MEN'S BASKETBALL TAKES ON ALBANY IN AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS
Scouting the Wildcats (10-19, 6-10 AE)
New Hampshire  split a pair of games last week... In UNH’s most recent win last Sunday, the senior duo of Jermaine Anderson and Blagoj Janev carried the Wildcats to a 64-51 win over UMBC as the co-captains combined for 47 of the 61 Wildcat points... Freshman forward Radar Onguetou posted a game-high nine rebounds along with eight points, while sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs  notched seven points and rebounds... The Wildcats fell to Binghamton University Feb. 20, 66-37, as Anderson posted a team-high 18 points in the loss... The win over the UMBC Retrievers paired with a Vermont victory over Hartford secured the seventh seed in the America East Championships at Agganis Arena in Boston for the Wildcats as they face defending conference champion and the second-seeded University at Albany... The Great Danes swept the season series this season against the Wildcats with a win on America East opening night (69-52) and a win on the road at UNH (71-64).


Scouting the Great Danes (20-9, 13-3 AE)
Albany reached the 20-win mark during the regular season for the first time as a Division I program in a 73-63 triumph against Boston University on Feb. 25... The Great Danes, who won 21 games last year, recorded back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time in 17 years... The Great Danes set the program’s Division I standard with their 11th home victory of the season and tied their best mark in league play with 13 conference wins... Jamar Wilson  scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half as UAlbany rallied in the final period for the 10th time this year... Wilson, who has 2,082 points to rank seventh on America East’s career scoring chart, tallied 20 or more points for the 46th time as a collegian... The 6-1 senior became the first player in school history to score 500-plus points in three different seasons in a 66-46 win at Stony Brook on Feb. 22... Wilson had 19 points on his 23rd birthday as his team posted its ninth road victory, the highest total for the program at the Division I level... Jason Siggers  has reached double figures in 15 of his last 17 starts... Siggers, one of three seniors making his final home regular-season appearance on Feb. 25, had 13 points against Boston U... Jon Iati netted 12 points off the bench and made 4-of-6 from three-point range in that same contest... Iati scored in twin figures for the first time since Feb. 3... Brian Lillis  had 11 points at Stony Brook, his 13th time in double digits at the collegiate level... Lillis is tied for 13th on UAlbany’s career steals list with 116.

UNH Past America East Championships:
2006 #5 seed – def. Hartford, 66-62 (q); lost to Albany, 67-54 (s)
2005 #8 seed – lost to UMBC, 78-73 (fr)
2004 #7 seed – def. Albany, 43-38 (fr); lost to Vermont, 58-50 (q)
2003 #8 seed – lost to Boston University, 75-61 (q)
2002 #4 seed – lost to Maine, 54-48 (q)
2001 #9 seed – lost to Vermont, 78-73 (fr)
2000 #10 seed – lost to Hartford, 117-88 (fr)
1999 #10 seed – lost to Northeastern, 77-69 (fr)
1998 #8 seed – lost to Towson, 67-65 (fr)
1997 #9 seed – lost to Maine, 76-47 (fr)
1996 #8 seed – lost to Hartford, 76-73 (fr)
1995 #2 seed – def. Delaware, 83-81 (q); lost to Northeastern, 91-70 (s)
1994 #4 seed – def. Delaware, 80-67 (q); lost to Drexel, 85-75 (s)
1993 #6 seed – lost to Delaware, 70-65 (q)
1992 #7 seed – lost to Drexel, 78-72 (q)
1991 #6 seed – lost to Boston University, 88-57 (q)
1990 #7 seed – lost to Boston University, 63-56 (q)
1989 did not qualify
1988 #8 seed – def. Siena, 70-63 (q); lost to Niagara, 62-59 (s)
1987 #8 seed – lost to Northeastern, 85-71 (q)
1986 #6 seed – lost to Boston University, 69-57 (q)
1985 #8 seed – def. Colgate, 53-47 (fr); lost to Canisius, 90-56 (q)
1984 #4 seed – lost to Maine, 82-77 (q)
1983 #2 seed – def.Canisius, 75-64 (q); lost to Holy Cross, 89-77 (s)
1982 no seeds – lost to Niagara, 105-87 (q)
1981 did not qualify
1980 did not qualify
Record: 7-24 (.226), 24 prior appearances
(fr) first round; (q) quarterfinals; (s) semifinals; (c) championship


Herrion’s Success In America East Championships
    Wildcat head coach Bill Herrion is the all-time winningest coach in America East Championship play. Herrion, who posted 18 of the 19 wins while at Drexel (1991-99)  and has compiled the second most conference titles with 3.  University of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun, who coached Northeastern from 1979-86, has registered the most conference titles with five.


Senior Duo Shine on Senior Day At UNH
    Senior co-captains Blagoj Janev and  Jermaine Anderson scored a combined 47 points as the Wildcats cruised past the UMBC Retrievers on February 25.  The duo has combined for 2,198 points, 736 rebounds, 374 assists, 174 steals and 77 blocks for their careers.

