Men's Basketball Returns Home to Play Host to Binghamton (Jan. 8)



DURHAM, N.H. - After six games and nearly a month away from home, the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will look for its first conference win of the season when it plays host to Binghamton University on Saturday, Jan. 8 (1 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at

The Wildcats and Bearcats meet for just the 20th time in their short conference rivarly, with Binghamton leading the all-time series, 14-5. The Bearcats have won 10 of the last 12 matchups, including seven straight before UNH won the most recent meeting. Binghamton is also 7-2 at Lundholm Gymnasium, having won seven straight after losing its first game there Feb. 2, 2002, as well as the most recent game. 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 Feb. 11, junior Alvin Abreu led four Wildcats in double figures with 17 points to power UNH to a 67-60 win against Binghamton in front of 1,759 fans at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats' second consecutive win improved them to 10-13 on the season, including 5-7 in America East play. The 'Cats also bettered their record to 8-2 at home, which matched their best home start through 10 games since the 1994-95 season. The win gave UNH four double-digit win seasons in a five-year span for the first time since 1969-70 to 1973-74 and also gave them a streak of seven straight nine-plus win seasons for the first time since 1918-1919 to 1926-27. The Wildcats also snapped a seven-game losing skid against Binghamton and beat the Bearcats at home for the first time in eight tries dating back to a Feb. 2, 2002 win at Lundholm. Binghamton fell to 11-15 overall and 6-5 in the conference.

Abreu, UNH's America East Player of the Game, was 6-for-13 from the floor, made all four of his free throws, matched a career high with eight rebounds and handed out four assists. Freshman Ferg Myrick provided a huge spark off the bench with 14 points, two steals, a rebound, an assist and a block in 14 minutes. Junior Tyrone Conley tallied 13 points, five boards and equaled a career best with three blocks. Freshman Chandler Rhoads chipped in with 10 points, two assists, two steals and no turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench.

Greer Wright, Binghamton's America East Player of the Game, and Moussa Camara led four Binghamton scorers in double digits with 13 points apiece.

Trailing 42-32 with 12:42 left in the game, the Wildcats ripped off a 13-2 run - with eight points from Myrick - to re-gain their first lead in 12:10. Myrick broke what had been a 14-4 Binghamton run with a free throw before his layup off a feed from Rhoads cut the deficit to seven. A Myrick steal then set up a layup by sophomore Russell Graham before Camara's bucket pushed it back to seven. Myrick sliced it to four with a 3-pointer from the left wing and found Conley in the same spot just 1:23 later to pull his team within one. Myrick then capped the run and gave UNH the 45-44 lead with 9:08 to play on another bucket inside off a Rhoads pass.

Binghamton responded with a 5-0 run, but a 6-1 stretch - fueled by a jumper from Abreu and four free throws from Myrick - put the Wildcats back on top, 51-50 with 6:23 to go. Wright came back with a 3 that gave the Bearcats a two-point lead, but UNH stayed strong and used a 5-0 run to grab a three-point lead. A tough three-point play from Rhoads, followed by another Myrick layup, made it 56-53 with 5:14 remaining.

After Camara cut it to one on a pair of free throws, 1 of 2 at the line from Conley and a jumper from Abreu pushed the lead to four. Binghamton bounced back with a 3-pointer from Jimmy Gray and a basket from Mahamoud Jabbi to take a 60-59 lead with 3:27 on the clock.

UNH again responded, however, taking the lead for good on a pair of free throws from Abreu at 3:06. Abreu then found classmate Dane DiLiegro inside for a layup that opened the lead to 63-60 with two minutes remaining before Conley and Abreu each sank a pair at the line to close the scoring and the Wildcats' 8-0 run.

The defense played a huge role in the run, forcing Binghamton to go 0-for-6 from the field with a turnover in the final 3:27. Conley had a monstrous block on Chretien Lukusa when he ricocheted his potential game-tying layup off the glass, which led to DiLiegro's layup. Myrick also had a block on Dylan Talley, which sealed the win with the Wildcats up five.

Myrick was 4-for-6 from the field, including 1-for-2 from deep, and 5-for-6 at the line. Graham tallied six points, two assists, two steals and no turnovers in 19 minutes, while DiLiegro added three points and seven boards.

