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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team travels to Boston University for a duel with the Terriers on Wednesday, Feb. 15 (7 p.m.) at Case Gymnasium. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Terriers meet for the 127th time ever in the history of the two programs, with BU leading the all-time series, 90-36. The Terriers have controlled the series lately, winning 20 of the past 23 meetings. Despite BU having won nine of the last 10 in the all-time series, UNH has grabbed three wins in the past 13 games. At home, the Wildcats have won three of the past seven matchups. Playing the role of visitor, however, the Wildcats have dropped 18 straight to the Terriers, grabbing their last win in Boston on Feb. 10, 1994 in a 64-56 triumph. The last time both squads met was on Jan. 19 when Alvin Abreu led a late Wildcat 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 UNH 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 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 finished off the run with a fast break layup on a feed from Jordon Bronner 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. 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 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.
SCOUTING BOSTON U.
Boston U. earned wins over Albany and Maine to climb above .500 for the first time this season and cement its position as one of the top three seeds for the upcoming conference tournament ... For the second consecutive season, the Terriers rallied from 16-point deficit in the second half at Albany for an 81-78 victory ... Darryl Partin posted 25 of his career-high 33 points in the second half and then came back with a team-high 14 points in the 67-54 home win over Maine ... The points are the most by a Terrier since John Holland had 43 on Feb. 20, 2010 at Delaware ... The Terriers earned their sixth straight home win over the Black Bears by holding them to 32.8 percent shooting ... Patrick Hazel recorded four blocks against Maine and is now one shy of tying Rashad Bell for second all-time at Boston U. ... Partin ranks second in the league in scoring, posting 19.9 points per game ... D.J. Irving has also been a key component offensively, tallying a conference-best 5.3 assists per game ... In addition, he ranks third in the league in assist to turnover ratio (2.4) ... Hazel has been a staple on the defensive end of the floor for the Terriers, notching 1.8 blocks per game, ranking first in the America East ... Since the start of conference play Boston University has been one of the league's best defensive teams, ranking first in defensive field goal percentage (.400; 277-692), second in scoring defense (59.6 ppg) and third in defensive three-point field goal percentage (.319; 76-238) ... The Terriers also rank second in blocked shots (3.4 bpg) and third in steals (5.9 spg) since the start of league play.
DOUBLE OR NOTHING
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both registered double-doubles against UMBC (Feb.12), marking the first time this season multiple 'Cats have achieved this feat in the same game. Benson was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, posting a team-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds and two blocks. He shot 6-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. It is his second straight game with a double-double. He has registered five double-doubles and 13 double-digit rebounding performances in his career. Konan earns his second double-double of his career, notching 15 points and 11 boards in 38 minutes. It is the third time in his career he has corralled 10-plus rebounds in a game.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES
Senior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ranks fifth in the America East in field goal percentage with a shooting clip of .521 (75-144). Since the start of conference play he has been on a tear, shooting 54.8 percent (40-78) from the floor, a mark that ranks third in the league. Last season the center shot 39.4 percent (63-160) from the field, including a .404 mark in conference play.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently surpassed Wayne Morrison (1,501) to rank third all-time in scoring in program history with 1,525 points. Abreu has led the team in scoring in three of the last four contests and is averaging 18.8 points per game during that span. In addition, he ranks first on the team and eighth in the league in scoring, posting 13.9 points per game.
Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) registered season highs in minutes (35), points (19), field goals (7), assists (4), three-point field goals (2) and blocks (1) against Albany (Feb. 9). His impressive scoring total was just two points shy of his career high. He has scored in double-figures eight times this season.
UNH head coach Bill Herrion is currently ranks second all-time in America East career wins with 148 victories as bench boss during league action. Herrion trails just Dennis Wolff (152) for the all-time mark in coaching victories in league history. He has posted an impressive 148-91 record during conference play in 15 seasons on the sidelines
SHUT IT DOWN
New Hampshire came up with an impressive defensive performance against Stony Brook (Feb. 6), posting its best defensive field goal percentage since the start of conference play, holding the Seawolves to a .311 shooting clip (14-45) from the floor. It was Stony Brook's worst shooting performance since league play began, as the Wildcats also held the Seawolves to their second-lowest 3-point field goal percentage of the season with a .188 clip (3-16) from downtown.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) earned his first career double-double versus Hartford (Feb. 1), posting 20 points and 10 rebounds to propel the Wildcats to a 52-51 victory over the Hawks at Lundholm Gymnasium. Abreu was tabbed the America East Player of the Game in the contest, achieving season highs in minutes played (40), assists (4) and 3-point field goals (4).
