DURHAM, N.H. - Four players scored in double figures as the New Hampshire men's basketball team used its size and quickness advantage to defeat the Suffolk University Rams, 89-55, Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
In a game in which no Wildcat played more than 27 minutes, Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) led the team with 17 points, hitting 7-of-10 shots from the field including all three three-pointers he attempted. Janev also grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
Freshman Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) established himself as a major contributor, notching his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He also contributed four assists, two steals, and a blocked shot. In only 15 minutes of playing time, Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) went 6-for-7 from the field in scoring 13 points and earning eight rebounds.
Starters Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) and Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) had solid all-around games for the Wildcats. Vetrano scored four points, dished out six assists, grabbed three rebounds, and earned two steals. Anderson was a menace to the Rams, leading all players with six steals while scoring six points, bringing down three rebounds, and contributing five assists of his own.
The UNH bench saw significant playing time, led by Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.), who led all players with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, plus he was perfect from the field in scoring seven points. Damione Liddell (Omaha, Neb.) scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 shooting from the free throw line, while Brandon Odom (Dorchester, Mass.) contributed nine points to the winning cause.
Suffolk was led by a double-double from Josh Morelock, who scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Rams shot only 31 percent from the field, committed 26 turnovers, and were out-rebounded by the Wildcats, 57-38.
New Hampshire (2-0), off to its best start since the 1998-99 season, travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face the Boston College Eagles on Tuesday, November 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The next home game for the Wildcats is in one week, on Sunday, November 28, against the Army Black Knights, beginning at 1 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.