February 17, 2012

Men's Hoop Tips Off Sears BracketBuster Versus Towson (Feb. 18)

GAME NOTES (PDF)

DURHAM, N.H.
 - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team is set to host a Sears BracketBuster matchup against Towson University on Saturday, Feb. 18 (3 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 MATCHUP
New Hampshire and Towson meet for the 14th time in the history of these former America East rivals. The squads met on the hardwood 13 times from 1996-2001 with the Tigers owning a 9-4 lead in the series. Towson has won four straight over New Hampshire and the teams have split six all-time meetings in Durham. Towson most recently claimed an 89-87 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 28, 2001. The last time the Wildcats took down the Tigers was in a 74-70 decision at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 18, 1999. Head coach Bill Herrion, who has coached in the America East for 15 seasons with stints at Drexel and New Hampshire, owns a perfect 10-0 all-time record against Towson heading into Saturday's matchup. In the most recent meeting between the two squads on Jan. 28, 2001, Brian Allen sank a basket with 56 seconds remaining to give Towson its final lead in a see-saw victory over the Wildcats. The game included 12 lead changes in the final 8:49. Rob Marquardt gave the Wildcats a one-point lead, 87-86, on a layup with 1:23 remaining, but Allen scored two with 56 seconds left and Sam Hutton made the first of two free throws with 15 seconds to go, giving his team a two-point advantage. Austin Ganly and Shawn Collette each had a chance to win it with time running out, but both of their three-point attempts came up short. Collette led the way for New Hampshire, as he poured in a career-high 17 points, shooting an impressive 5 of 6 from three-point land. John Dullea had a career-high 16 for the 'Cats, while Chris Brown had 11 and Marquardt had 10. Towson's Brian Barber led all scorers with 18 points. The Wildcats set a school record with 14 three-pointers. The old record was 13 against Maine on Feb. 28, 1995. Collette had a career-high five three-pointers and Dullea finished with a career-high three treys. New Hampshire held the lead for the entire first half and led by as much as thirteen, 28-15, with 10 minutes to go. However, Towson outscored UNH 21-10 before the break and trailed by only two, 38-36 at the half.

SCOUTING TOWSON
Towson (1-27, 1-15 CAA) comes into Saturday's matchup with a five-game losing streak, most recently dropping a 70-51 road decision to Northeastern on Tuesday night. Robert Nwankwo posted his 12th double-double with a season-high 19 points and 13 rebounds. The senior, who shot 7-for-11 from the field, has now registered a double-double in eight of his last 11 games. Sophomore Marcus Damas joined Nwankwo in double figures for Towson with 15 points to go along with a career-high five assists. Towson won the rebounding battle (30-29) for the ninth time in the last 10 games, but the Huskies scored 29 points off 19 Tiger turnovers. Northeastern owned a significant advantage from the free throw line, making 21 of 24 attempts as Towson went 10 of 15 from the charity stripe. The Tigers recently snapped their NCAA record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 victory over UNC Wilmington on Jan. 28 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. Damas leads the team with 12.3 points per game while Nwankwo ranks second in scoring (12.1 ppg). Nwankwo ranks first on the team and third in the league in rebounding with an average of 9.4 boards per game. Kris Walden has been a facilitator on offense, adding a team-best 3.5 assists per game while notching 5.3 points per game. 

WINDEX
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) recently moved into ninth place all-time in program history in career rebounds (609), passing Pete Smilikis, who finished with 603 boards. He needs just five boards to pass Chris Brown for eighth place all-time on the career rebounds list. Benson has posted 13 double-digit rebounding games in his career, including seven contests this year.

HE'S HEATING UP
Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) has scored in double-figures in three of the last four games, most recently posting a team-high 15 points against Boston University (Feb. 15). During the streak he is averaging 13.5 points per game with his most impressive performance coming against Albany (Feb. 9) when he registered season highs in minutes (35), points (19), field goals (7) and assists (4).

HOT STREAK
New Hampshire has won four of its last five including three straight, marking the program's longest winning streak since opening last season with wins over Lesley (Nov. 13), Dartmouth (Nov. 16) and Holy Cross (Nov. 20). The last time UNH posted a four-game winning streak was during the 2005-06 campaign when the 'Cats collected victories against Hartford (Jan. 8), UMBC (Jan. 11), Stony Brook (Jan. 14) and Dartmouth (Jan. 16).

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 sixth in the America East in field goal percentage with a shooting clip of .513 (78-152). Since the start of conference play he has been on a tear, shooting 53.1 percent (43-81) from the floor, a mark that ranks fourth in the league. Last season the center shot 39.4 percent (63-160) from the field, including a .404 mark in conference play.

1500 CLUB
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently surpassed Wayne Morrison (1,501) to rank third all-time in scoring in program history with 1,535 points. Abreu has led the team in scoring in three of the last five contests and is averaging 17 points per game during that span. In addition, he ranks first on the team and eighth in the league in scoring, posting 13.8 points per game.

PHILLY'S FINEST
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 nine times this season. 

LEAGUE LEGEND
UNH head coach Bill Herrion is currently ranks second all-time in America East career wins with 149 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 149-91 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.

