DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team looks to earn its second straight victory when it takes on Stony Brook University on Monday, Jan. 16 (5 p.m.) at Pritchard Gymnasium. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Seawolves meet for the 23rd time in their relatively young conference rivalry, with UNH leading the all-time series, 14-8. The Wildcats have won 10 of the last 14 meetings, including six of the last nine against the Seawolves. UNH has swept the season series three times in six seasons. The Wildcats have been victorious in three of the last six games on the road against the Seawolves, and has won eight of the last 10 at Lundholm Gymnasium. In the most recent meeting on Feb. 9, 2011 Tyrone Conley led all scorers with 17 points, but the Wildcats fell to the Seawolves 63-56 at Lundholm Gymnasium. Conley shot 7 of 17 from the field, including 3 of 9 from beyond the arc, and handed out three assists. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) tallied 14 points, four rebounds and one assist, while Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), UNH's America East Player of the Game, netted a career-high 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting to go along with a pair of assists. Bryan Dougher earned America East Player of the Game honors for Stony Brook with 16 points, five rebounds and two assists. Leonard Hayes chipped in with 11 points and five boards. The Seawolves, who shot 51.9 percent (14-27) in the first half, including 50 percent (6-12) from 3-point land, jumped out to a 10-5 lead before layups by Rhoads and Conley sliced it to one. A Hayes 3-pointer and a basket by Al Rapier quickly pushed the lead back to six at 15-9 with 12:57 remaining. Stony Brook still led by six, 29-23, with two minutes to play in the opening half when 3-pointers by Anthony Jackson and Danny Carter opened the gap to 35-23 at the break. A Conley basket, followed by a 3-pointer from Dane DiLiegro – the first of his career – sliced the deficit to seven for the Wildcats to open the second half. The deficit remained seven at 42-35 midway through the period when 3s from Dougher, Jackson and Dave Coley gave Stony Brook its largest lead of the night at 51-35 with 8:37 to play. A 10-0 UNH run, with five points from Bronner, sliced the deficit to six at 51-45 with just over six minutes remaining. The Wildcats clawed to within five, 61-56, on a Conley layup with 31 ticks on the clock, but that was as close as they would come.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK
Stony Brook (9-7, 4-1 AE) enters Monday's matchup winning six of its last seven games, collecting conference victories over Vermont (Jan. 2), Binghamton (Jan. 5), Albany (Jan. 8) and UMBC (Jan. 11) during the stretch. The Seawolves had their six-game winning streak halted when it suffered a 61-55 loss to Boston University (Jan. 14) at Case Gymnasium. Dave Coley scored a career-high 21 points and Stony Brook fought back from a 14-point, first-half deficit, but couldn't overcome Boston University. Coley finished 8-for-16 from the field and 2-for-4 from three-point range. Bryan Dougher added 14 points and Al Rapier chipped in 10. Stony Brook has emerged as one of the top defensive teams in the conference ranking first in points allowed (61.8 ppg) and defensive field goal percentage (.419; 327-781). The Seawolves are also one of the top rebounding teams in the league, pulling in 38.2 boards per game while outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 7.0 boards per game. Tommy Brenton (3rd) and Dallis Joyner (6th) both rank inside the top 10 in the America East in rebounding, snaring 8.2 and 6.5 boards per game, respectively. Stony Brook has also been quite efficient on the offensive side of the ball outscoring its opponents by a margin of 7.3 points per game while notching 69.1 points per game, totals that rank first and third in the conference, respectively.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) has been one of most productive Wildcats in the lineup over the course of the last four games, averaging 14 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Most recently he notched a game-high 19 points and snared eight rebounds, propelling the Wildcats to a 72-64 victory over Vermont (Jan. 14) at Lundholm Gymnasium. He has scored in double-digits in three of the last four games and has pulled in five-plus boards in five straight contests.
MAKING IT COUNT
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) knocked down 10 of 12 shots from the free throw line, finishing with 12 points to help propel the Wildcats to a 72-64 victory over Vermont (Jan. 14). Abreu's 10 made free throws marked the highest single-game total posted by any Wildcat this season and also tied a career high for the senior captain. The last time he reached this impressive mark came against Colgate on Dec. 30, 2009.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) has scored in double-digits in five straight games, including seven of the last eight contests. He has notched double-figures in all but three games this season and has never gone back-to-back outings scoring in single digits. Abreu leads the Wildcats with an average of 12.9 points per game this season, shooting 38.1 percent (69-181) from the floor, as he is on pace to finish with his best single-season field goal percentage of his career.
PUTTING IN THEIR TIME
Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 2nd), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 4th) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 7th) all rank in the top 10 in the America East in minutes played this season. Rhoads leads the trio with an average of 35.8 minutes per game while Abreu and Bronner have logged 34.6 and 33.2 minutes per contest, respectively.
Sophomore Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) has been one of the most efficient shooters from the free throw line over the last five games, shooting 92.3 percent (24-26) from the stripe. He shot a perfect 8-for-8 against UMBC (Jan. 2) and in the outing prior he sank 8-of-9 shots from the line on his way to a career-high 24 points against Colgate (Dec. 31). The point guard ranks first on the squad with a .721 shooting clip (31-43) from the charity stripe this season.
MAKING IT RAIN
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a career-high 20 points against UMBC (Jan. 2), as he was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, finishing the contest with five boards, one assist and one block. He shot 7-of-11 from the field, 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Konan has scored in double figures five times this season.
