MEN'S HOOP HOSTS FIRST-PLACE UVM TO CLOSE OUT JANUARY (JAN. 31)

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will take on the University of Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 31 at noon at Lundholm Gymnasium – just six days after meeting in Burlington, Vt. The game will be broadcast live on the UNH Sports Network, with the link available at www.UNHWildcats.com. The Wildcats and Catamounts meet for the 127th time in their long and storied history, with Vermont leading the all-time series, 79-47. The Catamounts have won 13 of the last 15 matchups, including nine straight against the Wildcats in the comfort of Patrick Gymnasium. Both of UNH’s wins in last 15 contests have come at home. Vermont won the most recent meeting – just six days ago Jan. 25 – 72-56 at Patrick Gym.

Sophomore guard Alvin Abreu scored 19 points and senior guard Tyrece Gibbs notched his second career double-double, but the Wildcats were downed by the University of Vermont, 72-56, Jan. 25 at Patrick Gymnasium.

The Wildcats fell to 7-11 on the season, including 2-4 in America East, while the Catamounts upped their record to 14-6 overall and 5-2 in the conference

Abreu added three rebounds, an assist and a steal in a season-high 40 minutes, while Gibbs, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block.

UNH started the game out on the right foot when local product Tyrone Conley returned to his hometown and drained a 3-pointer 1:36 into the game to stake his team to a 3-0 lead. After a Colin McIntosh jumper, a Marqus Blakely free throw dissolved UNH’s lead – the final one it would hold on the day. Blakely and Abreu would trade a pair at the line before the teams swapped buckets to tie the game at seven with 15:47 remaining.

An Evan Fjeld jumper and Maurice Joseph trey opened up a five-point lead for UVM – a lead it would never give up – but after Mike Trimboli and Gibbs traded layups, the Wildcats received back-to-back baskets from sophomore center Dane DiLiegro and Gibbs to cut their deficit to one. An old fashioned three-point play by Fjeld and a Trimboli jumper quickly pushed the lead up to six for Vermont, but a put-back by freshman forward Brian Benson and a 3 from junior guard Colbey Santos again sliced the lead to one.

The Catamounts responded once more, however, going on a 9-0 run to take a 28-18 lead with 8:14 left in the opening half. The two teams kept trading blows and with Vermont up 39-29 with 2:14 to go, the Catamounts kicked their lead up to 14 with a free throw from Garvey Young and a 3-pointer by Trimboli with 1:07 on the clock. Vermont took a 45-31 lead into the break.

The Catamounts did not let up in the second half, opening with a 9-1 run – capped by a Blakely layup – to grab their largest lead of the game (54-36) just 2:09 in. With the lead still at 22 three and a half minutes later, UNH used an 8-1 run – finished off with an Abreu basket – to slice its deficit to 59-44 midway through the frame. UNH whittled it down to 13 with 3:40 to play, but five straight points from Vermont pushed its lead to 70-52 just one minute later. The teams traded baskets before Abreu closed the scoring with a layup with 50 seconds left.

Conley chipped in with seven points and four assists, while DiLegro added 10 points and four rebounds. Benson recorded two points, nine boards and a block in 24 minutes.

Gibbs finished the day with 1,141 career points and moved past Dave Pemberton (1,136) for 13th place on UNH’s all-time scoring list.

Fjeld, Vermont’s America East Player of the Game, led four Catamount scorers in double digits with 18 points. Trimboli tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Blakely notched 14 points and seven boards and McIntosh added 10 points.

The Wildcats were outshot 47 percent (26-55) to 39 percent (19-49), but again won the battle on the boards, 35-34.

LAST TIME OUT

After missing nearly two months, senior guard Eric Gilchrese returned to score a season-high 22 points and lift the Wildcats past Stony Brook University, 71-60, Jan. 28 at Pritchard Gymnasium.

The win snapped the Wildcats’ three-game losing skid and improved their record to 8-11 on the season, including 3-4 in America East play. The Seawolves fell to 11-10 overall and 3-5 in the conference. The win was UNH’s third straight against SBU and its seventh in the last eight meetings.

