DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will Blue Out Lundholm Gymnasium when it plays host to Binghamton University on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Links to live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Bearcats meet for just the 19th time in their short conference rivarly, with Binghamton leading the all-time series, 14-4. The Bearcats have won 10 of the last 11 matchups, including seven straight. Binghamton is also 7-1 at Lundholm Gymnasium, having won seven straight after losing its first game there Feb. 2, 2002. On the road, the Wildcats are losing the series, 6-3, but have been victorious in three of their past seven contests at the Events Center. In the most recent meeting Jan. 30, junior Alvin Abreu scored 21 points, but the Wildcats suffered a 76-73 overtime defeat at Binghamton in front of 4,811 fans at the Events Center.
The Wildcats, who also absorbed a 70-69 overtime loss at the Events Center last year, fell to 8-11 on the season, including 3-5 in America East play. The last four games in Binghamton between the two teams have now been decided by a total of nine points, including the two overtime tilts. The Bearcats improved to 10-13 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
Abreu, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, scored his points on 7 of 17 shooting, including 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, while making all four of his free throws and adding five rebounds. Classmate Dane DiLiegro shot 5-for-10 from the floor and 7-for-8 at the line en route to 17 points. DiLiegro also pulled in eight rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Freshman Ferg Myrick added a career-high 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting, including 2 of 2 from deep, while going 4-for-5 from the line and recording four rebounds in 18 minutes.
Greer Wright, Binghamton’s America East Player of the Game, led the Bearcats with 29 points, eight boards, five assists and two steals.
UNH trailed 58-51 with 6:00 remaining in regulation when it ripped off an 11-1 run to get back in the game. A baseline jumper from senior Radar Onguetou cut it to five before Dylan Talley made 1 of 2 at the line to make the lead six with just under five minutes to go. Consecutive 3-pointers from Abreu, followed by another from Myrick, put the Wildcats in control with a 62-59 lead at 2:32.
Binghamton responded, however, receiving a three-point play from Moussa Camara to knot the game at 62 just 21 seconds later. DiLiegro then pulled down an offensive rebound and was sent to the line where he sank both to put UNH up by a pair with 1:11 left. Just 16 seconds later, Chretien Lukusa drilled a 3 from the left corner to give Binghamton a 65-64 lead.
Myrick then got to the line where he knocked down two and put the Wildcats up one with 36 seconds remaining. Wright then was fouled on a drive to the hoop, but after making the first he missed the next one and left the game tied at 66 with 25 ticks on the clock.UNH pushed the ball and found Myrick near the right baseline where he had a good look at the game-winner, but it hit the back of the rim and sent the game to an extra session.
Abreu kicked off the overtime scoring with a pair of free throws at 2:59 before back-to-back layups, including a three-point play, from Pina Guillaume gave the Bearcats a 71-68 lead with 2:01 to play. A Myrick jumper then pulled UNH within one with 58 seconds to go before a three-point play from Talley opened up a 74-70 lead for Binghamton with just 21 seconds remaining.
Myrick came up huge again, however, burying a step-back 3 with 12 seconds left to slice the deficit to one. The Wildcats fouled and sent Wright to the line where he made both and put Binghamton up 76-73 with nine seconds to go. UNH had one final shot at it, getting the ball to Abreu, who set up for a straightaway 3-pointer, but looked to be hit as he released, sending the ball straight into the air as the final horn sounded.
Onguetou posted six points and tied his career high with 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive end.
After Binghamton began the game on a 6-0 run, the Wildcats pulled to within 12-8 before a 3-pointer from junior Tyrone Conley sparked a 14-1 run that gave his team a 22-13 lead with 8:36 to go in the first half. DiLiegro followed with a basket that gave UNH its first lead at 13-12 with 11:53 remaining, and then a Myrick jumper and DiLiegro layup widened the advantage to 17-12. Lukusa’s free throw cut it to four before a three-point play from Myrick and a layup from Onguetou closed the run and gave the Wildcats what ended up as their largest lead of the night.
Still up by nine, 28-19, with 4:11 left in the opening half, UNH saw its lead cut to five after four straight points from the Bearcats. DiLiegro and Talley traded buckets, followed by free throws from sophomore Russell Graham and DiLiegro that pushed the lead back to seven. Wright knocked down a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left, however, to cut the deficit to 32-28 at the break. The Wildcats fell to 8-2 when holding a halftime lead.
Graham finished the game with five points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals.
After DiLiegro opened the second-half scoring with a pair of free throws, Binghamton crafted a 7-2 run - capped by a Wright 3-pointer - to climb back within one at 36-35 with 16:52 remaining. UNH answered back with a 7-0 run that featured a jumper from Abreu, a 3-pointer from Conley and a layup from Graham, and opened a 43-35 lead at 14:23.
