January 7, 2010

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COMPLETE GAME NOTES

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team opens America East play Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. when it plays host to preseason favorite Boston University at Lundholm Gymnasium in a game that features the league's No. 1 offense (BU - 70.4 ppg) against the league's top defense (UNH - 61.7 papg). The Wildcats will look to remain perfect at home this season and extend their home winning streak to nine games. The contest will be broadcast live on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Links to live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.

The Wildcats and Terriers meet for the 121st time ever in the history of the two programs, with BU leading the all-time series, 85-35. The Terriers have controlled the series lately, winning 15 of the past 17 meetings. Despite BU having won four straight in the all-time series, UNH has grabbed a pair of wins in the past seven games. At home, the Wildcats have won two of the past four matchups. Playing the role of visitor, however, the Wildcats have dropped 15 straight to the Terriers, grabbing their last win in Boston on Feb. 10, 1994 in a 64-56 triumph. In the most recent meeting Feb. 7, 2009, senior guard Tyrece Gibbs scored a game-high 20 points, but it was not enough as the Wildcats were defeated by Boston University, 67-49, at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 9-13 on the season, including 4-6 in America East play, while the Terriers won their eighth straight and improved to 14-9 overall and 9-2 in the conference.

Gibbs was awarded UNH’s America East Player of the Game, shooting 7-for-16 from the floor, including 6 of 11 from beyond the arc en route to coming up just two points shy of his career high. His six 3-pointers were a season high that matched his career best. In addition to his impressive scoring, Gibbs also tallied four rebounds, three assists and a block

Gibbs finished with 1,189 career points, moving past Matt Acres (1,169), Jim Rich (1,180) and Greg Steele (1,187) for 10th place on UNH’s all-time scoring list. Gibbs’ block, the 51st of his career, moved him into a fourth-place tie with Joe Rainis on the program’s list.

The Wildcats opened up the game on a 9-2 run, starting with a Radar Onguetou jumper from just inside the arc. The Terriers would respond with a layup by Jake O’Brien just moments later, but it would be all UNH from that point as the Wildcats would go on to score seven unanswered points.

Sophomore center Dane DiLiegro began the scoring streak with a pretty up-and-under layup that was followed by a Gibbs baseline 3-pointer, which gave the Wildcats a 7-2 advantage at 17:15. Gibbs would keep the run going on the next possession when he delivered a pass to sophomore guard Alvin Abreu for a fastbreak layup to push the Wildcat lead to seven points.

The Terriers would respond to UNH’s offensive outburst with a 15-2 run of their own, putting the score at 17-11 after a John Holland 3-pointer from the right wing with 9:00 remaining in the opening half. With the scored knotted at 11 with 10:48 left, it was a Scott Brittain layup that gave BU the lead for good.

Despite the run, the Wildcats would come alive once again on a 3 from the left wing at 8:06 by sophomore guard Tyrone Conley. The Terriers would strike back as Jake O’Brien sank a 3-pointer to push the BU lead to 21-15 at 5:58. Junior guard Colbey Santos continued the back-and-forth barrage with a trey of his own. Matt Wolff ended the shootout with another triple that put the Terriers up 24-18 with just under five minutes to go.

Lowe sank his first 3 of the game to widen BU’s lead to nine with 3:38 to play, but Gibbs answered with his 198th career 3-pointer, which moved him past Tommy MacDonald (197) and into second place on UNH’s all-time 3-point field goals made list, and cut the Wildcats’ deficit to 27-21. Gibbs was not done either, draining his third trey of the half to get UNH within three with 1:48 on the clock.

The Terriers would close out the period by scoring the final six points, however, receiving a 3 from Marques Johnson before an old fashioned three-point play with 19 seconds on the clock by Lowe closed the scoring with BU on top 33-24 at the halfway point.

Onguetou finished with four points and nine boards, while DiLiegro also scored four points on 2 of 2 shooting and pulled down five rebounds in the contest. Abreu netted seven points to go along with five assists, a rebound and a block, and Conley chipped in with six points, a rebound, an assist and a pair of steals.