In a season-high 31 minutes, Gilchrese – who had missed 12 straight games and had not played since Dec. 6 – was 6 of 10 from the floor, including 5 of 7 from behind the arc. Gilchrese, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, was also 5-for-6 from the line to go along with two rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Tyrece Gibbs and sophomore guard Alvin Abreu also scored in double digits with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Gibbs added five rebounds, an assist and a block, while Abreu tallied a rebound, three assists, a block and a steal.

Trailing 34-25 at the half, UNH responded with a 27-8 run that lasted until midway through the second frame. The Wildcats started the half with a 10-2 run – highlighted by eight points from Gilchrese – to cut their deficit to one (36-35) in the first three minutes. After a pair of Tommy Brenton free throws stopped the bleeding for Stony Brook, Gibbs re-opened the flood gates with a 3-pointer at 16:09 that tied the game and sparked a 17-4 UNH run.

A pair of Muhammad El-Amin free throws put the Seawolves back in front, 40-38, until back-to-back baskets by sophomore center Dane DiLiegro recaptured the lead for UNH with 14:00 remaining. El-Amin responded with a jumper to put Stony Brook back in front, but a Gilchrese trey with 13:19 left gave UNH a 45-42 lead – a lead it would hold for good – and sparked a 10-0 Wildcat run. Abreu nailed back-to-back 3s before junior forward Radar Onguetou added a free throw that opened a 52-42 UNH lead with 10:28 to play. The Wildcats scored more points in the first 8:29 of the second half (26) than they did in the entire first half (25).

After Stony Brook had cut the lead to eight, Gilchrese drained his fifth and final trifecta of the night to give UNH its largest lead of the game at 57-46 with just under eight minutes to go. The Seawolves had one last push in them, however, hitting eight free throws over the next three minutes for an 8-0 run that cut their deficit to 57-54.

Two Gibbs free throws would snap the stretch before an El-Amin jumper – the lone Stony Brook field goal over the final 10:01 – kept it a three-point game. After Abreu sank a pair from the line, the Wildcats made a stop on the defensive end and looked to their captain to step up. With the shot clock running down, Gibbs did just that, hitting a fall-away jumper in the lane to put his team up 63-56 with 2:29 on the clock.

A couple of free throws brought Stony Brook within five, but Gibbs came up big again, knocking down another one of his four 3-pointers from the top of the key with 1:08 left to open the Wildcat lead to 66-58. After a missed 3-pointer by the Seawolves, Gibbs corralled the rebound and used a beautiful outlet pass to hit Abreu in stride for a layup with would give UNH a 68-58 lead 44 ticks left and seal the win. The two teams traded free throws before Abreu added one at the line with 27 seconds on the clock to cap the scoring. DiLiegro recorded four points, eight boards, two assists and a steal in the game, while Onguetou chipped in with three points, seven rebounds, an assist and a block.

After SBU scored the first four points of the game, a jumper by Abreu and a 3-pointer by junior guard Colbey Santos gave UNH a 5-4 lead with 17:44 remaining in the first half. The Seawolves went ahead on four straight free throws by El-Amin before a bucket by Abreu cut the lead to one. A Demetrius Young layup put the lead back to three when a Gilchrese trey tied the game at 10 with 12:44 left in the half.

Back-to-back Stony Brook 3s opened a six-point lead until Gibbs answered with one of his own to make it 16-13 with 11:08 remaining. Down 20-15, Gibbs nailed another 3 to slice UNH’s deficit to two. The Seawolves would answer, however, crafting a 7-2 run to take a 27-20 lead with 5:30 left. The Wildcats would cut it to four on a Gibbs jumper with 3:16 to play, but another 7-2 Stony Brook run closed the half with the Seawolves on top 34-25.

UNH shot its second highest percentages of the year from both the floor and behind the arc. The Wildcats were 51 percent (24-47) from the field and 48 percent (12-25) from deep, while holding Stony Brook to just 38 percent (17-45) and 27 percent (3-11) in those respective categories. The ‘Cats also continued to dominate the glass, holding a 32-26 rebounding advantage.

The block for Gibbs moved him into a fifth-place tie with Blagoj Janev (49) on UNH’s all-time blocks list.

El-Amin, Stony Book’s Player of the Game, led the Seawolves with a game-high 24.

