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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team kicks off a three-game homestand against the University of Hartford on Wednesday, Feb. 1 (7 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Network. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Hawks meet for the 57th time ever in the history of the two programs, with Hartford leading the all-time series, 36-20. The Wildcats have won nine of 10 and six of seven against the Hawks at Lundholm Gymnasium, while the Hawks have won 10 of 11 against the 'Cats at Chase Arena. Hartford won in Durham in 2010 for the first time since an 85-58 win Jan. 28, 2004, and UNH won at Hartford in 2009 for the first time since an 80-78 triumph Jan. 12, 2002. The 'Cats and Hawks had split the regular-season series four straight times until UNH swept it in 2009 and Hartford swept it in 2010. In the most recent meeting on Jan. 5, Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) registered eight points and 14 rebounds, but the Wildcats dropped a 56-49 decision to the Hawks at Chase Arena. Benson was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, finishing the evening 3-for-6 from the floor, 2-for-5 from the line while also tallying a block in 35 minutes of action. Andres Torres picked up player of the game honors for the Hawks, notching a game-high 27 points while collecting six rebounds and two steals. He shot 6-of-14 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free throw line. Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the Wildcats with 12 points, two boards and one assist. Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was the only other 'Cat to score in double-digits, registering 10 points, seven boards and three helpers. Hartford opened the contest with six unanswered points, holding the Wildcats off the scoreboard for the first 5:16 of play. Myrick broke the scoreless spell with a trey; setting off a 10-0 run that gave the Wildcats their first lead, 10-6, at 10:20. The Hawks threatened to take back the lead when Wes Cole and Torres both drained jumpers about a minute apart, knotting the score at 10-10 with 8:27 on the clock. Myrick once again answered the call, halting the brief scoring spurt with a layup, as the 'Cats were able to fend off the Hawks the rest of the frame to head into the break with a 20-18 edge. UNH picked up the offensive pace about five minutes into the second half when Myrick and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) both knocked down a pair of free throws to push the score to 30-24 with 12:36 remaining in regulation. Nate Sikma interrupted the run when he dropped in a layup, but after a quick change of possession, Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) was there to answer back with a 15-footer from the baseline to push the lead back up to six. On the next trip up the floor Torres tracked down his own miss on a layup and drilled a 3-pointer from the baseline to trim the score to 32-29 at 10:38. Abreu responded with a trey of his own on the next possession, as UNH posted an 8-1 scoring run, giving the Wildcats their largest lead of the contest, 40-32, with 8:50 remaining. Hartford came back with eight unanswered, as Mark Nwakamma fueled the spurt with a pair of jumpers, helping the home team knot the score at 40-40 at 5:35. After Torres put the Hawks ahead on a pair of free throws, the Wildcats were able to take back the lead when Abreu sank a 3-pointer and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) dropped in a layup, 47-44, at 2:05. That would be the last time UNH held the advantage the rest of the way, as Hartford finished out the game on a 12-2 run, with Torres fueling the stretch with seven points.
Hartford (4-17, 4-5 AE) dropped both of its games last week, first falling at Stony Brook on Wednesday before suffering a tough home loss to Albany on Saturday. Andres Torres paced the Hawks in the losses, averaging 12.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. Hartford struggled to get things going at Stony Brook as it set a season-low for points in the 60-37 setback. Genesis Maciel led the team with 10 points. The Hawks never led in that contest and only trailed the Seawolves by six points at halftime. The Seawolves held the Hawks well below their season average of made three-pointers (7.1) with just three. Torres netted 18, including three treys, while Nwakamma contributed 12 points against Albany. The Hawks were able to storm back from a nine-point deficit in the second half but could not hold on to its four-point lead with five minutes remaining. Hartford went cold down the stretch, missing its last eight shots and allowing Albany to put together a 16-0 run to close out the game.
TOWSON IT IS
New Hampshire recently learned that it will play Towson University in a non-televised Sears BracketBusters game. The game, which will be the 12th meeting between the Wildcats and Tigers, is set for Saturday, Feb. 18 (3 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. This will be UNH's third appearance in the event, which is in its ninth season. The Wildcats last played in a BracketBuster game against Marist last season and fell to the Red Foxes 58-49 at the McCann Center. Towson holds a 7-4 mark all-time against UNH, winning each of the last three meetings, most recently claiming an 84-70 victory on its home floor on Dec. 9, 2000. The last time the Wildcats took down the Tigers was in a 64-56 decision at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 10, 1998. The Tigers, who play in the Colonial Athletic Association, are currently 1-22 this season, including a 1-10 mark in league play. Most recently the Tigers snapped their NCAA record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 victory over UNC Wilmington on Saturday afternoon at the Towson Center. The victory was the first career win at Towson for Coach Pat Skerry and the program's first victory since defeating LaSalle on Dec. 29, 2010.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) finished with 12 points against Vermont (Jan. 29), shooting a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, tying a team-best single-game total this season. Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was the last Wildcat to sink double-digit free throws in a game when he knocked down 10-of-12 attempts from the line against Vermont on Jan. 14.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) has emerged as one of the top offensive options for the Wildcats in conference play, leading the team with an average of 12.7 points per game. He is shooting 48.1 percent (37-77) from the floor and 48.6 percent (18-37) from deep in league play, scoring in double-digits in all but two contests during the stretch.
Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) led the Wildcats in scoring for the third straight game against Vermont (Jan. 29), posting 16 points on his way to earning America East Player of the Game honors. In the two prior outings he registered 17 (Maine; Jan. 25) and 19 points (Binghamton; Jan. 22), respectively. Rhoads has led the team in scoring six times and has reached double-digits in 12 contests this season.
FROM LONG RANGE
New Hampshire knocked down a season-best 12 treys against Maine (Jan. 25), posting a .429 shooting clip (12-28) from long range in the contest. The Wildcats posted their previous season high of 10 trifectas twice this season against Vermont (Jan. 14) and Boston University (Jan. 19). UNH ranks second in the league in 3-point field goals made since the start of conference play, sinking 71 field goals from the beyond the arc.
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 60 (3.0 apg).
New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in five of the last six outings; most recently posting a shooting clip of .435 (20-46) against Vermont (Jan. 29). Over the six-game span the 'Cats 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 10 of the last 13 contests. He has notched double-figures in all but five games this season and leads the Wildcats with an average of 13 points per game this season, shooting 38.5 percent (92-239) 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) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 3rd) both rank in the top 10 in the America East in minutes played this season. Rhoads leads the duo with an average of 36.2 minutes per game while Abreu has logged 34.7 minutes per contest.
Senior Alvin Abreu and sophomore Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) have been the most efficient shooters from the free throw line since the start of conference play, ranking seventh (.828; 24-29) and eighth (.826; 19-23) in the league, respectively. Bronner 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). As for Abreu, he has knocked down his last six shots from the stripe, hitting 16-of-18 shots from the line in the last six games.
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 11 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 fourth place all-time in program history in field goals made (485). He currently leads the Wildcats with 92 field goals this season, shooting 38.5 percent (92-239) 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 sixth place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,537). This season he ranks third in the league in minutes played (694), averaging 34.7 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. Additionally, he ranks 10th all-time in games played, appearing in 109 contests in his UNH career.
Senior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) rank first (.563; 9-16) and third (.446 (33-74) in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage since the start of conference play, respectively. All games included, Konan ranks second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage, posting a .434 shooting clip (33-76) from downtown.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.9 (1st) and 5.8 (10th) boards per game, respectively. Benson has turned in five double-digit rebounding performances this season while Konan has registered two.
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.; 17), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 16) and Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 15) all tallied double-digits against Maine (Jan. 25). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Binghamton (Jan. 22) when Rhoads (19), Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 18) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 12) 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. 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 Vermont (Jan. 29) and currently ranks fifth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 194. The senior captain recently passed Blagoi Janev, who finished his UNH career with 172 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 33 3-pointers this season, posting a .330 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.) tallied two blocks versus Maine (Jan. 25) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 70. Benson leads UNH with 17 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 eight points against Vermont (Jan. 29), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,447 points. He has scored in double-digits in 18 of the last 25 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 15 of 20 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and 10th in the league in scoring, posting 13 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 603 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 825 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 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
Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) poured in a team-best 16 points, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team dropped a 77-60 decision to the University of Vermont on Sunday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium.
Rhoads was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, finishing with four boards, one assist, one block and one steal in 36 minutes. He shot 7-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Sandro Carissimo was honored as the player of the game for UVM, registering 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) also finished in double-figures with 12 points to go along with five boards and an assist. He shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, tying a team-best single-game total this season. Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was the last Wildcat to sink double-digit free throws in a game when knocked down 10-of-12 attempts from the line against Vermont on Jan. 14.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) chipped in with four points and a game-high 11 rebounds, turning in his fifth double-digit rebounding performance of the season.
With the score deadlocked at 4-4 in the early going, New Hampshire caught fire putting together a 15-5 run that lasted nearly five minutes, as Konan and Benson opened the stretch sinking a pair of free throws on back-to-back possessions.
The Wildcats closed out the run with eight unanswered, as Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Garrett Jones (Chicago, Ill.) both knocked down 3s sandwiched between a Benson layup to give UNH its largest lead of the contest, 19-9, with 11:54 remaining in the first frame.
Josh Elbaum interrupted the scoring spurt with a pair of free throws, but Myrick quickly answered back on the other end of the floor when he dropped in a layup to keep the lead at 10.
New Hampshire was held scoreless for the next 4:35 while Vermont opened up a 16-0 run on a Luke Apfeld tip-in, giving the home team just its second lead of the contest, 25-21, with 7:19 remaining in the first stanza.
Despite the brief offensive spurt, Vermont came back with five unanswered to close out the frame, as Four McGlynn hit a pair of shots from the line and Clancy Rugg drained a trifecta with five seconds remaining to give the home team a 43-40 lead at the break.
The Wildcats opened the second half firing on all cylinders, scoring seven unanswered on their way to posting a 9-3 run to take back the lead, 49-46, with 14:59 remaining in regulation. Rhoads fueled the run, canning a pair of layups while Abreu sank a trey and Konan dropped in a pair of free throws to open up the stretch.
Matt Glass helped get the Catamounts back on track when he sank a jumper on a helper from McGlynn, sparking a 10-0 scoring run that gave the home team its largest lead to that point, 56-49, with 11:24 on the clock.
Abreu ended the run with a layup, as UNH outscored UVM 7-3 over the course of the next two minutes, setting the score at 59-56. Rhoads, who scored five points during the stretch, would cap off the run by snatching an offensive board in midair and slamming it home for the baseline dunk.
The three-point deficit would be as close as the Wildcats would come to reclaiming the lead, as the Catamounts held UNH to one field goal the rest of the way, finishing out the contest on an 18-4 run to hang onto the victory.