– Senior guard James Williams scored 21 points and led the Long Island University Blackbirds past the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, 70-62, in overtime during a Saturday afternoon non-conference men’s basketball clash at the Athletic and Rec Center.
    Long Island improves to 3-4 overall while New Hampshire loses its second straight to fall to 1-6 overall.
    In the first half, New Hampshire shot .433 from the field (13 of 30) while Long Island shot .414 (12 of 29).  The teams exchanged the lead five times between each other.  The Blackbirds held a 28-23 lead with under a minute left in the frame before three pointers from junior guard Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) and freshman guard Dan McGeary (Newton, Mass.) put New Hampshire ahead, 29-28.
    In the second half, the New Hampshire improved, shooting .520 (13 of 25) from the field.  Long Island shot only .320 (8 of 25) but capitalized on free throw shooting, converting 22-of-31 at the line.
    With 25 seconds remaining in regulation, New Hampshire held a slim 61-59 lead before a personal foul was called on Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.), allowing Williams a trip to the line.  Williams converted both free throws with 12 seconds left and forced the game into overtime.
    In the extra frame, Williams banked a jumper at 4:49 that sparked a 7-1 Blackbird run to end the game.
    Williams was 6 of 23 from the field and 7-for-9 at the free throw line. 
    Senior forward Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) led New Hampshire with 18 points, shooting 7 of 12 from the field with seven rebounds.  Anderson finished the game with 13 points.
    New Hampshire stays on the road and will travel to play at Rutgers on December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
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