November 18, 2011

Men's Hoop Set for Matchup Versus Loyola (Nov. 20)

GAME NOTES (PDF)

DURHAM, N.H.
- The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will take on Loyola University (Md.) at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. 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.

LAST TIME OUT
Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) matched a career-high with 20 points, and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) poured in 15 of his 17 points in the second half, but the University of New Hampshire was edged by Boston College, 67-64, in non-conference men's basketball action at Conte Forum on Monday night.

UNH fell to 1-1 on the young season, and BC captured its season opener.

Rhoads shot 6-of-14 from the floor, including 2-of-6 from 3-point distance, and cashed in on 6-of-10 free throw attempts. He chipped in with five rebounds and an assist in 37 minutes.

Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), who played all 40 minutes, tallied 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, handed out three assists and grabbed five rebounds.

Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) led the 'Cats on the glass, pulling down a game-high 12 boards while also chipping in with six points, three blocks and two steals. Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) added 10 rebounds and four points.

The first half saw six ties and five lead changes. UNH led by as many as six points, at 20-14 and 22-16, but BC ended the half on a 14-1 run to bring a 30-23 advantage to the intermission. Bronner and Rhoads, on a combined 6-of-12 shooting, tallied 17 of the Wildcats' 23 first-half points, but the 'Cats went 0-for-7 from 3-point range.

The Eagles continued to turn up the heat in the second half, building their lead to as many as 11, as a Patrick Heckmann layup put the home team up 51-40 with 12:28 remaining in regulation.

New Hampshire battled back strong following the basket, posting 10 unanswered points to cut the deficit down to just one point. Benson scored the final two baskets of the run, finishing off the stretch with a put-back layup in the paint to set the score at 51-50 with 9:28 remaining.

BC responded with a 5-0 run, but UNH kept its foot on the gas, piecing together a 7-2 run to cut the lead down to one point once again. Abreu led the way for the 'Cats, kicking off the scoring spurt with a 3-pointer from the left wing at 7:09, while also adding a jumper and a layup to finish off the stretch.

Both squads would trade baskets over the course of the next 4:15, until John Cahill knocked down a dagger three with 55 seconds remaining to give BC the 65-61 advantage. After a pair of scoreless trips up the floor by UNH, Matt Humphrey knocked down one of two free throws, putting the home team ahead, 66-61, with 17 seconds on the clock.

The Wildcats weren't finished just yet, as Bronner fired a pass to Abreu on the right baseline and he knocked down a trifecta to put UNH within two, setting the score at 66-64 with 12 seconds remaining. However, the comeback was short lived, as New Hampshire failed to score the rest of the way and Boston College was able to hold onto the lead in the final seconds of the contest.

THE MATCHUP
New Hampshire and Loyola have met just once in the all-time series between the two programs, with the Wildcats coming out on top, 61-60, in an ESPN BracketBusters matchup at Reitz Arena on Feb. 20, 2010. Tyrone Conley knocked down a runner with 0.7 seconds remaining to propel UNH to the victory, as he finished the outing with 11 points and six boards. Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was named the America East Player of the Game, finishing with 16 points, two assists, two rebounds and a steal and was 8-for-10 at the line. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) netted a career-best 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 1-of-2 from behind the arc, and added three rebounds and a block in a career-high 30 minutes. Trailing by five, 60-55, with 2:08 to play, the Wildcats started their comeback when sophomore Russell Graham grabbed his own rebound off a missed 3-pointer and put it back to cut the deficit to three. After forcing a miss on the other end, the Wildcats made it 60-59 when Abreu was fouled and sank both at the line. The UNH defense again clamped down to force a turnover with 23 seconds left, taking the ball back. The Wildcats moved the ball around, but could not find an open shot as the Greyhounds stuck with the UNH shooters. With the clock running down, the 'Cats looked for an open man and found Conley at the top of the paint where he let go of a runner off of one foot that found the bottom of the net with seven-tenths of a second left and gave his team a 61-60 lead.

