DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will play their second home game of the young season when it welcomes Marist College into Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.
The Wildcats and Red Foxes meet for just the third time in their history, with the series tied at one. This marks the first time the teams will face off at Lundholm. After UNH won the first meeting, 70-60, at the Darmouth Tournament on Jan. 2, 1983, the series took a 25-year hiatus until the two teams met last season. Marist won the most recent meeting 63-61 at the McCann Center on Nov. 29, 2008.
Sophomore guard Alvin Abreu scored 22 points, but the Wildcats had their come-back attempt come up short.
The Wildcats dropped to 1-3 on the season, while the Red Foxes improved to 2-3.
Trailing 60-56 with 40 seconds remaining in the game, UNH cut its deficit in half with a pair of Abreu free throws. The Wildcats fouled with 12 seconds left, sending Ryan Schneider to the line where he would hit both to put Marist back up by four, 62-58. Abreu then drilled a 3-pointer with four seconds on the clock to pull UNH within one. The Wildcats again sent Schneider to the line where he hit one of two to put Marist on top 63-61 with three ticks left on the clock. The ‘Cats had one final shot, but a last-second, half-court heave by freshman guard Russell Graham hit the backboard and ricocheted off the rim as time expired.
Abreu’s 22 points, which came off 7 of 14 shooting, were one shy of his career high at the time. Abreu, the America East Player of the Game, netted 17 in the second half alone and was 6-for-7 at the line down the stretch.
A David Devezin layup with 12:21 to go in the second half gave Marist its largest lead of the game at 54-35. UNH would chip away, however, going on a 17-2 run to pull within 56-52 with 4:24 to play. The Wildcats used eight points from Abreu and six from sophomore center Dane DiLiegro during that span, but it was the Wildcat defense that helped power the run as it held Marist without a field goal for 8:51. DiLiegro finished with eight points and a season-high nine rebounds.
An Eric Gilchrese trey at 18:06 in the first half put UNH on the board first for the fourth time in as many games. An 11-2 Marist run, however, put the Red Foxes in front for good at 11-5 with 13:39 to go in the first. The rest of the frame was back and forth, with UNH pulling to within 12-10 midway through the half before Marist went on top 21-13 with 6:14 to play. MC led, 33-22, with 53 seconds left, but a pair of free throws by junior forward Radar Onguetou and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by junior guard Colbey Santos cut the Marist lead to 33-27 at the break. Sophomore guard Tyrone Conley scored seven of his nine points in the first half for UNH, while Lawrence Williams led Marist with 11 in the opening stanza.
A Conley layup 1:04 into the second half cut UNH’s deficit to just four. Marist, however, used a 12-2 run to take a 45-31 advantage with 15:39 to play and later scored six straight points to go up 19 with 12:21 left before withstanding the Wildcat surge to nail down the win.
Devezin led Marist with 19 points, while Williams tallied 15 points and eight rebounds and Schneider recorded eight points and 12 boards.
UNH won the turnover battle, forcing 21 Marist turnovers while only giving the ball away 10 times. The Wildcats were outshot, however, 52 percent (22-42) to 34 percent (21-61).
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Radar Onguetou led three scorers in double digits with 12 points, but the Wildcats dropped a 78-60 decision to Harvard University on Nov. 25 at Lavietes Pavilion.
The Wildcats dropped to 1-2 early on, while the Crimson improved to 4-1.
Onguetou was 3-for-5 from the field, including 2 of 4 from behind the arc, and sank four of his six free throws. Juniors Dane DiLiegro and Alvin Abreu each chipped in with 10 points. DiLiegro and Onguetou pulled down eight and four rebounds, respectively.
Harvard began the game on an 11-2 run before Onguetou knocked down his first 3-pointer at 15:34 to stop the run. After Onguetou hit his second trey to cut the UNH deficit to 18-12 at 12:12, the Crimson went on a 10-2 run to take a 28-14 lead at 7:09. The Wildcats would not record another field goal after Onguetou’s second trifecta until senior Colbey Santos hit a 3 of his own to make it 39-25 with 2:18 to play in the opening half.
