MEN'S HOOP WRAPS UP THREE-GAME ROAD STRETCH AT UMBC ON JAN. 21

GAME NOTES

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will conclude its three-game road stretch Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. when it takes on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County at RAC Arena. Links to live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.

The Wildcats and Retrievers meet for the 14th time in their short conference rivarly, with UNH leading the all-time series, 7-6. The ‘Cats have won four of the last five meetings at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Retrievers have won three straight at RAC Arena, but prior to that had not recorded a win versus the Wildcats on their home floor in the three previous matchups. In the most recent meeting Feb. 10, 2009, sophomore guard Alvin Abreu scored 20 points and sophomore center Dane DiLiegro recorded his third double-double of the season, but the Wildcats dropped an 81-76 heartbreaker to UMBC at RAC Arena.

The loss dropped the Wildcats to 9-14 on the season, including 4-7 in America East play, while the Retrievers improved to 11-13 overall and 5-7 in the conference.

Abreu, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, was 7-for-15 from the floor, including 5 of 8 from behind the arc. Abreu added three rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes. DiLiegro poured in a career-high 16 points on 7 of 13 shooting and ripped down 10 boards in 36 minutes. Senior guard Tyrece Gibbs also tallied 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 40 minutes for the Wildcats.

Leading 51-45 just over five minutes into the second half, the Wildcats were forced to withstand a 20-2 UMBC run that gave the Retrievers a 65-53 lead midway through the half. After a layup by Gibbs stopped the bleeding, a Jay Greene 3-pointer with 9:19 remaining gave UMBC its largest lead of the game at 68-55.

Gibbs answered with a 3-pointer of his own and after Greene sank a jumper, Gibbs knocked down another 3 to slice the deficit to 70-61 at 8:21. After Greene responded with a layup 30 seconds later, the Wildcats ripped off a 13-3 run – featuring a pair of treys from Abreu, who netted 17 in the second half, and one from Gibbs – that cut the UMBC lead to 75-74 with 3:33 to play.

The Retrievers would not let UNH get any closer, however, receiving a layup from Darryl Proctor, off a miss by Greene, to widen their lead to 77-74 with 3:01 left. Junior forward Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon) hauled in a rebound off a missed 3 by Abreu and put it back to keep the Wildcats within a point with 1:40 on the clock. Greene then hit two at the line to put UMBC back up by three at 79-76 with 1:20 left, and after UNH missed a 3 to tie and was forced to foul, Matt Spadafora sank a pair at the stripe with 14 ticks left to seal the win. Onguetou finished with six points and seven rebounds.

The game opened as a seesaw battle, with UMBC leading 11-8. DiLiegro scored the first eight points of the game for UNH, which tied the game on an Abreu 3-pointer at 12:45. The teams were later tied at 18 when Gibbs drilled a 3 that sparked an 8-2 run, which put the Wildcats on top 26-20 with 7:26 left in the half.

An old fashioned three-point play by Greene cut UMBC’s deficit to three before the teams traded baskets twice to bring the score to 30-27 with 3:38 left. A DiLiegro dunk off a feed from Abreu put the Wildcats back up five, but four free throws from Brett Burrier closed the first-half scoring with the Retrievers down just one, 32-31. The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season when leading at the half (6-1).

Senior guard Eric Gilchrese scored 10 points in 16 minutes of action, while sophomore guard Tyrone Conley tallied six points, four rebounds and four assists.

Gibbs finished the game with 1,205 career points and moved past Keith Dickson (1,202) for ninth place on UNH’s all-time scoring list. The captain’s two blocks gave him 53 for his career and moved him past Joe Rainis (51) for fourth all-time in program history.

UNH shot 44 percent (30-68) from the floor, including 39 percent (11-28) from deep. UMBC was 52 percent (29-56) from the field and 55 percent (6-11) from 3. The Wildcats turned the ball over less (5) than the Retrievers (7), who are fourth in the nation in turnovers per game (10.3). The Wildcats went the entire first half without a turnover and did not commit their first until the 11:54 mark of the second half.

Greene, UMBC’s America East Player, poured in a career-high 36 points on 12 of 18 shooting, including 5 of 8 from behind the arc. Greene was also 7-for-7 from the stripe to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Proctor also posted a double-double for the Retrievers, recording 23 points and 10 boards.

LAST TIME OUT

Junior Tyrone Conley scored 13 points as the Wildcats were defeated by Maine, 56-42, on Jan. 18 at Alfond Arena.

The Wildcats fell to 6-10 on the season, including 1-4 in America East play, while the Black Bears improvd to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Conley was 4-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-7 from behind the arc. Sophomore Russell Graham, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, added six points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and did not turn the ball over a single time in 27 minutes.

Sean McNally, Maine’s America East Player of the Game, led the Black Bears with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Wildcats trailed 4-1 to start the contest when a pair of baskets by freshman Ferg Myrick, sandwhiched around a 3-pointer from Gerald McLemore, brought them to within 7-5 with 13:32 to play in the opening half. A 6-0 Maine run, however, opened the lead up to eight midway through the half before freshman Chandler Rhoads canned a 3 to stop the spurt at 18:48.

