MEN'S BASKETBALL BATTLES STONY BROOK ON JAN. 10

COMPLETE NOTES

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will take on Stony Brook University in a rematch of last year's America East quarterfinal meeting Jan. 10 (2 p.m.) at Pritchard Gymnasium. Links to live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.

The Wildcats and Seawolves meet for the 19th time in their relatively young conference rivalry, with UNH leading the all-time series, 13-5. The Wildcats have won nine of the last 10 meetings, including five straight against the Seawolves. UNH swept the season series last year for the third time in four seasons, including two straight. The Wildcats have been victorious in three of the last four games on the road against the Seawolves, and have been even more dominant at home against SBU, winning seven of their last eight, including six straight. In the most recent meeting March 7, 2009, the fourth-seeded Wildcats ousted No. 5 Stony Brook from the America East tournament with a 76-73 quarterfinal victory at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.

Senior guard Tyrece Gibbs and sophomore guard Tyrone Conley scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the Wildcats into the semifinal round.

The Wildcats won for the fifth time in six games to improve to 14-15 on the season and advance to just their sixth semifinal in school history versus No. 1 Binghamton University. The Wildcats, who were 58-57 victors in overtime March 1 at Lundholm Gymnasium, beat the Seawolves for the third time that season and second time in six days. The ‘Cats beat their first-round opponent after sweeping them in the regular season for the first time since the 1984-85 season when they defeated Colgate University three times, including the NAC first-round game. Stony Brook fell to 16-14 overall.

Head coach Bill Herrion, who owns the most America East Championship victories ever, improved to 20-8 (.714) all-time in the tournament and advanced to his second semifinal while at the helm for UNH. Herrion also moved to 8-1 (.889) all-time against Stony Brook, whom the Wildcats had previously never faced in the tournament.

Gibbs added eight rebounds and three assists in the game, while Conley pulled down five rebounds and matched a career high with six assists. Gibbs extended his double-digit scoring streak to a career-best eight games, during which he is averaging 17.8 points per game. Gibbs, whose previous seven-game streak lasted from Feb. 20, 2008-Nov. 29, 2008, has not been held under 10 points since Feb. 4 against Hartford.

Leading by four with 33 seconds left, the Wildcats received a huge lift from Gibbs. The captain tried to drive to the basket from the top of the key, but was fouled on his way there. Gibbs, upon hearing the whistle, hung in the air and threw up a circus shot that banked off the window and went in. Gibbs converted the three-point play at the line to give UNH a 75-68 lead.

Just like the previous two meetings this year, however, Stony Brook did not go away as it received a 3-pointer from Muhammad El-Amin to cut the deficit to four with 20 seconds left. Tommy Brenton then added a basket to cut UNH’s lead to 75-73 with seven seconds on the clock. The Seawolves sent senior guard Eric Gilchrese to the line, where he would hit one of two to put the Wildcats up three with six seconds remaining. El-Amin gave Stony Brook one last shot, but his 3 missed the mark and was fittingly corralled by Gibbs as time expired. Gilchrese also scored in double digits for UNH with 12 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists.

With the Wildcats leading 42-38 at the break, Gibbs, who scored just three points in the first half, came out of the locker room on fire. Gibbs opened with a jumper from the foul line, and after a three-point play by Brian Dougher, drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give his team a 50-41 advantage at 18:24.

After Stony Brook had cut it to five, the Wildcats scored eight straight – capped by consecutive treys from Conley – to take their largest lead of the game at 60-47 with 12:18 remaining. Sparked by an El-Amin 3, however, Stony Brook responded with a 7-0 run of its own to slice the deficit to six at 9:23.

Gibbs, who netted 15 in the second half, stepped up again, sinking one of his four 3-pointers on the night and adding a free throw to end the run and give UNH a 64-54 lead at 6:37. After a Dougher layup cut it to single digits, Gilchrese knocked down a triple to bump the lead back to 11.

Stony Brook bounced back again, however, scoring five straight to make it 67-61 at 3:26. Down seven a minute and a half later, the Seawolves received a big 3 from Demetrius Young, who only scored those three points the entire game, to chip UNH’s lead down to 70-66. The teams, which nearly played into the following morning, then traded points on consecutive possessions to set up Gibbs’ miracle shot that helped the Wildcats seal the win. UNH improved to 9-1 when leading at halftime.

After Stony Brook had jumped out to a 6-0 lead two minutes into the game, Gilchrese sparked an 11-2 run with a 3-pointer that got UNH on the board. Conley then followed with his first of four treys that tied the game before junior forward Radar Onguetou converted an old fashioned three-point play to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game. The teams then traded a pair at the line to close the run with UNH up 11-8 at 16:05.

