MEN'S HOOP GOES FOR SWEEP OF HARTFORD TO OPEN FEBRUARY (FEB. 4)

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will meet conference rival the University of Hartford on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at Chase Arena. The game will be broadcast live on WDRC 1360 AM, with the link available at www.UNHWildcats.com. The Wildcats and Hawks meet for the 51st time ever in the history of the two programs, with Hartford leading the all-time series, 32-18. The last 10 meetings have been fairly even, with UNH holding a 6-4 advantage. Each team has also played well on their home court, as well. The Wildcats have won five straight against the Hawks at Lundholm Gymnasium, while the Hawks have won six straight over the ‘Cats at Chase Arena. Hartford has not won in Durham since an 85-58 win Jan. 28, 2004, and UNH has not won at Hartford since an 80-78 triumph Jan. 12, 2002. The ‘Cats and Hawks have split the regular-season series for the past four seasons. In the most recent meeting Jan. 7, the Wildcats defeated the Hawks, 55-47 in their conference opener at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Senior guard Tyrece Gibbs scored a season-high 21 points to lift the Wildcats.

The Wildcats’ second consecutive win, and fifth straight victory over Hartford at home, upped their record to 5-7, including 1-0 in America East play, while the Hawks fell to 5-10 overall and 1-1 in the conference. UNH, which beat Albany, 75-66, at home last season to open up league play, won its conference opener in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.

Gibbs, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, added a season-high eight rebounds to go along with his point total that fell just one shy of tying his career high.

UNH had its largest lead of the game, a 38-25 advantage with 8:49 to go in the game, when Hartford ripped off a 13-2 run, highlighted by eight points from Jaret von Rosenberg, to cut the Wildcat lead to 40-38 with just under six minutes remaining.

The Wildcats maintained their composure, however and responded in a big way. Gibbs knocked down one of his five 3-pointers on the night and when Hartford’s America East Player of the Game, Michael Turner, answered with a 3 of his own, Gibbs came back with another trey to spark an 8-1 run that gave the ‘Cats a 51-43 lead with 1:45 on the clock. Four UNH free throws would offset Hartford’s layup and a pair of free throws to close out the game.

Center Dane DiLiegro hit the last two free throws to finish with four points. It was on the glass, however, where the sophomore was huge for the Wildcats, tearing down a career-high 17 rebounds, including 10 in the first half. 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 were 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 was 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.

The Wildcats got off to a quick start against the Hawks as they opened up the game on a 12-4 run, with seven points from Gibbs, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key that capped the run at 14:50.

Despite the quick start by the Wildcats, the Hawks managed to find their offensive groove as a von Rosenberg layup sparked a 13-3 run that lasted 9:17. The run was capped off with a Genesis Maciel jumper that gave Hartford its first lead of the night as it pushed ahead, 17-15, at 5:45.

The Wildcats would not let the lead stand for long as on the ensuing possession a Gibbs 3-pointer from the left wing put UNH back out in front 18-17, and sparked an 8-2 run that would send the ‘Cats into the locker room with a 23-19 lead. Gibbs, who ended the game with 1,053 career points to move past Eric Montanari (1,038) into 18th place on UNH’s all-time scoring list, finished the half with 10 points. The Wildcats are now 3-0 on the year when leading at halftime.

New Hampshire carried over its momentum from the first half as it opened the second frame with an 8-0 run that was capped off with an Alvin Abreu put-back off a miss to make the score 31-19 at 15:14. The two teams went back and forth until Hartford’s big run down the stretch.

Hartford did not record its first point of the second half until a Turner free throw at 13:42 and had its first bucket of the second half come on a 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.

Abreu tallied 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while sophomore forward Rony Tchatchoua gave the Wildcats more good minutes with 11 points, six boards, two assists, a block and a steal.

Turner led Hartford with 16 points and seven rebounds, while von Rosenberg added 15 points and three assists.

LAST TIME OUT

Sophomore guard Tyrone Conley scored 10 points and junior forward Radar Onguetou nearly posted his second career double-double, but the Wildcats fell to the University of Vermont, 83-39, Jan. 31 in front of 1,256 fans – the largest crowd this season – at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats, who lost at Vermont, 72-56, just six days prior, fell to 8-12 on the season, including 3-5 in America East play. The Catamounts improved to 16-6 overall and a conference-best 7-2.

Conley was 4-for-6 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc to go along with two rebounds and a steal. Onguetou, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, scored nine points and ripped down a season-high 10 boards.

