HARTFORD, Conn.- Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) scored a career-high 24 points for New Hampshire but the efforts weren't enough to get the Wildcats past the undefeated Huskies of Connecticut. The University of Connecticut claimed an 86-44 win during men's basketball action Sunday afternoon at the Hartford Civic Center.
Connecticut opened the game on an 8-0 run that lasted 7 minutes 11 seconds before Janev landed a 3-pointer from the left wing at 13:49. Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) sank two free throws on New Hampshire's next possession to pull New Hampshire to 10-5 in favor of the Huskies. From there, Connecticut took control of the floor and went on a 9-2 run until Janev banked a jumper from the right post at 10:51.
The Huskies started a 17-2 run that ran out when New Hampshire's Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) sank a free throw with 2:20 remaining in the half.
Rudy Gay led the Huskies in scoring with 14 points while Janev led the Wildcats with eight points. At the end of the half, Connecticut led 42-15.
Connecticut never lost momentum in the second half. Gay poured in a jumper from the top of the key to open the half for the Huskies. Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) sank two free throws at 18:22 to score New Hampshire's first points in the half.
Connecticut went up by as many as 43 points with 8:19 remaining in the game with the score at 73-30. The closest New Hampshire came after that was when Janev sank a 3-pointer from the left wing with 5:33 remaining to cut the lead to 75-37. New Hampshire's last basket was a 3-pointer from Janev from the left side with 1:31 remaining in the game.
Connecticut (8-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) boasted four players who scored double figures and was led in scoring by Gay, who was 10-for-19 from the field. Ed Nelson registered a double-double for the Huskies with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Connecticut finished the game shooting 36-for-70 from the field. They scored 40 points in the paint and scored 28 points off Wildcat turnovers.
Janev was the only player for New Hampshire to reach the double-digit mark with 24 points. Christensen followed with nine points and led New Hampshire with nine rebounds. New Hampshire overall was 13-for-45 from the field.
New Hampshire (2-8, 0-2 America East) travels south to North Carolina where they will face off against North Carolina State on December 20. They return home January 5 to host a conference match against Binghamton University.