The squads continued to go back and forth, with baskets from sophomore center James Valladares and sophomore forward Rony Tchatchoua giving UNH an 18-14 lead at 12:43. Brenton cut the lead in half with a layup before Dougher drilled a 3 to give Stony Brook a 19-18 edge at 10:27. Valladares came right back and gave UNH the lead for good with a jumper midway through the opening frame that sparked an 8-2 run. Conley and freshman guard Russell Graham each scored three points to fill out the rest of the run that ended with the Wildcats on top 28-21 with 8:08 to play.

El-Amin cut the deficit to four with an old fashioned three-point play, before Valladares sank a baseline jumper. El-Amin then picked up another basket, but Gibbs scored his only points of the half when he knocked down a 3-pointer that put his team up 33-26 at 6:16.

After a Tchatchoua layup pushed the lead to nine at 3:02, Stony Brook scored seven straight to get within 39-37 with 1:17 to go in the half. Graham buried a huge 3 from the left wing to give UNH some breathing room before a Seawolve free throw with 18 seconds left capped the scoring and sent the teams to the half with the Wildcats up 42-38.

Onguetou chipped in with seven points and six rebounds, while Valladares matched a career high with a season-best six points. Tchatchoua posted six points and four boards and Graham tallied six points, two rebounds and two assists. Sophomore center Dane DiLiegro added five points and four rebounds despite being in foul trouble for most of the game.

The Wildcats, who posted season highs against Division I opponents in points (78), field goal percentage (.568) and 3-point field goal percentage (.600) in their earlier trip to SEFCU this season when they faced Albany on Feb. 15, evidently feel very comfortable in the building as they outshot Stony Brook, 45 percent (24-53) to 43 percent (26-61), including 37 percent (11-30) to 29 percent (6-21) from deep. The rebounding battle was even at 37 apiece, while the Seawolves turned the ball over three fewer times (5) than UNH (8).

El-Amin led Stony Brook with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Dougher added 17.

LAST TIME OUT

Junior Dane DiLiegro recorded 20 points and 16 rebounds, but the Wildcats suffered a 60-56 defeat against Boston University in the team’s America East opener Jan. 7 at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats’ first home loss of the season dropped them to 5-7 (0-1 AE) on the year and snapped their eight-game home winning streak, which was the second longest in program history since the 1960-61 season. The Terriers improved to 6-8 overall and evened their record in the conference at 1-1.

DiLiegro, who was one rebound shy of matching his career high, posted his second double-double of the season and seventh of his career. UNH’s America East Player of the Game, DiLiegro was 7-for-15 from the field and sank all six of his free throws.

Corey Lowe, the Terriers’ America East Player of the Game, poured in a game-high 28 points on 12 of 23 shooting.

After erasing a 10-point deficit, the Wildcats held a 48-47 lead with 5:33 to play in the game when Lowe drilled one of his three treys to help Boston U. reclaim the advantage. DiLiegro knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game before Jake O’Brien and freshman Ferg Myrick traded baskets to keep the game knotted at 52 with 4:38 remaining.

After a silent 1:30 stretch, the Terriers received a pair of free throws from Carlos Strong before a Lowe layup at 1:51 put BU on top 56-52. DiLiegro answered with a basket inside only 13 seconds later and after the Wildcats got the ball back with 38 seconds on the clock, they had a chance to tie the game or take the lead. As sophomore Russell Graham pushed the ball up the court, however, he appeared to be bumped and lost the ball while no foul was called. John Holland picked up the loose ball and drove to the hoop, was fouled and sent to the stripe where he made 1 of 2 to make it 57-54 with 28 seconds left.

Lowe hit a layup with 13 seconds to go as Boston U. opened up a five-point lead before Graham drove the lane, drew the foul and made both at the line to cut UNH’s deficit to three at 59-56. Graham then came up with a steal with nine seconds remaining and looked to the wing where he hit junior Alvin Abreu, whose 3-pointer did not fall. The Wildcats fouled O’Brien, who made 1 of 2 at the line with one second on the clock to seal the game.

Graham chipped in with nine points, five assists and four rebounds, while Abreu also added nine points to go along with a pair of assists. Myrick played one of his best games of the season with four points, eight rebounds - five on the offensive end - and a block in 15 minutes.

The Terriers opened the game on a 14-5 run and took a 21-11 lead 11:00 minutes in on a jumper by Lowe. Back-to-back baskets by DiLiegro and a free throw from junior Tyrone Conley cut it to five before a 3 from Lowe and a jumper by Strong pushed BU’s lead right back to 10 at 4:05. An 8-1 UNH run - with 3s from Conley and Abreu - however, sliced it to 27-24 with 1:54 to play. Lowe responded with a layup before senior Radar Onguetou made 1 of 2 from the stripe to close the scoring with 31 seconds left and send his team into the break trailing 29-25.

