January 13, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL WELCOMES IN ALBANY ON JAN. 13

COMPLETE NOTES

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will play host to the University at Albany at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. before hitting the road for three straight 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 Great Danes meet for the 20th time in their relatively young conference rivalry, with Albany leading the all-time series, 11-8. The series has shifted control over the years, with UNH having won three of the last four meetings after Albany had won four in a row. Prior to that run, UNH had won four of six after the Great Danes had been victorious in four of the first five. The Wildcats have won three of the last four at home against Albany, but the Great Danes have protected their home court as well, winning three of the last five at SEFCU Arena. In the most recent meeting Feb. 26, 2009, senior guard Tyrece Gibbs netted a game-high 20 points to propel the Wildcats to a 64-56 victory over  Albany at Lundholm Gymnasium.

With their third win in four games, the Wildcats improved to 12-15 on the season, including 7-8 in the America East, and completed the season sweep of Albany. UNH also handed Albany its worst loss ever at SEFCU Arena with a 78-59 win Feb. 15. The ‘Cats also matched their most wins in a season under head coach Bill Herrion since his first year at the helm in 2005-06. The Great Danes fell to 14-14 overall and 6-9 in the conference.

Gibbs, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, added three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 38 minutes.

Tied at 49 with 4:01 to play in the game, the Wildcats ripped off a 15-4 run that gave them their largest lead of the game at 64-53 with just 36 seconds remaining. After junior forward Radar Onguetou started the run by putting back a Wildcat miss, Gibbs nailed his fourth and final 3-pointer of the game, which widened the lead to five. After the teams traded pairs of free throws, sophomore center Dane DiLiegro sank four straight from the line to push the lead to nine.

After a layup by Brian Connelly, the Wildcats opened the lead to 11 with Gibbs and Onguetou each draining two from the stripe. Connelly closed the scoring with an old fashioned three-point play with 23 ticks on the clock before Gibbs fittingly dribbled away the final seconds to seal the win. Onguetou came up just shy of a double-double as he scored 12 points and ripped down nine rebounds.

The run may have been sparked by an Onguetou layup, but it was a dunk from his countryman that woke up the Wildcats and the 1,355 fans in attendance at Lundholm. With the teams going back and forth for six-plus minutes, sophomore forward Rony Tchatchoua came up with a huge block on Connelly, grabbed the ball and took it coast-to-coast and finished as he glided through the air with the ball cocked back and slammed it home to give the Wildcats a 46-43 lead with 8:43 remaining. The dunk, which many veteran Wildcat fans said was the best they had ever seen in the building, infused energy into the crowd – which stayed cheering for nearly a minute – and the team for the stretch run. Tchatchoua finished with 12 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the field and 4 of 4 from the line to go along with three rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes off the bench.

After a Gibbs trey tied the game at five early in the first half, Albany crafted a 7-2 run to take a five-point lead at 13:27. Still down five a short time later, the Wildcats scored seven straight with a jumper from Tchatchoua, followed by a basket and a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Tyrone Conley, to take a 16-14 lead at 9:35.

The teams then traded 3-pointers before a 10-2 run by the Great Danes put them up 27-21 with 5:17 to go in the opening frame. A Tchatchoua jumper stopped the bleeding, but the teams went back and forth until an alley-oop from Jerel Hastings to Will Harris gave Albany its largest lead of the game at 32-25 with 33 seconds left before the break. Gibbs answered the bell again, however, hitting a tough shot from the top of the key with a defender draped over him as time expired to cut it to 32-27 at the half. Conley chipped in with seven points and five rebounds.

A layup by Tim Ambrose to start the half gave Albany its seven-point advantage right back, but six straight points from the Wildcats cut their deficit to 34-33 at 16:54. Harris responded with a 3-pointer before a jumper by freshman guard Russell Graham and two free throws from Gibbs tied the game at 37 with 13:53 remaining. Graham’s relentless on-the-ball defense also helped turn the tide for UNH as it brought an intensity the Wildcats had not really shown up to that point when he first checked into the game at 15:04 in the second half.

