DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will travel north to take on interstate rival the University of Maine on Tuesday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m.) at Alfond Arena. 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 Black Bears meet for the 175th time in their rivarly – UNH's longest with any school – with Maine leading the all-time series, 111-63. The Black Bears have won 12 of the past 16 meetings, and swept the regular-season series last year after the squads had split the season series in each of the past three years. Maine has won five of six at Lundholm Gymnasium, while the Wildcats have won two of their last four at Alfond Arena. In the most recent meeting March. 6, 2010, Alvin Abreu and Brian Benson each scored 13 points to lead the sixth-seeded Wildcats to a 68-57 victory against No. 3 Maine in the America East Championship quarterfinal round at Hartford's Chase Arena.
The Wildcats, who improved to 13-16 on the season by beating Maine for the first time in three tries, advanced to the seventh semifinal in school history where they met No. 2 University of Vermont on March 7. Bill Herrion, who recorded his 295th career victory, became the only UNH head coach ever to appear in three semifinal games, and just the second to advance to consecutive semifinals (Gib Chapman - 1994, 1995).
The 'Cats, who won back-to-back quarterfinal games for just the second time ever (1994, 1995), earned their first tournament win against Maine in four tries, their first win as the sixth seed in four tries and first win against the third seed in six tries.
The victory also boosted Herrion's America East tournament resume. Herrion, who made his 13th appearance in the tournament, was already the all-time winningest coach in America East Championship history, but widened the gap with his 21st victory. Herrion upped his winning percentage to .700 (21-9), which ranks first among active coaches, first among anyone with eight appearances and sixth overall all-time. Herrion also improved to 19-10 (.655) all-time versus Maine, including a perfect 3-0 against the Black Bears in the tournament.
Abreu shot 4-for-11 overall, including 2-for-5 from behind the arc, and was 2 of 4 in the second half. Benson, meanwhile, set a career high with the 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting, including 2 of 3 from deep. Benson also set a career best with the two 3-pointers and matched a career high by pulling down nine rebounds.
Sean McNally led the Black Bears, who finished their season at 19-11, with 16 points, 12 boards, three assists and two blocks.
UNH led 26-24 at the half as they improved to 13-2 when tied or leading at the break this season. Gerald McLemore kicked off the second-half scoring with a 3-pointer that gave Maine a 27-26 edge. Senior Colbey Santos answered back with his own trey, however, and the Black Bears would never lead again.
Maine did tie it at 29 with 17:51 remaining on a layup by Troy Barnies, but Santos' layup at 17:25 gave UNH the lead for good at 31-29 and sparked a 12-0 run. A Benson 3 opened the lead to five before sophomore Russell Graham found junior Dane DiLiegro down low for a dunk that made it 36-29 at 15:11. Another DiLiegro basket widened the advantage before Santos capped the run with another 3-pointer that made it 41-29 at 13:52.
Four straight points from McLemore would cut the deficit to eight, but a 9-0 run gave the Wildcats a 50-33 lead with 10:50 to play. A jump hook from senior Radar Onguetou and a 3-pointer from Abreu opened it up to 13 before Onguetou made 1 of 2 at the line and freshman Ferg Myrick drained a 3 to close the run.
With 8:56 left, a pair of Abreu free throws gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the night at 54-36, but a 10-2 run brought the Black Bears to within 56-46 at 5:07. An Abreu 3-pointer stopped the bleeding, but a 6-1 run from Maine made it an eight-point game at 60-52 with 1:47 to play.
UNH scored the next five points and the Black Bears would never come as close again. A 3 from Murphy Burnatowski with 26 ticks left made it 66-57, but Benson fittingly capped the evening with an emphatic two-handed slam with 17 seconds to go.
Santos once again stepped up in a tournament game as he tallied eight points, three rebounds and a season-high four assists in a season-best 27 minutes. Graham, who ranks fourth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, scored six points, handed out four assists and did not turn the ball over in 20 minutes off the bench. DiLiegro recorded nine points and 11 boards, Onguetou chipped in with three points and four rebounds, and Myrick added five points, five boards, an assist, a block and a steal in 19 minutes off the pine.
McNally recorded Maine's first three field goals to help them take a 9-4 lead at 16:24. A DiLiegro basket cut it to three, but back-to-back layups from Junior Bernal and Barnies gave the Black Bears their largest lead of the night at 13-6 with 15:06 remaining in the opening half. A 7-0 run - sparked with an Abreu jumper and capped with a 3-pointer from junior Tyrone Conley - knotted the game at 13 with 12:12 on the clock.
