Men's Basketball Meets Hartford at Lundholm (Jan. 11)



DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will look for its first conference win of the season against the undefeated University of Hartford on Tuesday, Jan. 11 (7 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 Hawks meet for the 54th time ever in the history of the two programs, with Hartford leading the all-time series, 34-19. The last 10 meetings have been even, with the teams tied 5-5. Each team has also played well on their home court, as well. The Wildcats have won eight of nine and five of six against the Hawks at Lundholm Gymnasium, while the Hawks have won eight of nine over the 'Cats at Chase Arena. Hartford won in Durham last season for the first time since an 85-58 win Jan. 28, 2004, and UNH won at Hartford in 2009 for the first time since an 80-78 triumph Jan. 12, 2002. The 'Cats and Hawks had split the regular-season series four straight times until UNH swept it in 2009 and Hartford swept it last year. In the most recent meeting Feb. 6, junior Alvin Abreu scored 13 points, including the 1,000th of his career, but the Wildcats fell to Hartford, 57-54, on a 3-pointer by Joe Zeglinski as time expired at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats dropped their third straight game to fall to 8-13 on the season, including 7-2 at home and 3-7 in America East play. The Hawks swept the season series from UNH for the first time since the 2003-04 season and improved to 7-16, 5-5 AE.

Abreu became the 27th Wildcat to reach the 1,000-point plateau, and with 1,003 career points he passed Pat Manor (1,000) for 26th on UNH's all-time list. Abreu, UNH's America East Player of the Game, also matched his career-high with eight rebounds, set a new career best with three blocks and added a pair of assists.

Junior Tyrone Conley added 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting from behind the arc to go along with three assists and three rebounds, but only played 22 minutes due to foul trouble. Classmate Dane DiLiegro posted eight points and 12 boards, while senior Radar Onguetou recorded nine points and nine rebounds.

Zeglinski, the Hawks' America East Player of the Game, led Hartford with 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting, including 2-for-6 from deep, and added eight rebounds, a block and a steal.

After trailing by as many as eight, the Wildcats were down 45-43 with 5:30 to go in the game when Abreu nailed a 3-pointer to give his team the one-point lead. After a Zeglinski layup jumped Hartford in front, Conley knocked down his final trey of the day to put UNH up 49-47 with 4:13 remaining.

Zeglinski kept his team going, however, converting another layup at 3:06 to knot the game before three straight free throws gave Hartford a 52-49 advantage with 1:44 to go. Abreu then picked the perfect time to reach his milestone, sinking the bucket while drawing the foul with 1:28 on the clock. After a standing ovation from the 2,073 fans in attendance, Abreu knocked down the free throw to tie the game at 52.

It was Zeglinski again, however, hitting a jumper in the paint to lift his team up by two with 1:09 left. After an empty possession by each team, the Wildcats had the ball with 18 seconds to go and found Abreu on the left baseline where he sank a jumper with four seconds on the clock to tie the game at 54. Hartford then quickly inbounded the ball to Zeglinski, who pushed it up the middle of the floor before pulling up from 30 feet and burying the shot off the glass as the horn sounded.

With the game tied 5-5 in the early going, Zenglinski hit a jumper that sparked a 6-0 Hartford run, which made it 11-5 midway through the opening half. After an Abreu jumper brought the Wildcats to within 13-9, consecutive baskets by Zeglinski and Andre Torres gave the Hawks their largest lead of the game at 17-9 with 5:34 remaining.

Freshman Chandler Rhoads answered with a 3 from the left wing to cut it to five. After a bucket from Milton Burton, a layup by Onguetou and a pair of free throws from senior Colbey Santos brought UNH to within three at 4:21. A dunk by Burton and a pair at the line for David Bookman widened Hartford's lead to 23-16, however, with 3:28 to play.

Abreu came back with a jumper to slice the deficit to five and Onguetou followed with 1 of 2 at the line to make it 23-19. A Morgan Sabia 3-pointer then pushed the lead back to seven before Onguetou answered with a big three-point play that made it 26-22. Zeglinski then hit a deep 3 with the shot clock winding down to make the lead seven again with 22 seconds left. UNH had the last shot of the half and with the clock down under five seconds, Rhoads drove the ball into the paint and made a runner off the glass as time expired to send his team into the locker room trailing 29-24.

Rhoads finished with six points, four assists and a pair of blocks on Zeglinski in 25 minutes off the bench.

DiLiegro and Anthony Minor traded dunks in the opening minutes of the second half before Conley drilled a 3 to pull the Wildcats within 31-29 just 2:07 in. After Charles White converted a three-point play, Conley hit back with another trifecta to pull back within two.

After a Minor free throw, the Wildcats crafted a 5-0 run on a foul shot by Abreu and layups by DiLiegro and freshman Ferg Myrick to take their first lead in over 22 minutes at 37-35 with 12:03 to play. Torres and DiLiegro then traded layups before Torres and Conley traded 3-pointers that brought the score to 42-40 at 8:28.

Burton then sank a pair at the line to tie the game, before a free throw from Rhoads gave the Wildcats a 43-42 edge at 7:34. Sabia stepped to the line 17 seconds later and hit both before Zeglinski followed with 1 of 2 at the line to give Hartford a 45-43 lead with 6:34 remaining.

Myrick chipped in four with points, five boards and a block in 16 minutes off the bench.

Hartford outshot UNH, 41.3 percent (19-46) to 34.5 percent (20-58) and outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 24-18. The Hawks also led 9-2 in points off turnovers, giving the ball away just six times while forcing 10 UNH turnovers. The 'Cats held a 12-3 advantage in second-chance points after winning the battle on the boards, 42-32, including 18-7 on the offensive end. Onguetou pulled down five offensive rebounds, while DiLiegro and Myrick recorded four a piece.