Tied at 41, Gibbs knocked down a jumper in the paint that put the Wildcats on top at 11:06. After the Wildcats nudged the lead to three with one at the line, Connelly hit a pair there to cut the UNH lead to 44-43 and set the stage for Tchatchoua’s earth-shattering dunk that helped spark the ‘Cats to victory.

Gibbs, playing in his 114th game to pass Dirk Koopman and Greg Steele and become UNH’s all-time games played leader, finished with 1,272 career points and passed Dan Nolan (1,258) for sixth on the program’s scoring list. Gibbs’ two blocks also gave him 56 for his career and leapfrogged him past Scott Drapeau (55) for third all-time in blocked shots.

UNH outshot Albany, 43 percent (20-47) to 33 percent (16-48). The Wildcats shot 48 percent (11-23) in the second half when their defense held the Great Danes to just 21 percent on 6 of 29 shooting. The battle on the glass finished in a 33-33 tie, but the Wildcats – the only America East team this year to outrebound the Great Danes – outboarded Albany, 23-15 in the second half. The ‘Cats also turned the ball over fewer times (9) than the Danes (11).

Ambrose, Albany’s America East Player of the Game, led the Great Danes with 11 points, but was held to just two in the second half by UNH’s stifling defense.

LAST TIME OUT

Juniors Tyrone Conley and Alvin Abreu scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, but the Wildcats dropped another close decision Jan. 10, 69-63, to Stony Brook at Pritchard Gymnasium.

The Wildcats, who had won nine of their last 10 against Stony Brook, including five straight, fell to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in America East Play, while the Seawolves improved to 11-5 on the season and remained perfect in the league at 3-0.

Conley, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, was 5-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc, and sunk both of his free throws to go along with three rebounds, two steals and a block. Abreu shot 5-for-12, including 3 of 8 from deep, and added three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Classmate James Valladares also chipped in with a career-high 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point land. Valladares, who played a season-high 23 minutes, had never even attempted a 3-pointer in his career coming into the game.

Muhammad El-Amin led Stony Brook with 20 points to garner America East Player of the Game honors for the Seawolves.

Stony Brook held its largest lead of the game at 57-43 with 9:26 remaining when UNH began to chip away. Valladares sparked a 7-0 run with his second 3 of the day before freshman Chandler Rhoads and Conley followed with layups to make it 57-50 at 6:22. After an Abreu layup later made it 60-54, Dallis Joyner knocked down a jumper before Valladares’ final trey cut it to five at 62-57 with 4:23 to play.

Three straight points from Tommy Brenton pushed the Stony Brook lead back to eight, but the Wildcats continued to fight, crafting a 6-0 run on a layup by sophomore Russell Graham and a free throw and 3-pointer by freshman Ferg Myrick that brought the ‘Cats to within 65-63 with 46 seconds remaining. Chris Martin made a pair at the line before sealing the game with a breakaway dunk with two seconds on the clock.

Myrick added nine points on 3 of 6 shooting, including 2 of 3 from deep, in just nine minutes, while Graham chipped in with seven points, four assists and two boards. Rhoads matched his career best with five assists and only had one turnover.

After Abreu drained a 3 that put UNH up 8-5 just 4:06 into the contest, Martin sparked an 8-0 run with a jumper before Brenton scored six straight to make it 13-8 at 13:54. Three-pointers by Conley and Myrick tied the game at 14 before a jumper by El-Amin put the Seawolves up two at 11:36. From there, however, the Wildcats used an 8-1 run - highlighted by a pair of 3s from senior Radar Onguetou and capped by an Abreu jumper - to take their largest lead of the game at 22-17 with 8:29 to play in the opening half.

Stony Brook climbed within one before Graham drilled a 3 to make it 25-21 at 5:57. A Martin jumper tied the game at 25 before a Myrick layup inside gave UNH a two-point lead with 4:28 to go. Layups from Bryan Dougher and El-Amin, however, allowed the Seawolves to leap-frog the Wildcats, until Abreu buried a 3-pointer to put his team up 30-29 with 3:21 left. That would be the final lead of the afternoon for the Wildcats, however, as an Andrew Goba layup at 3:04 sparked a 9-0 run that would give Stony Brook the lead for good. Brenton and Marcus Rouse followed with baskets before El-Amin drained a 3 from the left wing as time expired to give the Seawolves a 38-30 advantage at the break.