The two teams were still tied at 18 with 8:43 left when consecutive layups by McNally - plus the free throw to convert the three-point play on the second bucket - made it 23-18 at 6:35. The Wildcats then made their move, crafting an 8-0 run on baskets by Myrick, two from Benson, and Abreu, to grab a 26-23 lead with 1:38 to go. Bernal made 1 of 2 at the line to close the scoring.
Conley recorded nine points and two assists.
Abreu finished the night with 1,135 points and moved past Austin Ganly (1,127) for 15th all-time on UNH's scoring list. Graham, meanwhile, upped his assist total this season to 119 and passed Al McClain (1983-84 - 118) for seventh on the program's single-season assist list.
The Wildcats shot 41.1 percent (23-56) from the floor and 36.4 percent (8-22) from behind the arc, while their defense held Maine to 34.8 percent (16-46) overall and 25 percent (4-16) from deep. The defense also locked down McLemore, who scored seven points on 2 of 9 shooting after pouring in a career-high 30 points on 9 of 15 shooting in their last meeting Feb. 17.
The Wildcats held a 42-37 edge on the glass, saw their bench outscore Maine's, 26-15 and turned the ball over two fewer times than the 17 turnovers they forced the Black Bears into.
Terrance Mitchell added 11 points for Maine.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Brian Benson notched his first career double-double, scoring a career-high 15 points and collecting 16 rebounds, as the Wildcats recorded an 80-60 victory over UMBC on Jan. 23 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH improved its record to 8-11 overall, 2-5 in America East conference play, while UMBC fell to 3-17, 2-5 in America East. The Wildcats, who are 17-7 (.708) in their last 24 home contests, have now won five of the last seven meetings between the two teams at Lundholm.
In addition to his double-double, Benson, who was 4-for-7 from the floor and 1 of 2 from deep, swatted five shots to match his career high, sank a career-best six free throws on eight attempts and had one assist with zero turnovers in 34 minutes.
Senior Tyrone Conley, UNH's America East Player of the Game, led the Wildcats' best offensive outpouring of the season with 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field, including 6 of 11 from three-point land, to extend his career-best double-digit scoring streak to 13 games. Conley, who is averaging 22.0 ppg over his last four and 15.8 ppg during his streak, dished out a career-high seven assists (zero turnovers), nabbed six rebounds, blocked three shots and recorded two steals in 37 minutes.
Sophomore point guard Chandler Rhoads also continued his stellar play with 15 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including a perfect 4 of 4 from behind the arc. Rhoads was 3-for-4 at the stripe and added four rebounds and two assists in just 21 minutes due to foul trouble. Rhoads extended his career-best double-digit scoring streak to five games (14.2 ppg) and is now averaging 11.0 ppg over his last nine.
Chris De La Rosa, UMBC's America East Player of the Game, led the Retrievers with a game-high 23 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in the losing cause.
UNH set a season high for points and 3-pointers, burying 14 of 27 attempts (51.9 percent) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats shot 51 percent overall on 26-of-51 shooting.
Benson scored seven of UNH's first 15 points, allowing the Wildcats to take a 15-6 lead with 15:05 left in the opening half. After UMBC responded with a 10-4 run, trimming New Hampshire's lead to three, Conley ended the run by driving from the right wing and throwing down a dunk for a 21-16 advantage with 8:13 remaining in the half.
After the Retrievers, who never led in the game, managed to forge a 26-26 tie on a pair of free throws from Laurence Jolicoeur, Conley would also serve as the catalyst for UNH's biggest spurt of the half, hitting a 3-pointer that jumpstarted a 12-0 run. Freshman Scott Morris swished a trey from the top of the key and another from the right wing during that stretch, giving UNH its largest lead of the half, 38-26.
UMBC would score the final basket of the half on a half-court 3-point field goal from De La Rosa, closing UNH's halftime lead to 38-29.
The Retrievers still trailed by nine (48-39) just 5:18 into the second half when an 11-3 spurt by the Wildcats over the next 5:12 opened up a 59-42 lead. Baskets by Benson and senior James Valladares kicked off the run, followed by a Brian Neller 3-pointer. Sophomore Chris Matagrano kept the stretch alive with a pair of 18-foot jumpers before Conley finished it off with one of his six 3-pointers, which matched a career high.
After De La Rosa stopped the bleeding with a jumper, a 3-pointer from Rhoads and a pair of free throws for freshman Jordon Bronner pushed the lead to 64-44 with 8:27 remaining. Later, a 3 from Jamar Wertz made it a 17-point game, but a 10-3 UNH run – bookended by a pair of Conley 3-pointers – made it 76-52 with just over four minutes to go. Midway through the run, Conley reeled in a long rebound, ran past everyone on the court and threw down an uncontested one-handed slam.