The Terriers opened the second half the same way they ended the first, scoring six straight points – capped by a Lowe jumper – to take a 39-24 lead at 17:46. Gibbs again answered the bell, knocking down his 200th career trey to get UNH on the board in the second frame. John Holland answered with a 3 of his own before a Gibbs layup made it 42-29 with 14:52 remaining.

Three-pointers by Lowe and Holland highlighted a 7-2 run that moved the score to 49-31 at 13:25. After a pair of free throws by freshman forward Brian Benson, a pass from Lowe set up a Jeff Pelage dunk that sparked a 13-3 run, which ended with the Terriers holding their largest lead of the game at 62-36 with 6:41 left.

An 8-0 Wildcat run, sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Gibbs, brought UNH to within 18 at 62-44 with just under four minutes remaining. After the team’s traded baskets, an Abreu trifecta sliced the Wildcat deficit to 15 at 2:31. The Terriers would score the final three points, however, receiving a layup from Brittain at 2:02 before a free throw with 26 seconds on the clock closed the scoring.

Benson finished with three points, eight boards, an assist and a steal in 25 minutes.

Holland was named BU’s America East Player of the Game as he notched his first double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and pulling in 12 boards. Lowe led the Terriers in scoring with 19 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Brittain fell just shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while O’Brien also reached double figures in scoring as he recorded 10 points and seven boards.

LAST TIME OUT

Junior Tyrone Conley poured in a career-high 28 points, but the Wildcats’ furious comeback fell short as they dropped a 71-68 heartbreaking decision to Santa Clara on Jan. 2 at the Leavey Center.

The Wildcats fell to 5-6, but with one non-conference game remaining on their schedule (ESPN BracketBuster game Feb. 20) have assured themselves the program’s best non-conference record since at least the 2003-04 season (5-7). A win against the still-to-be-determined opponent Feb. 20 would give the ‘Cats their best record since the 1994-95 team went 7-3 in the non-conference. The Broncos improved to 8-8.

After classmate Alvin Abreu dropped 28 on Santa Clara in UNH’s 58-54 win last season (Jan. 4) in Durham, Conley duplicated the feat and extended his double-digit scoring streak to a career-best six games on 9 of 16 shooting from the field and 4 of 4 shooting at the stripe. Conley, the America East Player of the Game, made a career-best six 3-pointers and filled the rest of the stat sheet with eight rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal in 36 minutes. Fellow junior Dane DiLiegro came on strong in the second half and finished with 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting to go along with six boards, two assists and a block.

Robert Smith and Michael Santos led the Broncos with 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Trailing 65-58 with 53 seconds to play in the game, the Wildcats cut it to five when Conley was fouled attempting to put back an offensive rebound and sank both free throws. After a Santa Clara turnover, DiLiegro slipped ahead of the pack and received a feed from sophomore Russell Graham before flushing a two-handed dunk that made it 65-52 with 51 seconds on the clock.

After Santos pushed the Broncos’ lead back to five with a pair at the line, DiLiegro sank his seventh basket of the half to bring the score to 67-64 with 38 ticks left. After Santa Clara called a full timeout, Santos turned the ball over and Conley converted a layup on the other end to slice the UNH deficit to one with 33 seconds to play. Another SCU turnover kept the Wildcats alive and they capitalized as freshman Chandler Rhoads drove the lane and knocked down a shot from across his body in the paint to give the ‘Cats a 68-67 lead - their first since they were on top 6-3 with 18:16 remaining in the first half.

Raymond Cowels was fouled going to the hoop with four seconds left and made both at the line to give Santa Clara a one-point lead. After the Wildcats turned over the inbounds pass, they fouled Cowels again to send him to the stripe, where he made both to make it 71-68 with 1.4 seconds remaining. The ‘Cats had one final chance, but their three-quarters-court heave sailed high as time expired.

DiLiegro netted 15 of his 20 points on 7 of 8 shooting in the second half, while Conley added 12 and was 3-for-6 from the field.

Smith opened the game with a 3-pointer, but Conley came back with two 3’s of his own before Smith answered with another to tie the game at six with 17:20 remaining. Santa Clara then ran off a 7-0 stretch that was capped by a Santos trey at 15:32. After the teams traded baskets, layups by Graham and Conley made it 15-12 before Conley knocked down a 3 to tie it at 17 with 11:14 on the clock.