WELCOME BACK

After being away from the team Dec. 6-Jan. 17, Eric Gilchrese played in his first game Jan. 28 at Stony Brook and looked like he had not missed a beat. Gilchrese led the ‘Cats to a 71-60 come-from-behind win with 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including 5 of 7 from behind the arc.

CAN YOU SPARE A BASKET?

When the Wildcats overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Stony Brook, 71-60, Jan. 28, it was again there defense that came up big. The ‘Cats held the Seawolves to just four field goals and 18 percent shooting (4-22) in the second half, including just one basket and 11 percent shooting (1-9) in the final 10 minutes of the game.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION

Trailing 34-25 against Stony Brook at the half Jan. 28, the Wildcats exploded out of the locker room, tying the game with a 13-4 run that was part of a larger 27-8 run, which led the ‘Cats to a 71-60 win. The Wildcats scored more points in the first 8:29 of the second half (26) than they did in the entire first half (25).

SEEING DOUBLE

Tyrece Gibbs, who set a career high with seven straight double-digit scoring games from Feb. 20, 2008-Nov. 29, 2008, has now scored in double figures in 20 of his last 23 games dating back to last season, including 16 of 19 this season. Gibbs has his eye on setting a new mark again as he currently has scored in double digits in six straight games.

NATIONALLY RANKED

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in a pair of categories. The Wildcats are 41st in 3-point field goals per game (7.8) and 82nd in scoring defense (63.6 papg). Individually, Tyrece Gibbs is 47th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (39.3) and 84th in 3-point field goals per game (2.5).

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS

Heading into tonight’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 512 consecutive games, a streak that spans 17 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 688 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

HOLDING DOWN THE FORT

UNH has had a knack for holding down the opposing team’s leading scorer this season. In 16 games when the opposition has had its leading scorer play in the game, the Wildcats have held him under his season average 11 times, including eight of the last nine.

POINTS CHASE

Tyrece Gibbs scored 18 points at Stony Brook on Jan. 28 to bring his career total to 1,159 points and put himself in position to leapfrog another name on UNH’s all-time scoring list. Next up for Gibbs: Matt Acres, who sits in 12th with 1,169 points.

CENTURY MARK

Tyrece Gibbs played in his 100th game as a Wildcat on Jan. 11 versus Boston University. The senior needs to play in eight more games to become the all-time leader in program history.

TOTAL PACKAGE

Tyrece Gibbs has done it all during his time in a UNH jersey, filling the stat line night in and night out. The effort paid off as Gibbs is just the second Wildcat in history to amass at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists, 80 steals and 45 blocks. With 1,159 points, 458 rebounds, 218 assists, 86 steals and 49 blocks, Gibbs joins Eric Montanari (92-95), who totaled 1,038 points, 418 rebounds, 217 assists, 93 steals and 47 blocks, on the exclusive list.

TY-RRIFIC

Tyrece Gibbs is penciling his name in all over UNH’s record books. Last season, Gibbs drained 83 3-pointers, which is the second most in a single UNH season and just four off the record. Gibbs also registered the third most 3-point attempts (204) in a season and played the third most minutes (1,038) in a season. The guard is currently third all-time on UNH’s 3-pointers made list (194), third in 3-point attempts (493), fifth in blocks (49), sixth in minutes played (3,307), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.394) and 10th in field goals attempted (970). Gibbs, who became the 26th Wildcat to score 1,000 points in a career Dec. 13 at Long Island, is also close to moving into the top 10 in games played, field goals made and assists.

DANE TRAIN: NOW BOARDING...AND SCORING

Dane DiLiegro, who is currently second in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (3.1) and fourth in rebounding overall (7.3 rpg), is averaging 5.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, better than his numbers of 4.8 points and 6.2 boards per contest at this point last season. After posting one double-digit scoring game and six double-digit rebounding games in 29 contests last year, the center has notched four double-digit scoring games and four double-digit rebounding games in just 19 tilts this season.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR CAPTAIN GIBBS

Tyrece Gibbs recorded his second career double-double when he netted 10 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds at Vermont on Jan. 25. Gibbs’ previous double-double came in an overtime contest against Harvard on Nov. 29, 2006 at Lundholm Gymnasium when he tallied the same 10 and 10.

