Men's Basketball to Tip Off with Vermont at Lundholm (Jan. 20)
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will play host to the University of Vermont on Thursday, Jan. 20 (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 www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Catamounts meet for the 131st time in their long and storied history, with Vermont leading the all-time series, 82-48. The Catamounts have won 16 of the last 19 matchups, including 10 in a row against the Wildcats in the comfort of Patrick Gymnasium. All three of UNH's wins in the last 19 contests have come at home. In the most recent meeting, Ferg Myrick scored 13 points, but the Wildcats dropped a 57-38 decision to Vermont in an America East Championship semifinal contest March 7, 2010 at Hartford's Chase Arena.
The Wildcats, who were playing in their seventh semifinal and second in as many years for the first time in 15 seasons, wrapped up their season at 13-17. The Catamounts improved to 24-9 and played host to No. 4 Boston University in the America East championship game March 14 at Patrick Gymnasium on ESPN2.
Myrick went 7-for-8 at the line, pulled in a team-high five rebounds and added a block in 26 minutes off the bench. Junior Alvin Abreu tallied nine points, three boards, an assist and a block.
Garvey Young netted a game-high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds for Vermont, while Evan Fjeld posted 14 points and six boards.
After Young started the scoring with a layup 2:05 into the game, the Wildcats struck back with an 8-0 run that was sparked with a jumper by senior Radar Onguetou. Senior Colbey Santos, who played in his last collegiate game, followed with a 3-pointer before junior Dane DiLiegro converted a three-point play to cap the stretch at 15:22.
From there, however, the UNH offense, which was without junior Tyrone Conley due to injury, went stagnant for an eight-minute stretch. Vermont capitalized with a 17-0 run that was sparked by a jumper from Fjeld, who added six points during the run, which made it 19-8 at 8:02. A Marqus Blakely layup at 10:31 gave the Catamounts the lead for good.
Santos snapped the run with a jumper and Myrick followed with a pair of free throws that brought the score to 19-12 with 6:34 remaining. Young made 1 of 2 at the line before a runner from sophomore Russell Graham cut the deficit to 20-14 at 4:46. Vermont still led by six when Abreu's jumper with 21 seconds on the clock capped the scoring and brought the Wildcats to within 24-20 at the break.
Santos chipped in with five points, two rebounds and an assist, while DiLiegro added five points and four boards.
Vermont scored the first nine points of the second half to widen its advantage to 33-20 with 15:51 remaining. A layup from Abreu and a three-point play from Myrick sliced the deficit to eight at 14:01, before Fjeld and DiLiegro traded baskets to make it 35-27 with 12:38 to play. Graham then fed classmate Brian Benson for an alley-oop dunk to cut it to six at 11:33, but a 6-0 spurt from the Catamounts made it 41-29 midway through the half.
With the lead still at 12 (45-33) with 6:44 to play, Young sparked a 7-0 run that was capped by a Nick Vier 3-pointer, which gave Vermont its largest lead of the night at 52-33 with 3:24 left. Abreu followed with a 3, but Vier answered it with one of his own and the Wildcats would not get any closer.
UNH again did a good job defending Blakely, the two-time America East Player of the Year, as he was held to eight points and four rebounds.
Vermont outshot the Wildcats, 47.1 percent (24-51) to 27.7 percent (13-47), including 56.5 percent (13-23) to 24 percent (6-25) in the second half. The Catamounts also held a 36-18 scoring advantage in the paint and won the battle on the glass, 37-30.
Abreu finished with 1,144 points to pass Dave Pemberton (1,136) for 14th place on UNH's all-time scoring list.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Tyrone Conley and freshman DeAndray Buckley scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, but the Wildcats dropped a 64-60 decision to Stony Brook in double overtime at Pritchard Gymnasium on Jan. 15
The Wildcats fell to 7-10 on the season and 1-4 in America East play, while the Seawolves improved to 7-9 overall and 2-2 in the conference. It was the first double overtime game for UNH since a 78-75 loss at Maine on Jan. 19, 2009.
Conley, who extended his double-digit scoring streak to 11 games, added three rebounds, two steals and a block in a career-high 48 minutes, while Buckley was 4-for-9 from the floor and tallied eight boards, three assists and a steal in a career-best 35 minutes, en route to earning America East Player of the Game honors for UNH.
Sophomores Chandler Rhoads and Chris Matagrano each chipped in with 11 points. Rhoads added four rebounds and three assists in a career-high 45 minutes, while Matagrano reached his career high in points on 5 of 10 shooting, including a perfect 1 of 1 from behind the arc. He also recorded seven rebounds, two steals and an assist in a career-high 41 minutes.
