Men's Basketball Set for Jan. 15 tilt at Stony Brook


DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will take on Stony Brook University on Saturday, Jan. 15 (2 p.m.) at Pritchard Gymnasium. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at

The Wildcats and Seawolves meet for the 21st time in their relatively young conference rivalry, with UNH leading the all-time series, 14-6. The Wildcats have won 10 of the last 12 meetings, including six of the last seven against the Seawolves. UNH has swept the season series three times in five seasons. The Wildcats have been victorious in three of the last five games on the road against the Seawolves, and have been even more dominant at home against SBU, winning eighth of their last nine, including six seven. In the most recent meeting Feb. 28, Ferg Myrick scored a career- and game-high 21 points to lead the Wildcats to a 77-55 victory against regular-season champion Stony Brook in the regular-season finale at Lundholm Gymnasium on Senior Day.

The Wildcats improved to 12-16 and closed out conference play at 6-10. They also finished out their home slate at 9-4, the best mark since the 1994-95 season when they were 8-2. Head coach Bill Herrion, who recorded the 294th victory of his career, ran his record to 9-2 against SBU. The Seawolves, who saw their 10-game winning streak snapped, fell to 21-8 overall and 13-3 in the conference. The streak was the sixth longest active streak in Division I heading into the day.

Myrick led four Wildcats in double figures as he was 7-for-11 from the floor, including 1-for-2 from behind the arc. He also made all six of his free throws and added three rebounds and a block in 18 minutes. Junior Alvin Abreu, UNH's America East Player of the Game, tallied 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Senior Colbey Santos added 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting from deep in his last regular-season tilt at Lundholm and junior Dane DiLiegro posted 11 points, seven boards and a block.

Muhammad El-Amin, who was named Stony Brook's America East Player of the Game, scored 13 points after averaging 24.6 over his last five. Bryan Dougher also scored 13 for the Seawolves.

Stony Brook led 10-6 to start the game when Myrick buried a 3 from the left wing to slice the deficit to one. Junior Tyrone Conley knocked down a jumper to give UNH the lead for good and then Myrick added a basket that capped the 7-0 run and gave the Wildcats a 13-10 lead with 10:57 to play in the opening half.

The Seawolves had closed the gap to 15-13 with 8:40 to play when a DiLiegro basket sparked a 10-0 run that made it 25-13 at 4:23. The Wildcats led 32-21 and held the ball for the final shot of the half when they found Abreu, who sank a 3 from the left wing as time expired to send UNH into the locker room up 35-21. The 'Cats improved to 12-2 when tied or leading at the half this season.

A Conley layup and Santos 3-pointer started UNH on a 5-0 run that made it 40-21 at 18:52. Stony Brook came back with a 5-0 run of its own that made it 40-26 at 16:44, but the Wildcats ran off a 12-1 run to take their largest lead of the game at 52-27 with 13:31 to play. Santos kicked off the stretch with a 3 and after a Dallis Joyner free throw, Santos, Abreu and Conley followed with treys to close the run.

A three-point play from Brenton and a jumper from Dougher closed the gap to 52-32 at 12:56 before a DiLiegro free throw and Myrick layup pushed the lead back to 23. The lead was still 23, 59-36, with 10:09 to play when a 6-1 Stony Brook run sliced the deficit to 60-42 at 8:42.

Later, an Abreu jumper and a pair of Myrick free throws made it 66-44 with 7:06 remaining. Myrick kept the lead at 23, 75-52, with a layup at 2:03, but a Preye Preboye trey at 1:47 cut it to 75-55. Myrick then closed the scoring with a pair of free throws with 1:02 to go.

Conley recorded eight points and three assists, while sophomore point guard Russell Graham tallied five points, six assists and no turnovers in 25 minutes off the bench.

Abreu finished the afternoon with 1,122 points and passed Peter Laskaris (1,115) for 16th on UNH's all-time scoring list. DiLiegro, meanwhile, ended the day with 622 boards and passed Chris Brown (613) for seventh on UNH's all-time rebounding list.

The Wildcats outshot Stony Brook, 50 percent (29-58) to 42.6 percent (20-47), including 45 percent (9-20) to 20 percent (2-10) from behind the arc. The 'Cats turned the ball over just six times, while forcing 16 Stony Brook turnovers to hold a 22-5 advantage in points off turnovers. UNH also outscored the Seawolves in the paint, 26-21, and held a 26-13 edge in bench scoring.


Senior Tyrone Conley scored 25 of his career-high 33 points in the second half, helping the Wildcats rally from a 16-point deficit to earn a 57-54 victory against Hartford on Tuesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

UNH, in earning its first America East conference victory of the season, snapped a four-game skid to improve to 7-9 on the year, 1-3 in league play. The Hawks saw their three-game winning streak halted, tumbling to 5-11, 2-1 in AE play.

The 33 points were the most for a Wildcat since Nov. 25, 2000 when Austin Ganly poured in 34 in a 96-89 victory at Dartmouth. The 33 is also the most for an America East player this season, surpassing the 32 points Boston University's Darryl Partin racked up against Cornell on Nov. 27.

Conley's magical night included a personal-best 10 field goals in 16 attempts, including 6 of 10 from beyond the arc, 7-for-8 at the free throw line and a throwdown dunk on the receiving end of an alley-oop from sophomore Chandler Rhoads, staking the 'Cats to a 52-47 advantage with 6:40 remaining. Conley, UNH's America East Player of the Game, added five rebounds, two steals and a block in 40 minutes.