D.J. REJECTED BY WILDCAT D

Binghamton’s D.J. Rivera, who came into the Jan. 22 matchup against UNH ranked 23rd in the country in scoring at 20.6 points per game, only managed to score six points versus the Wildcats. It was the first time in 19 games that Rivera had been held to single digits, with 11 being his previous season low in points.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR DOUBLE D

Dane DiLiegro notched his third career double-double and second of the season at Maine on Jan. 19 when he matched his career high with 12 points and ripped down 12 boards. One game earlier, the sophomore tore down 13 rebounds at Dartmouth on Jan. 17. DiLiegro recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds against Hofstra on Dec. 27 for his first double-double of the season.

TOURNEY BOUND?

In his Jan. 18 “Bracketology” column on ESPN.com where he predicts the NCAA tournament bracket and updates it weeky, Joe Lunardi picked the Wildcats to win the America East and play the MEAC’s Florida A&M in the opening-round game. If the Wildcats were to win that game, Lunadri has them advancing to play No. 1 Pitt, where head coach Bill Herrion’s brother, Tom, is the associate head coach.

NON-CONFERENCE SLATE SUCCESS

After beating Dartmouth, 68-59, Jan. 17 to close out their non-conference slate at 5-7, the Wildcats finish with their best non-conference record since the 2003-04 season when they had an identical 5-7 record.

LEADING AT THE BREAK

After beating Dartmouth, 68-59, Jan. 17, the Wildcats are now 5-0 when leading at halftime.

HOME COOKIN'

After their 65-47 win against UMBC at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 14, the Wildcats improved to 5-2 at home this season, marking the best home start for UNH since it began the 1997-98 season 6-1 in  Durham.

CONFERENCE CONQUEST

With their 65-47 victory against UMBC on Jan. 14, the Wildcats are now 2-1 in America East play for the first time since the 1994-95 season when they recorded two wins against Hofstra before losing to Delaware. The last time the ‘Cats started a conference slate 3-1 was during the 1991-92 campaign.

WILDCATS KEEP ON DEFENDING

When UNH defeated UMBC, 65-47, Jan. 14, it was once again the defense that came up big down the stretch for the Wildcats. After a Darryl Proctor layup with 9:11 left in the second half, the ‘Cats held UMBC scoreless during a 6-0 run that spanned the next 5:54. UNH, which has the second best scoring defense in the conference and 93rd best in the country at 62.6 papg, is 5-1 when holding its opponents to 60 points or less and 1-7 when allowing 61 or more.

KNOCKING OUT THE CHAMP

After beating UMBC, 65-47, Jan. 14, the Wildcats, who last season knocked off defending champion Albany, 75-66, have now recorded a victory over the reigning conference champions in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1992-93 and 1993-94 campaigns when they notched wins over Delaware.

BENSON HELPS PUT BOUNCE IN WILDCATS' STEP

Brian Benson provided a surge of energy off the bench during UNH’s 11-2 to start the second half in its 65-47 win versus UMBC on Jan. 14. Benson threw down a monstrous two-handed slam off a feed from sophomore forward Rony Tchatchoua at 18:22, and just moments later came up with a huge rejection of Darryl Proctor that kept the team feeding off the noisy Lundholm crowd’s liveliness.

ESPN'S KATZ WEIGHS IN ON 'CATS

In his blog on ESPN.com, Andy Katz had this to say about the Wildcats and their fourth-year leader: “Bill Herrion may have finally hit a consistent stride in his rebuilding job at New Hampshire. Like Harvard, UNH took out Santa Clara at home by four and then opened up America East play by beating Hartford at home. A trip to Boston University is next for the Wildcats. A win there for UNH might be a significant turning point for Herrion.“

DILIEGRO LEADS WINDEXING WILDCATS

Dane DiLiegro tore down a career-high 17 rebounds, including 10 in the first half, in UNH’s 55-47 win against Hartford on Jan. 7. DiLiegro, who tallied more offensive rebounds (8) than Hartford’s entire team (5), led the Wildcats to a 44-29 rebound advantage. The 17 boards are also a season-high in America East this season, beating out Stony Brook’s Tommy Brenton, who had 15 against Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 14. The rebound total is the most anyone in the conference has recorded since Vermont’s Marqus Blakely had 29 at UNC-Wilmington on Feb. 23, 2008, and most in a conference game since Blakely had 20 against Hartford on Feb. 20, 2008.

