DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will meet Army at Christl Arena on Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. before it breaks for the Christmas holiday. Links to live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Black Knights meet for the eighth time, with Army leading the all-time series, 4-3. UNH has won three in a row, however, after losing the first four. The ‘Cats have won the past two meetings in Durham and are 1-2 in their last three at West Point. In the most recent meeting, the Wildcats pulled out a 77-71 win at home Nov. 28, 2004.
Jermaine Anderson scored a career-high 30 points and made a crucial steal late in the game to help the Wildcats hold off the Black Knights.
Anderson made his first two shots in the opening minute of the game to set the tone. Anderson shot 13-for-19 from the field and contributed four rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes of action.
With the Black Knights threatening to take the lead in the final minute, Anderson stole the ball from Lance Dietz and took the ball the length of the court for an eventual three-point play. He hit the 30-point mark with another driving layup as time expired.
Army’s loss overshadowed a 34-point effort from sophomore Matt Bell, who shot 9-for-17 from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point land, and 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Bell also led the Black Knights with five assists and contributed five rebounds.
Anderson was one of four Wildcats to hit double figures in scoring. Chris Vetrano scored 15 points, while fellow freshman Mike Christensen contributed 11 points and six steals and Ben Sturgill scored 10 points and made three steals.
Both teams shot 50 percent from the field, but UNH was able to get off 10 more field goal attempts by forcing Army (0-4) into 24 turnovers, while committing only 14 of its own. Army outrebounded UNH, however, 32-24.
LAST TIME OUT
Juniors Tyrone Conley and Alvin Abreu scored 21 points apiece to lead the Wildcats to a 69-59 victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Dec. 20 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH improved to 4-0 at home and 4-4 overall while DC fell to 2-8. It is the first time the Wildcats have won the first four home games of a season since the 1968-69 campaign. Dating back to last year, the ‘Cats have won seven consecutive home games to mark the second longest streak in the last 49 years (12 games; 1982-84).
Conley made 8 of 13 field goal attempts, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and also recorded a game-high eight rebounds. Abreu was 7-for-12 from the floor and 7 of 9 from the foul line.
Dartmouth was led by David Rufful, who shot 8-for-20 for 18 points.
New Hampshire built a 12-4 lead in the opening six minutes of the game behind nine points from Conley. After Rufful’s three-point play trimmed the deficit to five points, UNH extended the lead to double digits, 17-7, on a Conley 3-pointer and Dane DiLiegro (nine points; four rebounds) layup.
The Big Green pulled within five points at 25-20, but senior Colbey Santos drilled a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats an eight-point advantage with six minutes remaining in the half. The teams then traded scores to push the game to 30-22 before UNH matched its largest lead of the half - 10 points - with four minutes remaining when Conley backed his defender in the left post and scored over a double team.
Following a basket by Kirk Crecco with 2:30 remaining, Mbiyimoh Ghogomu followed his own miss at 2:00 to pull the Big Green within 32-26 and then consecutive Ronnie Dixon layups reduced the margin to two points with 45 seconds to go in the first half.
Trailing 32-30 at halftime, Dartmouth took its first lead of the game on a three-point play by Matt LaBove (nine points, six rebounds) on the opening possession of the second half. Abreu responded with a 3-point play for the Wildcats to put the home team back in front, 35-33.
Dartmouth regained the lead, 42-41, on a layup and led by three points when DiLiegro’s layup made it a one-point margin at 12:39. A Griffin jumper reestablished a three-point advantage, but then DiLiegro made another basket in the paint and completed the three-point play to level the score, 46-46. Freshman Chandler Rhoads stole the ensuing inbounds pass and Conley’s 3-pointer put UNH back in front, 49-46, with 11:20 remaining.
The ‘Cats led by one point, 49-48, midway through the second half when they went on a 7-0 run. Onguetou sparked the spurt when he pulled down an offensive rebound and drove the right baseline for a layup. On the next possession, Abreu cut through the lane for a layup and completed the three-point play to give UNH a 54-48 advantage at 9:32. Freshman Chris Matagrano then made a pair of free throws to push the margin to eight points.
Crecco halted the run at 6:42 when his pair of foul shots lifted the Big Green within 56-50. Abreu ended a stretch of five missed consecutive UNH foul shots and then he hit a jumper in the lane to extend the lead to 59-50 with 5:03 remaining.
With UNH leading 59-52, Conley hit a jumper from the right elbow to push the advantage to nine points with 2:39 to play, but DC’s Rufful responded with a basket 15 seconds later to make the score 61-54.
