MEN'S BASKETBALL HONORED AT ANNUAL BANQUET
DURHAM, N.H. – Four players received awards, a trio of seniors were honored and the team and its extended staff were celebrated at the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team’s annual season-ending banquet April 27 at Huddleston Hall.
Shawn Tobey

   
Junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after leading the team with consistent performances night in and night out.
   
Senior forward Shawn Tobey (Eliot, Maine) received the Coach Gerry Friel Award, given to the player who best exemplifies teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance and academics. Joan Friel, the wife of coach Friel, presented Tobey with the award. Gerry Friel, who passed away Aug. 20, 2007 at the age of 64, is UNH basketball’s all-time winningest coach, having compiled 188 wins from 1969-1989.

Freshman guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was selected as Rookie of the Year after narrowly missing out on the conference’s version of the award.
   
Freshman center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) was recognized for his penchant for doing dirty work, garnering Defensive Player of the Year honors.
   
Alvin Abreu
Senior forward and tri-captain Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) was honored for scoring 1,000 points in his career. Christensen received the game ball, which was imprinted with his name, the milestone and the date, that he used to reach the milestone in a game against Binghamton on Feb. 14.
   
Seniors Christensen, Tobey and student manager Alex Foster were then remembered for their careers at UNH and the time and service they gave to the program.

Gibbs, who was named to the America East All-Conference Third Team, led the ‘Cats with 1,038 minutes, which is the third most in a single season in program history. Gibbs’ 83 3-pointers led the team and are second most in a single season at UNH, just four shy of the record. The tri-captain also led the team in 3-point field goal percentage (.407), scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (3.1 apg) and blocks (0.62 bpg), was second in field goal percentage (.404) and steals (1.00 spg) and fourth in rebounding (4.5 rpg). His 3-point field goal percentage was 44th nationally, while his 2.9 treys per game ranked 52nd.

Tobey filled in with key minutes off the bench while the Wildcats' roster was low on numbers, playing in 12 games, including a start versus Vermont on Senior Day when he drilled the only 3-pointer of his career. Tobey averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 6.8 minutes per contest.
Dane DiLiegro


Abreu, who was named to the America East All-Rookie Team and selected as America East Rookie of the Week three times during the season, led all America East rookies and was second on the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game. Abreu, who was also named a CollegeHoops.net Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-Freshman, led the team in free throw percentage (.818), was second in 3-pointers made (62) and was fourth in rebounding (3.8 rpg) and assists (1.8 apg). The 62 treys are tied for the eighth most in a single season at UNH, while the free throw percentage of 81.8 is the 10th-best single-season mark in school history.
   
DiLiegro led all America East rookies (eighth overall) and the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards per game. DiLiegro led the team in field goal percentage (.467) and was third in blocked shots (0.41 bpg). Although not an official stat, the big man probably led the team in taking charges with his willingness to step in and take a hit.

Mike Christensen
Christensen, who garnered the first America East Player of the Week honor of his career March 3, was second on the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and blocks (0.59 bpg), third in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (2.6 apg), field goal percentage (.386), 3-point field goal percentage (.364) and free throw percentage (.765). Christensen recorded three double-doubles during the season and really stepped up his game down the stretch, averaging 18.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists over the final four games. Christensen became just the second player in UNH history to amass at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career when he reached all of those milestones over the final month and a half of the season. Christensen finished his career 17th on UNH's all-time scoring list (1,087), tied for fifth on their all-time free throws made list and tied for eighth on their all-time 3-pointers made list.
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