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Scouting the Wildcats (8-12, 4-3 AE)
New Hampshire posted a perfect 3-0 week, including two-straight road victories in three days... The Wildcats began the week with a 65-61 win over the Dartmouth Big Green as senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) calmly drained seven-straight foul shots in the final 36 seconds of play to help guide his team to the win... Freshman forward Radar Onguetou (Yaoundé,Cameroon) just missed his first career double-double at Dartmouth (11 rebounds, nine points), while senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) notched 15 points and six rebounds... The Wildcats defeated Binghamton, 75-72, to snap a three-game losing streak against the Bearcats... UNH was led by Anderson, who shot 8-of-8 at the charity stripe en route to scoring 15 points and dished out seven assists... Sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) delivered 16 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Wildcats... UNH most recently downed Stony Brook in its only home contest of the week, 69-56... Both teams struggled on offense in the first half of play as the score remained tied at 23 apiece before UNH exploded in the second half as the Wildcats posted a season-high 46 second half points... Anderson and Gibbs combined for 26 second half points... Gibbs tallied a career-high 22 points along with six rebounds as he won his fourth America East Player of the Game for the season... For the week, Anderson shot 23-of-25 from the charity stripe (92 percent), including a stretch of 21-straight makes for the captain... As a team, UNH shot a season-high 56.5 percent (26-of-46) in the win over Binghamton on January 18... UNH has won five of its last seven games and currently rides a season-high three game winning streak... UNH returns back to action on Thursday (Jan. 25) with a visit to UMBC for a 7p.m. tip-off before returning home to face Albany on Sunday (Jan. 28) at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.

Scouting the Retrievers (7-13, 3-4 AE)
After a double-digit loss at Maine (70-57) on Tuesday, UMBC played a pair of nail-biters versus Hartford and at Boston University on Thursday and Saturday... The Retrievers edged the Hawks, 73-68, but ran out of gas and fell to the Terriers, 59-53... For the first time this season, five Retrievers scored in double figures in a win over Hartford... Junior guard Brian Hodges started for the first time since Nov. 25 (12 games) and led the balanced attack with 20 points... But it was senior guard Chris Pugh, who earned Marlow Sports America East Player of the Game honors with 15 points on five-of-eight shooting from behind the arc... Pugh also became the 11th player in school history to amass 250 assists... UMBC never trailed in the game, but could not shake the pesky Hawks as the two teams combined to hit 20 of 43 from behind the arc... Freshman forward Justin Fry  posted a season high with 14 points, including a field goal and two crucial free throws down the stretch... Senior forward Mike Housman garnered a career-best 11 rebounds versus the Hawks, then broke out of a scoring slump with a 16-point effort versus Boston University... Housman, whose career-high 24 point game occurred versus the Terriers last season, had not scored in double figures in eight-straight games... Hodges scored in double figures for the 11th-straight game with 11 points, but was just 4-of-16 from the field... The Retrievers led the Terriers, 36-26 early in the second half, but missed 15 of their next 16 field goal attempts and allowed 12 second-half Boston U. offensive rebounds... UMBC will have its second set of back-to-back home games this week as the Retrievers welcome UNH on Thursday, then start the second half of the league season versus Binghamton on Sunday... New Hampshire is 3-0 at the RAC Arena, the lone league opponent that is undefeated at UMBC.

THE SERIES:    The Wildcats hold a 5-2 all-time series lead. UNH swept the 2005-06 season series from UMBC.  Blagoj Janev tallied a combined 39 points and 17 rebounds in the two victories. The Retrievers defeated the Wildcats by a mrgin of 78-73 to eliminate the ‘Cats from the 2004-05 America East Tournament.


1/11/06: at UMBC 58 UNH 72 - - Blagoj Janev 23 points, 8 rebounds.
2/5/06:   at UNH 68 UMBC 65 - - Blagoj Janev 16 points, 9 rebounds.
1/2/05: at UMBC 41 UNH 60
1/29/05:  at UNH 73 UMBC 64
3/4/05: UMBC 78 UNH 73 (America East Quarterfinals)
1/21/04: at UNH 56 UMBC 60
2/18/04: at UMBC 60 UNH 62

Captain Clutch Does It Again
    Senior captain Jermaine Anderson’s clutch performance in the last three games have carried UNH to two huge road victories at Dartmouth and at Binghamton before a 69-56 victory against the Seawolves of Stony Brook at home. The captain shot a clutch 7-of-7 from the charity stripe in the final 36 seconds of play to lift the Wildcats past intrastate rival Dartmouth College, 65-61. The senior guard then tied a career-high in made foul shots, by going 8-of-8 in the final minutes to help UNH defeat Binghamton, 75-72. Anderson leads the America East in free throw percentage (87.3%) on 55-of-63 shooting. During the 2005-06 campaign, Anderson shot 68-of-74 (91.9%) from the foul line, placing him second in all of Division 1 basketball.