Onguetou, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, added a free throw 38 seconds later, but Harvard scored the final seven points of the half - capped by a Jeremy Lin 3-pointer as time expired - to take a 46-26 advantage into the locker room. Santos finished with four points, all of them coming in the first half.
On top 53-32 just 2:29 into the second stanza, Harvard crafted an 11-0 run to grab its largest lead of the game at 64-32 with 13:58 remaining. The Crimson led 72-43 with 8:20 to play before Abreu’s slashing layup sparked a 10-4 run that sliced UNH’s deficit to 23. After a Christian Webster layup halted the run at 3:20, Abreu hit another layup at 2:57 to start a 7-0 run that finished the game and brought the Wildcats to within 17.
Freshman Ferg Myrick added a career-high eight points, while classmate Chandler Rhoads tallied seven points, two rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Brian Benson recorded four points, five boards and a block.
Harvard outshot the Wildcats, 51 percent (25-49) to 38 percent (18-48), and also sank 22 of 24 (92%) at the line, while UNH was 20-for-32 (63%) at the stripe. The Crimson also held the advantage on the glass at 39-25, but did turn the ball over 15 times to the Wildcats’ 13.
Lin led the Crimson with a game-high 18 points to go along with seven boards, while Webster added 15.
After going 2-for-4 from behind the arc at Harvard on Nov. 25, senior Radar Onguetou has now sank seven of his 10 3-point attempts (70 percent) to begin the year. Onguetou came into the season a career 20 percent (9-45) shooter from long range.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into tonight's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 526 consecutive games, a streak that spans 17 years. The last time the ‘Cats did not tally a trey was in a 59-47 loss to Dartmouth College on Jan. 8, 1991, when they were 0-for-3 from behind the arc. The NCAA record is currently 742 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
PICKING IT BACK UP
Senior Colbey Santos picked up where he left off last season in the America East semifinal against Binghamton when he netted a career-high 17 points on 4 of 5 shooting from behind the arc. In the season opener against Suffolk on Nov. 14, Santos scored 10 points, before netting 14 points at 25th-ranked Maryland on Nov. 20. The three-game double-digit scoring streak is the longest of Santos’ career and also matches the number of games Santos recorded 10 or more points in the previous 86 games of his career.
In the Wildcats' 82-55 loss at 25th-ranked Maryland on Nov. 20, sophomore point guard Russell Graham grabbed a game-high and career-best eight rebounds. Graham, who measures an even 6-feet tall, was the only player under 6-2 to play in the game.
In the Wildcats' 82-55 loss at 25th-ranked Maryland on Nov. 20, the 27-point deficit was the Terps' smallest margin of victory of the season to that point.
RHOAD TO SUCCESS
Freshman Chandler Rhoads was named America East Rookie of the Week for the period ending Nov. 15 the conference announced Nov. 16.
Rhoads shined for the Wildcats in the first collegiate game of his career against Suffolk on Nov. 14 as he scored a game-high 14 points and added five assists, four steals and three rebounds in 23 minutes of action during UNH's 91-45 win at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Rhoads became just the fifth Wildcat since the awards' inception in 1983 to win it the first week of the season, joining Todd Black (Dec. 10, 1983), Joe Spitale (Dec. 5, 1988), Will Chavis (Nov. 22, 1998) and Chris Vetrano (Nov. 21, 2004). The point guard was also the first Wildcat to garner the honor since current junior Alvin Abreu on Feb. 25, 2008.
CRASHING THE GLASS
Against Suffolk on Nov. 14, junior Dane DiLiegro pulled down 15 rebounds, which is the second highest total of his career. DiLiegro leads the conference in rebounding (15.0 rpg), defensive rebounding (10.0 drpg) and is tied for the lead in offensive rebounding (5.0 orpg) with teammate Brian Benson.
Sophomores Brian Benson and Russell Graham both set career highs versus Suffolk on Nov. 14. Benson scored a career-high nine points, while Graham dished out a career-best six assists.