Abreu was fouled on an acrobatic layup at 2:03 and his subsequent free throw gave New Hampshire a double-digit lead of 64-54. Another Rufful basket in the paint pulled the Big Green within 64-56, but Rhoads made a jumper with 82 seconds to go to once again create a 10-point margin.
Rufful’s 3-pointer lifted the visitors within 66-59 at 1:08. Rhoads made 1 of 2 free throws, then Abreu stole the ball and went the length of the court for a layup that gave the Wildcats a 69-59 lead with 52 seconds on the clock to secure the victory.
The Wildcats outshout Dartmouth, 53.3 percent (24-45) to 38.1 percent (24-63), including 44.4 percent (4-9) to 25 percent (2-8) from behind the arc, and also edged the Big Green, 36-30, on the glass.
HOME, SWEET HOME
Dating back to the end of last season, the Wildcats have won seven straight games at home, which is the second longest streak since the 1960-61 season. The only time the ‘Cats won more consecutive games at home in the last 49 years is when they were victorious in 12 straight games at Lundholm Gymnasium from Nov. 30, 1982-Jan. 2, 1984. The current streak began Feb. 18, 2009 in a 63-54 win versus Maine.
MORE HOME COOKIN'
The Wildcats have started out the season 4-0 at home for the first time since the 1968-69 campaign when the ‘Cats won their first five games in Durham.
Juniors Tyrone Conley and Alvin Abreu each scored 21 points in the Wildcats’ 69-59 win against Dartmouth on Dec. 20. The performances marked the first time the duo each scored 20 points or more in the same game. Conley netted 16 in the first half, while Abreu poured in 17 in the second stanza.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
With starting center Dane DiLiegro in foul trouble for much of the Wildcats’ 69-59 win against Dartmouth on Dec. 20, freshman center Chris Matagrano gave the ‘Cats a nice lift off the bench. Matagrano reached career highs in points (5) and rebounds (4) in 10 minutes.
WELL, THAT DIDN'T LAST VERY LONG
After setting season highs in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage in their previous home game against Central Connecticut State, the Wildcats heated up again to erase those marks in a 69-59 win versus Dartmouth on Dec. 20. The ‘Cats shot 53.3 percent (24-45) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-9) from behind the arc against the Big Green.
The combined record of the four teams UNH has lost to this season is 29-11 (.725). The Wildcats have suffered all of their defeats on the road at Maryland (6-3), Harvard (7-2), Pitt (9-2) and Hofstra (7-4).
The Wildcats have built on their solid defensive year a season ago and have only allowed 60 or more points in a game three times – to then 25th-ranked Maryland, to 7-2 Harvard and 7-4 Hostra. The ‘Cats, who held the Big East’s Pitt to 47 points Dec. 4, are second in the league in scoring defense at 62.4 ppg. UNH is also second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 32.5 percent and third in field goal percentage defense at 42.2 percent.
GRAHAM TAKING CARE OF THE
Sophomore Russell Graham ranks first in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at +2.4.
Senior Radar Onguetou is leading the Wildcats in 3-point shooting after sinking 42.9 percent (9-21) of his attempts. Onguetou, who also leads the conference in that category, 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 531 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 749 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
NATIONALLY RANKED (AS OF DEC. 19)
UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in scoring defense (62.9 ppg) at 75th. Individually, Russell Graham is 51st in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.55).
SOMETHING GOOD ABREU-IN'
Junior Alvin Abreu erupted for a season-high 25 points in the Wildcats' 67-55 win against Central Connecticut State on Dec. 9. The total was Abreu's second highest of his career and most since he dropped 28 on Santa Clara at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 4, 2009.
TICKLING THE TWINE
After a defensive struggle in their previous game at Pitt in which the Wildcats scored 32 points, they came in on fire versus Central Connecticut State and stayed hot throughout the game. The ‘Cats set season highs in shooting percentage from the field (.500), behind the arc (.429) and at the line (.750).
HERRION VS. WILDCATS' 2009-10 OPPONENTS
Coming into the season, Bill Herrion owned a 115-67 (.632) record against the Wildcats' 2009-10 opponents.
CAGING THE PANTHERS
In their 47-32 loss Dec. 4, the Wildcats held Pitt to its lowest scoring output since March 10, 2007 when Georgetown only allowed 42 points in a 65-42 win against the Panthers in the Big East title game at Madison Square Garden. Against UNH, Pitt was held scoreless for the first 5:15 of the game, did not convert its first field goal until 6:37 in, and went 15:30 before grabbing its first lead.