Wildcats Earn Seventh Seed
    UNH earned the seventh seed on the last day of the regular season as the Wildcats posted a 64-51 victory over UMBC Feb. 25. UNH also got help from the Vermont Catamounts who defeated the Hartford Hawks 90-73. Both UNH and Hartford finished with the same conference record (6-10), but the Wildcats earned the tie breaker due to the head-to-head schedule.


McGeary Delivers Career Performance
    Freshman forward Dan McGeary tallied five straight 3-pointers in a loss to Stony Brook on February 18. He finished with a career-high 19 points, shooting 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.


Anderson 42nd In D1 Free Throw Percentage
    Senior captain Jermaine Anderson’s is first in the America East at the charity stripe (85-100), shooting at an 85.0 percent clip and is 42nd overall throughout division 1 basketball. Anderson has compiled 225 career points at the line during his tenure at UNH. During the 2005-06 campaign, he shot 68-of-74 (91.9%) from the foul line, placing him second in all of Division 1 basketball.

On The Radar
    Freshman forward Radar Onguetou is making an impact on head coach Bill Herrion’s starting lineup. The forward has made 11 straight starts en route to scoring an average of  6.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg for UNH.  Onguetou delivered a double-double against UMBC on January 25. (11 points and 12 rebounds). He was named America East Player of the Game on Feb. 8 for his 15 point effort, shooting 7-of-7 from the field against the University of Hartford Hawks.


Sensational Sophomore
    Tyrece Gibbs has stepped up on the offensive side for the Wildcats after UNH witnessed its second leading scorer in Mike Christensen go down with a broken foot on January 9. Since that time, UNH has posted a 6-7 record and Gibbs has averaged 12.7 ppg, including a career-high 22 points in a win over Hartford on January 11.  He has scored in double-digits eight of the last 13 games.

3-Point Specialists
    The Wildcats lead all of America East in three-point baskets made with 223, which is 15 more then second ranked Binghamton. In 29 games played, UNH averages 7.69 trifectas per game. The Wildcats rank 62nd in all of Division 1 3-point percentage. Jermaine Anderson ranks third in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 50-of-113 (44.2 percent).


Wildcats First In Defense Beyond The Arc
    The Wildcats stingy 3-point defense ranks first in the America East, holding opponents to shooting just 32.3  percent from beyond the arc.


 Janev Fourth Overall For UNH All-Time Scoring Ranks
    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev has recorded 1,330 career points. Janev moved into fourth all-time for scoring, surpassing alum Scott Drapeau’s 1,290 career points in a 60-55 win over Boston University on Feb.11.


Stealing the Show
    Senior Jermaine Anderson moved into fifth place on UNH’s all-time steals list with 129, moving past former UNH alum Chris Brown, who played for UNH during 1997-2001.

 Road Warriors
    The New Hampshire Wildcats endured the toughest road schedule of all America East teams this season. UNH went on an eight game road trip, posting a 3-5 record in the process. UNH played Harvard on November 29 before returning home on January 9.

Christensen Out
    The Wildcats lost their second leading scorer Mike Christensen on Jan. 9 with a broken foot.  His last full game was against Maine as he torched the Black Bears for a career-high 28 points in a 73-68 win. The Reston, Virgina native compiled 196 points, 85 rebounds and 25 assists on the season.

America East On The Rise
    With the non-conference regular-season complete, America East squads sailed past last year’s non-conference win total. America East teams are 49-64 (.434) in 2006-07, compared to just 33-69 (.324) a season ago. Forty-nine wins is the most since the league recorded 52 in 1994-95 when there were also nine teams in America East.

Working Overtime
    The Wildcats recently fell 82-79 in double-overtime to America East leader Vermont on Wednesday. The loss marks the fourth time this season that UNH played in an extra session, with all four overtimes resulting in loses. UNH tied the 1989-90 squad with the most overtimes played in a single season. UNH has lost by a combined 14 points in those defeats. UNH has also suffered two loses in the final possession this season at the hands of UMBC on Jan. 25 and a buzzer beater against Vermont on Jan. 9.

Anderson Assists
    Senior Jermaine Anderson ranks fifth in the America East in assists with 93, averaging 3.58 per game.

Glass Cleaner
    Freshman forward Radar Onguetou leads the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with 53 and is third on the team in overall rebounds with 124, averaging 4.3 rebounds per game. He also ranks ninth in the conference in offensive rebounds.

Janev Leads Player of the Game Honors
    Senior Blagoj Janev has been named America East Player of the Game on 11 occasions to lead the Wildcats. Jermaine Anderson follows with nine, while Tyrece Gibbs and Mike Chirstensen have garnered four apiece. Radar Onguetou is the lone freshman to be named conference player of the game.

Tale of Two Halves
    The Wildcats are a second half team as UNH has scored more points in the second half in the last 9-of-13 games.  They are 3-12 when trailing at the half, but 6-6 when holding a lead.


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