On the next possession down, Troy Payne’s tip-in sparked a 12-0 Bronco run that made it 29-17 with 5:45 left. A two-handed dunk from junior James Valladares stopped the bleeding, and another Conley trifecta cut the UNH deficit to seven. Santa Clara led 33-25 when consecutive dunks by Conley and DiLiegro closed the scoring and cut the Bronco lead to 33-29 at the break.

Santos opened the second half with a layup before DiLiegro recorded a pair of field goals to make it 35-33. After a pair of Marc Trasolini free throws, DiLiegro and Santos traded baskets before senior Radar Onguetou knocked down a 3 to cut it to 39-38 with 15:35 to play. UNH was still down one, 46-45, when Santa Clara scored six straight to open up a seven-point lead with 7:25 left.

Abreu sank a 3-pointer to make it 52-48, but the Broncos scored five more in a row and grabbed a nine-point advantage with 5:28 on the clock. The teams went back and forth over the next three minutes with DiLiegro and Conley each scoring five of the Wildcats’ 10 points as they climbed to within seven at 65-58 with 2:39 remaining and set the stage for their feverish rally.

Graham tied his career high with seven assists and Onguetou recorded five points and eight boards.

Trasolini added 12 for the Broncos.

Santa Clara outshot UNH, 48.9 percent (22-45) to 40.6 percent (26-64), and also held an advantage at the line, shooting 23-for-27 while the Wildcats were 8-for-12. The ‘Cats only turned the ball over nine times and forced 17 Santa Clara turnovers and also outscored the Broncos in the paint, 34-32.

HOME, SWEET HOME

Dating back to the end of last season, the Wildcats have won eight straight games at home, which is the second longest streak since the 1960-61 season. The only time the ‘Cats won more consecutive games at home in the last 49 years is when they were victorious in 12 straight games at Lundholm Gymnasium from Nov. 30, 1982-Jan. 2, 1984. The current streak began Feb. 18, 2009 in a 63-54 win versus Maine.

MORE HOME COOKIN'

The Wildcats have started out the season 5-0 at home for the first time since the 1968-69 campaign when the ‘Cats won their first five games in Durham. Dating back to the 1958-59 season, no UNH team has ever started 6-0 at home. Location records prior to that season are incomplete.

CLOUD NINE

In their Jan. 2 game at Santa Clara, juniors Tyrone Conley and Dane DiLiegro each recorded nine field goals, shooting 9-for-16 and 9-for-12 from the floor, respectively. The last time two Wildcats have posted nine or more baskets in the same game was Feb. 24, 1995 against Drexel and current head coach Bill Herrion. Scott Drapeau and Matt Alosa each tallied nine buckets for the ‘Cats at Lundholm Gymnasium as they were 9 of 23 and 9 of 24 on the night, respectively.

CONFERENCE COACHING CONQUESTS

Head coach Bill Herrion is currently tops among active coaches and third overall in America East regular season conference victories. Herrion’s 131 conference wins are far and away better than the league’s other eight coaches, with Albany’s Will Brown the next closest with 64. Overall, Herrion sits behind only former Boston University head coach Dennis Wolff (152) and long-time Vermont head man Tom Brennan (147).

LOVEABLE LUNDHOLM

Junior Alvin Abreu is averaging 19.4 points per game this season at Lundholm Gymnasium, while adding 8.7 ppg on the road. Abreu is also shooting the lights out at home at 50.8 percent (31-61), but hitting on just 21.7 percent (15-69) of his shots away from Lundholm. The same trend holds true for the whole squad, which averages 72.4 ppg on 46.4 percent shooting at home and just 53.2 ppg on 34.1 percent shooting on the road.

JUNIOR TRIO SOLID IN CRUNCH TIME

Juniors Alvin Abreu, Tyrone Conley and Dane DiLiegro have stepped up down the stretch in games this season for the Wildcats. In the final five minutes, the three are a combined 22-for-34 (.647) from the field and 22 of 30 (.733) at the line. Inside of one minute, the trio is even better, shooting 7 of 9 (.778) from the floor and 12 of 14 (.857) at the stripe.

