January 31, 2011

Men’s Basketball to Take on Marist in ESPNU BracketBuster

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team learned Monday that it will play Marist College in a non-televised ESPNU BracketBusters game.

The game, which will be the fourth meeting between the Wildcats and Red Foxes, is set for Saturday, Feb. 19 (7:30 p.m.) at Marist's McCann Center. The teams will play a "return" game at Lundholm Gymnasium at a date to be determined.

This will be UNH's second appearance in the event, which is in its eighth season. The Wildcats played at Loyola (Md.) last season and pulled out a 61-60 victory after Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) hit a runner in the lane with 0.7 seconds remaining.

The Red Foxes are 2-3 in BracketBusters play, but have won both of their match-ups at home. Marist defeated Colgate in 2007 and Hartford in 2009 at the McCann Center. The Red Foxes fell at Old Dominion in 2006, Cleveland State in 2008 and UC Irvine in 2010.

This will mark the third consecutive year the two teams will meet. Marist won a tight battle at home, 63-61, on Nov. 29, 2008, while the Wildcats defeated the Red Foxes 72-58 on Nov. 28, 2009 at Lundholm. UNH was victorious in the first meeting, 70-60, at the Dartmouth Tourney on Jan. 2, 1984.

The Red Foxes, who play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, are currently 4-19 this season, including 3-8 in the MAAC. Marist is 0-2 against common opponents, having lost at Boston U. (58-37) and Vermont (75-67). UNH is 1-3 against those same opponents with a 60-48 win at home against Boston U., a 61-53 loss to Vermont at home, and road setbacks against the Terriers (61-54) and Catamounts (63-49).

The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. when they play host to the University at Albany at Lundholm Gymnasium. For tickets, click HERE or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.

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