DURHAM, N.H. - Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) scored a career-high 30 points and made a crucial steal late in the game to help the UNH Wildcats hold off the Army Black Knights, 77-71, Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Anderson made his first two shots in the first minute of the game to set the stage for the afternoon. Overall, he shot 13-of-19 from the field, plus he contributed four rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes of action.
With the Black Knights threatening to tie the game or take the lead in the final minute, Anderson stole the ball from Lance Dietz and took the ball the length of the court for an eventual three-point play. He hit the 30-point mark with another driving layup as time ran out in the game.
Army's loss overshadowed a 34-point effort from sophomore Matt Bell, who shot 9-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-9 from three-point land, and 12-of-13 from the free throw line. Bell also led the Black Knights with five assists and contributed five rebounds.
Anderson was one of four Wildcats to hit double figures in scoring. Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) scored 15 points, while fellow freshman Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) contributed 11 points and six steals and Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) scored ten points and earned three steals.
Both teams shot 50 percent from the field, but UNH was able to get off ten more field goal attempts by forcing Army (0-4) into 24 turnovers while committing only 14 of its own. The Wildcats still need to work on rebounding, as Army outrebounded UNH 32-24.
New Hampshire (3-1), off to its best start in ten years, continues its three-game homestand Wednesday night against Ivy League school Harvard beginning at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.