Binghamton went back to work, however, putting together a 9-0 run with five points from Wright and four from Camara, to grab a 44-43 lead at 11:13. Two free throws from DiLiegro and another from Myrick put UNH up two, but Wright sank a pair at the line to tie it at 46 with 9:34 remaining. A layup from Mahamoud Jabbi put the Bearcats up two, but an Abreu 3-pointer leapfrogged the Wildcats in front, 49-48, at 8:52. Wright and Abreu traded a pair at the line to keep UNH up one, but a Lukusa layup sparked an 8-0 run that gave Binghamton its largest lead of the contest at 58-51 with 6:00 left and set the stage for the Wildcats’ furious comeback.
Conley finished with eight points.
Abreu’s performance gave him 980 career points and put him within range of becoming the 27th Wildcat in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the team’s next game.
Binghamton outshot UNH, 45.2 percent (28-62) to 41.4 percent (24-58), but the Wildcats held a 36.8 percent (7-19) to 17.6 percent (3-17) advantage from behind the arc. UNH also shot a season-high 85.7 percent (18-21) from the line and outrebounded the Bearcats, 38-35.
Camara, Lukusa and Talley all chipped in with 10 points apiece for the Bearcats.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Alvin Abreu scored a game-high 22 points, including 15 in the second half, to lead the Wildcats to a 62-53 victory against Albany on Feb. 9 at SEFCU Arena.
With the win, the Wildcats earned a regular-season sweep of Albany (67-59 victors at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 13) for the third time in five years and have now won five of the past six, including four straight against the Great Danes. The ‘Cats improved to 9-13 on the season, including 4-7 in America East play, while the Great Danes dropped their eighth straight game and fell to 6-21, 1-11 AE.
Abreu garnered America East Player of the Game honors for UNH by shooting 7-for-12 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from behind the arc. Abreu made five of his six free throws and added three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Classmate Tyrone Conley netted 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting, including 2 of 3 from deep. Conley made both of his shots at the line, grabbed a pair of rebounds and made a steal.
Fran Urli and Mike Black led Albany with 14 points apiece.
The Wildcats improved to 9-2 when leading at halftime after heading into the break with a 27-22 advantage. Will Harris opened the second-half scoring with a jumper that sliced the Albany deficit to three, but UNH clamped down and ripped off an 18-6 run over the next six-plus minutes. Consecutive layups from junior Dane DiLiegro and Abreu pushed the lead to seven before a Black jumper made it 31-26. Abreu then answered back with a jumper, but Black sank a pair of free throws to keep his team within five.
Layups from sophomore Brian Benson and Conley made it 37-28 before a Conley steal, followed by a fast-break dunk opened the lead to 11. Abreu sank a 3-pointer from the right wing before Urli stopped the bleeding with a jump hook that cut it to 12. Abreu came back down on the next possession, however, and drained another 3 from the right wing that capped the run and gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the night at 45-30 with 12:29 to play.
UNH still lead by 15, 54-39 with 4:53 remaining, when a 7-0 run brought Albany back into the game and made it 54-46 with 1:40 left. From there, however, the Wildcats sank 8 of 10 at the line, including two by Abreu with 22 seconds remaining that closed the scoring and sealed the 62-53 win.
DiLiegro posted six points and 10 boards as he became the 14th member of UNH’s 500 points-500 rebounds club. The center finished the night with 505 points and 576 rebounds, which moved him into 10th place on the Wildcats’ all-time rebounding list. Benson added three points, three rebounds and a block off the bench.
After Albany jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the game, the Wildcats roared back with a 12-0 run, capped by back-to-back Conley 3-pointers. Senior Colbey Santos knocked down a 3 at 13:43 that gave UNH a 6-5 lead they would not relinquish. The Great Danes later cut it to 16-12 at 8:51 before a 3 and a jumper from Abreu made it 21-12 with 6:26 to play in the opening half.
An 8-2 spurt from the Great Danes would get them to within 23-20 before a layup by freshman Chandler Rhoads stopped the stretch. A pair of free throws by Harris sliced it to three again, but a jumper in the paint from senior Radar Onguetou closed the scoring and sent the Wildcats to the locker room with a 27-22 lead.
Santos chipped in with six points on 2 of 3 shooting from deep, while Rhoads also played well off the bench with seven points, five assists and two rebounds.
Abreu ended the night with 1,025 points and moved into 22nd place on UNH’s all-time scoring list after passing Tom Horne (1,011), Marcus Bullock (1,015), Eric Thielen (1,019) and Dirk Koopman (1,023).
