November 16, 2010

Men's Basketball Continues Intrastate Rivalry with Dartmouth on Nov. 16

COMPLETE GAME NOTES

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will continue its intrastate rivalry with Dartmouth College on Tuesday, Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) at Leede Arena. Links to live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.    

The Wildcats and Big Green meet for the 59th time in their intrastate rivarly, with Dartmouth leading the all-time series, 31-27. UNH has recently had the upper hand in the series, however, winning four of the last five meetings and eight of the last 11, including two straight. The 'Cats have won three of the last four and eight of 10 at Lundholm, and have also been victorious in four of the last five matchups at Leede Arena, including two straight. In the most recent meeting, the Wildcats recorded a 69-59 win at home Dec. 20, 2009.

Juniors Tyrone Conley and Alvin Abreu scored 21 points apiece to lead the Wildcats.

UNH improved to 4-0 at home and 4-4 overall while DC fell to 2-8. It was the first time the Wildcats had won the first four home games of a season since the 1968-69 campaign. Dating back to the previous year, the 'Cats had 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 fol lowed 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.

LAST TIME OUT

Senior Alvin Abreu scored 20 points and sophomore Ferg Myrick added 18 as the Wildcats opened their season with a 79-47 victory against Lesley on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats win their fourth straight home opener and third straight season opener to kick off the year at 1-0. After going 9-4 at home last season, the 'Cats have now won 13 of their last 17 contests at Lundholm dating back to the 2008-09 season.

Abreu, the America East Player of the Game, was 5-for-11 from the floor and a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Myrick shot 8 of 14 from the floor and pulled in seven rebounds.

UNH held a 9-6 lead five minutes into the game before a 9-3 run – sparked by an Abreu 3-pointer and closed by an Abreu layup – made it 18-7 with 12:24 to play. After Lesley closed to within nine just two minutes later, Myrick hit a 3 and finished a layup in traffic on consecutive possessions to make it 26-12 with 8:01 to play in the opening half.

A 6-0 run by the Lynx cut it to eight with 4:34 remaining, and the margin would remain there until the Wildcats netted the final three points of the half, including a Myrick jumper at 1:04. UNH, which posted a 12-2 record when leading at the half last season, led 37-26 at the break.

The Wildcats led 39-29 just 2:21 into the second half before ripping off a 14-0 run that widened the gap to 53-29 with 13:48 remaining. Sophomore point guard Chandler Rhoads scored five points during the run, which was capped by a Jordon Bronner jumper. The defense clamped down during the stretch, causing five turnovers and forcing Lesley to miss all five of their attempts from the field.

With their lead still at 24 with 12:15 to play, the 'Cats went on a 15-3 run that was capped by a Ryan Herrion 3-pointer, which put the game out of reach at 72-36 with 7:27 on the clock. Junior Brian Benson kicked off the run with a two-handed put-back slam off a missed layup that got the crowd stirring. Myrick gave the fans reason to keep cheering later in the run when he drove the lane and flushed an alley-oop opportunity from junior Tyrone Conley. Conley and Herrion then closed the stretch with back-to-back 3s.

Lesley cut the deficit to 34 (76-42) before a 3-pointer from the left wing by freshman Scott Morris  gave UNH its largest lead of the game with 3:26 to play. The Lynx scored the final five points to close out the contest.

Rhoads netted 14 points to go along with a game-high five assists and two steals, while Benson chipped in with five points and eight boards. Conley nearly filled the stat sheet with five points, three rebounds, three assists and a career-high four steals. Bronner added four points and two assists. Senior Dane DiLiegro recorded four points and six assists, while freshman DeAndray Buckley added three points, seven rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocks.

UNH outshot Lesley, 46 percent (29-63) to 37 percent (19-51), including 50 percent (16-32) to 28 percent (7-25) in the second half. The Wildcats also turned the ball over just 11 times, while forcing 25 turnovers, and held a 38-36 edge on the glass.

HOME, SWEET HOME

With their 79-47 victory against Lesley on Nov. 13, the Wildcats  win their fourth straight home opener and start the season at Lundholm Gymnasium 1-0. The 'Cats finished last season 9-4 at home, their best mark since the 1994-95 campaign when they were 8-2 in Durham and have now been victorious in 13 of their last 17 home contests dating back to 2008-09 (.765).

LOCKDOWN DRILL

The Wildcats, who were second in the league last season with 62.4 points allowed per game - a mark that was the program's lowest since at least the 1960-61 season, once again set the tone for the season on the defensive end of the floor in their opener versus Lesley on Nov. 13. The 'Cats held the Lynx to 37.3 percent (19-51) shooting, including 12.5 percent (1-8) from deep, and forced 25 turnovers. During a 14-0 run early in the second half, UNH caused five turnovers and forced Lesley to shoot 0-for-5 from the field.

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

Coming off a 2009-10 campaign which saw him earn America East All-Conference Second Team honors after bumping his scoring average to 14.4 ppg, Alvin Abreu kicked off the season with a 20-point performance against Lesley on Nov. 13. Abreu was 5-for-11 from the field, including 2 of 5 from deep, and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the line.

PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF

After a 2009-10 season in which he earned America East All-Rookie Team honors and led the team in points per minute (0.53) after playing well down the stretch, Ferg Myrick made just his second career start against Lesley on Nov. 13 and dropped 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end.

FILLIN' IT UP

In his first collegiate game, DeAndray Buckley filled the stat line in a solid 15 minutes. Buckley tallied three points, seven rebounds, two assists, a pair of blocks and a steal.

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS

Heading into Tuesday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 554 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 773 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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