MEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS AMERICA EAST OPENER TO ALBANY, 69-52
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Albany, N.Y. –
Reigning America East Player of the Year Jamar Wilson notched a game-high 20 points to propel University at Albany (8-5, 1-0 AE) to a 69-52 victory over the New Hampshire Wildcats (3-10, 0-1 AE) in America East opening night action on Wednesday night played at SEFCU Arena.
            The Great Danes posted an 8-0 run to open the second half of play before the Wildcats fought back to cut the deficit to 44-41 on junior forward Brandon Odom’s (Dorchester, Mass.) three point play with 10:24 left. Albany re-energized and went on a 20-9 run led by the play of Wilson and Jason Sigger’s 20 combined second half points to put the game out of reach for the visiting Wildcats, who played their seventh consecutive road game.
            Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) tallied a team-high 18 points, including a season-high four 3-pointers. Anderson drilled a trey from beyond the arc with no time remaining and sent the Wildcats to a 31-31 tie heading into halftime. Anderson shot 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc en route to being named America East Player of the Game. Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) scored in double digits for the tenth time this season on his way to a 13 point night, while junior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) registered his ninth game of the season scoring in double digits with 11 points and four rebounds performance. Sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) delivered a team-high six rebounds and added seven points on the night.
 UNH never held the lead throughout the contest as the defending conference champions caused 12 turnovers and shot an impressive 28-of-55 (50.9%) for the game. The major difference in the contest was Albany’s second chance opportunities as the host squad out-rebounded UNH by a margin of 38-20.
Albany opened the contest with a 13-1 run and shot 12-of-27 (44.4%) from the floor. UNH returned the favor with eight minutes of action remaining, using a 30-18 run to close out the half. The Wildcats shot 12-of-25 (48.0%) in the first half, but second half struggles led to just 6-of-19 shooting (31.6%) from the field.
UNH continues its season-high eight game road trip on Saturday (Jan. 6) with a visit to conference rival University of Maine.
 
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