DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team attempts to stop a four game losing streak when they travel to face the University of Hartford Hawks on Thursday, February 8. The tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Wildcats defeated the Hawks on January 9 in a 72-59 victory led by sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs' (Brockton, Mass.) career-high 22 points. UNH recently fell to rival University of Maine Black Bears on February 3, 65-56. Senior Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) compiled 19 points in the losing effort. UNH returns home for a showdown with the current third place holder in the America East, the Boston University Terriers. The contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start in Lundholm Gymnasium and can be heard on the UNHSN.

Scouting the Wildcats (8-16, 4-7 AE)
New Hampshire recorded an 0-2 record this week... UNH suffered its fourth overtime loss of the season in a heartbreaking 82-79 double overtime loss to America East leader Vermont last Wednesday, which ties the 1989-90 team for most overtimes played... UNH tallied three scorers in double digits, including senior Blagoj Janev’s  game-high 26 points...UNH posted double-digits from beyond the arc for a seventh time this season, posting 12 tifectas...UNH has lost to Vermont in two games by five combined points...the Wildcats extended its current four game losing streak on Saturday with a 65-56 loss to rival Maine...senior Jermaine Anderson compiled 19 points and three assists en route to being named America East Player of the Game for the sixth time this season, while sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs continues to be an offensive threat for the Wildcats as he added 14 points and five rebounds in the loss...UNH was outrebounded in both games and post a 4-14 record when they are at a disadvantage on the glass...UNH attempts to return to the win column on Thursday (Feb. 8) with a visit to the University of Hartford for a 7 p.m. tip-off...UNH plays host to the Boston University Terriers on Sunday (Feb. 11) at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.

Scouting the Hawks (9-14, 3-8 AE)
The men’s basketball team stayed right with the University at Albany until a late run pushed the Great Danes to a 61-55 victory at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion on Monday.With only six players seeing major minutes, the Hawks  slowed the game down on offense and held the conference’s second-highest scoring team (68.9 ppg) to its second-lowest total of the season. Hartford made two trips to Boston last week and came home with a pair of losses... The Hawks completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 94-60 loss at Boston College to start the week... The Eagles shot a season-high 69 percent for the game and hit a school-record 14 three-pointers to hand Hartford its worst loss of the season. Senior Alex Zimnickas led the Hawks with 12 points and eight rebounds... The Hawks then suffered a 59-51 setback at Boston University over the weekend. Hartford trailed by as many as 15 points in the game but twice narrowed the margin to one point in the second half but never took the lead. Senior Bo Taylor scored all of his team-high 12 points in the second half... Taylor leads the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game while freshman Joe Zeglinski and sophomore Jaret Von Rosenberg  also average in double figures (12.5 ppg and 10.6 ppg, respectively)... Sophomore Michael Turner  leads the team in rebounding at 5.3 boards per contest... The Hawks will look to snap a seven-game losing streak against Albany on Monday at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion. Earlier this season the Great Danes handed Hartford an 80-67 loss at SEFCU Arena.

Charity Points
    Senior captain Jermaine Anderson’s is first in the America East at the chairty stripe (61-71), shooting at an 85.9 percent clip. Anderson has compiled 201 career points at the line during his tenure at UNH. 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.

Tale of Two Halves
    The Wildcats are a second half team as UNH has scored more points in the second half in the last 7-of-9 games.  They are 2-9 when trailing at the half, but 5-6 when holding a lead.

On The Radar
    Freshman forward Radar Onguetou is making an impact on head coach Bill Herrion’s starting lineup. The forward has made seven straight starts en route to scoring an average of 6.9 ppg and 8.3 rpg for UNH.  Onguetou delivered a double-double against UMBC on January 25. (11 points and 12 rebounds).

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 4-4 record and Gibbs has averaged 14.8 ppg, including a career-high 22 points in a win over Hartford on January 11.  He has scored in double-digits seven of the last nine games.

Raining 3-Pointers
    The Wildcats lead all of America East in three-point baskets made with 192, which is 16 more then second ranked Binghamton. In 24 games played, UNH averages 8.00 trifectas per game. UNH is fourth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (35.6 percent).

Defending the Trey
    The Wildcats stingy 3-point defense ranks first in the America East, holding opponents to shooting just 31.7 percent from beyond the arc.

 Janev Moves into UNH’S Top-5
For All-Time Scoring Ranks
    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev recorded nine points in a 65-56  loss to Maine on February 3.  He has now registered 1,286 career points. Janev moved into fifth all-time for scoring, surpassing alum Dan Nolan’s 1,258 career points. He is just four points shy of fourth all-time as UNH alum Scott Drapeau’s (93-95) 1,290 points.

Stealing the Show
    Senior Jermaine Anderson recently moved into sixth place on UNH’s all-time steals list with 127, moving ahead of Bryant Davis’ (1989-93) 125 career steals.

Fresh Starts
    The Wildcats have six freshmen this season in Dan McGeary (12 starts), Radar Onguetou (13 starts), Seth Price (9 starts), and Sam Herrick (3 starts). The six have combined to start 37 games throughout  24 games this 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 Harvard on November 29 before returning home on January 9.

Repeat For All-Conference
    Blagoj Janev, who was selected to the 2005-06 America East All-Conference Team is making another case this season.  Janev has been awarded America East Player of the Game  a team-high 10 occasions and leads the Wildcats in scoring with 14.5 points per game.  Janev is second for most points in the conference, compiling 349.

Christensen Is Missed
    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.

America East On The Rise
    With just two regular-season non-conference games remaining, America East squads have sailed past last year’s non-conference win total. America East teams are currently 49-62 (.441) 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.

Overtime Troubles
    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 80, averaging 3.81 per game.

Glass Cleaner
    Freshman forward Radar Onguetou leads the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with 45 and is third on the team in overall rebounds with 98. He ranks eighth in the conference in offensive rebounds, the only freshman to crack the top 10.

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
21. Blagoj Janev vs. UMBC 1/25/07
22. Tyrece Gibbs vs. Albany 1/28/07
23. Blagoj Janev vs. Vermont 1/31/07
24. Jermaine Anderson vs. Maine 2/3/07
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