Burton added 14 points and five rebounds for the Hawks.


Sophomore point guard Chandler Rhoads matched a season high with 15 points on a career-best seven field goals, but Binghamton rallied back from a 14-point deficit to post a 66-61 victory over the Wildcats in America East action Jan. 8 at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Binghamton snapped a four-game losing streak to improve to 4-10 by winning its America East conference opener. UNH fell to 6-9, 0-3 in America East after suffering its fourth consecutive setback and just its sixth defeat in the previous 21 games at Lundholm. The Wildcats also lost for the first time in six games that had been decided by five points or less on the season season.

Rhoads, UNH's America East Player of the Game, hit 7 of 11 shots for his 15 points, adding two rebounds and an assist. Senior Tyrone Conley scored a team-leading 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field, pulled down six rebounds, handed out three assists and recorded two blocks for the Wildcats. Conley extended his double-digit scoring streak to nine games, which is the longest stretch of his career.

Mahamoud Jabbi tallied a game-high 17 points for Binghamton, shooting 7 of 12 from the field. Greer Wright, Binghamton's America East Player of the Game, chipped in with 16 points and five rebounds, hitting 8-for-12, before leaving with an ankle injury with 6:49 remaining in the game.

UNH raced out to a 16-4 lead, connecting on its first four 3-point field goal tries. Junior Brian Benson knocked down a pair of treys, with Conley and Rhoads also hitting from long range.

The Wildcats built the lead to 27-13 with 6:39 left in the half on a Rhoads layup, but Binghamton closed out the half on a 16-6 run, trimming New Hampshire's halftime advantage to 33-29. After starting the season 5-1 when leading at halftime, UNH dropped back-to-back games after behind ahead at the break.

Benson recorded nine points and eight rebounds and has now posted eight or more boards in four straight contests, which is the longest streak of his career.

The Bearcats took the lead for the first time, 40-37, with 15:11 left in the game on a 3-point field goal from Chretien Lukusa. Consecutive baskets from Conley re-gained the lead for the Wildcats, and after Wright and sophomore Chris Matagrano traded buckets, a Conley three-point play gave UNH a 46-42 lead with 9:45 remaining.

Binghamton followed with a 13-1 run, however, receiving nine points from Jabbi and four from Wright to take a 55-47 lead with 4:48 left. The Bearcats grabbed the lead for good, 48-46 with 7:43 to play on a jumper from Jabbi, who closed the run with a 3-pointer.

The lead grew to nine – Binghamton's largest of the game – at 64-55 with 1:01 on the clock, but a long jumper from freshman Jordon Bronner, a pair of Conley free throws and a putback layup from Benson sliced it to 64-61 with 19 seconds left. But after a pair at the line from Jimmy Gray, UNH did not score and stopped fouling as the clock ran out.

Bronner chipped in with five points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in a career-high 28 minutes. Senior Dane DiLiegro tallied four points, six boards and two assists.

Binghamton outshot UNH, 51 percent (26-51) to 41 percent (24-59) from the floor, including 54 percent (14-26) to 35 percent (10-29) in the second half. The Bearcats also turned the ball over just nine times, while forcing 12 Wildcat turnovers. UNH controlled the glass by a 36-25 margin, including 16-6 on the offensive end, which led to a 15-4 advantage in second-chance points.

Conley finished with 1,036 points and moved passed Dirk Koopman (1,023), Paul Dufour (1,026) and Derek Counts (1,026) for 21st place on UNH's all-time scoring list.

Senior Tyrone Conley currently has a nine-game double-digit scoring streak, which is the longest of his career. During the streak, which began with 11 points at Colgate on Dec. 4, Conley is averaging 13.1 points per game. Conley matches sophomore Ferg Myrick (Nov. 13-Dec. 18) for the longest streak on the team this season.

The Wildcats have yet to allow 80 or more points in a single game this season, the deepest any UNH team has made it into the schedule without allowing an opponent to reach the 80-point mark since 1985-86 when the 'Cats went 23 games before relinquishing 95 points to Niagara. No UNH team has gone an entire season without allowing 80 or more points in a game since the 1949-50 campaign.

Junior Brian Benson is having the best season of his career on the glass. Benson is second on the team and sixth in the conference at 6.7 rebounds per game. Over the last nine contests, which included a career-best 11-rebound performance at VCU on Dec. 30, Benson is averaging 7.7 boards per game. Over the last 10 games, Benson has shot 23-for-49 (.469) from the field and 7-for-19 (.368) from behind the arc to raise his percentages to .385 and .304, respectively, after starting 2-for-16 (.125) from the floor and 0-for-4 from 3.

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in one category. The Wildcats are 42nd in scoring defense (61.7 ppg), while individually, Dane DiLiegro is 98th in rebounding (7.9 rpg).

The Wildcats are 15-6 (.714) in their last 21 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.

Heading into Tuesday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 568 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 788 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 (61.7). They are also second in rebounding (36.8) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.329). Individually, a handful of 'Cats are among the top 10 in a number of categories. Tyrone Conley is fifth in steals per game (1.5), seventh in 3-point field goals made per game (1.9), eighth in minutes per game (33.1) and 10th in blocked shots per game (0.9). Dane DiLiegro is second in rebounding (7.9), fifth in field goal percentage (.495) and seventh in free throw percentage (.750). Chandler Rhoads is ninth in assists per game (2.6). Brian Benson is sixth in rebounding (6.7) and 10th in blocks 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).

After dropping back-to-back games against Boston U. (Jan. 4) and Binghamton (Jan. 8) in which they led at the break, the Wildcats are now 5-3 this season when leading at the half.

After going 15-32 from 2005-06 through last season, the Wildcats are 5-1 this year in games decided by five points or less.

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).

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.

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, $878 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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