WILDCAT DEFENSE CONTINUING TO IMPROVE

UNH’s defense continues to get better each game and that did not change against Hartford on Jan. 7. Trailing 17-15 with 5:45 to play in the first half, the Wildcats were sparked by a Tyrece Gibbs 3-pointer from the left wing that put them back out in front, 18-17, and sent them on an 8-2 run that would give the ‘Cats a 23-19 lead at the half. UNH carried over its momentum from the first half as it opened the second frame with an 8-0 run that made the score 31-19 at 15:14. Hartford did not record its first point of the second half until a Michael Turner free throw at 13:42 and had its first bucket of the second stanza come on a Jaret von Rosenberg layup at 11:57. Going back into the first half, the Wildcats held the Hawks scoreless for 9:11, and without a field goal for 10:53.

HOME, SWEET HOME AGAINST HARTFORD

After its 55-47 win against Hartford at Lundholm Gym on Jan. 7, the Wildcats have now won five straight at home against the Hawks, dating back to the 2004-05 season.

OPENING UP RIGHT

UNH’s 55-47 win versus Hartford in its conference opener Jan. 7, paired with its 75-66 win at home against Albany in last season’s conference opener, gives the Wildcats victories in league openers in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.

ABREU NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Alvin Abreu had a career day on the offensive end of the floor Jan. 4 against Santa Clara. Abreu propelled the Wildcats to a 58-54 victory on their home court with a career-high 28 points on 8 of 14 shooting. The sophomore guard also knocked down a career-best seven 3-pointers and was perfect from deep on the day, setting a school record for most treys in a game without a miss. Abreu also netted his 500th career point and finished the day with 513. For his efforts, Abreu was named America East Co-Player of the Week the following day. The award is the first for Abreu, who was a three-time America East Rookie of the Week last season, as well as an All-Rookie Team member.

WEST COAST PARTY

UNH’s win against Santa Clara – arguably its biggest non-conference victory in nearly 15 years – was the program’s first ever against a West Coast Conference team. The Wildcats had previously lost to St. Mary’s (Dec. 22, 1988) and Gonzaga (Dec. 27, 1993).

CATS' D BUCKS BRONCOS' BRYANT

In their 58-54 win against Santa Clara on Jan. 4, the Wildcats shut down Bronco big man John Bryant. Bryant, who has received numerous looks from NBA scouts this season, came into the game averaging 18.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per contest, while owning 10 double-doubles, including a pair of 20-20 games. The Wildcats’ post defense, led by center Dane DiLiegro, held the senior to just seven points – his lowest total of the year – and eight rebounds.

GRAND THREE-PEAT

Tyrece Gibbs became the 26th Wildcat in program history to score 1,000 points in a career when he knocked down a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in the game against Long Island on Dec. 13. This marks the third straight season the Wildcats have seen one of their players reach the 1,000-point plateau. Blagoj Janev, who is currently fourth on UNH’s all-time scoring list with 1,340 points, recorded his 1,000th during the 2006-07 season, while Mike Christensen, 17th with 1,087 points, tallied his 1,000th last season.

NEW 3-POINT THREAT FOR WILDCATS?

Radar Onguetou might be spending a little too much time with Tyrece Gibbs and the rest of the Wildcats’ dangerous perimeter shooters. After sinking a total of three 3-pointers in his career, Onguetou knocked down a career-high two in three of four games from Dec. 3-13. The powerful forward was 2-for-4 from behind the arc Dec. 3 at Colgate, 2-for-3 Dec. 6 versus Brown and 2-for-3 Dec. 13 at Long Island. Onguetou was hitting them in the clutch as well, tying the game at 51 with 7:18 to go against Brown and then giving UNH a 62-58 lead with 1:36 left.

