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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team takes on Binghamton University in search of its first conference road win on Sunday, Jan. 22 (2 p.m.) at the Events Center. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Bearcats meet for just the 22nd time in their short conference rivalry, with Binghamton leading the all-time series, 15-6. The Bearcats have won 11 of the last 14 matchups, including eight of 10. Binghamton is also 8-2 at Lundholm Gymnasium, having won eight of the last nine there, as well. On the road, the Wildcats are losing the series, 6-4, but have been victorious in four of their past eight contests at the Events Center. In the most recent meeting on Feb. 5, 2011, Tyrone Conley scored a game-high 22 points and Dane DiLiegro recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats earned a 65-59 victory against the Bearcats at the Events Center. Chandler Rhoads also netted 14 points on 4 of 10 shooting to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 39 minutes. Moussa Camara, Mahamoud Jabbi and Greer Wright led the Bearcats with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively. Tied at five early on, the Wildcats went on an 11-1 run – sparked by a 3-pointer from junior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and capped with a ferocious two-handed Benson dunk off a nice feed from DiLiegro – to take a 16-6 lead with 13:33 remaining in the opening half. A pair of Conley 3-pointers on the next two UNH possessions pushed the lead to 22-10 – the largest of the game. The Wildcats still led by 12, 27-15, at the third media timeout with 7:59 remaining in the half, and were 11-for-14 (78.6%) from the floor and 5 of 6 (83.3%) from 3 at that point. Binghamton stormed back, however, ripping off a 14-3 run – with seven points from Chretien Lukusa – to slice the halftime deficit to one at 30-29. UNH, which improved to 9-4 when leading at the break, shot 54.5 percent (12-22) from the floor, including 45.5 percent (5-11) from deep. A baseline slam by DiLiegro and a layup by Rhoads pushed the UNH lead to five to kick off the second half, but six straight points from Camara gave Binghamton its only lead of the game at 35-34 with just under 13 minutes to play. The Wildcats led 39-38 when a jump hook in the lane from DiLiegro and a 3-pointer, followed by a jumper, from Conley pushed the advantage to eight at 46-38 with 8:29 left. Five straight points from Binghamton cut its deficit to three, but a pair of baskets from DiLiegro and a tip-in and a straightaway 3 from senior James Valladares gave UNH a commanding 55-45 lead with 1:43 remaining. A 9-2 run over the next minute brought the Bearcats to within three at 57-54. The margin was still three at 59-56 with 32 seconds remaining, but the Wildcats knocked down 6 of 8 at the line down the stretch to seal the win.
Binghamton University (0-18, 0-6 AE) remains winless on the season, most recently falling to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 64-58, on Thursday evening at the RAC Arena. Ben Dickinson led BU with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. Jimmy Gray wound up with 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Omar Richardson had 10 points and Javon Ralling and Robert Mansell chipped in nine points apiece. Both teams shot an identical 25-for-52 (48 percent) for the game and despite coughing the ball up 13 times in the first half, BU won the turnover battle as UMBC committed 17 turnovers (to BU's 14) for the game. Mansell leads the team with an average of 14.6 points per game and has led the team in scoring in three of the last five games. Ben Dickinson leads the team on the glass with 6.1 boards per game, leading the team in rebounds in 12 games, including four of the last five outings. In the week prior Binghamton came up short in a pair of conference games as the Bearcats lost 73-53 at Vermont before suffering a 12-point home setback to Hartford three days later.
New Hampshire shot over 40 percent from the floor and beyond the arc in back-to-back games for the first time this season after posting a shooting clip of .476 (20-42) from the field and a .409 (9-22) clip from deep against Stony Brook (Jan. 16). The Wildcats were equally impressive in the game prior against Vermont (Jan. 14), shooting 46 percent (23-50) from the floor and 45.5 percent (10-22) from 3-point land.
HE'S HEATING UP
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 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He has scored in double-digits in four straight games, including five of the last six contests and has pulled in five-plus boards in five of the last seven outings.