UNH outshot Albany, 47.6 percent (20-42) to 31.7 percent (13-41), including 50 percent (7-14) to 7.7 percent (1-13) from beyond the arc. The ‘Cats also shot 75 percent (15-20) from the line and turned the ball over 12 times, while forcing the Great Danes into 13 and holding a 15-8 scoring edge in points off turnovers. Albany was 26-for-33 from the stripe and held a 30-28 edge on the glass.
Harris added 12 points for Albany.
HOME, SWEET HOME
The Wildcats have started out the season 7-2 at home for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign when they won seven of their first nine games in Durham. The next best home start was 8-2 during the 1994-95 season. The ‘Cats have been victorious in 10 of their last 12 home contests dating back to last year.
TWO GRAND CROWDS
With 2,355 fans packing Lundholm
Gymnasium against Vermont on Jan. 27 and another 2,073 versus
Hartford on Feb. 6, it marked the first time consecutive crowds of
2,000-plus filled Lundholm since Feb. 9-March 6, 1995 when the
Wildcats saw six straight crowds of 2,000 or more enter the
02/09/95 Boston U. 2,457 (73-60 win)
02/16/95 Vermont 2,796 (95-84 win)
02/24/95 Drexel 3,250 (83-74 loss)
02/26/95 Delaware 3,094 (113-111 win, OT)
03/04/95 Delaware 3,060 (83-81 win – NAC quarterfinal)
03/06/95 Northeastern 3,250 (91-70 loss – NAC semifinal)
ABREU NOT LIGHTENING HIS LOAD
Junior Alvin Abreu has begun to carry more of the scoring load over the last 10 games, averaging 15.5 points per game. Take out his career-low one-point performance at Maine on Jan. 18 and the tri-captain is averaging 17.1 ppg during that span. Abreu has nine double-digit scoring games during that stretch, which is one shy of his career-best 10 of 11 from Dec. 3, 2007-Jan. 19, 2008. The tri-captain has a six-game double-digit scoring streak going, also one shy of his career high of seven straight games, which he accomplished Dec. 30, 2007-Jan. 19, 2008.
Junior Dane DiLiegro became the 14th member of UNH’s 500 points-500 rebounds club on a layup with 19:15 to go in the game Feb. 9 at Albany. DiLiegro is the first to join the club, which features 11 1,000-point scorers, since Tyrece Gibbs (1,329 pts, 506 rebs) last year.
After posting 12 rebounds against Hartford on Feb. 6 and 10 boards at Albany on Feb. 9, junior Dane DiLiegro has recorded back-to-back 10-plus rebound games for the second time this season and fourth time in his career. DiLiegro has never put up double-digit rebound performances in three straight contests.
CONLEY TY-RRIFIC OVER LAST 17 GAMES
Tyrone Conley has caught fire over the last 17 games. After averaging just 6.6 points per game on 26.1 percent (12-46) shooting from the field, 18.5 percent (5-27) shooting from deep and 40 percent (4-10) shooting at the line through his first five games, Conley has picked up his game as of late. The junior is pouring in 13.8 ppg on 39.4 percent (74-188) shooting from the floor, 38.9 percent (42-108) shooting from behind the arc and 68.8 percent (44-64) shooting at the stripe.
The Wildcats have built on their solid defensive year a season ago and have held their opponents to 60 points or less in a game 15 out of 22 times. The ‘Cats, who held the Big East’s Pitt to 47 points Dec. 4, lead the league in scoring defense at 61.3 ppg. UNH also leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 29.1 percent and is third in field goal percentage defense at 40.5 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 (+2.6) and third in assists (4.3 apg), Dane DiLiegro is third in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.475), Tyrone Conley is seventh in 3-pointers made per game (2.1) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.348), Radar Onguetou is eighth in rebounding (6.2 rpg), and Alvin Abreu is eighth in scoring (14.2) and 3-pointers made per game (2.0).
Junior Alvin Abreu is averaging 17.0 points per game this season at Lundholm Gymnasium, while adding 11.5 ppg on the road. Abreu is also shooting 42.4 percent (50-118) at home, but hitting on just 31.9 percent (52-163) of his shots away from Lundholm. The same trend holds true for the whole squad, which averages 68.2 ppg on 41.8 percent shooting at home and just 55.5 ppg on 35.3 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 38-for-74 (.514) from the field and 52 of 71 (.732) at the line. Inside of one minute, the trio is also impressive, shooting 9 of 20 (.450) from the floor and 30 of 35 (.857) at the stripe.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Thursday’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 545 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 761 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
The combined record of the 11 teams UNH has lost to this season is 147-112 (.568). The Wildcats have suffered their defeats on the road at Maryland (16-6), Harvard (15-5), Pitt (18-6), Hofstra (12-13), Army (13-9), Santa Clara (10-16), Stony Brook (16-7), Maine (16-8) and Binghamton (11-14), as well as Boston U. (13-12) and Hartford (7-16), who they also lost to at home.