COMEBACK KIDS

Although they wound up losing to Marist, 63-61, Nov. 29, the Wildcats fought hard the final 12 minutes to claw their way back into the game. UNH trailed by 19 – 54-35 – with 12:21 to play, but ripped off a 17-2 run to pull within 56-52 with 4:24 on the clock. Eight points from Alvin Abreu, six from Dane DiLiegro and a 3-pointer from Russell Graham, combined with stifling defense that held Marist without a bucket for 8:51, powered the run. An Abreu trey with four seconds left put the Wildcats down 62-61, but that was close as they would get.

HANGIN' TOUGH

UNH held the lead against Penn State for the greatest length of time of any of the Nittany Lions’ first four opponents of the season. The Wildcats led for 12:25 in their game with PSU, which won all four games. UNH’s America East-foe Hartford held the advantage for just 1:18, NJIT led for 26 seconds and William & Mary never led in their contest.

HITTING THE CENTURY MARK

In their 101-50 win versus Suffolk on Nov. 16, the Wildcats won their second straight home-opener by scoring 100 points for the first time since a 106-103 win at Maine in four overtimes Jan. 19, 1996. The last time UNH compiled at least 100 points in regulation was Nov. 27, 1994 in a 104-97 win at Hofstra. The most recent time a Lundholm crowd witnessed a 100-point game from the Wildcats was in a 113-111 overtime win against Delaware on Feb. 26, 1995. The last time the Wildcats scored 100 points in regulation at Lundholm? You would have to go back to Dec. 29, 1983 in a 102-82 win over Fairfield. The 51-point margin of victory is also the largest for the ‘Cats since the 1941-42 season – and possibly ever. Records prior to that season are incomplete. UNH set the previous mark last season in a 95-46 win versus Suffolk.

GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

The Wildcats won their first season-opener since the 2004-05 season when they beat Suffolk, 101-50, to open up the 2008-09 campaign Nov. 16. It was UNH’s second straight home-opening win.

TACKLING THE TOP COMPETITION

Head coach Bill Herrion is not afraid to take on some of the toughest competition in the country. Since his arrival in Durham prior to the 2005-06 season, the Wildcats have taken on Big East foes UConn, Providence and Rutgers, as well as ACC power Boston College on two occassions. This season, UNH continues down that road with matchups against Big Ten member Penn State and Atlantic 10 foes Rhode Island and Fordham. The Wildcats also faced URI last season when the A10 was ranked the seventh-best conference in the nation; the Big Ten was sixth.

BENSON'S FAMOUS TEAMMATE

Brian Benson was on the court as a sophomore at Greece-Athena High School when team manager Jason “J-Mac” McElwain, who was diagnosed with autism at an early age, knocked down six 3-pointers in their division title game versus Spencerport on Feb. 16, 2006. The story quickly made national headlines, while McElwain turned into a celebrity overnight. McElwain met President Bush and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, and also appeared on various talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and Today. McElwain even won an ESPY Award for the Best Moment in Sports in 2006.

DILIEGRO TO REPRESENT COUNTRY, RELIGION

In September, Dane DiLiegro was named one of 12 members of the United States men’s basketball team that will compete at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel from July 12-23, 2009. The announcement was made by the head coach of the U.S. men’s basketball Maccabiah team, Bruce Pearl, who is also the men’s basketball head coach at the University of Tennessee.      

The Maccabiah Games, also referred to as the “Jewish Olympics,” are held in Israel every four years and include the top Jewish athletes from around the world. The 17th games in 2005 attracted the largest Maccabiah attendance in history. With over 50 countries represented by 7,700 athletes, including 900 from the U.S., the Maccabiah Games became the third largest sporting event in the world. This year, the U.S. is looking to take over 1,000 athletes, including Olympic athletes such as swimmers Dara Torres and Jason Lezak.   

DiLiegro becomes the sixth UNH athlete to participate in the Maccabiah Games, including the first basketball player.   

DiLiegro joins Duke’s Jon Scheyer and Arizona State’s Derek Glasser on the team, which won gold in 2001 and bronze at the previous Games in 2005. By making the U.S. squad, DiLiegro joins some elite company, including Dolph Schayes, one of the 50 Greatest NBA players of all-time, Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown, and Mark Spitz, who won a then-record seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, an achievement surpassed only when Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal of the 2008 Olympics.

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