Onguetou finished with six points, seven boards, a season-high three assists and a block.

Abreu opened the second half with a 3-pointer that cut the Wildcat deficit to five, but that was as close as they would get until the final minutes, as Stony Brook went on a 9-0 run to take a 47-33 lead at 16:15. Back-to-back 3s from Valladares and Conley sliced it to eight, but a jumper from Martin and a free throw from Joyner made it 50-39 with 13:45 to go. Valladares came back with a baseline jumper before consecutive jumpers from Rouse and El-Amin opened up a 13-point lead for the Seawolves at 11:44. Graham cut it to 11 with a jumper before another 3 from El-Amin handed Stony Brook its largest lead at 57-43 with 9:26 to play.

Brenton added 14 points and nine boards, while Martin also scored 14 for the Seawolves.

Junior Dane DiLiegro finished with six rebounds and became the 90th player in America East history to grab 500 rebounds with his third of the day.

Stony Brook outshot UNH, 48.1 percent (26-54) to 46 percent (23-50), but the Wildcats shot a season-high 56 percent (14-25) from behind the arc, while holding the Seawolves to just 33.3 percent (3-9) from deep. SBU won the battle on the boards, 32-29, turned the ball over 14 times while forcing 21 UNH turnovers, and made it to the line 21 times while the Wildcats shot just five free throws.  

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.

GLASS MILESTONE

Junior Dane DiLiegro recorded his 500th career rebound with his third board of the game against Stony Brook on Jan. 10 to become the 90th player in America East history to reach the mark. DiLiegro is the second active leading rebounder in the conference behind Vermont’s Marqus Blakely.

FIRST TRIP DOWNTOWN

Against Stony Brook on Jan. 10, junior James Valladares broke out for a career-high 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point land. Valladares, who played a season-high 23 minutes, had never even attempted a 3-pointer in his career coming into the game.

NATIONALLY RANKED (AS OF JAN. 10)

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in scoring defense (62.2 ppg) at 54th. Individually, Dane DiLiegro is 61st in rebounding (8.8 rpg)  and point guard Russell Graham is 90th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.04).

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 five times. The ‘Cats, who held the Big East’s Pitt to 47 points Dec. 4, lead the league in scoring defense at 62.2 ppg. UNH is also third in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 32.8 percent and fourth in field goal percentage defense at 41.8 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 (+2.0) and fifth in assists (3.8 apg), Dane DiLiegro is second in field goal percentage (.500) and third in rebounding (8.8 rpg), Tyrone Conley is seventh in 3-pointers made per game (2.1), Radar Onguetou is eighth in rebounding (6.2 rpg), and Alvin Abreu is ninth in free throw percentage (.764) and 10th in 3-pointers made per game (1.6).

THREE-HEADED MONSTERS

The Wildcats are one of just two teams in America East with three players in the top 20 in scoring, joining Boston University. Alvin Abreu (13.2 ppg), Tyrone Conley (12.5) and Dane DiLiegro (11.0) are inside the top 20 for UNH.

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS

Heading into Wednesday’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 536 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 754 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

TOP-NOTCH OPPONENTS

The combined record of the seven teams UNH has lost to this season is 80-46 (.635). The Wildcats have suffered their defeats on the road at Maryland (10-4), Harvard (12-3), Pitt (13-2), Hofstra (9-8), Army (10-5), Santa Clara (8-11) and Stony Brook (11-5), as well as at home to Boston U. (7-8).

LOVEABLE LUNDHOLM

Junior Alvin Abreu is averaging 17.7 points per game this season at Lundholm Gymnasium, while adding 9.3 ppg on the road. Abreu is also shooting 45.3 percent (34-75) at home, but hitting on just 24.7 percent (20-81) 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 54.6 ppg on 35.7 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 23-for-40 (.575) from the field and 22 of 31 (.710) 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).

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.

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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