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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team caps off the regular season against Binghamton University on Sunday, Feb. 26 (1 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Network and WBIN-TV. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Bearcats meet for just the 23rd time in their short conference rivalry, with Binghamton leading the all-time series, 15-7. The Bearcats have won 11 of the last 15 matchups, including eight of 11. Binghamton is also 8-2 at Lundholm Gymnasium, having won eight of the last nine there, as well. On the road, the Wildcats are losing the series, 6-5, but have been victorious in five of their past nine contests at the Events Center. In the most recent meeting on Jan. 22, Chandler Rhoads and Ferg Myrick poured in 19 and 18 points, respectively, propelling the Wildcats to a 64-49 victory over the Bearcats at the Events Center. Alvin Abreu was the only other Wildcat to score in double-figures with 12 points to go along with three assists, two boards and two steals. Both teams battled back-and-forth for the first 15 minutes of the action, knotting the score six times before Abreu and Myrick knocked down 3-pointers to set off a 12-2 run to close out the stanza. Bronner would knock down 1-of-2 free throws and Myrick added three points the old-fashioned-way on back-to-back possessions, giving the Wildcats their first double-digit lead of the contest, 31-21, with 40 seconds remaining in the first half. Chris Matagrano polished off the stretch when Jordon Bronner set him up with a layup on the block to give the 'Cats a 33-23 lead at the break. After Myrick extended the advantage to 11 on a layup with 12:33 remaining in regulation, Mansell sank a jumper and knocked down two sets of free throws to trim the score to 45-40 with 10:09 on the clock. It was the closest Binghamton had come to taking back the lead in nearly 15 minutes, but UNH held on and stepped up defensively, limiting the Bearcats to just one field goal over the next five minutes. The Wildcats were just as impressive on the offensive side of the ball, as Abreu halted Mansell's six-point outburst, draining a 3-pointer to ignite a 16-5 run that pushed their advantage to its highest margin of the contest, 61-45, with 4:56 remaining in regulation. Rhoads kept the scoring spurt going when he scored seven unanswered points to push the Wildcat lead to 13 with 8:43 remaining in regulation. He set off the stretch by burying a 3-pointer from the baseline with contact for the hoop and the harm, finishing off the play by knocking down the free throw that followed to set the score at 52-42. On the ensuing possession Rhoads was at it again, as Abreu hit him with a pass and he took it hard to the rack to net three points the old-fashioned-way to give New Hampshire the 55-42 advantage. UNH's 7-0 run was interrupted when Jimmy Gray drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but the hiccup was quickly forgotten, as the Wildcats polished off the stretch with six unanswered points. Binghamton would net just two field goals the rest of the way and Myrick knocked down 3-of-4 shots from the charity stripe down the stretch to put the Bearcats away for good.
Binghamton (1-27, 1-14 AE) comes into Sunday's matchup dropping its most recent decision to Albany on Thursday evening ... The Bearcats shot a season-high 51 percent from the floor against Albany, but fell to the Great Danes, 74-63, at the Events Center ... The Great Danes held a 34-23 advantage at the break ... Binghamton opened up the second strong with an 11-5 run, cutting the deficit to five, 39-34 ... The Bearcats made one last run by outscoring Albany 18-10 over an eight-minute period ... Each team scored 40 points in the second half, but Albany came into the game shooting 75 percent as a team from the line and made 7 of 10 foul shots in final minutes to claim the victory ... Ben Dickinson led three Binghamton players in double figures with 21 points ... He hit 6 of 9 from the field and 9 of 10 from the line ... Taylor Johnston had a total of 12 points and added five boards ... Jimmy Gray finished with 11 points, four assists and two steals ... In the outing prior, Binghamton picked up its first win of the season, taking down league-leading Vermont, 57-53, on its home floor on Tuesday night ... Robert Mansell led all scorers with 18 points and six boards ... Dickinson turned in a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
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 12.9 points, 4.3 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game and the Wildcats are 5-2. He is also shooting 42.5 percent (31-73) from the floor and 80 percent (20-25) from the free throw line during the seven-game span. He has scored in double-digits in five of the last six games.