For the first time this season five Wildcats scored in double-figures, as Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) led the way with a career-high 20 points against UMBC (Jan. 2). The forward shot 7-of-11 from the field, 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the contest. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 15), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 12), Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 10) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 10) rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers.
Sophomore Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) propelled the Wildcats to a 71-64 victory over Colgate (Dec. 31), setting career highs in points (24), free throws made (8), field goals (7) and 3-point field goals (2). The point guard was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, finishing the afternoon with three boards and a pair of steals. He shot a solid 7-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from deep while knocking down 8-of-9 shots from the stripe.
TAKING THE HIGH RHOAD
Junior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored 12 of his team-leading 16 points in the second half of play against Sacred Heart (Dec. 29), achieving the mark on the back of 9-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe, matching a career high in free throws made. The last time he knocked down nine shots at the line came last season against Albany (Feb. 2) when he led UNH to a 62-59 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium after posting 15 points against the Great Danes.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently moved into eighth place all-time in program history in field goals made (462). He currently leads the Wildcats with 69 field goals this season, shooting 38.1 percent (69-181) from the floor. Abreu notched a career-high 141 field goals during the 2009-10 campaign, finishing the season with a .358 shooting clip (141-394).
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently moved into eighth place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,362). This season he ranks third in the league in minutes played (519), averaging 34.6 minutes per game. He logged his most time on the hardwood during the 2009-10 campaign, registering 1000 minutes while averaging 33.3 minutes per contest.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) ranks second in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage this season with a .434 (23-53) shooting clip from beyond the arc. He has been especially impressive over the course of the last four games, shooting 57.1 percent (8-14) from deep.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES
Senior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ranks fifth in the America East in field goal percentage with a shooting clip of .505 (47-93). Last season the center shot 39.4 percent (63-160) from the field, including a .404 mark in conference play.
New Hampshire ranks third in the conference in rebounding, pulling in 35.9 boards per game, as Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 9.2 (1st) and 6.5 (6th) boards per game, respectively.
FOUR OF A KIND
Four Wildcats have scored in double-figures in three games this season, most recently when Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 18), Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 16), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 11) and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 10) achieved the milestone against Brown (Nov. 7). Prior to that outing the last time UNH reached the mark was against Loyola (Nov. 20), as Rhoads (14), Konan (12), Abreu (11) and Myrick (10) finished in double-digits.
KONAN THE BARBARIAN
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted 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.
Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla; 19), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 12) and Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.; 10) all tallied double-digits against Vermont (Jan. 14). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Albany (Jan. 11) when Konan (13), Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 12) and Abreu (11) scored in double-figures.
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.
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.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched two treys against Albany (Jan. 11) and currently ranks fifth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 182. The senior captain recently passed Blagoi Janev, who finished his UNH career with 172 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 21 3-pointers this season, posting a .328 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 9.2 boards per game this season. Last year he ranked second among league leaders in rebounds, compiling 8.3 per game. He has turned in four double-digit rebounding efforts this season, posting a season-best 16 boards against Suffolk (Nov. 11).
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied one block versus Vermont (Jan. 14) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 67. Benson leads UNH with 14 blocks (0.9 bpg) this season, ranking fifth 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. 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 12 points against Vermont (Jan. 14), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,382 points. He has scored in double-digits in 15 of the last 20 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 12 of 15 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and 11th in the league in scoring, posting 12.9 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.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Monday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 598 consecutive games, a streak that spans 21 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 821 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
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.
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.
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 76 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.
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) notched a game-high 19 points and snared eight rebounds, propelling the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 72-64 victory over the University of Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Konan was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for UNH, finishing 7-for-9 from the floor, 3-for-4 from deep and 2-for-5 from the charity stripe in 21 minutes of action.
Brendan Bald claimed player of the game honors for Vermont, notching 12 points, two steals and one rebound.
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) chipped in with 12 points, four boards and one helper. Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) added 10 points off the bench, shooting 4 of 8 from the field and 2 of 5 from beyond the arc.
After trading baskets in the early going, New Hampshire picked up the offensive pace midway through the first stanza when Morris ignited a 17-7 run with a midrange jumper, giving the home team its largest lead of the first half, 25-15, at 8:52.
The Catamounts clawed their way back into the action scoring six unanswered, sparking a 9-1 run that cut the deficit down to two, 26-24, with 5:23 remaining in the first half. The two squads would go back-and-forth for the next three minutes until Morris provided the offensive spark once again with a trey, as the 'Cats outscored the Catamounts 5-1 the rest of the way, taking a 37-32 edge into the locker room.
The Wildcats opened up the second half firing on all cylinders, draining three unanswered 3-pointers, giving them their largest lead of the contest, 46-32, at 18:07. The trio of treys kicked off what became a 15-6 run that lasted nearly seven minutes and gave UNH a 52-38 edge with 13:19 on the clock.
Clancy Rugg answered the call for the visitors, notching three points the old-fashioned-way, sparking a string of eight unanswered points, as the Catamounts outscored the Wildcats 19-5 over the course of the next 8:39 to knot the score at 57-57.
A pair of Abreu free throws at 3:51 helped stop the bleeding, as the 'Cats took back the lead and wouldn't relinquish it from that point. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) gave UNH some breathing room when he drained a clutch 3-pointer from the top of the key at 1:44, setting off a 10-4 scoring spurt to close out the action to preserve the victory.
New Hampshire outshot Vermont 46 percent (23-50) to 36.2 percent (21-58) from the floor and 45.5 percent (10-22) to 12.5 percent (1-8) from deep. The Catamounts held the edge from the charity stripe, 78.6 percent (22-28) to 69.6 percent (16-23).