Terrance Mitchell answered with a 3 of his own and McNally drained a pair of free throws - he finished the night 9 of 10 at the stripe - to give Maine an 18-8 lead with 5:51 remaining. A jumper from Graham and a trey from junior James Valladares quickly cut the Wildcat deficit back to five, but Maine returned the favor by scoring the final five points of the half and took a 23-13 lead into the break.

Conley opened the second stanza by draining a 3 before the teams traded baskets the next two times down the floor. Conley then knocked down another 3-pointer to pull UNH to within 27-23 at 16:05. Maine went up eight before a 9-1 Wildcat run - sparked by a layup from junior Dane DiLiegro - sliced the Black Bears’ lead to 33-32 with 10:29 left.

Maine scored four straight before Conley sank another 3 to cut it back to two. The Wildcats would never get closer, however, as the Black Bears scored seven straight to widen their advantage to 44-35 at 4:51. After a pair of Graham free throws, a three-point play from Mitchell made the lead an even 10 at 47-37. Conley hit his final 3 to cut it to seven, but Maine closed the game on a 9-2 run to seal the win.

Mitchell added 10 points and six boards for the Black Bears.

Maine outshot the Wildcats, 35.4 percent (17-48) to 27.8 percent (15-54), outscored them 24-6 in the paint and outrebounded them 45-35. Both teams turned the ball over 13 times.

GRAHAM-TASTIC!

Point guard Russell Graham has really picked up his play over the last three games, averaging 5.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and just 1.0 turnover per game during that span, which has included lines of six points, eight rebounds and seven assists Jan. 18 at Maine and a career-high 11 points, five boards and six helpers Jan. 13 versus Albany. The sophomore has also started contributing more offensively over his last five games, averaging 6.6 points per contest, with nine- and seven-point outings Jan. 7 against Boston U. and Jan. 10 at Stony Brook, respectively.

LATE TO THE PARTY

After not even attempting a 3-pointer in the first 46 games of his career, junior James Valladares has now hit a trey in four consecutive contests.

HOME, SWEET HOME

The Wildcats have started out the season 6-1 at home for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign when they won six of their first seven games in Durham. The ‘Cats have been victorious in nine of their last 10 home contests dating back to last year. The 1994-95 squad was the last team to start 7-1 at home.

DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS

The Wildcats have built on their solid defensive year a season ago and have only allowed more than 60 points in a game five times. The ‘Cats, who held the Big East’s Pitt to 47 points Dec. 4, lead the league in scoring defense at 61.2 ppg. UNH is also third in the conference in field goal percentage defense at 40.8 percent and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 32.3 percent.

'CATS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS

A number of Wildcats find themselves in the top 10 on a handful of conference lists. Point guard Russell Graham ranks first in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.4) and third in assists (4.1 apg), Dane DiLiegro is third in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and sixth in field goal percentage (.463), Tyrone Conley is seventh in 3-pointers made per game (2.1) and ninth in steals per game (1.3), Radar Onguetou is seventh in rebounding (6.3 rpg), and Alvin Abreu is ninth in 3-pointers made per game (1.7) and 10th in free throw percentage (.758).

THREE-HEADED MONSTERS

The Wildcats are one of just two teams in America East with three players in the top 18 in scoring, joining Boston University. Alvin Abreu (12.8 ppg), Tyrone Conley (11.9) and Dane DiLiegro (10.6) are inside the top 18 for UNH.

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS

Heading into Monday’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 539 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 756 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

LOVEABLE LUNDHOLM

Junior Alvin Abreu is averaging 17.0 points per game this season at Lundholm Gymnasium, while adding 9.4 ppg on the road. Abreu is also shooting 42.7 percent (38-89) at home, but hitting on just 26.2 percent (27-103) of his shots away from Lundholm. The same trend holds true for the whole squad, which averages 69.3 ppg on 42.4 percent shooting at home and just 53.0 ppg on 34.1 percent shooting on the road.

JUNIOR TRIO SOLID IN CRUNCH TIME

Juniors Alvin Abreu, Tyrone Conley and Dane DiLiegro have stepped up down the stretch in games this season for the Wildcats. In the final five minutes, the three are a combined 27-for-50 (.540) from the field and 31 of 44 (.705) at the line. Inside of one minute, the trio is even better, shooting 7 of 13 (.538) from the floor and 17 of 20 (.850) at the stripe.

TOP-NOTCH OPPONENTS

The combined record of the seven teams UNH has lost to this season is 104-76 (.578). The Wildcats have suffered their defeats on the road at Maryland (12-5), Harvard (12-3), Pitt (15-2), Hofstra (9-11), Army (11-6), Santa Clara (8-13), Stony Brook (12-7), Hartford (4-14) and Maine (11-6), as well as at home to Boston U. (10-9).

NATIONALLY RANKED (AS OF JAN. 17)

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in scoring defense (61.5 ppg) at 38th. Individually, Dane DiLiegro is 48th in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and point guard Russell Graham is 65th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.19).

