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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team looks to earn its second straight victory when it battles the University of Maine on Wednesday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. 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.
The Wildcats and Black Bears meet for the 177th time in their rivalry – UNH's longest with any school – with Maine leading the all-time series, 113-63. The Black Bears have won 14 of the past 18 meetings, and swept the regular-season series each of the last two years after the squads had split the season series in the three years prior. Maine has won six of seven at Lundholm Gymnasium, as well as three of the last five at Alfond Arena. In the most recent meeting on Feb. 22, 2011, Dane DiLiegro recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyrone Conley scored a team-high 16 points, but the Wildcats dropped a 70-53 decision to the Black Bears at Lundholm Gymnasium. DiLiegro, UNH's America East Player of the Game, hit four of his five field goal attempts and shot 6 of 8 from the free throw line. Conley went 5 of 15 from the floor, including 2 of 8 from 3-point distance, and added four rebounds. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was also in double figures with 11 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Gerald McLemore, who scored a career-high 30 at Lundholm Gym last season, poured in a game-high 26 points, shooting a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line and 7 of 16 from the floor to earn America East Player of the Game honors for the Black Bears. UNH and Maine were tied twice in the first half, but the Wildcats were never able to claim the lead before the intermission. The Black Bears shot at a 51.9-percent clip, hitting 14 of 27 first-half shots, with 11 of their field goals coming from inside the paint. McLemore had 12 points at the half on 5 of 10 shooting from the floor and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. The Wildcats climbed to within eight at 39-31 just two minutes into the second half, but a 15-5 run from Maine ran its lead up to 18 at 54-36 midway through the half. The Black Bears grabbed their largest lead of the game at 60-39 with 7:05 to go on a layup by Alasdair Fraser. UNH cut it to 15 three minutes later, but would not get closer than that. Maine outshot UNH, 49 percent (25-51) to 35.3 percent (18-51), despite going 0-for-8 from behind the arc. The Black Bears made up for it by holding a commanding 42-24 margin in the paint and outrebounding the Wildcats, 36-30.
Maine (8-10, 2-5 AE) went 0-3 in its most recent week of action, falling to Vermont (Jan. 16), Hartford (Jan. 19) and Stony Brook (Jan. 21). Justin Edwards had 19 points and seven assists to lead Maine against Vermont. Mike Allison added 10 points and four blocks while Raheem Singleton chipped in 13 points, three rebounds and three assists. Versus Hartford, Alasdair Fraser had 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Freshman Xavier Pollard came off the bench to score eight points. Pollard had a great game against Stony Brook, notching career-highs with 14 points and nine rebounds. Edwards added 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, his fifth game of the season with at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. Singleton added 13 points and four steals. Gerald McLemore notched his 1,500th career point in the contest. Allison now has at least two blocks in eight out of the 11 games he's played in this season and his 65 career blocks put him ninth on the all-time list at Maine. Edwards now has nine games with at least four assists, 13 games with at least five rebounds and 15 games with at least 10 points on the season.
Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) registered season highs in minutes (33), points (18), rebounds (8), field goals (6), free throws (5) and blocks (1) against Binghamton (Jan. 22). His rebounding total also tied a career high, as he snared a team-best six offensive boards in the contest. His impressive scoring total was just three points shy of his career high, as he has now scored in double-figures six times this season.
Sophomore guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) notched a career-high seven assists against Binghamton (Jan. 22), marking the sixth time this season he registered five or more assists in a game. Bronner sets the mark after reaching his previous career high of six helpers twice, most recently against Brown (Dec. 7). He ranks 10th in the conference in assists, notching a team-best 54 (3.0 apg).
MAKE IT FOUR
New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in each of the last four outings; most recently posting a shooting clip of .431 (22-51) against Binghamton (Jan. 22). The 'Cats have shot over 40 percent in four straight games, representing their longest streak of the season. UNH had its best outing versus Stony Brook when the 'Cats shot 47.6 percent (20-42) from the floor, including a .409 clip from beyond the arc.
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.
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 eight straight games, including 10 of the last 11 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 13.4 points per game this season, shooting 40.1 percent (87-217) 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) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 6th) both rank in the top 10 in the America East in minutes played this season. Rhoads leads the duo with an average of 36.6 minutes per game while Abreu has logged 33.9 minutes per contest.
