DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team looks to rebound from its Sunday night loss when it travels to take on #25 Marquette Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Links to live stats will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com. The game will also be aired live on the CBS Sports Network.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES: No. 25 Marquette enters Thursday's game with a 2-1 record after most recently falling to Ohio State last week, 52-35. The Golden Eagles and Buckeyes were tied at halftime at 19 apiece, but Marquette failed to hold on in the second half. Despite their winning record, the Golden Eagles rank last in the Big East in scoring this season, averaging only 70.7 points per game. However, they lead their conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense, giving up just 20 of 71 shots (28.2%). Marquette also excels in rebounding, racking up 32.7 defensive and 14.3 offensive rebounds per game. In their first two games, the Golden Eagles outscored Southern, 63-56, and Grambling State, 114-71.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior forward Davante Gardner leads Marquette in scoring this season, averaging 15 points per game. He also leads the team in blocks, with three. The Golden Eagles' top rebounder, sophomore Forward Steve Taylor, ranks fifth in the Big East in the category, recording 8.3 per game. Starting guard, junior Derrick Wilson, has totaled 14 assists in the first three games, most of any Golden Eagle. His 4.7 assists per game are tied for fifth best in the conference.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Pelcher was recognized as the America East Co-Player of The Week, the league announced Monday. Pelcher averaged 17 points, 15.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and 1.5 assists during a 1-1 week for the Wildcats. The center tallied a double-double with 14 points and 16 boards in UNH's, 84-81, Tuesday night victory over Duquesne before adding a second double-double performance of the week in the Wildcats' Sunday night loss to NJIT, scoring 20 points and securing 15 rebounds on the night.
GLASS CLEANER: Chris Pelcher is ranked second in the nation in rebounds per game with 16. The redshirt senior grabbed 17 rebounds in the Wildcat's opening win over Suffolk, snagged 16 boards in Tuesday night's victory over Duquesne, and secured 15 rebounds in Sunday night's loss to NJIT.
ON POINT: Through the first two games of the season the Wildcats were 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%) led 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.
FOUR SCORE: Chris Pelcher led the Wildcats on offense with 25 points while Patrick Konan dropped 19 points in UNH's 94-70 win over Suffolk. Freshman Daniel Dion drained 14 in his collegiate debut as Jordon Bronner finished the night with 12.
BIG DEBUT: Daniel Dion's 14 points in the Wildcat's season opener against Suffolk was the most by a UNH freshman during their collegiate debut since Chandler Rhoads scored 14 points in his 2009 debut against Suffolk.
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 member 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.
CAREER DAY: 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.