MEN'S BASKETBALL GAME NOTES VS. NORTHEASTERN
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DURHAM, N.H. -
The rivalry is renewed after a rare year off from competitive play.  The last time these two teams met came on February 24, 2005 when the Huskies defeated the Wildcats, 88-65, in Boston, Massachusetts. Jermaine Anderson posted eight points and Blagoj Janev tallied 13 points in the loss. Northeastern was led by Jose Juan Bara, who is currently a member of the Dallas Mavericks and Marcus Barnes as the duo combined for 47 points.

Who To Watch For

    Wildcat junior Mike Christensen enters tonight’s contest coming off one his best performances in his three year career as a Wildcat. Christensen led all UNH scorers with 22 points against Big East member Rutgers on December 6. Christensen netted 18 second half points and was 7-of-8 at the charity stripe to cut what was once a 23 point lead at halftime down to seven on three occasions. The junior leads UNH in scoring (13.9 ppg) and in rebounding (5.8 rpg). Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev notched ten points and eight rebounds in the loss to Rutgers and is getting better looks from beyond the arc, while his inside game continues to improve. Junior Brandon Odom grabbed eight rebounds and chipped in five points against Rutgers as he played a career-high 26 minutes.
    Northeastern, looks to put another victory under its belt after more than a week’s layoff for final exams. The Huskies have been playing better basketball lately, winning two out of three before running into juggernaut-UConn. Northeastern also carries into this matchup a six-game winning streak versus the Wildcats that dates back to Jan. 18, 2003.
    Leading Northeastern in scoring this season is Bennet Davis who has tallied 14.8 points per game, he also leads the team 3-point percentage (.467%). He is a low-post player who also runs the floor well and can spot up. Davis has the ability to put up double-digit points or rebounds on any given night and is the Huskies’ top defender in the paint. Freshman forward Matt Janning is a proven scoring threat from both the perimeter and in the paint. He is second in scoring (12.0 ppg) and is shooting .395% from the floor.

Making It Count
    Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson is a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe this season to lead the America East.  During the 2005-06 campain, Anderson shot 68-of-74 (91.9%) from the foul line, placing him second in Division 1 basketball.
 
    Janev Moves Up On All-Time Scoring List
    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev posted 10 points against Rutgers on December 6 and has now compiled 1,038 career points, placing him 16th on UNH’s  all-time scoring list.

 On The Road Again...
    The Wildcats endure a tough December road schedule with eight straight road games, including a visit to Kent State for a tournament on December 29. The Wildcats open America East play on the road to begin January with visits to defending champion University at Albany and rival Maine before playing host to Vermont on January 9 for their first home game of 2007.

Overtime Blues
    The Wildcats have lost all three overtime games played this season. The record for most overtime games played in a single season is four, which was set by the 1989-1990 team as they posted a 3-1 record.


International Flavoring
    The Wildcats feature three players from foreign lands.  Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev calls Sydney, Australia his home. Junior forward Branimir Zeko comes to New Hampshire from Mississauga, Ontario and freshman forward Radar Onguetou hails from Yaounde, Cameroon.


Holiday Sharing
    Senior Jermaine Anderson is fourth in the America East with 28 assists (4.67 apg) and is just eight shy from 200 career assists.


Beyond the Arc
    UNH has recorded 60 3-point baskets and is third in the America East from beyond the arc.



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