DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team looks to continue its successful 2013 campaign as it plays host to NJIT on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. Links to live stats and video will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com. The game is also set to broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network, hosted by Mike Murphy and Jim Jeannotte.
The Wildcats and Highlanders meet for just the second time in history, with NJIT holding the 1-0 series advantage. The Highlanders took the lone victory in a 69-67 game last year in Newark. Chandler Rhoads led the Wildcats with a career-high 21 points and Chris Pelcher added 17 points and 11 boards for UNH. Chris Flores paced the Highlanders with 23 points in the win.
NJIT enters Sunday's game 1-2 overall following an 89-85 victory over Army Friday night in West Point. Freshman Damon Lynn led the way for the Highlanders with a career-high 27 points. Sophomores Ky Howard, Terrance Smith, and Nigel Sydnor also recorded double-digit points for NJIT, scoring 13, 11, and 10 points, respectively. NJIT trailed 50-46 in a high-scoring first half. The Highlanders shot very well from the floor in the first half, shooting 57.1% (12-21). NJIT continued its hot scoring in the second half, going 13-for-23 (56.5%) from the field, moving its shooting percentage to 56.8% (25-44) for the game. The Highlanders held Army to 45.8% percent shooting; including a 39.3% (11-28) clip in the second half. The Highlanders have three players averaging double-digit points on the season. Lynn paces NJIT with 20.7 ppg, while Smith (13.3) and Howard (10.7) round out the Highlanders' top scorers. Junior Daquan Holiday leads the Highlanders in rebounding this season, grabbing 5.7 boards per game.
Chris Pelcher is ranked second in the nation in rebounds per game with 16.6. The redshirt senior grabbed 17 rebounds in the Wildcat's opening win over Suffolk before snagging 16 boards in Tuesday night's victory over Duquesne.
Through the first two games of the season the Wildcats are ranked 18th in the country in field goal percentage, shooting 54.1% from the field. Jaleen Smith (75.0%), Chris Pelcher (64.0%), and Daniel Dion (60.0%) lead the Wildcats in the category.
GIVE ME MORRIS:
Scott Morris netted a Career High 17 points in the Wildcat's win over Duquesne. Morris scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half. The senior captain shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line in the win.
Chris Pelcher led the Wildcats on offense with 25 points while Patrick Konan dropped 19 points on the night. Freshman Daniel Dion drained 14 in his collegiate debut as Jordon Bronner finished the night with 12.
CRASHING THE BOARDS:
The Wildcats pulled down 51 rebounds against Suffolk in the season opener Saturday, Nov. 9. Senior Chris Pelcher came down with a career high 17 rebounds in the effort while classmate Patrick Konan recorded seven.
ALL-TIME CONFERENCE WINS LEADER:
Head coach Bill Herrion, who enters his ninth year with UNH and 23rd in the America East Conference, currently holds the title of winningest coach in America East Conference history, earning 331 wins in his career.
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL:
The Wildcats (31 points) were picked to finish being first-place Vermont (64), who received six first-place votes. Stony Brook was picked second with 58 points and took the remaining three first-place votes. Albany was selected third with 49 points while Hartford was fourth with 44 points. After New Hampshire, UMBC was selected sixth with 28 points while Binghamton (24), Maine (20) and UMass Lowell (8) rounded out the field.
A FRESH GROUP OF FRESHMEN:
UNH welcomed in a group of five freshman in the off-season, all of which are poised to make a big impact for the team. Jacoby Armstrong (Sasche, Texas) arrived in Wildcat Country from Wylie High School while Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) most recently played at Vista Ridge High School. John Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) is fresh off a career at Brewster Academy as Williams Gabriel (Lagos, Nigeria) came from Huntington Prep. Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas), who hails from Brazosport High School, rounds out the group.
A CLASS WITH CLASS:
Each of the four members of the 2013-14 senior class have been elected as captains. Jordan Bronner, Patrick Konan, Scott Morris and Chris Pelcher will serve as captains.
WILDCAT BASKETBALL ON THE AIR
Wildcat Sports Properties (WSP), a property of Learfield Sports, is pleased to announce that Jim Jeannotte and Mike Murphy will once again serve as the broadcast duo for the 2013-14 UNH men's and women's basketball seasons on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Veteran play-by-play man Jeannotte will return for his 32nd year broadcasting UNH men's basketball, while color analyst Murphy enters his 13th season calling Wildcat men's hoops.
The Wildcat Sports Radio Network consists of flagship stations WGIR (610-AM) in Manchester, which has been headquarters for UNH play-by-play since 2008, The Wave (WQSO 96.7-FM) in Portsmouth and the Sports Animal (WPKX 930-AM) in Rochester. Affiliates include WNTK (99.7 FM) in New London and WEEY in Keene (93.5 FM) and WEEI in Concord (101.5 FM) plus all broadcasts are streamed live and archived via Stretch Internet at www.unhwildcats.com. All game broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to tipoff.
WILDCATS STREAMING LIVE
The America East Conference and NeuLion have partnered to bring fans complete game coverage of all America East basketball games. The portal, AmericaEast.tv, brings fans exclusive content as well as live events, free of charge.
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 www.collegechalktalk.com.
Tommy McDonnell, Frank Okeke and Chris Pelcher each put up career numbers in points against Suffolk in the home opener (Nov. 9). Pelcher finished with 25 points as Okeke drained six and McDonnell netted five.