MEN'S HOOP STARTS ROAD STRETCH AT HARTFORD ON JAN. 17
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will hit the road for three straight games, starting Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. when it takes on the University of Hartford at Chase Arena. Links to live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Hawks meet for the 52nd time ever in the history of the two programs, with Hartford leading the all-time series, 33-18. The last 10 meetings have been fairly even, with UNH holding a 6-4 advantage. Each team has also played well on their home court, as well. The Wildcats have won eight of nine, including five straight, against the Hawks at Lundholm Gymnasium, while the Hawks have won six of seven over the ‘Cats at Chase Arena. Hartford has not won in Durham since an 85-58 win Jan. 28, 2004, and UNH won at Hartford last season for the first time since an 80-78 triumph Jan. 12, 2002. The ‘Cats and Hawks had split the regular-season series four straight times until UNH swept it last year for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign. In the most recent meeting Feb. 4, 2009, Alvin Abreu scored 20 points and Radar Onguetou netted a career-high 16 to lift the Wildcats past Hartford, 62-55, at Chase Arena.
The Wildcats improved to 9-12 on the season, including 4-5 in America East play, and equaled their win total from all of last season. The Hawks fell to 6-18 overall and 2-8 in the conference. UNH, which beat Hartford, 55-47, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 7, swept the season series from the Hawks for the first time since the 2001-02 season. The ‘Cats also won at Chase Arena for the first time in their last seven tries, with their previous win coming in an 80-78 triumph Jan. 12, 2002.
Abreu, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, scored his points on 5 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 5 from behind the arc. Abreu was also 8 of 10 from the line to go along with three rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes. Onguetou, whose previous career high of 15 points came at Hartford on Feb. 8, 2007, was 4-for-7 from the floor and 8-for-10 at the stripe. Onguetou added nine boards, three assists and a block.
UNH led 50-49 with 4:21 remaining when a 6-0 run, sparked by a Tyrone Conley jumper, opened up a 56-49 advantage with 1:20 to go. The Wildcats made six of eight free throws the rest of the way to widen their lead to nine with 24 seconds left before a Michael Turner layup closed the scoring and allowed Abreu to dribble out the final 10 seconds. Conley added six points, five boards and an assist.
After a seesaw beginning to the game, Hartford took its largest lead of the contest (19-15) with 7:07 to play in the first half on a Morgan Sabia three-point play. UNH answered, however, crafting a 15-2 run to grab a 30-21 lead – its largest of the game – with 1:33 remaining. Senior guard Tyrece Gibbs started the run with a 3-pointer that was followed by a pair of treys from junior guard Colbey Santos. A pair of Abreu free throws and back-to-back jumpers by Onguetou capped the run.
Turner and Onguetou swapped free throws before Jaret von Rosenberg knocked down a 3 from 30 feet to beat the buzzer and send Hartford into the locker room trailing 32-26. UNH is now a perfect 6-0 when leading at the break. Gibbs tallied five points, three rebounds, three assists and a block, while Santos chipped in with eight points, two rebounds, an assist and a block.
Following an Abreu jumper that pushed the UNH lead to eight just 39 seconds into the second half, Hartford went on 8-0 run – with all eight points coming from Turner – to tie the game at 34 with 16:55 remaining. A Conley jumper stopped the bleeding and put UNH back on top 1:50 later, but Sabia answered with a trey that gave Hartford its first lead (37-36) since 6:21 of the first half. A pair of Onguetou free throws gave UNH the lead until a David Bookman layup put Hartford back in front. Onguetou came threw once again, however, scoring a bucket with 12:51 left that sparked a 7-1 run and gave the Wildcats a 40-39 lead – one they would hold for good.
A layup by Abreu gave UNH a 47-42 lead with 7:22 on the clock, but a 5-1 Hartford run – capped by a 3 from Turner – sliced its deficit to one at 48-47 with 5:21 left. Abreu made two at the line to push the lead back to three, but Turner was relentless, hitting another jumper to keep his team within one. The field goal was Hartford’s last for the next 4:10 until Turner’s layup that closed the scoring.
In his first start since returning to the team Jan. 17, senior guard Eric Gilchrese tallied six points, two rebounds and two assists.