THREE-HEADED MONSTERS

The Wildcats are one of just two teams in America East with three players in the top 17 in scoring. Alvin Abreu (13.5 ppg), Tyrone Conley (12.6) and Dane DiLiegro (11.2) are inside the top 17 for UNH, while Boston University has John Holland (18.4), Corey Lowe (14.4) and Jake O’Brien (13.8).

DOUBLE-DIGIT DANDY

Junior Tyrone Conley currently owns a career-best six-game double-digit scoring streak, which began Dec. 9 against Central Connecticut State. During the streak, Conley is averaging 17.7 points per game.

TOP-NOTCH OPPONENTS

The combined record of the six teams UNH has lost to this season is 58-29 (.667). The Wildcats have suffered all of their defeats on the road at Maryland (9-4), Harvard (11-3), Pitt (13-2), Hofstra (8-7), Army (9-4) and Santa Clara (8-9).

NATIONALLY RANKED (AS OF JAN. 3)

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in scoring defense (61.7 ppg) at 55th. Individually, Russell Graham is 58th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.22) and Dane DiLiegro is 87th in rebounding (8.4 rpg).

DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS

The Wildcats have built on their solid defensive year a season ago and have only allowed 60 or more points in a game four times. The ‘Cats, who held the Big East’s Pitt to 47 points Dec. 4, lead the league in scoring defense at 61.7 ppg. UNH is also third in the conference in field goal percentage defense at 41.4 percent and 3-point field goal percentage defense at 32.9 percent.

'CATS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS

A number of Wildcats find themselves in the top 10 on a handful of conference lists. Point guard Russell Graham ranks first in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.2) and fifth in assists (3.6 apg), Dane DiLiegro is third in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.527), Alvin Abreu is seventh in free throw percentage (.774), and Tyrone Conley is eighth in 3-pointers made (23).

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS

Heading into Thursday’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 534 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 752 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

FAST 50

With his 63-55 win against Colgate on Dec. 30, head coach Bill Herrion earned his 50th career victory at UNH and became just the second coach in program history to record 50 wins in less than five full seasons. Gerry Friel, UNH’s all-time winningest coach, won 61 games in his first five years in Durham.

.500 CLUB

With their 63-55 win versus Colgate on Dec. 30, the Wildcats improved to 5-5 on the season, marking the first time the ‘Cats have reached New Year’s Day at .500 or better since they started the 1997-98 season at 5-5 through the first two months of the year.

CLAMPING DOWN

The Wildcat defense once again played a strong role in the team’s 63-55 win against Colgate on Dec. 30. The ‘Cats held the Raiders withouth a field goal for the first 5:54 of the game and then sealed the win by forcing Colgate to miss all four of their shots over the final 32 seconds.

REELING IN THE REBOUNDS

In their 63-55 win against Colgate on Dec. 30, the Wildcats had three players record at least eight rebounds en route to holding a 46-31 advantage on the glass. Dane DiLiegro pulled in 10 boards, and Alvin Abreu and Radar Onguetou reeled in eight apiece as the ‘Cats posted their highest total versus a Division I opponent this season. UNH is now second in the league in rebounding margin (+2.2).

BOOT CAMP BOARDING

Juniors Dane DiLiegro matched his season high by pulling down 15 rebounds at Army on Dec. 22. DiLiegro also recorded 15 boards in the season opener versus Suffolk on Nov. 14.

DYNAMIC DUO

Juniors Tyrone Conley and Alvin Abreu each scored 21 points in the Wildcats' 69-59 win against Dartmouth on Dec. 20. The performances marked the first time the duo each scored 20 points or more in the same game. Conley netted 16 in the first half, while Abreu poured in 17 in the second stanza.

CENTER OF ATTENTION

With starting center Dane DiLiegro in foul trouble for much of the Wildcats' 69-59 win against Dartmouth on Dec. 20, freshman center Chris Matagrano gave the ‘Cats a nice lift off the bench. Matagrano reached career highs in points (5) and rebounds (4) in 10 minutes.