After Lukusa answered Abreu's layup to give Binghamton the early 3-2 lead, the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run - capped by a 3-pointer from Abreu, who had seven of the points - to grab a 14-3 lead at 14:34. A Camara free throw stopped the run, but Graham's jumper in the paint gave UNH its largest lead of the game at 16-4 with 13:11 remaining in the opening half.

Back-to-back baskets from Kyrie Sutton sliced Binghamton's deficit to eight, but layups from Rhoads and senior Radar Onguetou pushed the lead back to 12 at 20-8 with 9:08 to play. From there, however, a 15-1 Binghamton run - with five points apiece from Wright and Talley - gave the Bearcats a 23-21 lead at 3:14. Binghamton still led by two, 28-26, when Graham's layup with four seconds left tied the game and closed the first-half scoring. UNH improved to 10-2 when tied or leading at the half.

Wright kicked off the second-half scoring before Camara followed with a 3-pointer and a jumper to close a 7-0 run that put the Bearcats up 35-28 at 17:45. A trey from Rhoads and a free throw a minute later sliced the Bearcats' lead to three, but another 7-0 run - with consecutive baskets from Talley and a 3-pointer from Gray - gave Binghamton its largest lead of the contest at 42-32 with 12:42 remaining, and set the stage for UNH's comeback.

Abreu finished the night with 1,042 points and passed Paul Dufour (1,026), Derek Counts (1,026) and Eric Montanari (1,038) for 19th on UNH's all-time scoring list.

Despite being outshot 41.5 percent (22-53) to 37.5 percent (21-56), including 40 percent (8-20) to 29.4 percent (5-17) from behind the arc, and being outrebounded, 40-33, the Wildcats only turned the ball over seven times while forcing 16 Binghamton turnovers and held a 32-22 advantage in the paint. UNH also made 20 of their 28 free throws (71.4 percent) while the Bearcats shot just 40 percent (8-20) from the stripe.

Talley added 12 points for Binghamton, while Sutton chipped in with 10.


Freshman Scott Morris scored a career-high 14 points, matching senior Tyrone Conley for team-high honors, but the Wildcats dropped a 61-54 decision at Boston University on Jan. 4 in America East conference action at Case Gymnasium.

The Wildcats dropped to 6-8 on the season and 0-2 in America East play, while the Terriers improved to 6-10, 1-1 in league play.

Morris went 5 of 13 from the field, including 4 of 11 from 3-point land, while Conley buried six of his 12 field goal attempts, draining two 3s in five tries. UNH's America East Player of the Game, Conley tallied six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals in 37 minutes of action.

Holland led the Terriers with 20 points on 7 of 20 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Patrick Hazel earned America East Player of the Game honors for BU with eight points, 10 boards, six blocks and two assists.

After falling behind 8-0 out of the gate, UNH went on an early 13-2 run to take a 13-10 lead with 12:54 remaining in the first half. Conley sparked the stretch by connecting on a pair of 3-point field goals, while Morris capped the string with a steal and breakaway layup.

The opening half featured two ties and the teams exchanged the lead seven times. The Wildcats led by as many as four, 26-22, courtesy of a steal and transition layup from sophomore Ferg Myrick with a shade over three minutes to go before settling on a 26-23 lead at the intermission. Conley went into the locker room with 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including a perfect 2 of 2 from beyond the arc. Morris chipped in with five points and junior Brian Benson put up four points and four rebounds in the stanza. The Wildcats fell to 5-2 when leading at halftime.

Benson finished the night with four points and a team-leading eight rebounds, while Myrick recorded eight points and five boards.

New Hampshire extended its lead to eight points early in the second half, 31-23, when Myrick knocked down a 3 and senior Dane DiLiegro scored from the inside. DiLiegro was 4-for-5 for nine points and also hauled in seven rebounds.

BU, which went nearly 11 minutes without a field goal, awakened when Holland hit back-to-back 3-pointers, trimming UNH's lead to 31-29 with 16:29 remaining. The lead disappeared shortly thereafter when the Terriers continued to piece together a 19-4 run and eventually opened up a 42-35 lead with 10:36 remaining. Boston U. went ahead for good on a Darryl Partin layup that made it 36-35 with 12:38 to play.

Myrick stopped the bleeding with a three-point play that cut the deficit to four at 10:16, but consecutive baskets from Mike Terry Jr. and Travis Robinson pushed the lead to eight, 46-38, with 9:02 left. The Wildcats climbed within five at 48-43 on a 3-pointer from sophomore Chandler Rhoads at the 6:10 mark, but a bucket from Holland and a Matt Griffin trey gave the Terriers their largest lead of the game at 53-43 with 5:07 remaining.