RAC-IN’ Up the Road Wins
    The Wildcats look to extend its winning streak to four games at UMBC’s Retriever Activities Center. UNH is the lone league opponent that is undefeated at UMBC.


Charity Work
    Jermaine Anderson has recently been hard at work scoring points at the charity stripe for the Wildcats. The senior guard shot 23-of-25 (92%) during the past four-game stretch, recording 21 consecutive baskets at the line.

On The Radar
    Freshman forward Radar Onguetou is starting to make an impact in head coach Bill Herrion’s starting lineup. The forward has made threestraight starts en route to scoring an average of 6.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg for UNH. He just missed his first career double-double in a 65-61 win over Dartmouth on January 16.


Odom Makes Impact
    Junior forward Brandon Odom’s impact in the starting lineup reflects the Wildcats past five games immensley. Since Odom joined the starting five back on January 11,  UNH has posted a 4-0 record. UNH has won four of the last five games, with the  only loss coming at the hands of Boston University, while Odom not in the lineup.

From Downtown
    The Wildcats lead all of America East in three-point baskets made with 155. In 20 games played, UNH averages 7.75 trifectas per game. UNH is sixth in the conference in 3-point field goal pecentage (34.8 percent) and is second in 3-point field goal defense percentage (31.9 percent).


 Janev Moves into UNH’S Top-10 All-Time Scoring Ranks
    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev recorded nine points in a 69-56 victory over Stony Brook on January 21.  He has now registered 1,216 career points, placing him 8th on UNH’s  all-time scoring list.

Stealing the Show
    Senior Jermaine Anderson recently moved into seventh place on UNH’s all-time steals list with 123, moving ahead of Robin Dixon’s (1979-83) 121 career steals.

Fresh Starts
    The Wildcats have six freshmen this season in Dan McGeary (12 starts), Radar Onguetou (9 starts), Seth Price (9 starts), and Sam Herrick (2 starts). The six have combined to start 31 games throughout the first 20 games of the season.


                 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 Haarvard on November 29 before returning home on January 9.


America East On The Rise
    With just three regular-season non-conference games remaining, America East squads have sailed past last year’s non-conference win total. America East teams are currently 49-61 (.445) in 2006-07, compared to just 33-69 (.324) a season ago. The conference is on pace to register 50 regular-season non-conference victories this campaign, which would be the most since the league recorded 52 in 1994-95 when there were also nine teams in the league.

Pack of ‘Cats Provide Scoring
    The Wildcats are one of two America East members to have three scorers averaging double digits. Senior Blagoj Janev  averages 14.2 points per game, while Jermaine Anderson (13.4 ppg) and Mike Christensen average 13.1 ppg respectively.


Anderson Assists
    Senior Jermaine Anderson ranks fifth in the America East in assists with 64, averaging 4.00 per game.

America East Player of the Game
1. Tyrece Gibbs vs. Boston College 11/10/06
2. Mike Christensen vs. Franklin Pierce 11/13/06
3. Jermaine Anderson vs. CCSU 11/18/06
4. Jermaine Anderson vs. Robert Morris 11/21/06
5. Blagoj Janev vs. Quinnipiac 11/26/06
6. Jermaine Anderson vs. Harvard 11/29/06
7. Blagoj Janev vs. Long Island 12/1/06
8. Mike Christensen vs. Rutgers 12/6/06
9. Blagoj Janev vs. Northeastern 12/18/06
10. Blagoj Janev vs. Iona 12/22/06
11. Mike Christensen vs. Elon 12/29/06
12. Blagoj Janev vs. Kent State 12/30/06
13. Jermaine Anderson vs. Albany 1/3/07
14. Mike Christensen vs. Maine 1/6/07
15. Blagoj Janev vs. Vermont 1/9/07
16. Tyrece Gibbs vs. Hartford 1/11/07
17. Blagoj Janev vs. Boston U. 1/13/07
18. Jermaine Anderson vs. Dartmouth 1/16/07
19. Blagoj Janev vs. Binghamton 1/18/07
20. Tyrece Gibbs vs. Stony Brook 1/21/07

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