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) recently moved into eighth place all-time in program history in career rebounds (621), passing Chris Brown, who finished with 613 boards. Benson has posted 13 double-digit rebounding games in his career, including seven contests this year.
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 .512 (84-164). Since the start of conference play he has been on a tear, shooting 53.9 percent (48-89) 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 1,558 points. He ranks first on the team and ninth in the league in scoring, posting 13.6 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 11 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.
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 (.291; 109-374) and third in scoring defense (63.3 ppg). The Wildcats also rank fifth in the conference in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to a .423 shooting clip (596-1409) 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.
MAKE IT FOUR
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 16 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. UNH ranks first in the league in 3-point field goals made, sinking 199 field goals from the beyond the arc.
New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in nine of the last 13 outings; most recently posting a shooting clip of .434 (23-53) against Boston University (Feb. 15). Over the 13-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 six of the last seven contests. He has notched double-figures in all but six games this season and leads the Wildcats with an average of 13.6 points per game this season, shooting 40.1 percent (132-329) 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 36.5 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.
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 (525). He currently leads the Wildcats with 132 field goals this season, shooting 40.1 percent (132-329) 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 first place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,802). This season he ranks second in the league in minutes played (959), 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 second all-time in games played, appearing in 116 contests in his UNH career.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) rank sixth (.382; 39-102) and 10th (.357; 51-143) in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage, respectively. Since the start of conference play Abreu is shooting 37.2 percent (32-86) while Konan has posted a .373 clip (22-59) from beyond the arc.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.4 (1st) and 5.9 (9th) 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 four games this season, most recently when Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 15), Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 14), Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 13) and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 13) achieved the milestone against Maine (Feb. 22). Prior to that outing the last time UNH reached the mark was against Brown (Nov. 7), as Abreu (18), Rhoads (16), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 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.
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 one trey against Maine (Feb. 22) and currently ranks fourth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 213. The senior captain recently passed Tommy MacDonald, who finished his UNH career with 197 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 51 3-pointers this season, posting a .357 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 (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 Sunday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 610 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 829 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 82 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 guard Alvin Abreu posted 15 points, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to the University of Maine, 71-58, on Wednesday night at Alfond Arena.
Brian Benson added 14 points and seven rebounds. Chandler Rhoads and Ferg Myrick rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers with 13 points apiece. Rhoads chipped with seven boards and five helpers.
Maine's Gerald McLemore led all scorers with 16 points while also adding three steals and two rebounds to his line.
Mike Allison would sink a pair of free throws and then Scott Morris drained a trey to even the score at 23-23. Fraser broke the deadlocked tie with a jumper to take back the advantage, but it was quickly lost when Rhoads sank a 3-pointer from the left wing to give UNH its first lead of the contest, 24-23, at 3:43.
The Black Bears reclaimed the lead with a 6-0 scoring spurt to close out the half, as Justin Edwards buried 4 of 4 shots from the free throw line and Raheem Singleton sank a floater in the lane to give Maine the 29-25 edge heading into the locker room. Rhoads led the Wildcats with nine points at the break while Fraser led the Black Bears with eight.
Maine opened the second half just as strong, posting a 7-3 run, with Gerald McLemore kicking off the stretch by sinking a layup and a 3-pointer from the baseline to put the Black Bears on top, 36-28, with 15:59 left in regulation.
New Hampshire came back to trim the lead down to two, 40-38, putting together a 10-4 scoring run that was capped off with an Abreu fastbreak layup at 13:00. Myrick helped fuel the run, notching four points during the 2:36 stretch.
Edwards helped keep UNH at bay going 3 of 4 from the line on back-to-back possessions; setting up a 12-4 run that gave the Black Bears their largest lead of game, 52-42. Maine led the rest of the way, polishing off the stretch with five unanswered, as Fraser buried a layup and Singleton canned a layup from the left side for two and the hard at 7:18.