Morris cut it to seven on a 3-pointer with 4:33 left, but the Terriers pushed it back to 10 on a pair of Holland free throws at 1:58. A Conley tip-in and a Morris 3 sandwiched a Griffin free throw to make it 57-51 with just under a minute left. After D.J. Irving sunk a pair at the line, Morris knocked down his final trifecta with 33 seconds left to bring his team within 59-54. Partin closed the scoring with a pair of free throws.

BU outshot UNH, 43 percent (22-51) to 33 percent (21-63), including 35 percent (6-17) to 28 percent (8-29) from behind the arc. The Wildcats knocked down four of their five free throws, while the Terriers were 11 of 18 at the stripe. UNH won the battle on the glass, 39-36, while each team committed 13 turnovers.

For the second time this season, the Wildcats lost a leading scorer for the remainder of the year when sophomore Ferg Myrick went down with 4:02 remaining in the contest at Boston U. on Jan. 4 with a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee. The 'Cats also lost senior Alvin Abreu to a torn ACL in his right knee during the second game of the season at Dartmouth on Nov. 16.

Freshman Scott Morris put together a career night at Boston U. on Jan. 4. Playing his first real extended minutes of the season, Morris reached career bests in points (14), field goals made (5), 3-point field goals made (4) and minutes (24).

After holding a three-point lead heading to the locker room in their 61-54 loss at Boston U. on Jan. 4, the Wildcats are now 5-2 this season when leading at the half. Their previous loss was also a seven-point defeat at seventh-ranked UConn on Nov. 30 after they held a one-point edge at the break.

The Wildcats are 15-5 (.750) in their last 20 home contests dating back to 2008-09. The 'Cats finished last season 9-4 at home, their best mark since the 1994-95 campaign when they were 8-2 in Durham.

Junior Brian Benson is having the best season of his career on the glass. Benson is second on the team and seventh in the conference at 6.6 rebounds per game. Over the last eight contests, which included a career-best 11-rebound performance at VCU on Dec. 30, Benson is averaging 7.6 boards per game. Over the last nine games, Benson has shot 20-for-42 (.476) from the field and 5-for-15 (.333) from behind the arc to raise his percentages to .379 and .263, respectively, after starting 2-for-16 (.125) from the floor and 0-for-4 from 3.

After going 15-32 from 2005-06 through last season, the Wildcats are a perfect 5-0 this year in games decided by five points or less.

Heading into Saturday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 567 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 787 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

The Wildcats are currently leading the America East conference in points allowed per game (61.5). They are also third in rebounding (36.7) and fourth in both field goal percentage defense (.412) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.327). Individually, a handful of 'Cats are among the top 10 in a number of categories. Tyrone Conley is third in steals per game (1.6) and seventh in 3-point field goals made per game (2.0). Dane DiLiegro is second in rebounding (8.1), sixth in field goal percentage (.511) and ninth in free throw percentage (.750). Chandler Rhoads is fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and ninth in assists per game (2.7). Brian Benson is seventh in rebounding (6.5) and ninth in blocked shots per game (0.9).

Head coach Bill Herrion is currently tops among active coaches and third overall in America East regular season conference victories. Herrion's 137 conference wins are far and away better than the league's other eight coaches, with Albany's Will Brown the next closest with 65. Overall, Herrion sits behind only former Boston University head coach Dennis Wolff (152) and long-time Vermont head man Tom Brennan (147).

The Wildcats are 0-3 this season in games played in the state of Connecticut, while they are 6-5 in the rest of their contests.

Senior Tyrone Conley became the 28th member of UNH's 1,000 point club 5:41 into the second half at Albany on Jan. 2 when he stole the ball near midcourt and went in for an uncontested one-handed slam.

.500 CLUB
With their 59-44 loss to Albany on Jan. 2, the Wildcats dropped below .500 for the first time all season. That marks the longest the 'Cats have stayed at or above .500 to open a season since the 1994-95 campaign when they were never fewer than one game above .500.

The Wildcats went 5-5 before New Year's Day last season, their best record since 1994-95 when they were 6-2 before Jan. 1. The 'Cats have matched that at 6-6 this season and their 68-66 win against Cornell on Dec. 29, gave the program six wins before New Year's Day for the first time since '94-'95.

