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COMPLETE GAME NOTES

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team returns home for the first time in two weeks to play host to the University of Vermont at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. The game will be aired live on NESN, as well as ESPN360.com and AmericaEast.tv. Links to live audio and video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.

The Wildcats and Catamounts meet for the 128th time in their long and storied history, with Vermont leading the all-time series, 80-47. The Catamounts have won 14 of the last 16 matchups, including two straight overall and nine in a row against the Wildcats in the comfort of Patrick Gymnasium. Both of UNH’s wins in the last 15 contests have come at home. Vermont won the most recent meeting Jan. 31, 2009, 83-39, in front of 1,256 fans at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Sophomore guard Tyrone Conley scored 10 points and junior forward Radar Onguetou nearly posted his second career double-double to lead the Wildcats, who lost at Vermont, 72-56, just six days prior. UNH fell to 8-12 on the season, including 3-5 in America East play, while the Catamounts improved to 16-6 overall and a conference-best 7-2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LAST TIME OUT

Junior Alvin Abreu scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Wildcats to a 62-58 win against UMBC on Jan. 21 at RAC Arena.

The Wildcats grabbed their first road win of 2009-10 to improve to 7-10 on the season, including 2-4 in America East play. They also snapped a three-game losing streak at the RAC, which featured contests that were decided by a total of nine points. The Retrievers dropped their ninth straight game to fall to 1-18 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

Abreu, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, was 7-for-18 from the floor, including 2-for-6 from behind the arc, and tallied four rebounds and an assist. Freshman Ferg Myrick added a career-best 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including 2 of 3 from deep, while recording two rebounds, a block and a steal in 19 minutes. Junior Tyrone Conley posted 14 points, six boards, a block and a steal.

Chauncey Gilliam led UMBC with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Matt Spadafora earned America East Player of the Game honors for the Retrievers with seven points and 10 boards.

UNH led 30-29 at halftime - improving to 7-1 when ahead at the break - but UMBC jumped on top when Gilliam opened the second half with a jumper. Conley responded with a 3-pointer to regain the lead for the Wildcats at 33-31. The ‘Cats led 40-35 after a steal in the open court and a dunk from Abreu, but an 8-0 run - sparked by a Chris De La Rosa jumper - gave the Retrievers a 43-40 lead with 10:22 to play.

Myrick then stopped the bleeding and sparked a 12-0 run when he drove to the hoop, took contact, made the layup and converted the three-point play at the line. Conley followed with a 3 that gave the Wildcats the lead for good before Myrick had a hand in the final three plays to end the run. After making a steal in the open court, Myrick took it in for a layup, then set up junior Dane DiLiegro with a quick pass that led to a dunk before hitting a runner in the lane to cap the run and make it 52-43 with 7:08 remaining.

UMBC came back with an 8-0 run, however, that was capped by a Spadafora layup, which sliced the UNH lead to 52-51 with 2:44 left. Abreu then stepped up and made what might have been the biggest shot of the night when he drained a 3-pointer from the right wing that gave the Wildcats some breathing room at 2:14.

After De La Rosa made 1 of 2 at the line, Abreu sank both of his free throws to open the Wildcat lead to 57-52 with 38 seconds left. Gilliam then hit 1 of 2 at the stripe before Abreu made another pair to bring the score to 59-53 with 25 seconds on the clock. Robbie Jackson’s baseline jumper cut UMBC’s deficit to four and Abreu made 1 of 2 at the line to make it 60-55 with 13 ticks left. Gilliam nailed a 3 to cut it to two with six seconds remaining, but sophomore Russell Graham sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 1.8 to go.

Senior Radar Onguetou kicked off the scoring with a basket inside before a pair of jumpers from Abreu put the Wildcats on top 6-2 to start the game. The teams battled back and forth, with neither squad going up by more than three until an 8-2 run put UNH up 22-18 with 7:03 remaining in the opening half. Trailing 16-14, Myrick knocked down consecutive 3-pointers and Abreu sank a jumper to build the four-point lead.