Junior Brian Benson added six points and tore down a career-high 22 rebounds in a career-most 42 minutes. The 22 boards are an America East season high, as well as the fifth most rebounds ever in an America East conference game. They are also five shy of UNH's single-game record and the second most rebounds ever for a Wildcat, matching Dave Pemberton, who also reeled in 22 against Boston University on Jan. 3, 1972. It is the first 20-rebound game for a 'Cat since Chris Brown recorded 20 boards at Boston University on Feb. 10, 2002.
Marcus Rouse and Anthony Jackson led Stony Brook with 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Bryan Dougher and Dave Coley each added 11.
Leading 19-14 at the break, the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run after Dougher opened the half with a jumper at 19:34. After a Rhoads free throw, Matagrano knocked down a jumper before a pair of Conley baskets pushed the lead to 10. A Benson tip-in off a missed 3 and a Buckley basket in the paint closed the stretch with UNH on top 30-16 and holding its largest lead of the game with 11:18 to play.
Jackson stopped the run with a 3, before Matagrano came back with one of his own – the first of his career – from the top of the key. A layup from Anthony Mayo, followed by Dougher's only trey of the game, sliced the Stony Brook deficit to nine at 33-24 with 7:40 to go. After a pair of Buckley free throws, Rouse drilled a 3-pointer to cut it to eight. The gap was still eight at 41-33 with 2:31 remaining when a Jackson jumper brought the Seawolves to within six.
Dougher knocked down a pair at the line 22 seconds later, and then with 1:21 to go, Coley canned a 3 that made it 42-40. Two Rhoads free throws pushed the UNH lead back to four with 45 seconds left, but Dallis Joyner sank both of his chances at the line with 33 seconds to play and cut it back to two. Dougher knocked down two more at the line to knot the game at 44 with 14 seconds left and Buckley's 3-pointer from the left wing was no good as time expired and forced UNH's first overtime game of the season.
A pair of Coley free throws 1:05 into the extra session gave Stony Brook its first lead since the 12:46 mark of the opening half, but Buckley tied the game at 46 with a basket inside with 2:15 to go. After Conley made 1 of 2 at the line, a Joyner bucket put SBU up 48-47 with 1:32 left.
Conley answered with a huge 3 from the left wing to put UNH back on top 50-48 with 1:09 remaining. Rhoads made 1 of 2 at the line with 40 seconds to go to push the lead to three, but Rouse was then fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and converted all three shots at the stripe to tie the game at 51 with 28 seconds on the clock. Conley missed a shot with defenders draped all over him with time running down, and then missed a 3 as time expired after Dougher traveled with 1.6 seconds left.
A pair of Mayo baskets and a Rouse jumper gave Stony Brook a 57-51 lead with 3:49 left in the second overtime. After a Benson free throw, Coley sank a jumper to push it to seven, but Benson then followed with a three-point play to make it 59-55 with just under three minutes to go. SBU pushed it back to seven after making 3 of 4 at the line, but a Rhoads jumper sliced it to five, 62-57, with 29 seconds remaining. After Stony Brook made 1 of 2 at the stripe, Buckley knocked down a 3 from the left elbow to cut it to 63-60 with seven seconds remaining, but Coley made 1 of 2 at the line to seal it.
The first minutes of the opening half went back and forth before Stony Brook grabbed a 9-5 lead at the 14:22 mark. An 8-0 run, with a James Valladares tip-in and a Rhoads layup sandwiching a pair of Matagrano jumpers, put the Wildcats up 13-9 with 6:14 to play. A Jackson 3-pointer cut it to one, but a Valladares 3 from the left wing made it 16-12 with 3:54 to go. Jackson followed with a basket in the paint, but Conley answered with one of his three treys to send the Wildcats into the locker room with a five-point lead. After starting the season 5-1 when leading at the half, the 'Cats have dropped three straight when ahead going into the locker room.
Valladares finished with five points on 2 of 2 shooting to go along with three boards and a block in 17 minutes.
Stony Brook outshot UNH, 32 percent (20-62) to 30 percent (21-70), including 42 percent (14-33) to 31 percent (13-42) after halftime. The Seawolves shot 68 percent (19-28) from the line, including 71 percent (10-14) in the two overtime periods, while the Wildcats were 50 percent (12-24) from the stripe, including 4 of 8 in the overtime sessions. UNH won the battle on the glass, 54-50, and turned it over just 13 times, while forcing 15 Stony Brook turnovers.
