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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team continues its three-game road stretch, battling Brown University on Wednesday, Dec. 7 (7:30 p.m.) at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Links to live stats, as well as audio and video, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted a season-high 13 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, earning his first career double-double, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to the College of the Holy Cross, 62-57, on Saturday evening at Hart Recreation Center.
The loss drops UNH to 2-3 on the young season while Holy Cross snaps a two-game skid, improving to 3-5.
Konan, who was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, finished the contest 4-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-5 from deep and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe in the contest.
Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) also scored in double-digits for the 'Cats, registering 11 and 10 points, respectively. Matagrano tied career highs in both points and rebounds (7) while also adding a block and a steal. Rhoads chipped in with four boards and three helpers.
Devin Brown led three Crusaders that scored in double-figures, notching 15 points and three rebounds. R.J. Evans and Justin Burrell rounded out the double-digit scorers for the home team with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
The first 9:35 of the action featured four ties and seven lead changes until the Crusaders took control inside the five-minute mark with a 7-2 run to close out the half with a 27-23 advantage. Brown fueled the offensive spark for the home team, scoring five of his eight first half points on the run, netting a layup that set off the stretch while also registering a trifecta.
Holy Cross picked up right where it left off at the start of the second frame, putting together an 8-4 run to kick off the action. Evans iced the run, netting layups on back-to-back possessions, helping the Crusaders build their lead to its highest margin to that point with a 35-27 edge at 17:01.
New Hampshire battled back with a 12-3 scoring stretch, as Matagrano put the Wildcats on his back with eight points on the run to take back the lead, 39-38, with 11:41 remaining in regulation. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Rhoads opened the stretch with a layup and a pair of free throws, respectively. However, it was Matagrano that stole the show, scoring on four-straight possessions, capping off his offensive showcase with a 15-foot jumper from the right wing that reclaimed the lead for UNH.
Evans took back the lead for the Crusaders on a layup about minute later and the Crusaders were off and running from that point, piecing together a 10-2 scoring run. Brown capped off the offensive outbreak, sinking a 3-pointer at 5:42 to push the home team ahead, 47-42.
UNH halted a string of four unanswered points by the Crusaders on the ensuing possession when Rhoads dished a pass to Konan under the basket for a layup that set off an 8-4 scoring stretch for the Wildcats.
Despite the brief offensive outburst, the 'Cats were unable to take back the lead the rest of the way and the Crusaders notched nine unanswered points en route to posting their highest lead of the contest, 60-50, with 38 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats and Brown Bears meet for the 43rd time in the history of the two programs, with UNH holding a slight 22-20 edge in the all-time series. The 'Cats have come away with wins in each of the last two outings, but the Brown Bears had claimed victories in the four decisions prior. Overall, however, the Wildcats have won seven of the past 11 versus Brown, including four of the last five at home. UNH secured a 70-66 victory over Brown in the most recent meeting between the two programs on Nov. 27, 2010. Senior Dane DiLiegro recorded his 10th career double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and netted the go-ahead basket with 2.8 seconds on the clock as the Wildcats pulled out the victory at Lundholm Gymnasium. DiLiegro, the America East Player of the Game, was very efficient en route to game highs in both points and rebounds, as he was 8-for-10 from the field and 7-of-8 at the foul line in 34 minutes. Classmate Tyrone Conley poured in 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 8-of-9 at the stripe. The co-captain also tallied three assists, two blocks and a career-high five steals in 39 minutes. Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) extended his double-digit scoring streak to six games with 12 points in a career-high 36 minutes. Peter Sullivan led Brown with 20 points, eight boards, two assists and four steals. With his team trailing 62-61 with 1:17 to play, DiLiegro backed his defender down, spun baseline and put up a shot from under the backboard that hit high off the glass and bounced in to give the Wildcats a one-point lead. UNH led 66-64 with 8.1 seconds to play when a pair of Tucker Halpern free throws knotted the game. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) received the inbounds pass and immediately pushed the ball up the left side of the floor, going coast-to-coast before dropping a pass to DiLiegro, who was all alone on the right block. DiLiegro easily layed the ball in off the glass to give his team a 68-66 lead with 2.9 ticks on the clock. The ensuing inbounds pass was intercepted at half court by Conley, who was fouled and sunk both free throws with one second remaining to seal the win.
Brown dropped its second game in a row, falling to Providence College, 80-49, on Dec. 5 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Junior forward Andrew McCarthy tallied 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds while junior captain Matt Sullivan also scored in double figures, chipping in with 10 points. In the outing prior the Brown Bears fell to Iowa, 75-54, in a road decision on Dec. 3. Iowa controlled the backboards, outrebounding the Bears by a 56-37 margin. Bears' junior forward Andrew McCarthy was the top big man on the floor, scoring 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second half while grabbing seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Sean McGonagill was solid overall with nine points, eight rebounds and a game-high six assists for the Bears. Both teams struggled from behind the three-point arc, with Brown connecting on just 4 of 22 treys (18 percent), and Iowa 2 of 10 treys (20 percent). McGonagill, the 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, is leading the Bears in scoring (13.2 ppg.) and assists (54). McGonagill, a four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, and Brown's top Ivy League scorer, averaged 14.6 points per game, fourth best in the Ivy League last season. He ranked third in the league in assists with 5.7 per game and seventh in the Ivies overall in free throw percentage (.819). The fourth Brown player to earn Ivy Rookie of the Year honors, McGonagill set a Brown freshman record with 147 assists, third best in the Brown record book.