Jackson drained a pair at the line, but Abreu responded with a 3 to put the Wildcats up 25-20 with 6:24 left. Gilliam hit a pair at the stripe to cut it to three, but Conley came back and knocked down a trey to make it 30-24. UMBC scored the final five points of the half, however, to climb within one at the break.

DiLiegro and Onguetou each chipped in with four points, while adding six and five rebounds, respectively. Graham tallied two points, four boards and three assists.

Jackson added 13 points for UMBC.

The Wildcats outshot the Retrievers, 37.3 percent (22-59) to 36.4 percent (20-55), including 30.4 percent (7-23) to 11.1 percent (1-9) from behind the arc. UNH also won the battle on the glass, 39-36, and its bench outscored UMBC’s, 20-15. The Retrievers outscored the Wildcats, 22-18, in the paint and turned the ball over nine times while forcing 10 turnovers.

PHILLY'S FINEST

Freshman Ferg Myrick helped lead the Wildcats to their first road victory of the season, 62-58, at UMBC on Jan. 21 with a career-best 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc. Myrick crafted a 12-0 run that pushed his team’s lead from 43-40 with 10:22 to play, to 52-43 with 7:08 remaining, and also fueled an 8-2 run earlier in the game that turned a two-point deficit into a two-point lead with a pair of 3-pointers.

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.

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 61.0 ppg. UNH is also second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 31.5 percent and third in field goal percentage defense at 40.5 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 third in assists (4.1 apg), Dane DiLiegro is third in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and seventh in field goal percentage (.464), Tyrone Conley is seventh in 3-pointers made per game (2.1) and steals per game (1.2), Radar Onguetou is eighth in rebounding (6.2 rpg), and Alvin Abreu is ninth in 3-pointers made per game (1.7).

NATIONALLY RANKED (AS OF JAN. 24)

UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in a trio of categories. The Wildcats are 28th in scoring defense (61.0 ppg), 70th in field goal percentage defense (.405) and 73rd in 3-point field goal defense (.315). Individually, Russell Graham is 47th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.30) and Dane DiLiegro is 70th in rebounding (8.5 rpg).

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS

Heading into Monday’s contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 540 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 758 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

LOVEABLE LUNDHOLM

Junior Alvin Abreu is averaging 17.0 points per game this season at Lundholm Gymnasium, while adding 10.7 ppg on the road. Abreu is also shooting 42.7 percent (38-89) at home, but hitting on just 28.1 percent (34-121) 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 53.9 ppg on 34.5 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 28-for-53 (.528) from the field and 36 of 51 (.706) at the line. Inside of one minute, the trio is even better, shooting 7 of 13 (.538) from the floor and 22 of 27 (.814) at the stripe.

TOP-NOTCH OPPONENTS

The combined record of the seven teams UNH has lost to this season is 114-81 (.585). The Wildcats have suffered their defeats on the road at Maryland (13-5), Harvard (13-3), Pitt (15-4), Hofstra (9-12), Army (12-7), Santa Clara (9-13), Stony Brook (14-7), Hartford (5-15) and Maine (13-6), as well as at home to Boston U. (11-9).

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 133 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).

GRAHAM-TASTIC!

Point guard Russell Graham really picked up his play over three games from Jan. 13-Jan. 18, averaging 5.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and just 1.0 turnover per game during that span, which included lines of six points, eight rebounds and seven assists Jan. 18 at Maine and a career-high 11 points, five boards and six helpers Jan. 13 versus Albany. The sophomore also started contributing more offensively over five games from Jan. 7-Jan. 18, averaging 6.6 points per contest, with nine- and seven-point outings Jan. 7 against Boston U. and Jan. 10 at Stony Brook, respectively.

LATE TO THE PARTY

After not even attempting a 3-pointer in the first 46 games of his career, junior James Valladares has hit a trey in four consecutive contests from Jan. 10-Jan.18.

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.

GREAT DANE

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.

GOLDEN GRAHAM

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.

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.

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.

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.

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