Men's Hoop Returns to America East action versus Maine (Feb .22)


 - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team returns to conference play when it takes on the University of Maine on Wednesday, Feb. 22 (7 p.m.) at Alfond Arena. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at

The Wildcats and Black Bears meet for the 178th time in their rivalry – UNH's longest with any school – with Maine leading the all-time series, 114-63. The Black Bears have won 15 of the past 19 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 seven of eight at Lundholm Gymnasium, as well as three of the last five at Alfond Arena. In the most recent meeting on Jan. 25, Patrick Konan scored 16 points and connected on four of UNH's season-high 12 three-point field goals, but the Wildcats fell to the Black Bears, 80-69, at Lundholm Gymnasium. Chandler Rhoads poured in a team-best 17 points to go along with three assists, two rebounds and two steals, earning America East Player of the Game honors. Konan rounded out his night with six boards, three steals, one assist and one block. Brian Benson chipped in with 15 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Gerald McLemore was named player of the game for Maine, finishing with a game-high 25 points while adding four boards, one assist and one steal to his line. Alasdair Fraser registered 22 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Justin Edwards added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three helpers. The tightly-contested first half featured six ties and 10 lead changes before Maine's Raheem Singleton hit back-to-back field goals, one with less than a second remaining on the shot clock and the other with a second remaining on the game clock to lift the Black Bears to a 37-34 halftime advantage. Maine opened the second half with six unanswered points, claiming their largest lead to that point, 43-34, with 17:47 remaining in regulation. The Wildcats struck back rattling off seven unanswered points on their way to posting a 9-2 run that cut the deficit to just two points, scoring three of their four field goals inside the paint on the run. Edwards pushed the lead back to five after earning three points the old-fashioned-way, putting Maine ahead 51-46 at 14:30. New Hampshire battled back by outscoring Maine 10-6 over the course of the next 2:09, as Konan cut the deficit to one on a 3-pointer, 57-56, with 12:21 remaining in regulation. The Black Bears quickly responded, as Xavier Pollard and McLemore dropped in layups to push the lead back to five. Jordon Bronner stopped the bleeding sinking a trey from the top of the key and Rhoads canned a jumper moments later, knotting the score at 61-61 with 9:13 remaining. That would be as close as UNH would come to taking back the lead the rest of the way, as the Black Bears strung together an 8-3 run on their way to outscoring the Wildcats 17-10 the rest of the way to hold onto the victory.

Maine (11-15, 5-9 AE) fell at Hartford 64-50 and to Marist in a Sears BracketBuster contest 77-71 ... In Hartford, Xavier Pollard notched 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block to lead Maine ... Mike Allison added nine points and nine rebounds ... In a Sears BracketBuster matchup on Saturday Maine was meeting Marist for the first time since 1984 ... Allison led the way for Maine with a double-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds and a block ... Freshman Justin Edwards added 12 points and three assists ... ... Edwards has now scored in double-digits and given out at least three assists in 21 games this season … Raheem Singleton had five assists to go with 11 points and three steals ... Gerald McLemore notched his 11th 20-point effort of the season with 20 points on 4-for-7 shooting from long range.

New Hampshire has won five of its last six including four straight, marking the program's longest winning streak since the 2005-06 campaign when the 'Cats collected victories against Hartford (Jan. 8), UMBC (Jan. 11), Stony Brook (Jan. 14) and Dartmouth (Jan. 16). The last time UNH won more than four games in a row was during the 1994-95 season when it collected six straight victories on streak that spanned a total of 19 days.

Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) picked up America East Player of the Week honors by averaging 17.0 points and 4.5 rebounds, leading New Hampshire to a pair of wins last week. It is the first time he has earned the award in his career. Since inserted into the starting lineup he is posting 12.8 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game and the Wildcats are 5-1. He is also shooting 40.6 percent (28-69) from the floor and 76.5 percent (13-17) from the free throw line during the six-game span. He has scored in double-digits in four of the last five games.

Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) recently moved into eighth place all-time in program history in career rebounds (614), passing Chris Brown, who finished with 613 boards. Benson has posted 13 double-digit rebounding games in his career, including seven contests this year.

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.

