NEW HAMPSHIRE STUNS CONFERENCE LEADER, ALBANY, IN OVERTIME THRILLER, 78-71

Jermaine Anderson leads Wildcats with 15 points and 10 rebounds

Jermaine Anderson

DURHAM, N.H. -Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) scored 15 points and rebounded 10 boards to register his first double-double of the season and lead the University of New Hampshire past America East leader University at Albany, 78-71, in a dramatic overtime win during Thursday's men's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The win helped improve New Hampshire to 8-8 in the conference as it closed out regular season play with an overall record of 11-16. New Hampshire finished with its best America East record since the 2001-02 season when it went 8-8 in the conference. Albany dropped its third conference loss and falls to 17-10 overall and 12-3 in the America East.

New Hampshire shot .491 percent in field goals (26-for-53) in the game and .429 in the extra frame (3 of 7). Albany finished the game shooting .453 from the field (24-for-53) and .333 in overtime (2-for-6).

The game began with a technical foul called on New Hampshire for dunking during warm ups and Albany's Jamar Wilson converted two free throws. The teams tied the game three times during the first half. Down 17-16, Jamaal Caterina (Portland, Maine) scored a lay up from the right post, giving New Hampshire the lead that would last through the rest of the half. At the half, New Hampshire led 31-25.

New Hampshire maintained its advantage going into the second stanza, leading by as many as eight points after a lay up from Mike Christensen (Reston,Va.) at 18:24. Albany knotted the score 43-43 on free throws after a foul was called on Caterina at 12:15. The Wildcats answered back with a lay up from Anderson from the left side at 11:43. Albany again tied things up when Lucious Jordan knocked down a jumper from the left side at10:25.

Both sides would exchange the lead two more times until Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) converted a 3-pointer from the left wing, giving New Hampshire a 55-52 lead. The Wildcats built the lead up by as many as seven with 2:25 remaining after a 3-pointer from Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.).

The lead would not hold and with 49 seconds on the clock. Brent Wilson sank a jumper from the left post to tie the game, 61-61, and force it into overtime.

In the extra frame, Christensen converted a 3-pointer from the right wing at 4:43 and New Hampshire was able to hold onto the lead the rest of the way. The Wildcats outscored the Great Danes 17-10 in the overtime as they scored their final eight points from the charity stripe.

Also scoring in double figures for New Hampshire were Janev (13), Gibbs (14) and Christensen (15).

Lucious Jordan led the Great Danes in scoring with 17 points and eight rebounds.

New Hampshire (11-16, 8-8 America East) prepares for the upcoming America East Championship tournament to be played at Binghamton University, beginning March 4.

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