Virginia native Chandler Rhoads had quite the homecoming at the Richmond Marriott Holidays on the Hardwood Classic at VCU's Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Rhoads netted 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting, including 2 of 2 from behind the arc, matched his career high with eight rebounds and handed out five assists in the first game against Cornell on Dec. 29. Then against VCU in the championship game the next night, Rhoads poured in a season-best 15 points to go along with five rebounds and a pair of assists.

It has been no secret that the Wildcats have hung their hat on defense this season, leading the conference in scoring defense and ranking second in both field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense. The 'Cats mixed in some efficient offense to record a 68-66 win against Cornell on Dec. 29, shooting a season-high 51 percent (24-47) from the field.

Sophomore Ferg Myrick, who has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 games this year and 13 of 15 dating back to last season, scored a team-high 14 points against Cornell on Dec. 29 and also dished out a career-high five assists. Myrick's previous best was one assist, which he reached seven times.

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in a handful of categories. The Wildcats are 23rd in scoring defense (58.3 ppg), 57th in turnover margin (+2.9), 70th in field goal percentage defense (.399) and 76th in turnovers per game (12.9). Individually, Dane DiLiegro is 61st in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and 76th in free throw percentage (85.7).

In addition to matching his career high with nine rebounds at Central Connecticut State on Dec. 22, junior Brian Benson recorded a career-best five blocked shots, which are the most for a Wildcat since Rob Marquardt swatted five attempts Jan. 10, 2001 in an 87-69 victory against Vermont at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Just after playing his best game of the season with a career-best 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field and a perfect 3 of 3 shooting at the line at Rhode Island on Dec. 18, freshman DeAndray Buckley surpassed that performance with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in a career-best 28 minutes at Central Connecticut State on Dec. 22.

Prior to their 64-52 loss at Rhode Island on Dec. 18, the Wildcats were 4-0 on Saturdays and 3-0 in day games.

Despite holding Rhode Island to the second lowest field goal percentage they have allowed all season at 35.6 percent (21-59), the Wildcats turned the ball over a season-high 17 times, while forcing their fewest turnovers of the season (7).

Senior Dane DiLiegro recorded his third double-double of the season when he posted 10 points and 10 rebounds against Army on Dec. 9. DiLiegro, who also matched his career best with three assists in just 23 minutes due to foul trouble, is inching closer to averaging a double-double for the season with 10.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Sophomore point guard Chandler Rhoads had one of his better games of the season against Army on Dec. 9. Rhoads, who attended Air Force Prep, netted 10 points and dished out a career-best six assists in a career-high 32 minutes.

With the Wildcats' 65-60 win at Colgate on Dec. 4, head coach Bill Herrion recorded his 300th career win. The 20-year bench boss became the 284th college basketball head coach, including the 72nd active head coach, to reach the 300-win plateau. Herrion also reached another milestone earlier in his career against Colgate, winning his 50th career game at UNH in a 63-55 win at Lundholm Gymnasium on Dec. 30, 2009.

In the Wildcats' 65-60 win at Colgate on Dec. 4, senior Dane DiLiegro matched Matt Alosa, Chris Brown and Jermaine Anderson when he tied the school record for most free throws made in a game without a miss after he was a perfect 12-for-12 at the line. A career 54 percent (109-202) free throw shooter entering the season, DiLiegro is hitting at a 86 percent (30-35) clip this year and ranks second in the conference in the category.

The Wildcats closed out the month of November with a 4-2 record, their first ever four-win November and just their ninth winning November in the last 39 years.

The Wildcats came very close to knocking off the No. 7-ranked team in the country when they took UConn to the wire before falling 62-55 at Gampel Pavilion on Nov. 30. The Wildcats, who never trailed in the first half, led at the 14:08 mark in the second half and trailed by just one with 8:24 to play in the contest. The 62-point output was the smallest for the Huskies to that point in the season.

How epic would the win against UConn have been for the Wildcats? It would have been the program's first win ever against a ranked opponent, but what's more is that entering the contest, UConn was 112-4 against non-conference New England opponents during the Jim Calhoun era, in addition to owning a 134-18 record, including 65-4 against non-conference foes, all-time at Gampel Pavilion.

