, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire Wildcats (2-8) posted four scorers in double-digits en route to defeating defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) champion Iona College (0-10), 67-52, in non-conference men’s basketball action played at the Hynes Athletic Center on Friday night.
            The Wildcats were led by senior captains Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) and Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) who combined for 24 points and nine rebounds. Janev, who was named the America East Player of the Game, posted an all-around effort with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Anderson shot a perfect 5-of-5 at the charity stripe as the senior guard tallied 11 points and four assists in the victory.
            UNH shot a season-high 44.9% for the game on 22-of-49 from the floor. The Wildcats also posted a season-high 42 first half points and went into halftime with a comfortable 42-34 lead. The stingy Wildcat defense held its opponents to 55 points or less for the third consecutive game.
            With the score tied 31-31 with 4:46 remaining in the first half, the Wildcats finished the half strong, using an 11-3 run and never looked back. Junior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) notched 11 of his 15 points off the bench to propel UNH in the first half. The second half was more of the same as the UNH defense held the Gaels to just 18 second half points. Sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) tallied seven of his ten points in the second half as connected 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
            For the game, UNH shot a season best 14-of-19 from the charity stripe (73.7%) and the defense caused 16 Iona turnovers. The Wildcats connected 9-of-23 (39.1%) from beyond the arc as they halt a four game losing streak and record their second road win of the season.
            The Gaels were led by St. John’s transfer Dexter Gray, who posted a game-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists, while Anthony Bruin notched eight points and five boards in the loss.
            The Wildcats return to action on Friday (Dec. 29) when they travel to participate in the Kent State Tournament. UNH will play Elon in the first round with the tip-off scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
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