BOSTON-- Senior forward Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) and senior guard/forward Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine) of the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team were both named to all-conference teams today by America East at its annual tournament banquet held at the Omni Parker House Hotel Friday.
Brown became only the fourth player in Wildcat men's basketball history to be named first-team all-conference after an outstanding senior campaign for the 'Cats. He joins some impressive company as Robin Dixon (1982-83), Scott Drapeau (1993-94, 1994-95) and Al McClain (1983-84) were all first-teamers and are listed among the top players ever to wear the Blue and White.
Brown, who started all 27 contests for the Wildcats, completed the 2001-02 campaign as the second-best rebounder in the league with 10.1 rpg., while also averaging 13.7 ppg. As a result of his rebounding and scoring ability, he completed the regular season with 16 double-doubles, ranking him in a tie for eighth in the nation (Division I) this week, according to a release by Stats Incorporated. Brown was also highly-ranked in the league in steals (second with 1.78 spg.), in field goal percentage (sixth with .477), assists (seventh with 3.26 apg.), and free throw percentage (10th with .735). Brown enters the tournament as UNH's seventh all-time career rebounder with 604 boards. He is also in the UNH record books as an outstanding defensive player, ranked fifth in all-time career steals in Durham with 127. Brown's career-highs speak for themselves, as he scored 27 points vs. Northeastern (2-5-02), pulled down an amazing 20 rebounds vs. Boston University (2-10-02), dished off 11 assists vs. Maine (2-14-02) and came up with five steals twice.
Other players named to the first team included: Billy Collins (Boston University), Trevor Gaines (Vermont), Justin Rowe (Maine) and T.J. Sorrentine (Vermont).
Ganly, who was voted second-team all-conference, becomes only the sixth player from UNH to make America East's second squad. Ganly also joins some pretty impressive company, as Wildcat stars Matt Alosa (1994-95, 1995-96), James Ben (1991-92), Dirk Koopman (1985-86), Eric Montanari (1993-94) and Don Nolan (1983-84) were all second-team selections.
Ganly enters the tournament as the Wildcats's 14th all-time leading scorer with 1,114 career points and he needs just two more to take over 13th from Peter Laskaris (74-78) and just 23 points to move into 12th past Dave Pemberton (1969-72). Ganly also is ranked third all-time at UNH in three-point field goals made with 142. Looking at where he ranks among this season's America East leaders, he is fifth among the top players in the league in points with 15.6 ppg., fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.383) and second in free throw percentage with an impressive mark of .867 from the charity stripe.
Other players named to the second team included: Chaz Carr (Boston University), Taylor Coppenrath (Vermont), Errick Greene (Maine) and D.J. Munir (Stony Brook).
UNH enters the America East tournament as the fourth-seeded team. Fourth marks the program's highest finish since the 1994-95 season when the Wildcats were the second seed. UNH will play No. 5 Maine in the quarterfinals on Sat., March 2. Game time is approximately 8:30 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the 6 p.m. game) at Matthews Arena in Boston.