Against UConn on Nov. 30, Kemba Walker — the nation's leading scorer coming into the game (30.0 ppg) — netted 30 points, but picked up 14 of them at the charity stripe. While Walker was 7 of 16 from the floor, the rest of his team combined for 32 points on 12 of 34 shooting.

Despite converting three more field goals, including five more 3-pointers, holding a 39-38 edge in the rebounding department, including 18-12 on the offensive glass, and turning the ball over just 13 times, while forcing 12 turnovers, the Wildcats suffered a 62-55 loss at No. 7 UConn on Nov. 30. How? UConn sank 18 more free throws after being sent to the line 20 more times than UNH.

Prior to tipping off with UConn on Nov. 30, the Wildcats were shooting 24.8 percent (26-105) from behind then arc. The 'Cats then proceeded to shoot 50 percent (8-16) from deep against the Huskies.

Sophomore Ferg Myrick looked like he belonged, especially in the second half, when the Wildcats battled seventh-ranked UConn on Nov. 30. Myrick poured in a season-high 19 points, including 16 in the second half on 6 of 9 shooting, against the Big East power. Myrick also set career highs in 3-pointers made (3) and steals (4), while matching his career best with eight rebounds.

Senior James Valladares scored a career-high 12 points — all in the first half — in the Wildcats' 62-55 loss at No. 7 UConn on Nov. 30. Valladares made five of his first six shots and netted UNH's final 10 points of the half.

Senior Dane DiLiegro grabbed 10 boards at UConn on Nov. 30 to move past Matt Acres, who recorded 680 rebounds from 1994-98, and into sixth place on UNH's all-time list.

In the Wildcats' 70-66 win against Brown on Nov. 27, senior Dane DiLiegro posted his second double-double of the season (10th of his career), as well as his second game-winning basket of 2010-11. DiLiegro reached game and season highs in both points and rebounds with 23 points and 12 boards. DiLiegro, who gave UNH a 55-53 victory at Dartmouth on Nov. 16 with a layup with 1.5 seconds remaining, made the go-ahead bucket with 2.8 seconds on the clock.

In the 70-66 win against Brown on Nov. 27, senior Tyrone Conley, who poured in a season-high 19 points, tallied a career-high five steals, including one off a Brown inbounds pass at midcourt with one second remaining that sealed the victory.

The Wildcats held their first four opponents of the season under 55 points for the first time since the 1947-48 season when they held their first six opponents under 55.

For the second time on the road this year, the Wildcats attempted to erase a 17-point deficit and used a big run to get back into the game at Sacred Heart on Nov. 23. Trailing 36-19 at the half, the 'Cats stormed out of the locker room on a 15-2 run that spanned the first 8:52 of the half. During that stretch, UNH forced 10 turnovers and caused Sacred Heart to shoot 1-for-5 (.200) from the floor. Overall, the Wildcats allowed just two second-half field goals as the Pioneers shot 2-for-14 (.143) and went 12:24 between those two makes.

The Wildcats won their first three games of the season for the first time since the 1971-72 campaign. The 'Cats also held all three oponents under 55 points, the first time they started 3-0 and allowed fewer than 55 points in each game since the 1931-32 season.

By defeating Holy Cross, 55-52, Nov. 20, head coach Bill Herrion recorded his 61st victory at UNH and moved into fourth on the school's all-time wins list, passing Bill Olsen, who won 60 games in six seasons from 1960-66. Herrion now trails only Gerry Friel (188), William Cowell (119), and Henry Swasey (108) in the record books.

The Wildcats held their opponents to 62.4 ppg last year, the lowest since the 1950-51 season when they limited foes to 60.3 ppg. Records prior to 1960-61 were incomplete at the end of last season.

Coming into the season, Bill Herrion owns a 112-78 (.589) record against the Wildcats' possible 2010-11 opponents.

The University of New Hampshire's Wildcat Sports Properties and Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) have teamed up to create a community-inspired basketball promotion to benefit the St. Charles Children's Home with a donation of $1 for every point scored by the UNH men's basketball team throughout the season.

"We're proud to partner with UNH's Wildcat Sports to provide support for St. Charles Children's Home in Rochester. Hoops for Hope is our way of showing our commitment to sports, education and the children of the communities we serve," said Brian Hughes, President and CEO of HRCU.

After each game, the points scored will be tallied and recorded on a "Hoops for Hope" banner housed in Lundholm Gymnasium. So far this season, $817 has been donated.

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

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.

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, 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, 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

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