The first half was closely contested most of the way, with the Wildcats as close as three with 4:18 to go. A jumper by sophomore guard Alvin Abreu that tied the score at two just 1:24 into the game was the closest UNH would come to taking the lead, however. After Vermont went up 6-2, senior guard Tyrece Gibbs answered with a 3-ponter that cut the deficit to one with 17:44 remaining.

With the lead still at one for Vermont later in the half, Marqus Blakely gave his team some breathing room with back-to-back baskets that made the score 12-7 with just under 11 minutes on the clock. After the teams traded free throws, a Conley jumper sliced the Vermont lead to three. The lead was at four a minute later when Mike Trimboli knocked down a 3 to give the Catamounts their largest lead of the game at that point, 19-12 with 6:50 left in the half.

Four UNH free throws whittled its deficit to three, but a three-point play from Garvey Young pushed the lead to six before Trimboli capped the 5-0 run with a layup that made it 26-18 with 2:41 to play. After the teams traded field goals, a ferocious two-handed slam from freshman forward Brian Benson seemed to put the ‘Cats in a good position on the scoreboard (28-22) and in the energy department as the crowd came to life and forced Vermont to call a timeout. An old fashioned three-point play by Joey Accaoui, however, opened up Vermont’s largest lead of the half (31-22) with 52 seconds left and that was the way the teams went into the break.

The Wildcats came out and looked like they might have a second-half comeback in them when Onguetou knocked down a jumper to cut the deficit to two. After a Colin McIntosh layup, Gibbs drained a jumper to make it 33-26 with 19:13 remaining. From there, however, Vermont caught fire and outscored UNH, 50-13, the rest of the way. A 12-2 Vermont run, with eight points from McIntosh, widened the lead to 45-28 with 14:14 left.

After a layup from sophomore center Dane DiLiegro stopped the run at 14:01, the Catamounts went back to work, using an 18-0 run, with six points apiece from McIntosh and Accaoui, to grab a 63-30 lead with 8:40 to play. A 3-pointer from Conley stopped the bleeding at 8:23, but was answered with a trey from Nick Vier 23 seconds later. Conley then hit a jumper to make it 66-35 at 7:12, but the Catamounts put together another 8-0 run to open their lead up to 74-35 with 4:27 to play.

Conley drained another trey to halt the momentum with 4:00 left, but a 9-1 by Vermont the rest of the way closed the scoring with its largest margin of the afternoon – 44.

Benson tallied six points, matched his career high with nine rebounds and added a block and a steal in a career-high 29 minutes, which led UNH. DiLiegro scored two points and pulled down eight boards.

After shooting 39 percent (10-26) in the first half, the Catamounts were 69 percent (20-29) from the field in the second half, including 5 of 5 from behind the arc, to equal 55 percent (30-55) for the game. Vermont was also 55 percent (6-11) from 3 in the game and 85 percent (17-20) at the line. The ‘Cats were 24 percent (12-50) from the field and 63 percent (12-19) at the stripe.

McIntosh poured in 16 points – all in the second half – to be named Vermont’s America East Player of the Game. Trimboli also netted 16 for the Catamounts, while Blakely and Accaoui, recorded 13 and 12, respectively.

ON THE RADAR

Radar Onguetou narrowly missed his second career double-double Jan. 31 against Hartford. Onguetou scored nine points and pulled down a season-high 10 boards against the Catamounts, en route to being named America East Player of the Game. It is the first Player of the Game award for Onguetou since he garnered the honor nearly two years ago in an America East quarterfinal game against Albany on March 3, 2007.

NATIONALLY RANKED

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in 3-point field goals per game (7.6) at 57th and are just outside the top 100 in scoring defense (64.6 papg) at 101st.

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS

Heading into tonight’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 513 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 689 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 17 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 10.

POINTS CHASE

Tyrece Gibbs scored five points versus Vermont on Jan. 31 to bring his career total to 1,164 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. Jim Rich is 11th at 1,180.

CENTURY MARK

Tyrece Gibbs played in his 100th game as a Wildcat on Jan. 11 versus Boston University. The senior needs to play in seven 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 1,164 points, 458 rebounds, 220 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 (195), third in 3-point attempts (496), fifth in blocks (49), sixth in minutes played (3,326), seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.393), 10th in field goals attempted (979) and 10th in games played (107). 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 field goals made and assists.

DANE TRAIN: NOW BOARDING...AND SCORING

Dane DiLiegro, who is currently tied for first in the conference in offensive rebounds per game (3.2) and fourth in rebounding overall (7.4 rpg), is averaging 5.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, better than his numbers of 4.9 points and 6.3 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 20 tilts this season.

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).

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, Lunardi 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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