SCOUTING LOYOLA
Loyola opened its season on a strong note, notching wins in two of its first three games. Despite falling to Wake Forest, 75-63, in a road decision on Nov. 11, the Greyhounds have responded with victories over Coppin State (Nov. 14) and UMBC (Nov. 17). In their most recent outing, Erik Etherly scored a career-high 27 points and led all players with 10 rebounds, propelling the Greyhounds to a 73-63 victory over the Retrievers. Head Coach Jimmy Patsos won his 100th career game in the contest. Patsos, who took over a team that was 1-27 in 2002-2003, is in his eighth year at the helm of the Greyhounds' program. Coming into the season, Loyola received its highest preseason ranking since 2007-2008 from Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches, as the Greyhounds were tabbed to finish third. Senior forward Shane Walker and junior forward Erik Etherly earned Preseason All-MAAC Second Team honors from the league coaches.

FROM DOWNTOWN
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched three treys against Boston College (Nov. 14) moving him to sixth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 165. The senior captain passes Matt Alosa, who finished his UNH career with 163 trifectas. Abreu ranks second on the squad with four 3-pointers this season, shooting a .364 clip from deep. He posted his highest single-season 3-pointer total during the 2007-08 campaign with 32 treys, a mark that ranks 10th all-time in program history.

BOARD GAMES
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ranks first in the America East conference in rebounding, pulling in 14 boards per game this season. What's more, the captain ranks third in the nation in total rebounds (28) while ranking second in offensive boards (14). Last year he ranked second among league leaders in rebounds, compiling 8.3 per game. 

BLOCK PARTY
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied three blocks versus Boston College (Nov. 14), passing Scott Drapeau for fourth on the all-time blocks list with 57. Benson leads UNH with four blocks this season, ranking fourth in the America East. He ended last season ranking fifth in the league in shots blocked, notching 1.1 per game.

RHOAD SCHOLAR
Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) matched his career high with 20 points against Boston College (Nov. 14). HeHe He rounded out his night shooting 6-of-14 from the floor, including 2-of-6 from 3-point distance, and cashed in on 6-of-10 free throw attempts. He chipped in with five rebounds and an assist in 37 minutes. He currently leads the Wildcats with 19.0 points per game, a mark that ranks fifth among league leaders. The last time Rhoads scored 20 points in a game was against Vermont (Jan. 20, 2011), as he finished the contest 5-for-15 from the field, 4-for-7 from deep and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He capped off last season collecting America East All-Defensive Team honors after starting in all 30 games. The versatile guard was equally impressive offensively, leading the team in assists (85) and ranking second in points (273).

CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) posted 17 points against Boston College (Nov. 14) and currently ranks 11th on the program's all-time scoring list. Abreu needs just four points to move past Billy Pappas (1,228), who ranks 10th all-time in scoring. He has now scored in double-digits in five of the last seven games spanning over the course of the last three seasons.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) notched his third career double-double, tallying 17 points and 16 rebounds against Suffolk (Nov. 11). The captain earned a pair of double-doubles last season, with his most recent coming against Hartford (Feb. 27) when he registered 16 points and 15 boards. He finished the 2010-11 campaign pulling in double-digit rebounds in eight games while scoring in double-figures in three outings.

50/50 CHANCE
The Wildcats shot an impressive 53.2 percent (33-62) from the field and 50 percent (9-18) from deep against Suffolk (Nov. 11). New Hampshire was especially impressive in the first half of the contest, registering 51 points on 64.7 percent (22-34) shooting from the field and 66.7 percent (6-9) shooting from 3-point range. The last time UNH shot above 50 percent in both categories was last season against UMBC (Jan. 23) when the 'Cats earned an 80-60 victory over the Retrievers. New Hampshire finished the contest with a shooting clip of .510 from the field and .519 from beyond the arc.

CAREER NIGHT
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) both registered career highs in points versus Suffolk (Nov. 11). Benson tallied 17 points in the game, reaching the mark on 7-for-13 shooting. His previous career high (16) came last season against Hartford (Feb. 27). As for Bronner, not only did he reach a career high in points, but he also matched career bests in field goals made (5), free throws made (4), and three-point field goals made (1) in the contest.

