    The league portion of the 2006-07 slate gets underway on Wednesday, January 3 with America East Opening Night. Four conference tilts and one in-state showdown highlight an evening that will feature t-shirt and 2007 America East Championship ticket giveaways on five campuses around the league.

Conference Climb
    With at least 18 regular-season non-conference games remaining, America East squads have already sailed past last year’s non-conference win total. America East teams are currently 44-51 (.463) in 2006-07, compared to just 33-69 (.324) a season ago. The conference is on pace to register 52 regular-season non-conference victories this campaign, which would be the most since the league recorded 52 in 1994-95 when there were also nine teams in the league.

Threes Company
    Three UNH wildcats average double digits in scoring as senior Jermaine Anderson (13.3 ppg) and junior Mike Christensen (13.3 ppg) lead the team, while senior Blagoj Janev averages 13.0 ppg.

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
10. Blagoj Janev vs. Iona 12/22/06
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