ON THE DEFENSIVE
New Hampshire has maintained its reputation as one of the top defensive programs in the league this season, ranking first in defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.316; 100-316) and third in scoring defense (63.6 ppg). The Wildcats also rank fifth in the conference in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to a .427 shooting clip (535-1252) from the floor.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) ranks fifth all-time in program history in free throws made (295), recently passing Al McClain and Mike Christensen, who both finished their UNH careers with 293. Abreu owns a .745 career shooting clip (295-396) from the charity stripe, posting his personal best single-season mark during the 2007-08 campaign when he shot 81.8 percent (63-77) from the line.
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.
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.
FOUR OF A KIND
Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored in double-digits for the fourth straight game when he notched 14 points against Hartford (Feb. 1). He led the team in scoring in the three prior outings, registering 16 (Vermont; Jan. 29), 17 (Maine; Jan. 25) and 19 points (Binghamton; Jan. 22), respectively. Rhoads has led the team in scoring six times and has reached double-figures in 13 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 first in the league in 3-point field goals made since the start of conference play, sinking 101 field goals from the beyond the arc.
New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in eight of the last 10 outings; most recently posting a shooting clip of .400 (22-55) against UMBC (Feb. 12). Over the 10-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 the Great Danes when the 'Cats shot 48.1 percent (26-54) from the floor, including a .421 clip (8-19) 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 14 of the last 17 contests. He has notched double-figures in all but five games this season and leads the Wildcats with an average of 13.9 points per game this season, shooting 40.7 percent (118-290) 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.; 2nd) 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 35.5 minutes per contest.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) has been one of the most efficient shooters from the free throw line since the start of conference play, ranking eighth (.810; 34-42) among league leaders. Abreu has knocked down 16 of his last 19 shots from the stripe, hitting 26-of-31 shots from the line in the last 10 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 12 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 (511). He currently leads the Wildcats with 118 field goals this season, shooting 40.7 percent (118-290) 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 third place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,694). This season he ranks second in the league in minutes played (851), averaging 35.5 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 fourth all-time in games played, appearing in 113 contests in his UNH career.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) rank fifth (.385; 37-96) and eighth (.365; 46-126) in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage, respectively. Since the start of conference play Konan is shooting 38.6 percent (22-57) while Abreu has posted a .382 clip (29-76) from beyond the arc.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.6 (1st) and 5.9 (8th) boards per game, respectively. Benson has turned in seven double-digit rebounding performances this season while Konan has registered three.
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.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 16), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 15) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 15) all tallied double-digits against UMBC (Feb. 12). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Albany (Feb. 9) when Abreu (21), Benson (19) and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 19) scored in double-figures.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched two treys against UMBC (Feb. 12) and currently ranks fourth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 208. The senior captain recently passed Tommy MacDonald, who finished his UNH career with 197 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 46 3-pointers this season, posting a .365 clip from deep. He posted his highest single-season 3-pointer total during the 2007-08 campaign with 62 treys, a mark that ranks 10th all-time in program history.
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied two blocks versus UMBC (Feb. 12) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 76. Benson leads UNH with 22 blocks (0.9 bpg) this season, ranking third 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).
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 607 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 826 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 80 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
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both registered double-doubles to lead the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team past the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 66-60, on Sunday afternoon at the RAC Arena.
Benson was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for UNH, posting a team-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds and two blocks. He shot 6-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. It is his second straight game with a double-double. He has registered five double-doubles and 13 double-digit rebounding performances in his career.
Konan earns his second double-double of his career, notching 15 points and 11 boards in 38 minutes. It is the third time in his career he has corralled 10-plus rebounds in a game.
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was the only other Wildcat to score in double-digits, posting 15 points while also notching four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. He has scored in double-figures in four straight games.
Konan would knock down a 3-pointer, helping the Wildcats string together nine unanswered points on a run that featured scoring from four different players to cut the score to 26-24 with 2:47 remaining in the first half. Jake Wasco would score the final basket of the half, sending UMBC into the locker room with a 28-24 edge at the break.
The first 10:09 of the second half featured nine lead changes and two ties, until UNH caught fire with an 11-2 run that lasted 4:10 to give the visitors their first lead of the contest, 54-46, at 6:19. Benson and Abreu fueled the run, scoring six and five points, respectively, during the stretch.
UNH would come alive in the closing moments of the contest, scoring six unanswered points to push its lead to eight, 66-58, with 11 seconds remaining. Konan (4-4) and Benson (2-2) combined to shoot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line during the stretch, preserving the victory.