DURHAM, N.H. – Central Connecticut guards Javier Mojica and Tristan Blackwood combined for 55 points as the Blue Devils (1-3) defeated the University of New Hampshire Wildcats (0-3), 73-66, in non-conference action played at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
In a game that featured six lead changes and four ties, both teams shot the ball well on the offensive end as the Blue Devils shot 23-of-50 (46%) while the Wildcats shot 25-of51 (49%) in the contest.
Mojica led CCSU’s scoring charge throughout the game, including 15 first half points to lead his team to a 37-34 advantage at the half. Wildcat senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) notched eight first half points en route to compiling 13 points and six rebounds.
CCSU began the second half with plenty of momentum as the Blue Devils used a 22-5 run and led by as much as 17 with 12:48 remaining. UNH cut the deficit to four points with 1:48 remaining as senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) posted 14 second half points, shooting 5-of-9 in the second stanza for a team-high 18 points. Anderson was awarded America East “Player of the Game” for his efforts.
Mojica all but ended any hopes of a comeback for the Wildcats as he put the Blue Devils up by a margin of 69-64 after converting a foul shot. Mojica missed his second attempt, but raced to the middle of the paint and grabbed the offensive rebound and forced UNH to foul. CCSU sophomore forward Chris Winters sank two free throws from the charity stripe with 11 seconds remaining to cap the Blue Devils’ first win of the season.
Freshman forward Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon) delivered a career-high 11 points and four rebounds, while sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) notched nine points and three assists in the loss.
The UNH defense created 15 Blue Devil turnovers, but CCSU out-rebounded the Wildcats by a margin of 36-20, which included 15 offensive boards.
The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday (Nov. 21) when they travel to face Robert Morris University at 7:00 p.m.