DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will open the 2010-11 season when it plays host to Lesley University at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. This will mark the first meeting between UNH and Lesley. Links to live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Ferg Myrick scored 13 points, but the Wildcats dropped a 57-38 decision to the University of Vermont in an America East Championship semifinal contest March 7 at the University of Hartford's Chase Arena.
The Wildcats, who were playing in their seventh semifinal and second in as many years for the first time in 15 seasons, wrapped up their season at 13-17. The Catamounts improved to 24-9 and played host to No. 4 Boston University in the America East championship game March 14 at Patrick Gymnasium on ESPN2.
Myrick went 7-for-8 at the line, pulled in a team-high five rebounds and added a block in 26 minutes off the bench. Junior Alvin Abreu tallied nine points, three boards, an assist and a block.
Garvey Young netted a game-high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds for Vermont, while Evan Fjeld posted 14 points and six boards.
After Young started the scoring with a layup 2:05 into the game, the Wildcats struck back with an 8-0 run that was sparked with a jumper by senior Radar Onguetou. Senior Colbey Santos, who played in his last collegiate game, followed with a 3-pointer before junior Dane DiLiegro converted a three-point play to cap the stretch at 15:22.
From there, however, the UNH offense, which was without junior Tyrone Conley due to injury, went stagnant for an eight-minute stretch. Vermont capitalized with a 17-0 run that was sparked by a jumper from Fjeld, who added six points during the run, which made it 19-8 at 8:02. A Marqus Blakely layup at 10:31 gave the Catamounts the lead for good.
Santos snapped the run with a jumper and Myrick followed with a pair of free throws that brought the score to 19-12 with 6:34 remaining. Young made 1 of 2 at the line before a runner from sophomore Russell Graham cut the deficit to 20-14 at 4:46. Vermont still led by six when Abreu's jumper with 21 seconds on the clock capped the scoring and brought the Wildcats to within 24-20 at the break.
Santos chipped in with five points, two rebounds and an assist, while DiLiegro added five points and four boards.
Vermont scored the first nine points of the second half to widen its advantage to 33-20 with 15:51 remaining. A layup from Abreu and a three-point play from Myrick sliced the deficit to eight at 14:01, before Fjeld and DiLiegro traded baskets to make it 35-27 with 12:38 to play. Graham then fed classmate Brian Benson for an alley-oop dunk to cut it to six at 11:33, but a 6-0 spurt from the Catamounts made it 41-29 midway through the half.
With the lead still at 12 (45-33) with 6:44 to play, Young sparked a 7-0 run that was capped by a Nick Vier 3-pointer, which gave Vermont its largest lead of the night at 52-33 with 3:24 left. Abreu followed with a 3, but Vier answered it with one of his own and the Wildcats would not get any closer.
UNH again did a good job defending Blakely, the two-time America East Player of the Year, as he was held to eight points and four rebounds.
Vermont outshot the Wildcats, 47.1 percent (24-51) to 27.7 percent (13-47), including 56.5 percent (13-23) to 24 percent (6-25) in the second half. The Catamounts also held a 36-18 scoring advantage in the paint and won the battle on the glass, 37-30.
Abreu finished with 1,144 points to pass Dave Pemberton (1,136) for 14th place on UNH's all-time scoring list.
HERRION VS. WILDCATS' 2010-11 OPPONENTS
Coming into the season, Bill Herrion owns a 112-78 (.589) record against the Wildcats' possible 2010-11 opponents.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Saturday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 553 consecutive games, a streak that spans 20 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 772 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
HOME, SWEET HOME
The Wildcats finished last season 9-4 at home, their best mark since the 1994-95 campaign when they were 8-2 in Durham. The 'Cats have been victorious in 12 of their last 16 home contests dating back to 2008-09.
MORE HOME COOKIN'
With an average of 1,126 fans visiting Lundholm Gymnasium each game last season, it was the largest average attendance since it reached 1,787 during the 1995-96 season. Paired with the 1,002 average attendance of 2008-09, it was the first time the average attendance has reached 1,000 in back-to-back seasons since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. The 14,642 total fans to attend games at Lundholm last year also marked the largest total attendance since 21,442 came through the doors in 1995-96. With 13,029 in attendance in 2008-09, it was the first time in consecutive years that the total attendance has reached 13,000 since 1994-95 and 1995-96.
DUSTING OFF THE RECORD BOOKS
After winning 13 games last year, the Wildcats have now posted four double-digit win seasons in a five-year span for the first time since 1969-70 to 1973-74. They have also put together a streak of seven straight nine-plus win seasons for the first time since 1918-19 to 1926-27.
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, visit www.CollegeChalkTalk.com/coachesDiary/new_hampshire.
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 $89.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $7.95.
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 30th year broadcasting UNH men's basketball. Jeannotte will be joined by color analyst Mike Murphy, who enters his 11th season calling Wildcat men's hoop.
WILDCAT BASKETBALL STREAMING LIVE
UNHWildcats.com, via Stretch Internet Broadcast, will carry 10 UNH men's basketball home 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.