MEN'S BASKETBALL TRIO TAKES HOME ANNUAL AWARDS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Friday that junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) and freshmen guards Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) and Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.), all members of the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team, were honored at the conference’s annual awards banquet.

Alvin Abreu

Gibbs was named to the America East All-Conference Third Team, joining Matt Acres (1997-98) and Jermaine Anderson (2006-07) as just the third Wildcat to ever receive the honor.

Abreu and Conley were selected to the America East All-Rookie Team, making UNH the only team with two players on the squad. They become the 15th and 16th UNH players to garner the award, and the first since senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) was named to the team at the end of the 2004-05 season.

Gibbs leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.405), scoring (14.5 ppg), assists (3.1 apg) and blocks (0.64 bpg), is second in field goal percentage (.403) and steals (1.04 spg) and fourth in rebounding (4.5 rpg). In the conference, Gibbs is third in 3-pointers made (79), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.405), eighth in assists, ninth in scoring and 10th in blocks. Gibbs’ 3-point field goal percentage is 56th nationally, while his 2.8 treys per game ranks 57th.

Abreu, who leads all America East rookies in scoring, leads the team in free throw percentage (.818), is second in scoring (12.5 ppg) and 3-pointers made (58), fourth in assists (1.8) and fifth in rebounding (3.8).

Tyrone Conley
Conley, who battled sickness for nearly a month, is third on the team in steals (0.88 spg), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.362) and fifth in scoring (8.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.363) and assists (1.27 apg).

The No. 7 Wildcats return to action Saturday, March 8 at 6 p.m. when they take on second-seeded University of Hartford in the quarterfinal round of the America East tournament at Binghamton University’s Events Center.

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