The Wildcats dished out an assist on 69 percent (22-32) of their baskets in their 91-45 win against Suffolk on Nov. 14. Last year the ‘Cats assisted on 50 percent (323-647) of their buckets.
Junior Alvin Abreu continued his pattern from last year of picking up his scoring in the second half. After going into the break with just two points against Suffolk on Nov. 14, Abreu came out and netted 10 in the second stanza to finish with 12. Abreu also added seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
In their 91-45 win against Suffolk on Nov. 14, the Wildcats blocked six shots, including three by freshman big man Chris Matagrano.
Head coach Bill Herrion and his staff announced Nov. 11 that Scott Morris has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Wildcats and attend school next fall.
"One of our needs with this year's recruiting class was to get a 2-guard that can shoot the basketball," Herrion said. "Losing Colbey Santos after this year and Alvin Abreu and Tyrone Conley being seniors next year, we have to make sure we have depth at the shooting guard spot. Scott is a tough, athletic kid, who can really shoot the ball from the 3. He is a total student-athlete and we are very happy to have him here at UNH."
Morris, who is currently a senior at Walkersville High School, averaged 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds. 6.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season as he led the Lions to the regional finals and an 18-7 record. Morris was named to the Frederick News Post All-County First Team, as well as the All-Gazette First Team, and was First Team All-Piedmont Division. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound guard averaged 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists as an All-Piedmont Division first teamer. The three-year starter and two-time team MVP also performs well off the court as he is the owner of a 4.0 grade-point-average, which ranks No. 1 in his class of 328.
Juniors James Valladares, Alvin Abreu and Dane DiLiegro all spent part of their summers representing their respective countries while playing basketball internationally. Valladares suited up for the El Salvador National Team at the FIBA COCABA Games in Cancun, Mexico, where he averaged 17.4 points per game. Abreu practiced with the Dominican National Team in Santo Domingo, where he battled with the likes of Francisco Garcia of the Sacramento Kings, Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons and Edgar Sosa, a senior at Louisville. DiLiegro played for the United States at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. DiLiegro averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game en route to helping the Americans capture the gold medal.
Head coach Bill Herrion was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as a special honoree with the Clark University High School Basketball Tournament on Oct. 9. Along with the Clark Tournament itself and two major contributors to the success of the tournament, Herrion went in as one of just three players that will represent 70 years of basketball greatness at "The Clark." Herrion's best game came on Feb. 19, 1976 in a 96-79 win against Nashoba that lifted Oxford into the championship. Herrion knocked down 14 baskets and was 19 of 21 from the free throw line en route to scoring 47 points. The 19 free throws still stand as a single-game tournament record, while the 47 points are the third most in a single game and the 14 field goals are sixth most.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
The Wildcats welcome in three newcomers this season. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.), a 6-foot-4, 190-pound point guard, attended Air Force Prep last season and averaged 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals per game. Rhoads, who has great size, speed and strength and will increase the Wildcats' already solid depth on the perimeter, graduated as the all-time leading scorer at Clarke County High School with 1,638 points. Rhoads, who was named Virginia State A Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 25.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game during his senior campaign, lead Clarke County to a pair of state championships during his four years at the school. Rhoads was also a First Team All-State member his junior and senior seasons, as well as being a McDonald's All-American nominee his final year at Clarke County.
Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.), a 6-6, 180-pound wing, is a very good athlete who has size and is long. Myrick averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game last season at Prep Charter High School. Myrick, a McDonald's All-American nominee, led Prep Charter to a 21-7 record.
Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) is a 6-9, 250-pound center, who plays hard and brings a great work ethic to the squad. Matagrano averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game last season for Blair Academy, where he led the school to a 19-4 record, as well as the program's first New Jersey Prep A state championship in school history. Matagrano, who has great size, physical presence and very good skill for a big man, graduated from Sayreville High School, where he led the program to the NJSIAA tournament in 2007-08 for the first time in five years after averaging 12 points and 12 boards per game en route to being voted the squad's MVP.