April 24, 2012

Men's Basketball Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

DURHAM, N.H. – Four players received awards, the squad's three seniors were recognized and the team and its extended staff were recently honored at the annual, season-ending University of New Hampshire men's basketball awards banquet at Holloway Commons on the UNH campus.

Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was recognized for his impressive season as he was named the team's Most Valuable Player for the second time after leading the Wildcats to double-digit wins for the fourth straight season. He was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team for the second time in his career and ranked eighth in the conference in scoring with 13.5 points per game. Abreu, who became the 27th player in program history to score 1,000 career points during the 2009-10 campaign, was also recognized for an outstanding tenure in Durham over the past five seasons. The senior captain wrapped up his Wildcat career ranked third all-time in scoring (1,583), as well as first in games played (118) and minutes played (3,879), fourth in 3-pointers made (216), fourth in field goals made (535), fifth in free throws made (297) and 10th all-time in steals (115).

Senior guard Ryan Herrion (Dover, N.H.) received the fifth annual Coach Gerry Friel Award, given to the player who best exemplifies teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance and academics. Gerry Friel, who passed away Aug. 20, 2007 at the age of 64, is UNH basketball's all-time winningest coach, having compiled 188 wins from 1969-1989.

Senior forward Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) garnered Rebounder of the Year honors for the second-straight year, finishing the season tied for first in the conference with 8.6 boards per contest. Benson finished his UNH career Benson ranked second all-time in program history in blocks (79) and eighth all-time in rebounds (642). A standout in the classroom as well, Benson was named to the America East All-Academic Team for the third time in as many seasons.

Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) earned the team's Defensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season. Rhoads, who was named to the America East All-Defensive Team for the second time in as many seasons, proved once again to be the defensive stopper for the Wildcats this past winter. Rhoads also contributed on the offensive end, posting 11.2 points per game and 2.7 assists per game during his junior campaign.

The Wildcats put together another successful season, finishing their fourth straight season with double-digit victories. UNH went 13-16 overall, earning the No. 5 seed in the America East tournament, but fell to fourth-seeded Albany in the quarterfinals.

The senior trio of Abreu, Benson and Herrion were recognized for their years of commitment and dedication to the New Hampshire men's basketball program.

 Alvin Abreu
Team MVP

 Ryan Herrion
Gerry Friel Award
 Brian Benson
Rebounder of
the Year
Chandler Rhoads
Defensive Player
of the Year
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