KONAN THE BARBARIAN
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted a season-high 13 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, earning his first career double-double versus Holy Cross (Dec. 3). Konan, who was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, finished the contest 4-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-5 from deep and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe in the contest. It was the second time this season Konan has reached double-digits in both points and rebounds.
Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 13), Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.; 11) and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 10) all scored in double-digits against Holy Cross (Dec. 3). Rhoads has scored in double-figures in four of the first five games this season, leading the team in points in two of those contests. Matagrano scored in double-digits for just the second time in his career, finishing the contest with a career-high seven rebounds. Additionally, Konan posted a season-high 13 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, earning his first career double-double.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) registered a season-best 21 points versus Dartmouth (Nov. 30), leading the Wildcats to a 53-50 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium. It was the highest single-game scoring total posted by any Wildcat this season, as he was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, finishing the contest 7-for-13 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. He also pulled in three boards, dished out two assists and collected a steal. The last time Abreu scored 20-plus points came against Lesley University (Nov. 13, 2010) when he poured in exactly 20 points in the season-opener at Lundholm Gymnasium.
SHUT IT DOWN
New Hampshire has emerged as one of the top defensive teams in the America East to start the season, ranking first in the league in scoring defense (61.8 ppg) and third in defensive field goal percentage (.421; 110-261). The 'Cats had their most impressive defensive effort against Dartmouth, holding the Big Green to opponent season lows in scoring, field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage, limiting the Big Green offense to just 50 points on just 35.3 percent (18-51) shooting from the floor and 22.2 percent (4-18) shooting from deep.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN
UNH claimed its fourth straight victory versus the Big Green earning a 53-50 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 30. Despite Dartmouth's 31-29 advantage in the all-time series, New Hampshire has been victorious in six of the last seven and 10 of the last 13 meetings in the annual rivalry matchup of the Granite State's two Division I basketball programs. The last time Dartmouth defeated New Hampshire was on Jan. 15, 2008 in a 65-60 overtime decision at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH recently announced that two student-athletes have committed to attend UNH and play for the Wildcat basketball program next fall. Frank Okeke, a 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound forward from DeSoto, Texas, joins the Wildcats after posting 9.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a junior at DeSoto High School. His production in the frontcourt was key to DeSoto's success in 2010-11, as the Eagles were ranked No. 19 in the county while posting a 34-4 record. Additionally, DeSoto was tabbed 5A Regional II District Champions and McDonald's Invitational Gold Division Champions last season. Okeke, who also played for the highly touted Deron Williams Elite AAU program, was also part of the DeSoto squad that was named a Texas 5A Regional Finalist in 2011. Chris Orozco, a 6-foot-3-inch, 175-pound combo guard from Tenafly, N.J., joins the UNH basketball program after spending the last three years with Tenafly High School. The two-time All-Bergen selection is closing in on becoming just the 11th Bergen boy to reach the 2000-career-point mark after leading the Tigers to 58 wins over the course of the last three seasons. Last year he was tabbed a Second-Team All-Group 3 and First-Team All-Bergen County for The Star-Ledger honoree, registering 21.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He capped off his junior campaign leading the Tigers to a 20-4 record while winning the Big North Patriot Division title.
FOUR OF A KIND
Four Wildcats have scored in double-figures in two of the first three games this season, most recently when Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 14), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 12), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 11) and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 10) achieved the milestone against Loyola (Nov. 20). New Hampshire also reached the mark against Suffolk (Nov. 11), as Rhoads (20), Abreu (19), Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 17) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 15) all turned in double-figure scoring efforts. Prior to the outing versus Suffolk, the last time four Wildcats scored in double-digits in the same contest came in a 62-59 overtime victory against Albany (Feb. 2) at Lundholm Gymnasium. It was in that contest that Rhoads (15), Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.; 14), Dane DiLiegro (12) and Tyrone Conley (10) all registered double-digit points.
Senior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) and sophomore Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) rank fifth and sixth in the America East in steals with eight and seven, respectively. Abreu posted a season-best four steals against Suffolk (Nov. 11) while also picking up a pair of steals versus Boston College (Nov. 14). As for Bronner, who has tallied at least one steal in every game this season, he compiled a season-best three steals versus Suffolk (Nov. 11).
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched a pair of treys against Dartmouth (Nov. 30) and currently ranks sixth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 168. The senior captain recently passed Matt Alosa, who finished his UNH career with 163 trifectas. Abreu ranks first on the squad with seven 3-pointers this season, posting a .292 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.
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ranks first in the America East conference in rebounding, pulling in 10.4 boards per game this season. Last year he ranked second among league leaders in rebounds, compiling 8.3 per game. He has turned in two double-digit rebounding efforts this season, posting a season-best 16 boards against Suffolk (Nov. 11).
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied a block versus Holy Cross (Dec. 3) and is currently tied for second on the program's all-time blocks list with 60. Benson leads UNH with seven blocks (1.4 bpg) 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.
Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) matched his career high with 20 points against Boston College (Nov. 14). 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 ranks second on the squad with 14.8 points per game, a mark that ranks ninth 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 four points against Holy Cross (Dec. 3), passing Dan Nolan (1,258) to rank eighth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,260 points. He has scored in double-digits in seven of the last 10 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including four of five contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and seventh in the league in scoring, posting 14.4 points per game.
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.
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.
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.
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 Wednesday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 588 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 811 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, 2010 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 72 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 http://collegechalktalk.com/coachesDiary/new_hampshire/2011-12/index.
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.