O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.), Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.), Ryan Herrion (Dover, N.H.) and junior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) have been named captains for the upcoming 2011-12 season.

Abreu was a co-captain for the Wildcats last year, but missed the majority of the season due to injury. The year prior, he stepped up his offensive game bumping his average up to 14.4 points per game en route to becoming the 27th Wildcat in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The 2008 All-Rookie Team member was selected to the America East All-Conference Second Team and also took home Player of the Game honors for earning the most America East Player of the Game awards during the 2009-10 campaign. 

Benson is coming off a breakout junior campaign, leading the Wildcats on the glass with 8.3 boards per game, ranking second among league leaders. Additionally, he posted 5.6 points per game and ranked fifth in the conference in blocks with 32. He finished the year garnering America East All-Academic Team honors for the second straight season.

Herrion appeared in 17 games off the bench for the 'Cats in 2010-11, averaging 3.6 minutes per contest. He had his best outing of the season against Central Connecticut State (Dec. 22) when he notched career highs in minutes played (22), assists (3) and rebounds (3).

Rhoads, a 2010-11 America East All-Defensive Team honoree, took a huge step forward offensively last season, registering 9.1 points and 2.8 assists per game. He finished the year strong, scoring in double-digits in nine of the final 10 games of the season. He was also one of just two Wildcats to start in all 30 games, finishing the season ranking first on the team and eighth in the conference in assists (85).

THE POLL IS IN
New Hampshire (39 points) was picked fifth in the America East Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Wildcats were tabbed to finish behind Boston U. (62), Stony Brook (56), Vermont (51) and Albany (42). The Terriers, who have topped the poll each of the last five years, garnered six first-place votes, while Stony Brook claimed the remaining three votes. Maine (32) was tabbed sixth, while Hartford (18), UMBC (18) and Binghamton (11) round out the rest of the poll.

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Monday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 585 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 802 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
The Wildcats welcome in three newcomers this season. Garrett Jones (Chicago, Ill.) joins the Wildcats after averaging 14 points and five assists per game this year. As a senior, Jones led Evanston Township to an 18-11 record on its way to winning the CSL-South Conference Championship. Additionally, the McDonald's All-American nominee picked up All-Conference honors during his junior and senior years.

Tommy McDonnell (Durham, N.H.) comes to UNH after averaging seven points, four rebounds and two steals per game this year at Bridgton Academy. In the three years prior, McDonnell was a standout at Oyster River High School, posting 18 points and five boards per contest during his senior year. He also collected team MVP and Foster's Daily Democrat All-Dream Team honors, while playing in the New Hampshire versus Vermont all-star game during his senior campaign.

Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.) comes to UNH after spending the last two years with Centenary College. He finished his sophomore season leading the Gentlemen in blocks with 31, while also ranking second on the squad in points per game (9.0) and rebounds per game (6.2). Additionally, he also led the way in field goal percentage with a .460 shooting clip (86-187) from the floor. In the previous season he saw action in 24 contests, leading the team in field goal percentage once again with a 71 percent (37-52) mark. He also ranked second on the team with 18 swats, while averaging 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

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. Herrion has compiled 71 wins in stint as bench boss for the Wildcats.
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 athletics for the upcoming 2011-12 season with UNHwildcats.Tv. Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the "Wildcat All-Access Pass" which is an annual subscription for $99.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $9.95.

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. These three aforementioned stations – along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) – will carry all UNH football and men's hockey broadcasts, a select number of men's and 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 31st year broadcasting UNH men's basketball. Jeannotte will be joined by color analyst Mike Murphy, who enters his 12th season calling Wildcat men's hoop.

WILDCAT BASKETBALL STREAMING LIVE

UNHWildcats.com, via Stretch Internet Broadcast, will carry 14 UNH men's basketball home games, as well as one road contest 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.
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