Freshman Myrick scored a career-high 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 1 of 1 from behind the arc, in a career-high 18 minutes against the Big East's Pitt on Dec. 4.
DILIEGRO NETS TOP WEEKLY HONOR
Junior Dane DiLiegro was named America East Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 29, the conference announced Nov. 30.
DiLiegro earned the first weekly conference honor of his career after averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in a 78-60 loss at Harvard on Nov. 25, as well as a 72-58 victory at home versus Marist on Nov. 28. DiLiegro also shot 50 percent (15-30) from the field and 78 percent (7-9) at the line in the two games.
At Harvard, DiLiegro posted a solid performance of 10 points and eight rebounds before exploding against Marist. DiLiegro scored a career-high 27 points on 11 of 19 shooting from the floor and 5 of 5 shooting at the line, while pulling down eight boards. DiLiegro had matched his career best after just 14 first-half minutes, and was single-handedly outscoring Marist at the break, 21-20.
Junior Dane DiLiegro scored a career-high 27 points as he was 11-for-19 from the floor and made all five of his free throws in a season-high 34 minutes against Marist on Nov. 28, making him the first Wildcat to record that many baskets in a game since Blagoj Janev was a perfect 11-for-11 from the field en route to 31 points against Vermont on Jan. 9, 2007. The 11 field goals marked the second time in his career that DiLiegro converted 10 or more field goals, as he knocked down 10 shots when he set his previous career best of 21 points Feb. 19 of last season versus Maine. The 27 points is also the most for a Wildcat since classmate Alvin Abreu netted 28 against Santa Clara on Jan. 4 of last season.
HERRION CLIMBING WINS LIST
By defeating Marist, 72-58, Nov. 28, head coach Bill Herrion recorded his 47th victory at UNH and moved into fifth on the school's all-time wins list, passing Gib Chapman, who won 46 games in four seasons from 1992-96. Herrion moved past Phil Rowe, who won 45 games in six seasons from 1999-05, with his 91-45 win against Suffolk on Nov. 14, and now trails only Gerry Friel (188), William Cowell (119), Henry Swasey (108) and Bill Olsen (60) in the record books.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE ON THE RADAR
Senior Radar Onguetou scored 11 points and tied his career high with 12 rebounds against Marist on Nov. 28 to record his second career double-double. Onguetou's first double-double came at UMBC on Jan. 25, 2007 when he recorded the same 11 points and 12 rebounds.
AMERICA EAST SEASONS BESTS
Against Marist on Nov. 28, a trio of Wildcats submitted three of the best performances in America East this season. Junior Dane DiLiegro poured in a career-high 27 points, the most in the conference at the time. Senior Radar Onguetou matched his career best by grabbing 12 rebounds, which tied for the third best mark in the league. Sophomore Russell Graham surpassed his previous career high by handing out seven assists, the fourth best America East mark on the year at the time.
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, the 27-point deficit was the Terps' smallest margin of victory of the season to that point.
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.
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.
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.
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 then 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.
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.
DEMPSEY ON COLLEGE CHALKTALK
Associate Head Coach Ken Dempsey will be blogging at various points of the season on College Chalktalk. To follow along with Dempsey's entries, click here.
WILDCAT BASKETBALL ON THE AIR
In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the "UNH Sports Network" - the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. Wildcats Sports Properties has added WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester) and WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth) as flagship stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added in 2008. All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family and this change will go into effect at the beginning of the 2009-10 season. These three aforementioned stations - along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) - will carry the following: all UNH football & men's hockey broadcasts and weekly coaches' shows, a select number of men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's hockey broadcasts, as well as "Wildcat Sports Today", a three-minute daily update concerning UNH athletics. The games can also be heard on the internet at www.UNHWildcats.com, through a service from Stretch Internet. Stretch has also partnered with UNH to develop a podcast page for UNH fans to listen to archived broadcasts. Veteran play-by-play man Jim Jeannotte will return for his 29th year broadcasting UNH men's basketball. Jeannotte will be joined by color analyst Mike Murphy, who enters his 10th season calling Wildcat men's hoop.
WILDCAT BASKETBALL STREAMING LIVE
UNHWildcats.com, via Stretch Internet Broadcast, will carry 11 UNH men's basketball games, as well as a pair of road contests this season. If you cannot attend Wildcat basketball, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet. Fans can get to the UNH men's basketball broadcast site by going to the men's basketball schedule page at www.UNHWildcats.com.
UNH HOOPS ON WILDCATS.TV
UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH's seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2009-10 season with UNHwildcats.Tv. Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the "Wildcat All-Access Pass" which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.
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.