Morgan Sabia led Hartford in the losing cause, going 8-for-13 for 20 points to earn America East Player of the Game honors.

Trailing 30-18 at halftime, the Wildcats put together a 20-2 run early in the second half on the strength of six straight 3-point field goals, with Conley burying four treys and scoring 14 of the points during the spurt that gave New Hampshire a 38-32 lead with 14:42 remaining in the game.

Rhoads finished with 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting, and a game-high four assists.

An 8-1 run gave Hartford a 40-39 lead with 12:01 to play, but a Conley trey and a pair of free throws from freshman DeAndray Buckley put UNH back on top, 44-40, midway through the half. After a Milton Burton basket, another Conley triple made it 47-42 with 9:13 remaining.

Hartford answered with a 3-pointer of its own before junior Brian Benson canned one from the top of the key to push the lead back to five. A Sabia layup brought the Hawks within three before the Rhoads-to-Conley alley-oop that brought down the house.

Four straight from the Hawks sliced their deficit to one, 52-51, with 2:32 to play before a Rhoads layup just 12 seconds later opened the lead to three. Sabia drilled a 3 at the other end to tie the game at 54 with 1:10 on the clock. Conley closed the scoring with 1 of 2 at the line with 44 seconds left and then a pair with 21 ticks remaining before Burton's last-second 3-point attempt was no good.

The Wildcats shot 66.7 percent (12-18) from the floor in the second half, which is their best field goal percentage in any half since Jan. 28, 2009 when they also hit at a 66.7 percent (14-21) clip in the second stanza to erase a nine-point deficit and earn a 71-60 victory at Stony Brook University.

Benson tallied seven points, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal in a career-high 36 minutes, while Buckley chipped in with four points and two assists in 12 minutes.

Hartford applied a 1-3-1 zone defense that stymied New Hampshire into committing 15 turnovers and shooting only 5 of 15 during the first half. The Hawks capitalized offensively, hitting 6-of-10 three-point field goals in the half, including a perfect 3-for-3 from Genesis Maciel, to open as large as a 16-point lead before heading to the locker room with a 30-18 advantage.

Senior Dane DiLiegro pulled down a game-high 11 boards. Freshman Jordon Bronner added three points and four assists in a career-high 31 minutes in just the third start of his career.

UNH shot a season-high 51.5 percent (17-33) from the floor, including 47.4 percent (9-19) from behind the arc. Hartford shot 40 percent (20-50) from the floor, as well as 40 percent (8-20) from deep. The Wildcats also held a 28-23 advantage on the glass. Hartford turned the ball over just eight times while forcing 20 UNH turnovers as they held a 22-11 edge in points off turnovers.

Conley finished the night with 1,069 points and moved past Eric Montanari (1,038) for 20th place on UNH's all-time scoring list.

Senior Tyrone Conley erupted for a career-high 33 points, including 25 in the second half, in the Wildcats' 57-54 win against Hartford on Jan. 11. The 33 points were the most for a Wildcat since Nov. 25, 2000 when Austin Ganly poured in 34 in a 96-89 victory at Dartmouth College. The 33 is also the most for an America East player this season, surpassing the 32 points Boston University's Darryl Partin racked up against Cornell on Nov. 27. Conley knocked down a personal-best 10 field goals on 16 attemps and matched his career high with six 3-pointers on 10 tries. The senior co-captain was also 7-for-8 at the line, while tallying five rebounds, two steals and a block in 40 minutes of action.

The Wildcats shot 66.7 percent (12-18) from the floor in the second half of their 57-54 win against Hartford on Jan. 11. It was their best field goal percentage in any half since Jan. 28, 2009 when they also hit at a 66.7 percent (14-21) clip in the second stanza to erase a nine-point deficit and earn a 71-60 victory at Stony Brook.

The Wildcats used a 24-2 run that spanned 7:36 to erase a 16-point deficit and beat Hartford, 57-54, Jan. 11. It was the second biggest margin the 'Cats have overcome to record a win this season as they came back from 17 points down in an eventual 55-53 victory at Dartmouth on Nov. 16.

Senior Tyrone Conley currently has a 10-game double-digit scoring streak, which is the longest of his career, as well as the longest on the team this season. During the streak, which began with 11 points at Colgate on Dec. 4, Conley is averaging 15.1 points per game.

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 6.6 rebounds per game. Over the last 10 contests, which included a career-best 11-rebound performance at VCU on Dec. 30, Benson is averaging 7.4 boards per game. Over the last 11 games, Benson has shot 25-for-53 (.472) from the field and 8-for-21 (.381) from behind the arc to raise his percentages to .391 and .320, respectively, after starting 2-for-16 (.125) from the floor and 0-for-4 from 3.

Heading into Saturday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 569 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 789 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

After going 15-32 from 2005-06 through last season, the Wildcats are 6-1 this year in games decided by five points or less.

The Wildcats are 16-6 (.727) in their last 22 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.

The Wildcats are currently leading the America East conference in points allowed per game (61.2). They are also fourth in both rebounding (36.2) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.335). Individually, a handful of 'Cats are among the top 10 in a number of categories. Tyrone Conley is third in steals per game (1.5), sixth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.2) and eighth in both scoring (14.1) and minutes per game (33.6). Dane DiLiegro is second in rebounding (8.1), seventh in field goal percentage (.490) and eighth in free throw percentage (.750). Chandler Rhoads is eighth in assists per game (2.7). Brian Benson is sixth in rebounding (6.6) and 10th 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 138 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.

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).


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, $935 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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