Lowe had 15 points at the half.

After DiLiegro opened the second half with a layup, Holland scored four straight points to make it 33-27 at 17:01. The Wildcats crafted an 8-0 run with buckets from Abreu, DiLiegro and a pair from Onguetou to grab their first lead of the night at 35-33 with 14:45 remaining. The two teams went back and forth with Lowe hitting a jumper at 11:15 to give BU a 38-37 lead. Consecutive 3-pointers from Graham and Abreu, however, gave UNH its largest lead of the night at 43-38.

Holland and Lowe sank jumpers as part of a 5-1 run that sliced the Terriers’ deficit to 44-43 at 8:13. DiLiegro and Lowe then traded baskets before a pair of DiLiegro free throws and a Strong jumper made the score 48-47 in favor of the home team, and set up Lowe’s 3 that would make that UNH’s final lead of the night.

Conley chipped in with eight points and two steals, while Onguetou tallied six points, eight boards, an assist and a block.

Holland recorded 13 points and nine rebounds for the Terriers and Strong added 11 points and five boards.

UNH outrebounded the Terriers, 43-39, and forced 15 turnovers while giving it away 13 times. BU outshot the Wildcats, however, 40.7 percent (22-54) to 29.2 percent (19-65).

HOME, SWEET HOME

The Wildcats have started out the season 5-1 at home for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign when they won six of their first seven games in Durham. The ‘Cats have been victorious in eight of their last nine home contests dating back to last year.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR DOUBLE D

Dane DiLiegro was a monster inside for the Wildcats in their game against Boston U. on Jan. 7. DiLiegro netted 20 points and was one rebound shy of his career best, pulling down a season-high 16 boards as he recorded his second double-double of the season and seventh of his career. It was the highest point and rebound totals DiLiegro has reached in a single game during his career.

SECOND CHANCES

Ferg Myrick made the most of his 15 minutes against Boston U. on Jan. 7. The freshman chipped in with four points and added a block, but it was on the glass where he made his biggest impact. Myrick pulled down eight boards, including five on the offensive end.

GRAHAM ON POINT

Sophomore point guard Russell Graham continued his solid play for the Wildcats against Boston U. on Jan. 7 as he matched his career high with nine points and added five assists, four rebounds and steal, while only turning the ball over twice in a career-best 33 minutes.

NATIONALLY RANKED (AS OF JAN. 7)

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in scoring defense (61.6 ppg) at 50th. Individually, Dane DiLiegro is 56th in rebounding (9.0 rpg)  and point guard Russell Graham is 65th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.25).

DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS

The Wildcats have built on their solid defensive year a season ago and have only allowed more than 60 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 61.6 ppg. UNH is also third in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 32.7 percent and fourth in field goal percentage defense at 41.3 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 (+2.3) and fifth in assists (3.8 apg), Dane DiLiegro is second in field goal percentage (.519) and third in rebounding (9.0 rpg), Tyrone Conley is seventh in 3-pointers made per game (2.0), Alvin Abreu is ninth in free throw percentage (.764) and 10th in 3-pointers made per game (1.5), and Radar Onguetou is ninth in rebounding (6.1 rpg).

THREE-HEADED MONSTERS

The Wildcats are one of just two teams in America East with three players in the top 16 in scoring. Alvin Abreu (13.2 ppg), Tyrone Conley (12.3) and Dane DiLiegro (11.9) are inside the top 16 for UNH, while Boston University has John Holland (18.0), Corey Lowe (15.5) and Jake O’Brien (13.1).

LOVEABLE LUNDHOLM

Junior Alvin Abreu is averaging 17.7 points per game this season at Lundholm Gymnasium, while adding 8.7 ppg on the road. Abreu is also shooting 45.3 percent (34-75) at home, 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 69.7 ppg on 43 percent shooting at home and just 53.2 ppg on 34.1 percent shooting on the road.

TOP-NOTCH OPPONENTS

The combined record of the seven teams UNH has lost to this season is 66-37 (.641). The Wildcats have suffered their defeats on the road at Maryland (9-4), Harvard (11-3), Pitt (13-2), Hofstra (9-7), Army (10-4) and Santa Clara (8-9), as well as at home to Boston U. (6-8)

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 23-for-39 (.590) from the field and 22 of 30 (.733) at the line. Inside of one minute, the trio is even better, shooting 7 of 11 (.636) from the floor and 12 of 14 (.857) at the stripe.

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).

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS

Heading into Thursday’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 535 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.

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.

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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