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 seven straight games, including nine of the last 10 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 13.5 points per game this season, shooting 39.2 percent (82-209) 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.; 1st), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 4th) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 10th) all rank in the top 10 in the America East in minutes played this season. Rhoads leads the trio with an average of 36 minutes per game while Abreu and Bronner have logged 34.8 and 32.5 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 seven games, shooting 92.3 percent (24-26) from the stripe. Since the start of conference play he ranks second in the league in free throw percentage, shooting 94.1 percent (16-17) 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 nine 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 seventh place all-time in program history in field goals made (475). He currently leads the Wildcats with 82 field goals this season, shooting 39.2 percent (82-209) 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 (3,434). This season he ranks fourth in the league in minutes played (591), averaging 34.8 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 third in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage this season with a .439 (29-66) shooting clip from beyond the arc. He has been especially impressive over the course of the last four games, shooting 50 percent (11-22) from deep.
New Hampshire ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding, pulling in 34.6 boards per game, as Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.9 (1st) and 6.1 (8th) 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 three treys against Stony Brook (Jan. 16) and currently ranks fifth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 189. The senior captain recently passed Blagoi Janev, who finished his UNH career with 172 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 28 3-pointers this season, posting a .341 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 8.9 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 Boston University (Jan. 19) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 68. Benson leads UNH with 15 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 16 points against Boston University (Jan. 19), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,418 points. He has scored in double-digits in 17 of the last 22 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 14 of 17 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and seventh in the league in scoring, posting 13.5 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 Sunday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 600 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 822 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.
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.
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
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) led a late University of New Hampshire men's basketball charge by scoring eight straight points to slice a nine-point deficit to one, but Boston University held on for a 52-50 victory over the Wildcats in America East basketball action on Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Abreu collected America East Player of the Game honors for New Hampshire, registering 16 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 36 minutes of action. He shot 6-for-15 from the floor, 3-for-8 from beyond the arc and 1-for-1 from the stripe. He has scored in double-digits in seven straight games, including nine of the last 10 contests.
Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted 15 points, three rebounds and two steals. He has scored in double-digits in four straight games, including five of the last six outings.
Darryl Partin took home player of the game honors for the Terriers, posting a game-high 20 points to go along with three boards and two steals. D.J. Irving also added 13 points, three assists and two rebounds.
After taking a 24-22 lead into halftime, the Terriers opened the second half scoring four unanswered on their way to posting an 8-3 scoring run to stake a 32-25 lead with 17:14 remaining in regulation.
Partin capped off the stretch with a pair of free throws, but Konan helped ignite the UNH offense on the next trip up the floor, dropping in a layup to set off a string of seven unanswered points that knotted the score for the fifth time, 32-32, at 15:30. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) finished off the run with a fast break layup on a feed from Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) on a stretch that lasted just over a minute.
Both teams held one another scoreless for the next minute until Partin netted three points the old-fashioned-way, helping set off a 14-4 run that gave the visitors their largest advantage of the contest, 46-36, with 9:40 on the clock. Boston University finished off the scoring spurt with six unanswered, as Irving knocked down a jumper sandwiched between a Dom Morris and Partin layup.
Abreu and Rhoads answered back as they each knocked down treys to trim the deficit to four with just over six minutes remaining in regulation. Travis Robinson struck back with a 3-pointer of his own and Irving sank a layup on the back-to-back possessions, setting the score to 51-42 at 5:19.
After a two-minute scoring lull by both teams Abreu caught fire scoring eight unanswered points, capped off with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, slicing the deficit to one, 51-50, with 1:32 to play.
Partin knocked down the first of two free throw attempts with 10 seconds remaining to give the Terriers the 52-50 edge. Bronner was able to corral the missed attempt, pushing it up the floor and the ball eventually ended up in the hands of Konan, who tried to create some space at the top of the key for a potential game winning shot but his 3-point attempt rimmed out and time expired.
Boston University kicked off the contest with a string of eight unanswered points in the first three minutes of play until an Abreu trey halted the run and the 'Cats battled back to even the score at 8-8 at 12:22.