NATIONALLY RANKED (AS OF FEB. 7)
UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in a trio of categories. The Wildcats are 40th in scoring defense (61.7 ppg), 32nd in 3-point field goal defense (.301) and 71st in field goal percentage defense (.408). The Wildcats have also climbed to 101st in 3-pointers made per game (6.8). Individually, Russell Graham is 21st in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.58) and 93rd in assists (4.4), and Dane DiLiegro is 75th in rebounding (8.4 rpg).
Junior Alvin Abreu became the 27th Wildcat to reach the 1,000-point plateau on his basket with 1:28 remaining in the game against Hartford on Feb. 6. Abreu is the first to reach the milestone since Tyrece Gibbs (1,329) last season.
FERG-OTTEN ONE NO MORE
Freshman Ferg Myrick has provided a lift off the bench for the Wildcats as of late. After playing in just 10 of UNH’s first 15 games and averaging 4.2 points per game, Myrick has received solid minutes in his team’s last six contests and is putting up good numbers. The 6-foot-6-inch wing is averaging 10.0 ppg on 44.4 percent (20-45) shooting from the floor, 50.0 percent (5-10) shooting from behind the arc and 88.2 percent (15-17) shooting at the line.
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 135 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).
WILDCATS RECEIVE BRACKETBUSTERS OPPONENT
The Wildcats will play Loyola University (Md.) in the team’s first ever ESPN BracketBusters game, ESPN announced Feb. 1.
The game, which will be the first meeting between the ‘Cats and Greyhounds, is set for Saturday, Feb. 20 (1 p.m.) at Loyola’s 2,100-seat Reitz Arena. The teams will play a “return” game at Lundholm Gymnasium in either November or December of 2011.
The Greyhounds, who play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, are currently 10-11 this season, including 3-8 in the MAAC. Loyola is 5-0 against common opponents, having beat Vermont (79-66) and Marist (68-61) at home, as well as UMBC (69-66), Dartmouth (58-41) and Marist (80-64) on the road. UNH is 4-0 against those same opponents with wins at UMBC (62-58) and at home against Marist (72-58), Dartmouth (69-59) and Vermont (75-56).
While UNH has never played in a BracketBusters game, Loyola is 2-2 in their four BracketBusters contests. The Greyhounds won at home against High Point (77-71) in 2006 and on the road at Tennessee State (62-60) in 2007, while dropping games to UC Davis (67-64) at home in 2008 and at Drexel (74-58) last season.
The Wildcat offense has been improving over the last couple of weeks, stringing together three games of 60-plus points with 62-, 75- and 73-point performances against UMBC, Vermont and Binghamton, respectively. In their two most recent games, however, the defense has allowed more than 60 points (Binghamton – 76, Boston U. – 69) in consecutive contests for just the second time this year, including the first in conference play.
Juniors Tyrone Conley and Alvin Abreu each scored 21 points in the Wildcats’ 75-56 win versus Vermont on Jan. 27. It was the second time this season, as well as in their careers that the two have scored 20 or more in the same game. The duo also accomplished the feat in a 69-59 win against Dartmouth on Dec. 20.
In the Wildcats’ 75-56 victory against Vermont on Jan. 27, sophomore point guard Russell Graham handed out a career-high 12 assists, while only turning the ball over once in a career-best 37 minutes. As a team, the ‘Cats recorded 19 assists – the most assists they have had against a Division I team this season – on 26 field goals.
OTHER SEASON BESTS VS. VERMONT
In the 75-56 win versus Vermont on Jan. 27, the Wildcats reached a season high against Division I opponents in points (75), as well as season bests in blocks (7) and attendance (2,355). The attendance was the highest at Lundholm Gymnasium since 2,384 fans watched Vermont beat UNH, 64-56, Jan. 28, 2006.
Freshman Ferg Myrick helped lead the Wildcats to their first road victory of the season, 62-58, at UMBC on Jan. 21 with a career-best 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc. Myrick crafted a 12-0 run that pushed his team’s lead from 43-40 with 10:22 to play, to 52-43 with 7:08 remaining, and also fueled an 8-2 run earlier in the game that turned a two-point deficit into a two-point lead with a pair of 3-pointers.
Point guard Russell Graham really picked up his play over three games from Jan. 13-Jan. 18, averaging 5.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and just 1.0 turnover per game during that span, which 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 also started contributing more offensively over five games from Jan. 7-Jan. 18, 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 hit a trey in four consecutive contests from Jan. 10-Jan.18.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.