ALBANY, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire stunned America East leader University at Albany, 75-72, in an overtime win during men's basketball action Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Albany.
Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) was 6-of-11 from the field including three baskets behind the perimeter and led all scorers with 24 points in the winning effort for New Hampshire.
Albany held the lead for most of the first half. Jamaal Caterina (Portland, Maine) drained a 3-pointer that put New Hampshire ahead 5-3 at 17:37. Kirsten Zoellner sank a jumper at 15:49 to tie the game 5-5. The Wildcats answered back when Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) poured in a 3-pointer at 14:46 that put New Hampshire on top, 8-5.
Brent Wilson layed in a basket underneath that began an 8-0 run for the Great Danes at 14:56. At 11:34, Janev converted two free throws that cut Albany's lead to 13-10. Albany held the lead until a 3-pointer from Janev tied the score 21-21 with 4:49 remaining in the half.
The two squads toggled the scored twice more before tying it up again, 26-26, after Jason Siggers converted a basket from the charity stripe at 1:34. At 1:03, Janev sank another basket behind the arc that gave the Wildcats the lead going into the half. New Hampshire shot 50 percent from the field with 21 of its points coming behind the three-point arc. The Wildcats led 32-30 going into the break.
At 19:13, Zoellner sank a jumper that tied the game 32-32 to open the second half. Janev converted a 3-pointer to reclaim the lead for New Hampshire at 18:39. At 13:53, Zoellner tipped in a basket that began an 11-0 run and eventually returned the lead to the Great Danes. With 9:57 left in regulation, Jamar Wilson scored a lay up that boosted Albany's lead by six.
Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) scored a lay up to tie the score 51-51 at 7:41. The lead would change three more times before Anderson posted another lay up to give New Hampshire the lead at 2:49.
Heading down the stretch, the Wildcats held onto the lead until Brian Lillis converted two free throws for Albany that tied the score, 59-59, at 1:15. New Hampshire regained the lead when Anderson sank two free throws at the 50-second mark. At the 34-second mark, Levi Levine tipped in a basket that tied the game up for the seventh time, 61-61, forcing the game into overtime.
In the extra frame, Anderson broke the tie with a lay up at 4:43 (63-61). Wilson downed a trey that gave the Great Danes the lead (64-63) at 3:41. With 3:18 left on the clock, Caterina scored a lay up with an assist from Janev, giving New Hampshire the lead the rest of the way.
Anderson registered 20 points while Caterina finished with 12 for New Hampshire. Wilson was 8-of-21 from the field to lead Albany with 21 points.
New Hampshire (7-12, 4-4 America East) returns home to Durham to host the University of Vermont January 28 at 4 p.m. Ticket information is available online at www.unhwildcats.com/tickets.