CONFERENCE COACHING CONQUESTS

Head coach Bill Herrion is currently tops among active coaches and third overall in America East regular season conference victories. Herrion’s 132 conference wins are far and away better than the league’s other eight coaches, with Albany’s Will Brown the next closest with 64. Overall, Herrion sits behind only former Boston University head coach Dennis Wolff (152) and long-time Vermont head man Tom Brennan (147).

PARTY OF FIVE

In their 67-59 win against Albany on Jan. 13, the Wildcats had five scorers in double digits. It marked the first time they had five scorers with 10 or more points in a game since Jan. 4, 2004 when Craig Walls (14), Marcus Bullock (12), Blagoj Janev (11), Griffin Walker (11) and Roland Williams (10) all scored in double digits at home against Northeastern.

GREAT DANE

Junior Dane DiLiegro recorded a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds in the Wildcats’ 67-59 win against the Albany Great Danes on Jan. 13. DiLiegro, who also posted a double-double of 20 points and 16 boards against Boston U. on Jan. 7, submitted two double-doubles in a three-game span for the first time in his career.

GOLDEN GRAHAM

Sophomore Russell Graham put together a solid night in the Wildcats’ 67-59 win against Albany on Jan. 13. The point guard scored a career-high 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field, including 1 of 2 from behind the arc and added five rebounds, six assists and just two turnovers.

GLASS MILESTONE

Junior Dane DiLiegro recorded his 500th career rebound with his third board of the game against Stony Brook on Jan. 10 to become the 90th player in America East history to reach the mark. DiLiegro is the second active leading rebounder in the conference behind Vermont’s Marqus Blakely.

FIRST TRIP DOWNTOWN

Against Stony Brook on Jan. 10, junior James Valladares broke out for a career-high 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point land. Valladares, who played a season-high 23 minutes, had never even attempted a 3-pointer in his career coming into the game.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR DOUBLE D

Dane DiLiegro was a monster inside for the Wildcats in their game against Boston U. on Jan. 7. DiLiegro netted 20 points and was one rebound shy of his career best, pulling down a season-high 16 boards as he recorded his second double-double of the season and seventh of his career. It was the highest point and rebound totals DiLiegro has reached in a single game during his career.

SECOND CHANCES

Ferg Myrick made the most of his 15 minutes against Boston U. on Jan. 7. The freshman chipped in with four points and added a block, but it was on the glass where he made his biggest impact. Myrick pulled down eight boards, including five on the offensive end.

GRAHAM ON POINT

Sophomore point guard Russell Graham continued his solid play for the Wildcats against Boston U. on Jan. 7 as he matched his career high with nine points and added five assists, four rebounds and steal, while only turning the ball over twice in a career-best 33 minutes.

CLOUD NINE

In their Jan. 2 game at Santa Clara, juniors Tyrone Conley and Dane DiLiegro each recorded nine field goals, shooting 9-for-16 and 9-for-12 from the floor, respectively. The last time two Wildcats have posted nine or more baskets in the same game was Feb. 24, 1995 against Drexel and current head coach Bill Herrion. Scott Drapeau and Matt Alosa each tallied nine buckets for the ‘Cats at Lundholm Gymnasium as they were 9 of 23 and 9 of 24 on the night, respectively.

FAST 50

With his 63-55 win against Colgate on Dec. 30, head coach Bill Herrion earned his 50th career victory at UNH and became just the second coach in program history to record 50 wins in less than five full seasons. Gerry Friel, UNH’s all-time winningest coach, won 61 games in his first five years in Durham.

.500 CLUB

With their 63-55 win versus Colgate on Dec. 30, the Wildcats improved to 5-5 on the season, marking the first time the ‘Cats have reached New Year’s Day at .500 or better since they started the 1997-98 season at 5-5 through the first two months of the year.

CLAMPING DOWN

The Wildcat defense once again played a strong role in the team’s 63-55 win against Colgate on Dec. 30. The ‘Cats held the Raiders withouth a field goal for the first 5:54 of the game and then sealed the win by forcing Colgate to miss all four of their shots over the final 32 seconds.

REELING IN THE REBOUNDS

In their 63-55 win against Colgate on Dec. 30, the Wildcats had three players record at least eight rebounds en route to holding a 46-31 advantage on the glass. Dane DiLiegro pulled in 10 boards, and Alvin Abreu and Radar Onguetou reeled in eight apiece as the ‘Cats posted their highest total versus a Division I opponent this season. UNH is now second in the league in rebounding margin (+2.2).

BOOT CAMP BOARDING

Juniors Dane DiLiegro matched his season high by pulling down 15 rebounds at Army on Dec. 22. DiLiegro also recorded 15 boards in the season opener versus Suffolk on Nov. 14.

DYNAMIC DUO

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.

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.

PHILLY'S FINEST

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.

POURING BUCKETS

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.

MARGINALLY BETTER

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.

STANDING TALL

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.

SECOND-HALF STUD

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.

SOPHOMORE JINX?

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.

DROPPING DIMES

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.

BLOCK PARTY

In their 91-45 win against Suffolk on Nov. 14, the Wildcats blocked six shots, including three by freshman big man Chris Matagrano.

GREAT SCOTT!

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.

INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT

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.

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