The Wildcats grabbed their largest lead of the game at 80-54 with 2:40 remaining before UMBC scored the final six points of the game.
Morris scored nine points on 3 of 7 shooting from long distance, while Valladares and Matagrano chipped in with four and six points, respectively. Bronner dropped in a career-high eight to go along with a career-best five assists (one turnover) and three rebounds.
The Retrievers shot 36.7 percent (22-60) from the field and 33.3 percent (6-18) from deep. Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds and turned the ball over just eight times. UNH finished with a season-high 17 assists on 26 baskets.
Conley finished with 1,124 career points and moved past Erie Feragne (1,105) and Peter Laskaris (1,115) for 17th place on UNH's all-time scoring list.
In their 80-60 win against UMBC on Jan. 23, the Wildcat offense errupted for season highs in points (80), 3-pointers made (14) and 3-point field goal percentage (51.9%). They also dished out a season-high 17 assists on 26 baskets and turned the ball over a season-low eight times. The 'Cats, of course, jumped into the action on the defensive end, as well, blocking a season-best nine shots.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR DOUBLE B
Junior Brian Benson recorded the first double-double of his career against UMBC on Jan. 23 when he scored a career-high 15 points and reeled in 16 rebounds. Benson also matched a career best with five blocks and handed out an assist while not turning the ball over in 34 minutes.
ALL IN A DAY'S WORK...
Senior Tyrone Conley continues to produce eye-popping stat lines for the 'Cats. In their 80-60 win against UMBC on Jan. 23, Conley poured in 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting, including 6 of 11 from behind the arc. The co-captain also matched a season high with six boards, set a career-high with seven assists, matched a career best with three blocks and recorded two steals in 37 minutes.
Freshman Jordon Bronner had his best game in a Wildcat uniform against UMBC on Jan. 23. In 23 minutes, Bronner netted a career-high eight points, handed out a career-best five assists (one turnover) and pulled in three rebounds.
Senior Tyrone Conley and sophomore point guard Chandler Rhoads have been carrying the Wildcats after they were hit hard by injuries this season. Over the last five games, Conley is averaging 20.8 ppg, while Rhoads is adding 14.2 ppg. It marks the first time this season that any two Wildcats have averaged better than 14.0 ppg in any five-game stretch.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK FOR CONLEY
Senior Tyrone Conley currently has a 13-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 15.8 points per game.
Sophomore Chandler Rhoads currently has a career-best five-game double-digit scoring streak (14.2 ppg) that includes a career-high 20 points against Vermont on Jan. 20. Rhoads, who recorded four games of 10-plus points during his rookie campaign, already has nine such games this season and is averaging 11.0 ppg over his last nine — the best nine-game stretch of his career.
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 7.8 rebounds per game. Over the last 13 contests, which includes a career-best 22-rebound performance at Stony Brook on Jan. 15, Benson is averaging 8.9 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.
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.
NATIONALLY-RANKED (AS OF JAN. 23)
UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in a pair of categories. The Wildcats are 33rd in scoring defense (61.3 ppg) and 91st in field goal percentage defense (.411), while individually, Dane DiLiegro is 77th in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and Tyrone Conley is 81st in 3-pointers made per game (2.5).
The Wildcats are 17-7 (.708) in their last 24 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 Tuesday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 572 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 793 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 (61.3). Individually, a handful of 'Cats are among the top 10 in a number of categories. Tyrone Conley is fourth in both steals per game (1.5) and 3-point field goals made per game (2.5), fifth in minutes per game (34.7), eighth in scoring (14.8) and ninth in 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 (7.8) and seventh in blocked shots per game (1.1). Chandler Rhoads is eighth in assists per game (2.6).
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 139 conference wins are far and away better than the league's other eight coaches and trail only former Boston University head coach Dennis Wolff (152) and long-time Vermont head man Tom Brennan (147) all-time.
LEADING AT THE HALF
With their 80-60 victory against UMBC on Jan. 23, the Wildcats snapped a three-game losing skid when leading at the break and are now 6-4 this season when ahead at the half.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY
In their 61-53 loss against Vermont on Jan. 20, the Wildcats shot 93.8 percent (15-16) from the line, their best mark with more than five attempts since Feb. 23, 2006 when they were also 15 of 16 at home against Albany.
CONLEY EARNS FIRST WEEKLY AWARD
Senior Tyrone Conley earned his first career America East Player of the Week award on Jan. 17. Conley shared the award with Boston University's John Holland after averaging 23.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per game during the previous week.
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.
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, $1,128 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.