Sophomore Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) has been one of the most efficient shooters from the free throw line since the start of conference play, shooting 82.6 percent (19-23) from the stripe, ranking seventh in the league. The point guard ranks first on the squad with a .694 shooting clip (34-49) from the charity stripe this season. He opened America East play knocking down his first 13 shots from the line, lacing a season-best 8-for-8 against UMBC (Jan. 2) while sinking 5-of-5 versus Hartford (Jan. 5).
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 sixth place all-time in program history in field goals made (480). He currently leads the Wildcats with 87 field goals this season, shooting 40.1 percent (87-217) 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 seventh place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,466). This season he ranks sixth in the league in minutes played (623), 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 .426 (29-68) shooting clip from beyond the arc. He has been especially impressive over the course of the last five games, shooting 50 percent (8-16) from deep.
New Hampshire ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding, pulling in 34.4 boards per game, as Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.8 (1st) and 5.8 (10th) 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.
Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 19), Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 18) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 12) all tallied double-digits against Binghamton (Jan. 22). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Vermont (Jan. 24) when Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla; 19), Abreu (12) and Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.; 10) 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. Prior to that, 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 Binghamton (Jan. 22) and currently ranks fifth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 191. The senior captain recently passed Blagoi Janev, who finished his UNH career with 172 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 30 3-pointers this season, posting a .349 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 8.8 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 (0.8 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 Binghamton University (Jan. 22), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,430 points. He has scored in double-digits in 18 of the last 23 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 15 of 18 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and eighth in the league in scoring, posting 13.4 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.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Wednesday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 601 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 823 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 77 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
Juniors Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) poured in 19 and 18 points, respectively, propelling the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 64-49 victory over Binghamton University on Sunday afternoon at the Events Center.
Neither team held higher than a four-point advantage the rest of the frame, as the two squads battled back-and-forth, knotting up the score three more times until the break.
Both teams held one another scoreless for two minutes following an Irving layup at 3:51 until Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) dropped in a layup of his own to even up the score for the last time in the frame, 22-22, at 2:16. After a change of possession, Jeff Pelage would give the Terriers the edge heading into the second stanza when banked in a layup to put BU ahead, 24-22, with 1:48 remaining.
Rhoads collected America East Player of the Game honors for UNH, adding four boards and one assist to his line. He finished the afternoon shooting 6-for-9 from the floor, 3-for-6 from deep and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Robert Mansell was named player of the game for Binghamton, registering 19 points and seven rebounds.
Myrick's point total was a season high and just three points shy of his career best mark. He also tallied eight rebounds and two helpers. Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was the only other Wildcat to score in double-figures with 12 points to go along with three assists, two boards and two steals.
Both teams battled back-and-forth for the first 15 minutes of the action, knotting the score six times before Abreu and Myrick knocked down 3-pointers to set off a 12-2 run to close out the stanza.
Bronner would knock down 1-of-2 free throws and Myrick added three points the old-fashioned-way on back-to-back possessions, giving the Wildcats their first double-digit lead of the contest, 31-21, with 40 seconds remaining in the first half. Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) polished off the stretch when Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) set him up with a layup on the block to give the 'Cats a 33-23 lead at the break.
After Myrick extended the advantage to 11 on a layup with 12:33 remaining in regulation, Mansell sank a jumper and knocked down two sets of free throws to trim the score to 45-40 with 10:09 on the clock. It was the closest Binghamton had come to taking back the lead in nearly 15 minutes, but UNH held on and stepped up defensively, limiting the Bearcats to just one field goal over the next five minutes.
The Wildcats were just as impressive on the offensive side of the ball, as Abreu halted Mansell's six-point outburst, draining a 3-pointer to ignite a 16-5 run that pushed their advantage to its highest margin of the contest, 61-45, with 4:56 remaining in regulation.
Rhoads kept the scoring spurt going when he scored seven unanswered points to push the Wildcat lead to 13 with 8:43 remaining in regulation. He set off the stretch by burying a 3-pointer from the baseline with contact for the hoop and the harm, finishing off the play by knocking down the free throw that followed to set the score at 52-42. On the ensuing possession Rhoads was at it again, as Abreu hit him with a pass and he took it hard to the rack to net three points the old-fashioned-way to give New Hampshire the 55-42 advantage.
UNH's 7-0 run was interrupted when Jimmy Gray drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but the hiccup was quickly forgotten, as the Wildcats polished off the stretch with six unanswered points.
Binghamton would net just two field goals the rest of the way and Myrick knocked down 3-of-4 shots from the charity stripe down the stretch to put the Bearcats away for good.