WELL, THAT DIDN'T LAST VERY LONG

After setting season highs in field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage in their previous home game against Central Connecticut State, the Wildcats heated up again to erase those marks in a 69-59 win versus Dartmouth on Dec. 20. The ‘Cats shot 53.3 percent (24-45) from the field and 44.4 percent (4-9) from behind the arc against the Big Green.

SOMETHING GOOD ABREU-IN'

Junior Alvin Abreu erupted for a season-high 25 points in the Wildcats' 67-55 win against Central Connecticut State on Dec. 9. The total was Abreu's second highest of his career and most since he dropped 28 on Santa Clara at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 4, 2009.

TICKLING THE TWINE

After a defensive struggle in their previous game at Pitt in which the Wildcats scored 32 points, they came in on fire versus Central Connecticut State and stayed hot throughout the game. The ‘Cats set season highs in shooting percentage from the field (.500), behind the arc (.429) and at the line (.750).

HERRION VS. WILDCATS' 2009-10 OPPONENTS

Coming into the season, Bill Herrion owned a 115-67 (.632) record against the Wildcats' 2009-10 opponents.

CAGING THE PANTHERS

In their 47-32 loss Dec. 4, the Wildcats held Pitt to its lowest scoring output since March 10, 2007 when Georgetown only allowed 42 points in a 65-42 win against the Panthers in the Big East title game at Madison Square Garden. Against UNH, Pitt was held scoreless for the first 5:15 of the game, did not convert its first field goal until 6:37 in, and went 15:30 before grabbing its first lead.

PHILLY'S FINEST

Freshman Myrick scored a career-high 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 1 of 1 from behind the arc, in a career-high 18 minutes against the Big East's Pitt on Dec. 4.

DILIEGRO NETS TOP WEEKLY HONOR

Junior Dane DiLiegro was named America East Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 29, the conference announced Nov. 30.

DiLiegro earned the first weekly conference honor of his career after averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in a 78-60 loss at Harvard on Nov. 25, as well as a 72-58 victory at home versus Marist on Nov. 28. DiLiegro also shot 50 percent (15-30) from the field and 78 percent (7-9) at the line in the two games.

At Harvard, DiLiegro posted a solid performance of 10 points and eight rebounds before exploding against Marist. DiLiegro scored a career-high 27 points on 11 of 19 shooting from the floor and 5 of 5 shooting at the line, while pulling down eight boards. DiLiegro had matched his career best after just 14 first-half minutes, and was single-handedly outscoring Marist at the break, 21-20.

POURING BUCKETS

Junior Dane DiLiegro scored a career-high 27 points as he was 11-for-19 from the floor and made all five of his free throws in a season-high 34 minutes against Marist on Nov. 28, making him the first Wildcat to record that many baskets in a game since Blagoj Janev was a perfect 11-for-11 from the field en route to 31 points against Vermont on Jan. 9, 2007. The 11 field goals marked the second time in his career that DiLiegro converted 10 or more field goals, as he knocked down 10 shots when he set his previous career best of 21 points Feb. 19 of last season versus Maine. The 27 points is also the most for a Wildcat since classmate Alvin Abreu netted 28 against Santa Clara on Jan. 4 of last season.

HERRION CLIMBING WINS LIST

By defeating Marist, 72-58, Nov. 28, head coach Bill Herrion recorded his 47th victory at UNH and moved into fifth on the school's all-time wins list, passing Gib Chapman, who won 46 games in four seasons from 1992-96. Herrion moved past Phil Rowe, who won 45 games in six seasons from 1999-05, with his 91-45 win against Suffolk on Nov. 14, and now trails only Gerry Friel (188), William Cowell (119), Henry Swasey (108) and Bill Olsen (60) in the record books.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE ON THE RADAR

Senior Radar Onguetou scored 11 points and tied his career high with 12 rebounds against Marist on Nov. 28 to record his second career double-double. Onguetou's first double-double came at UMBC on Jan. 25, 2007 when he recorded the same 11 points and 12 rebounds.