Junior Brian Benson tore down a career-high 22 rebounds in a career-most 42 minutes at Stony Brook on Jan. 15. The 22 boards are five shy of UNH's single-game record and the second most rebounds ever for a Wildcat, matching Dave Pemberton, who also reeled in 22 against Boston University on Jan. 3, 1972. It is also the first 20-rebound game for a 'Cat since Chris Brown recorded 20 boards at Boston University on Feb. 10, 2002. The 22 rebounds are an America East season high, as well as the fifth most rebounds ever in an America East conference game.
In the Wildcats' 64-60 double-overtime loss at Stony Brook on Jan. 15, Tyrone Conley (48), Chandler Rhoads (45), Brian Benson (42) and Chris Matagrano (41) all played over 40 minutes. It was the first time four Wildcats played over 40 minutes in a single contest since Matt Acres (58), Doug Wilson (50), Brad Cirino (48), Matt Alosa (45) and Ken Rassi (42) all went over 40 minutes in a 106-103 quadruple-overtime win against Maine on Jan. 19, 1996 at Alfond Arena.
CAREER HIGHS FOR CHRIS
In just his second career start at Stony Brook on Jan. 15, sophomore Chris Matagrano re-wrote nearly his entire career high section, reaching career bests in points (11), field goals made (5), 3-point field goals made (1), rebounds (7), steals (2) and minutes (41). He also matched his career high of one assist.
Sophomore Chandler Rhoads currently has a three-game double-digit scoring streak, matching his career best that he set Feb. 11-17, 2010. Rhoads, who recorded four games of 10-plus points during his rookie campaign, already has seven such games this season and is averaging 9.1 ppg over his last seven — the best seven-game stretch of his career.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK FOR CONLEY
Senior Tyrone Conley currently has an 11-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 15.0 points per game.
HOLDING 'EM UNDER 80
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.
BENSON IS BOARDING...AND MORE
Junior Brian Benson is having the best season of his career on the glass. Benson is second on the team and third in the conference at 7.5 rebounds per game. Over the last 11 contests, which included a career-best 22-rebound performance at Stony Brook on Jan. 15, Benson is averaging 8.7 boards per game. Over 11 games from Nov. 30-Jan. 11, Benson 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.
NATIONALLY-RANKED (AS OF JAN. 16)
UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in a pair of categories. The Wildcats are 35th in scoring defense (61.4 ppg) and 96th in field goal percentage defense (.412), while individually, Dane DiLiegro is 78th in rebounding (8.1 rpg).
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.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Thursday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 570 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 790 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
CLOSE AND LATE
After going 15-32 from 2005-06 through last season, the Wildcats are 6-2 this year in games decided by five points or less.
'CATS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS
The Wildcats are currently leading the America East conference in points allowed per game (61.4). They are also third in rebounding (37.3) and fourth in both field goal percentage defense (.412) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.330). 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 both 3-point field goals made per game (2.2) and minutes per game (34.4), and ninth in both scoring (14.1) and blocked shots per game (0.9). Dane DiLiegro is second in rebounding (8.1), fifth in field goal percentage (.490) and eighth in free throw percentage (.750). Brian Benson is third in rebounding (7.5) and ninth in blocked shots per game (0.9). Chandler Rhoads is eighth in assists per game (2.7).
CONFERENCE COACHING CONQUESTS
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 66. Overall, Herrion sits behind only former Boston University head coach Dennis Wolff (152) and long-time Vermont head man Tom Brennan (147).
LEADING AT THE HALF
After dropping three of four games against Boston U. (Jan. 4), Binghamton (Jan. 8) and Stony Brook (Jan. 15) in which they led at the break, the Wildcats are now 5-4 this season when leading at the half.
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 eighth most ever for a Wildcat and the most 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.
SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT
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.
ANOTHER TOUGH BREAK
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.
CAREER NIGHT FOR MORRIS
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).
1,000 POINT CLUB
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.
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.
RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR
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.
OFFENSE + DEFENSE = WINS
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.
HE DID WHAT?!
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.
SATURDAY DAY FEVER
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.
DOESN'T ADD UP
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).
DOUBLE THE FUN
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.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
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.
NEARLY SOMETHING SPECIAL
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.
WALKING THE LINE
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.
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO ON
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.
MOVIN' ON UP
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.
ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR DOUBLE D
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.
STEALING THE SHOW
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.
HOLDIN' IT DOWN
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.
HERRION CLIMBING WINS LIST
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.
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.
HOOPS FOR HOPE
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, $995 has been donated.
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.