Senior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ranks sixth in the America East in field goal percentage with a shooting clip of .506 (79-156). 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 1,543 points. He ranks first on the team and eighth in the league in scoring, posting 13.5 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 10 times this season. 

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.

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).

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 (.293; 104-355) and third in scoring defense (63.0 ppg). The Wildcats also rank fourth in the conference in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to a .423 shooting clip (573-1356) 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 .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.

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.

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 15 contests this season.

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. UNH ranks first in the league in 3-point field goals made, sinking 191 field goals from the beyond the arc.

New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in nine of the last 12 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. 

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 five of the last six contests. He has notched double-figures in all but six games this season and leads the Wildcats with an average of 13.5 points per game this season, shooting 40.2 percent (125-311) from the floor, as he is on pace to finish with his best single-season field goal percentage of his career.

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 36.3 minutes per game while Abreu has logged 35.5 minutes per contest.

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 13 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.

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 (518). He currently leads the Wildcats with 125 field goals this season, shooting 40.2 percent (125-321) 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 second place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,766). This season he ranks second in the league in minutes played (923), 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 115 contests in his UNH career.

Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) rank fifth (.386; 39-101) and ninth (.362; 50-138) 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.

Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.5 (1st) and 6.0 (8th) boards per game, respectively. Benson has turned in seven double-digit rebounding performances this season while Konan has registered three.
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.

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.

Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 19), Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 19), and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 16) all tallied double-digits against Towson (Feb. 18). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Boston University (Feb. 15) when Myrick (15), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 10) and Rhoads (10) scored in double-figures.

Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched two treys against Towson (Feb. 18) and currently ranks fourth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 212. The senior captain recently passed Tommy MacDonald, who finished his UNH career with 197 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 50 3-pointers this season, posting a .362 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 one block versus Towson (Feb. 18) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 79. Benson leads UNH with 25 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.

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.

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.

Heading into Wednesday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 609 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 828 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.

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 82 wins in stint as bench boss for the Wildcats.

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

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.

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, 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, 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

Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) shared team-high honors with 19 points apiece to help guide the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to its fourth straight victory, 72-58, against Towson University in Saturday afternoon's non-conference game at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats, who have won five of their last six, improved to 12-14 on the season while dropping the Tigers to 1-28. 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).

Myrick tied his season high in scoring, earning America East Player of the Game honors, adding six boards, two boards and two blocks to his line. He shot 6 of 13 from the floor, including an impressive 6 of 7 from the charity stripe.

Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. Rhoads also added four assists, two rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

Robert Nwankwo led the way for Towson, registering 20 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and one block.

After both teams battled to a 10-10 tie with 13:10 on the clock, New Hampshire would find its offensive rhythm midway through the first stanza when Rhoads knocked down a 3-pointer to ignite a 10-3 run. Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) polished off the stretch with a trey of his own, giving the Wildcats their largest lead to that point, 20-13, with 7:54 remaining.

Kris Walden sank a three and Erique Gumbs canned a layup to cut the deficit to two, but UNH responded firing off 12 unanswered points to push its lead to 14. Myrick fueled the run with seven points, including a layup that capped off the run, giving the 'Cats the 32-18 edge with 2:45 on the clock.

Towson struck back when Gumbs hit a jumper and Nwankwo dropped in a layup, but New Hampshire took a 32-22 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Myrick and Rhoads scored nine points apiece in the first frame.

Marcus Damas helped get the Tigers back in the action when he drained a pair of free throws, setting off a string of seven unanswered points to set the score at 37-33 with 16:44 remaining in regulation.

UNH quickly picked up the pieces, as Rhoads knocked down 1 of 2 shots from the charity stripe and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) sank a trey, opening up a 20-3 run that gave the home team its largest advantage to that point. The Wildcats thrived on the three-point shot during stretch, knocking down five trifectas on their way to taking a 57-36 edge at 9:16.

The 'Cats maintained their edge for the next six minutes until Towson posted 13 unanswered points, with Damas fueling a stretch that lasted 2:01 notching seven points, trimming the lead to 11, 65-54, with 1:18 to play.

Despite the late scoring spurt, New Hampshire was able to hold onto the lead in the final moments of the contest, outscoring Towson 7-2 the rest of the way. The Wildcats made the most of their opportunities from the free throw line, knocking down 7 of 8 shots from the stripe to preserve the victory.

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