AMERICA EAST SEASONS BESTS

Against Marist on Nov. 28, a trio of Wildcats submitted three of the best performances in America East this season. Junior Dane DiLiegro poured in a career-high 27 points, the most in the conference at the time. Senior Radar Onguetou matched his career best by grabbing 12 rebounds, which tied for the third best mark in the league. Sophomore Russell Graham surpassed his previous career high by handing out seven assists, the fourth best America East mark on the year at the time.

PICKING IT BACK UP

Senior Colbey Santos picked up where he left off last season in the America East semifinal against Binghamton when he netted a career-high 17 points on 4 of 5 shooting from behind the arc. In the season opener against Suffolk on Nov. 14, Santos scored 10 points, before netting 14 points at 25th-ranked Maryland on Nov. 20. The three-game double-digit scoring streak is the longest of Santos' career and also matches the number of games Santos recorded 10 or more points in the previous 86 games of his career.

MARGINALLY BETTER

In the Wildcats' 82-55 loss at 25th-ranked Maryland on Nov. 20, the 27-point deficit was the Terps' smallest margin of victory of the season to that point.

STANDING TALL

In the Wildcats' 82-55 loss at 25th-ranked Maryland on Nov. 20, sophomore point guard Russell Graham grabbed a game-high and career-best eight rebounds. Graham, who measures an even 6-feet tall, was the only player under 6-2 to play in the game.

RHOAD TO SUCCESS

Freshman Chandler Rhoads was named America East Rookie of the Week for the period ending Nov. 15 the conference announced Nov. 16.

Rhoads shined for the Wildcats in the first collegiate game of his career against Suffolk on Nov. 14 as he scored a game-high 14 points and added five assists, four steals and three rebounds in 23 minutes of action during UNH's 91-45 win at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Rhoads became just the fifth Wildcat since the awards' inception in 1983 to win it the first week of the season, joining Todd Black (Dec. 10, 1983), Joe Spitale (Dec. 5, 1988), Will Chavis (Nov. 22, 1998) and Chris Vetrano (Nov. 21, 2004). The point guard was also the first Wildcat to garner the honor since current junior Alvin Abreu on Feb. 25, 2008.

CRASHING THE GLASS

Against Suffolk on Nov. 14, junior Dane DiLiegro pulled down 15 rebounds, which is the second highest total of his career.

SECOND-HALF STUD

Junior Alvin Abreu continued his pattern from last year of picking up his scoring in the second half. After going into the break with just two points against Suffolk on Nov. 14, Abreu came out and netted 10 in the second stanza to finish with 12. Abreu also added seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.

SOPHOMORE JINX?

Sophomores Brian Benson and Russell Graham both set career highs versus Suffolk on Nov. 14. Benson scored a career-high nine points, while Graham dished out a then career-best six assists.

DROPPING DIMES

The Wildcats dished out an assist on 69 percent (22-32) of their baskets in their 91-45 win against Suffolk on Nov. 14. Last year the ‘Cats assisted on 50 percent (323-647) of their buckets.

BLOCK PARTY

In their 91-45 win against Suffolk on Nov. 14, the Wildcats blocked six shots, including three by freshman big man Chris Matagrano.

GREAT SCOTT!

Head coach Bill Herrion and his staff announced Nov. 11 that Scott Morris has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Wildcats and attend school next fall.

"One of our needs with this year's recruiting class was to get a 2-guard that can shoot the basketball," Herrion said. "Losing Colbey Santos after this year and Alvin Abreu and Tyrone Conley being seniors next year, we have to make sure we have depth at the shooting guard spot. Scott is a tough, athletic kid, who can really shoot the ball from the 3. He is a total student-athlete and we are very happy to have him here at UNH."

Morris, who is currently a senior at Walkersville High School, averaged 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds. 6.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season as he led the Lions to the regional finals and an 18-7 record. Morris was named to the Frederick News Post All-County First Team, as well as the All-Gazette First Team, and was First Team All-Piedmont Division. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound guard averaged 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists as an All-Piedmont Division first teamer.     The three-year starter and two-time team MVP also performs well off the court as he is the owner of a 4.0 grade-point-average, which ranks No. 1 in his class of 328.

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, click here.