UNH shot 43 percent (18-42) from the field and a season-high 77 percent (20-26) from the line. The Wildcats, who are now 8-2 when holding their opponents to 60 points or less, held Hartford to 37 percent (18-49) from the floor and won the battle on the boards, 31-30.
Turner, Hartford’s America East Player of the Game, poured in a game-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Sabia recorded 10 points and five boards.
LAST TIME OUT
Juniors Dane DiLiegro and Alvin Abreu each scored 13 points to lead five Wildcats in double figures as they defeated Albany, 67-59, Jan. 13 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats snapped a three-game skid to improve to 6-8 on the season, including 1-2 in America East play. The ‘Cats also bettered their home record to 6-1 to match their best start through seven games in Durham since the 1997-98 season. They were 9-1 in their last 10 at Lundholm. The Great Danes, who lost to UNH for the fourth time in five meetings, including three straight, fell to 5-13 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
UNH had five scorers with 10 or more points in a game for the first time since Jan. 4, 2004 when Craig Walls (14), Marcus Bullock (12), Blagoj Janev (11), Griffin Walker (11) and Roland Williams (10) all scored in double digits at home against Northeastern.
DiLiegro, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds to record his second double-double in the last three games, while Abreu added three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Sophomore Russell Graham netted a career-high 11 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Senior Radar Onguetou posted 10 points and six boards and classmate Colbey Santos also chipped in with 10 points.
Will Harris, Albany’s America East Player of the Game, led the Great Danes with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
After a 15-0 Albany run that cut UNH’s lead to 50-48 with 4:23 remaining in the game, the Wildcats stayed tough and widened their lead. DiLiegro stopped the bleeding when he slipped free inside, took a feed from Abreu and hammered the ball down with two hands to score the Wildcats’ first points in a span of 8:16. Santos then followed with a huge 3-pointer that made it 55-48 with just under three minutes to go.
A pair of free throws cut it to five before junior Tyrone Conley knocked down a 3 to make it 58-50 at 2:08. After Tim Ambrose made a layup that cut UNH’s lead to 59-54 with 1:06 left, Graham made a pair at the line, but Logan Aronhalt drilled a 3-pointer to slice it to four with 50 seconds on the clock. Graham then missed both at the stripe, but Conley came up with a giant steal for his team. Looking like a free safety, Conley went up and snatched Ambrose’s long pass with one hand before he quickly got it to Graham, who this time sank both at the stripe to give the Wildcats a 63-57 lead with 41 seconds to play.
The Wildcats came up with another steal, this time from Santos, who drew the foul and made both free throws to push the lead to eight. Albany hit 1 of 2 at the line when DiLiegro sank both to make it 67-58 with 17 seconds left. Harris closed the scoring with a free throw at the seven-second mark. UNH went 8-for-10 at the line in the final 1:03 of the game.
Conley finished with seven points.
UNH nearly led wire-to-wire, but ended up leading for the final 35:44 of the contest. After starting out in a 3-0 hole, Albany received back-to-back baskets from Harris and Brent Gifford to take a one-point lead at 16:54. Abreu buried a 3-pointer to put UNH up two, but Mike Johnson came back with a layup that tied it at six with 16:09 to play in the opening half. Graham sparked an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer, however, giving the Wildcats the lead for good. Junior James Valladares followed with another 3 before Santos capped the run with a layup - taking a feed from freshman Chandler Rhoads, who finished with three assists - to make it 14-6 at 12:24.
Albany responded with a 10-3 run - the three UNH points coming on a beautiful three-point play from Abreu - to slice the Wildcat lead to 17-16 at 8:28. Onguetou halted the run with a 3-pointer to push the lead to four, before a driving layup by Conley later made it 24-18 with 5:11 to play. After a Harris 3-pointer cut it to two, however, Onguetou came back with another 3, followed by an Abreu layup that opened the lead to 30-23 at 2:46.
An Aronhalt layup got Albany to within five as time was winding down, but Graham found an open Abreu, who buried a 3-pointer with 13 seconds on the clock to close the scoring and send his team into the locker room with a 34-26 lead. The Wildcats improved to 6-0 when leading at the half.