DOUBLING UP
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 (.302; 102-338) and third in scoring defense (63.2 ppg). The Wildcats also rank fifth in the conference in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to a .426 shooting clip (555-1302) from the floor.

FROM THE STRIPE
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 .743 career shooting clip (295-397) 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.

CASHING IN
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 14 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 107 field goals from the beyond the arc.

EFFICIENT 'CATS
New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in nine of the last 11 outings; most recently posting a shooting clip of .434 (23-53) against Boston University (Feb. 15). 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.

40/40 CLUB
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.

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) has scored in double-digits in 15 of the last 18 contests. He has notched double-figures in all but five games this season and leads the Wildcats with an average of 13.8 points per game this season, shooting 40.5 percent (122-301) 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 36.7 minutes per game while Abreu has logged 35.5 minutes per contest.

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.

FIVE GUYS
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.

AIR JORDON
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.

FIELD MARKSMANSHIP
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently moved into fourth place all-time in program history in field goals made (515). He currently leads the Wildcats with 122 field goals this season, shooting 40.5 percent (122-301) 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).

IRON MAN
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently moved into second place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,731). This season he ranks second in the league in minutes played (888), 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 114 contests in his UNH career.

DEEP THREAT
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) rank sixth (.381; 37-97) and ninth (.366; 48-131) in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage, respectively. Since the start of conference play Abreu is shooting 38.3 percent (31-81) while Konan has posted a .379 clip (22-58) from beyond the arc.

NOW BOARDING
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 (10th) 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.

TRIPLE TROUBLE
Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 15), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 10) and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 10) all tallied double-digits against Boston University (Feb. 15). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against UMBC (Feb. 12) when Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 16), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 15) and Abreu (15) scored in double-figures.

FROM DOWNTOWN
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched two treys against Boston University (Feb. 15) and currently ranks fourth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 210. The senior captain recently passed Tommy MacDonald, who finished his UNH career with 197 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 48 3-pointers this season, posting a .366 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.

BLOCK PARTY
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied two blocks versus Boston University (Feb. 15) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 78. Benson leads UNH with 24 blocks (1.0 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.

RHOADS SCHOLAR
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).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE
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.

50/50 CHANCE
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 Saturday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 608 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 827 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

NEW 'CATS IN TOWN
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.

HERRION CLIMBING WINS LIST
By defeating Holy Cross, 55-52, Nov. 20, 2010 head coach Bill Herrion recorded his 61st victory at UNH and moved into fourth on the school's all-time wins list, passing Bill Olsen, who won 60 games in six seasons from 1960-66. Herrion now trails only Gerry Friel (188), William Cowell (119), and Henry Swasey (108) in the record books. Herrion has compiled 81 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
Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) poured in a team-best 15 points, all in the second half, leading the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 56-54 victory against Boston University on Wednesday evening at Case Gymnasium.

New Hampshire, which has won four of its last five including three straight, improves to 11-14 overall and 6-8 in America East action. Boston University dips to 14-14 and 10-4 in league play. It is the first time UNH has beaten BU on its home floor since Feb. 10, 1994.

Myrick was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the contest with three boards in 27 minutes. He shot 6 of 14 from the floor, 2 of 4 from deep and 1 of 1 from the stripe.

Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers, notching 10 points apiece. Rhoads also collected five rebounds and four assists. 

Darryl Partin led all scorers with 20 points to go along with five boards for BU. Dom Morris chipped in with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

After trading baskets in the first three minutes of the action, Rhoads would drive hard in the lane and net a layup to open up a 12-5 scoring run that gave UNH its largest lead of the contest, 16-9, with 8:26 remaining in the first half. Rhoads fueled the run with six points on the stretch.

The Terriers battled back by notching five unanswered points, with Malik Thomas dropping in a layup and Matt Griffin knocking down a trey to cut the deficit down to two. Rhoads responded by canning a layup on the other end, but Partin sank a jumper and Thomas buried a pair of shots from the free throw line to knot the score at 18-18 with 5:31 on the clock.

Abreu helped UNH get back in the driver's seat when he netted a 3-pointer that set off a 10-4 scoring spurt to close out the first frame. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) put a stamp of authority on the run when he followed a missed shot and slammed it home to send the 'Cats into the locker room with a 28-22 advantage at halftime.

BU opened up the second frame scoring eight unanswered points to open up a 12-2 scoring run that gave the home team its first lead in 23:16. Partin led the way with eight points on the stretch, giving the Terriers the 34-30 edge with 15:23 remaining in regulation.

New Hampshire fought its way back into the action on the back of Myrick, as the forward poured in eight points during a 10-2 scoring spurt that lasted three minutes, giving the visitors a 50-44 edge. He opened the stretch with a layup that evened the score at 42-42 and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing about a minute later to give the Wildcats their first lead in 4:30.

The Terriers would outscore the Wildcats 10-6 in the final 6:21 of the action, but never surrendered the lead the rest of the way. BU nearly took back the advantage when Morris canned a pair of free throws and sank a layup on back-to-back possessions, setting the score at 52-50 with 3:49 remaining. However, that would be as close as the Terriers would come, as Abreu banked in a layup and

Benson tipped in a missed jumper to push the lead to six, ending any chance of a comeback effort by the Terriers.


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