WILDCAT BASKETBALL ON THE AIR

In the summer of 1999, the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department formed the "UNH Sports Network" - the largest network ever to broadcast UNH sporting events. Wildcats Sports Properties has added WGIN-AM 930 (Rochester) and WQSO-FM 96.7 (Portsmouth) as flagship stations on the Wildcat Sports Network, joining WGIR-AM 610 (Manchester), which was added in 2008. All three stations are part of the Clear Channel family and this change will go into effect at the beginning of the 2009-10 season. These three aforementioned stations - along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) - will carry the following: all UNH football & men's hockey broadcasts and weekly coaches' shows, a select number of men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's hockey broadcasts, as well as "Wildcat Sports Today", a three-minute daily update concerning UNH athletics. The games can also be heard on the internet at www.UNHWildcats.com, through a service from Stretch Internet. Stretch has also partnered with UNH to develop a podcast page for UNH fans to listen to archived broadcasts.  Veteran play-by-play man Jim Jeannotte will return for his 29th year broadcasting UNH men's basketball. Jeannotte will be joined by color analyst Mike Murphy, who enters his 10th season calling Wildcat men's hoop.

WILDCAT BASKETBALL STREAMING LIVE

UNHWildcats.com, via Stretch Internet Broadcast, will carry 11 UNH men's basketball games, as well as a pair of road contests this season. If you cannot attend Wildcat basketball, you can still tune into the game from anywhere you can gain access to the internet. Fans can get to the UNH men's basketball broadcast site by going to the men's basketball schedule page at www.UNHWildcats.com.

UNH HOOPS ON WILDCATS.TV

UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH's seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2009-10 season with UNHwildcats.Tv. Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the "Wildcat All-Access Pass" which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.

INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT

Juniors James Valladares, Alvin Abreu and Dane DiLiegro all spent part of their summers representing their respective countries while playing basketball internationally. Valladares suited up for the El Salvador National Team at the FIBA COCABA Games in Cancun, Mexico, where he averaged 17.4 points per game. Abreu practiced with the Dominican National Team in Santo Domingo, where he battled with the likes of Francisco Garcia of the Sacramento Kings, Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons and Edgar Sosa, a senior at Louisville. DiLiegro played for the United States at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. DiLiegro averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game en route to helping the Americans capture the gold medal.

HALL CALL

Head coach Bill Herrion was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as a special honoree with the Clark University High School Basketball Tournament on Oct. 9. Along with the Clark Tournament itself and two major contributors to the success of the tournament, Herrion went in as one of just three players that will represent 70 years of basketball greatness at "The Clark." Herrion's best game came on Feb. 19, 1976 in a 96-79 win against Nashoba that lifted Oxford into the championship. Herrion knocked down 14 baskets and was 19 of 21 from the free throw line en route to scoring 47 points. The 19 free throws still stand as a single-game tournament record, while the 47 points are the third most in a single game and the 14 field goals are sixth most.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

The Wildcats welcome in three newcomers this season. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.), a 6-foot-4, 190-pound point guard, attended Air Force Prep last season and averaged 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals per game. Rhoads, who has great size, speed and strength and will increase the Wildcats' already solid depth on the perimeter, graduated as the all-time leading scorer at Clarke County High School with 1,638 points. Rhoads, who was named Virginia State A Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 25.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game during his senior campaign, lead Clarke County to a pair of state championships during his four years at the school. Rhoads was also a First Team All-State member his junior and senior seasons, as well as being a McDonald's All-American nominee his final year at Clarke County.

Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.), a 6-6, 180-pound wing, is a very good athlete who has size and is long. Myrick averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game last season at Prep Charter High School. Myrick, a McDonald's All-American nominee, led Prep Charter to a 21-7 record.

Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) is a 6-9, 250-pound center, who plays hard and brings a great work ethic to the squad. Matagrano averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game last season for Blair Academy, where he led the school to a 19-4 record, as well as the program's first New Jersey Prep A state championship in school history. Matagrano, who has great size, physical presence and very good skill for a big man, graduated from Sayreville High School, where he led the program to the NJSIAA tournament in 2007-08 for the first time in five years after averaging 12 points and 12 boards per game en route to being voted the squad's MVP.

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