The Wildcats wasted no time expanding their lead in the second half, ripping off an 8-0 run - with six points from DiLiegro - to seize a 42-26 lead with 16:35 remaining. After another Harris trey cut it to 11, baskets by Onguetou, Graham and Santos gave UNH its largest lead of the night at 50-33 with 12:01 to play. From there, however, Albany would go on their 15-0 run - with six points from Aronhalt and four from Ambrose - to get right back in the game. The Wildcat defense held strong, however, forcing the Great Danes to shoot 2-for-7 in the final 4:23 after the big run.
Aronhalt and Ambrose each chipped in with 12 and 10, respectively, for the Great Danes.
The Wildcats outshot Albany, 38.5 percent (20-52) to 36.4 percent (20-55). Albany held advantages on the glass (37-36), in the paint (28-16) and in bench scoring (29-13), while both teams turned the ball over just nine times. The ‘Cats, who own the league’s top defense, improved to 6-2 when holding their opponent under 60 points, and 5-1 when forcing their opponent to shoot under 40 percent from the floor.
Head coach Bill Herrion owns a 22-7 all-time record versus Hartford, which is the most wins he has against a single team.
HOME, SWEET HOME
The Wildcats have started out the season 6-1 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 nine of their last 10 home contests dating back to last year. The 1994-95 squad was the last team to start 7-1 at home.
PARTY OF FIVE
In their 67-59 win against Albany on Jan. 13, the Wildcats had five scorers in double digits. It marked the first time they had five scorers with 10 or more points in a game since Jan. 4, 2004 when Craig Walls (14), Marcus Bullock (12), Blagoj Janev (11), Griffin Walker (11) and Roland Williams (10) all scored in double digits at home against Northeastern.
Junior Dane DiLiegro recorded a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds in the Wildcats’ 67-59 win against the Albany Great Danes on Jan. 13. DiLiegro, who also posted a double-double of 20 points and 16 boards against Boston U. on Jan. 7, submitted two double-doubles in a three-game span for the first time in his career.
Sophomore Russell Graham put together a solid night in the Wildcats’ 67-59 win against Albany on Jan. 13. The point guard scored a career-high 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field, including 1 of 2 from behind the arc and added five rebounds, six assists and just two turnovers.
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 61.9 ppg. UNH is also fourth in the conference in field goal percentage defense at 41.4 percent and 3-point field goal percentage defense at 32.8 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 (+2.1) and fifth in assists (3.9 apg), Dane DiLiegro is third in field goal percentage (.492) and rebounding (9.1 rpg), Tyrone Conley is seventh in 3-pointers made per game (2.0) and ninth in steals per game (1.3), Radar Onguetou is eighth in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.366), and Alvin Abreu is eighth in free throw percentage (.776) and 10th in 3-pointers made per game (1.6).
The Wildcats are one of just two teams in America East with three players in the top 18 in scoring, joining Boston University. Alvin Abreu (13.1 ppg), Tyrone Conley (12.1) and Dane DiLiegro (11.1) are inside the top 18 for UNH.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Saturday’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 537 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 755 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
NATIONALLY RANKED (AS OF JAN. 14)
UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in scoring defense (61.9 ppg) at 50th. Individually, Dane DiLiegro is 50st in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and point guard Russell Graham is 80th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.12).
The combined record of the seven teams UNH has lost to this season is 84-50 (.627). The Wildcats have suffered their defeats on the road at Maryland (10-5), Harvard (12-3), Pitt (14-2), Hofstra (9-9), Army (11-5), Santa Clara (8-12) and Stony Brook (11-6), as well as at home to Boston U. (9-8).
Junior Alvin Abreu is averaging 17.0 points per game this season at Lundholm Gymnasium, while adding 9.3 ppg on the road. Abreu is also shooting 42.7 percent (38-89) 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 69.3 ppg on 42.4 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 25-for-42 (.595) from the field and 24 of 33 (.727) at the line. Inside of one minute, the trio is even better, shooting 7 of 11 (.636) from the floor and 14 of 16 (.875) 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 132 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In their 91-45 win against Suffolk on Nov. 14, the Wildcats blocked six shots, including three by freshman big man Chris Matagrano.
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.
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.
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.