DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will play host to Brown University at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 27 (1 p.m.). Links to live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Bears meet for the 42nd time in the history og the two programs, with UNH holding a slight 21-20 edge in the all-time series. The 'Cats won the most recent meeting to snap Brown's four-game winning streak in the series. Overall, however, the Wildcats have won six of the past 10 versus Brown, including three of the last four at home. UNH secured a 64-61 victory in the most recent meeting Dec. 6, 2008 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats' second straight win evened their record at 3-3, while the Bears dropped their second in a row and fall to 3-5. The win was UNH's first win against the Bears since a 77-71 triumph Nov. 14, 1998 at Lundholm.
Gibbs, the America East Player of the game, paced UNH with 19 points, two rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal. Conley, who matched his career high with four 3-pointers, poured in 16 to go along with five rebounds and two assists, while Abreu tallied 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
With the score tied at 54 with just under five minutes to play, Gibbs drilled the last of his five 3-pointers on the day to give the Wildcats their first lead since their 3-2 edge just 23 seconds into the game. A pair of Brown free throws cut the UNH lead to one before Gibbs' no-look pass found a wide open Radar Onguetou, whose layup put the Wildcats up 59-56 with 4:07 to play.
Another pair of Brown free throws cut its deficit to one, but it was Onguetou again, this time drilling his second 3 of the game to give UNH a 62-58 lead with 1:36 on the clock. The Wildcats then traded a Brown jumper for a pair of Abreu free throws to make it 64-60 before the Bears hit another one from the line to make it a one-possession game with 36 ticks left. Peter Sullivan's 3-point try with four seconds left missed its mark and was pulled down by Abreu to wrap up the win for the 'Cats.
Onguetou played his best game of the season, scoring nine points, pulling down eight rebounds and handing out three assists. The junior forward was 3 of 4 from the floor, including a pair of treys, which matched a career high he set one game earlier at Colgate on Dec. 3.
Leading 33-27 coming out of the locker room, Brown scored the first five points of the second half to push their lead to 11. The Bears were up 42-32 with 15:32 to go when they scored four straight to push their lead to 14. UNH answered with an 11-0 run that featured three Conley trifectas to cut Brown's lead to 46-43 with 10:43 remaining.
Brown scored three straight before both teams traded buckets to make 51-45 with 8:16 left. Back-to-back treys by Gibbs and Onguetou knotted the score at 51 just 1:02 later. A Matt Mullery 3-pointer put Brown up 54-51 with 6:22 to go before the Wildcats ripped off an 11-4 run that led them to victory. The 'Cats held Brown without a field goal for 5:10 during that span and then again for the final 1:12 of the game.
Brown opened the game on an 8-3 run before a pair of Abreu treys brought UNH to within 10-9. With 14:51 left in the first half, Gibbs knocked down a 3 to tie the game at 12, but a 14-4 run by the Bears gave them a 26-16 lead with 7:49 to play before the half. Back-to-back 3s by Gibbs and Abreu cut the UNH deficit to four 1:14 later, but Brown scored five straight to increase its lead back to nine with 3:32 left. Both teams traded buckets before Gibbs closed the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer that cut Brown's lead to 33-27.
Freshman forward Brian Benson played a career-high 23 minutes, recording two points and an assist, but playing great defensively with four rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Freshman guard Russell Graham started his second straight game at the point guard spot and gave UNH some good minutes, tallying two points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal.
The Wildcats, who outrebounded a big, physical Brown team, 36-24, shot 40 percent (23-57) from the floor, including 41 percent (14-34) from behind the arc. Brown shot 49 percent (21-43) from the field and 39 percent (5-13) from long range.
Mullery led the Bears with 15 points, while Scott Friske and Sullivan recorded 14 and 12 points, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore Ferg Myrick recorded 10 points and six rebounds, and senior Dane DiLiegro posted eight points and eight boards, but the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season, 50-42, at Sacred Heart on Nov. 23 at the William H. Pitt Center.
The Wildcats fell to 3-1 on the young season, while the Pioneers improved to 1-4 in their home opener.
Jerrell Thompson poured in 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Sacred Heart.
Leading 10-8 just 5:51 into the game, Sacred Heart, which never trailed in the contest, used a 5-0 spurt to push its lead to seven with 11:15 to play in the opening half. The Wildcats answered, however, with a three-point play from DiLiegro and a layup from Myrick, the America East Player of the Game, that made it 15-13 with 9:06 to go.
From there, however, the Pioneers used an 18-3 run to open the game up and grab a 33-16 lead with 1:38 to play in the half. Thompson netted 11 of his 13 first-half points during the run, including a 3 to cap it. A 3-pointer by freshman Scott Morris just 14 seconds later stopped the bleeding, but the Pioneers scored the final three points of the half to take a 36-19 advantage into the break. Sacred Heart was winning the battle on the glass, 27-13, including 10-3 on the offensive end, at halftime.
UNH stormed out of the locker room on a 15-2 run, scoring eight straight before Thompson hit Sacred Heart's first shot of the half, 5:05 in. That was followed by seven straight Wildcat points that cut their deficit to 38-34 with 11:56 to play. With the gap still at four 1:57 later, Sacred Heart scored four straight – all at the line – to push its lead up to 44-36 with 4:58 remaining.
Despite allowing just one field goal the rest of the way, the Wildcats would not get closer than six as the Pioneers snatched five offensive rebounds in the final 3:32 to whittle away the clock. The 'Cats held Sacred Heart to 2 of 14 (14 percent) from the field in the second half.
Morris chipped in a season-best six points on 2 of 4 shooting from deep. Senior Tyrone Conley added nine points and three assists.
Sacred Heart won the rebounding battle, 44-30, including 15-11 on the offensive glass. The Pioneers also held a slight shooting edge at 33 percent (14-43) to 28 percent (14-50).
HOLDIN' IT DOWN
The Wildcats have held their first four opponents of the season under 55 points for the first time since the 1947-48 season when they held their first six opponents under 55.
The Wildcats have started 3-1 for the first time since the 2007-08 season. A win against Brown will give the program its first 4-1 start since the 2004-05 campaign.
The Wildcats are 14-4 (.778) in their last 18 home contests dating back to 2008-09. The 'Cats finished last season 9-4 at home, their best mark since the 1994-95 campaign when they were 8-2 in Durham.
Sophomore Ferg Myrick has scored in double-digits in all four games to start the season. Alvin Abreu was the last to do it in 2007-08, netting double figures in five straight contests to start the year. Myrick has now netted 10-plus points in five straight and seven of eight dating back to last season.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Saturday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 557 consecutive games, a streak that spans 20 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 776 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
'CATS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS
The Wildcats are currently leading the America East conference in scoring margin (+7.3), points allowed per game (50.5) and 3-point field goal shooting defense (.171), and are second in field goal percentage defense (.376). Individually, a handful of 'Cats are among the top 10 in a number of categories. Dane DiLiegro is second in rebounding (8.3), Tyrone Conley is third in steals per game (2.3), Scott Morris is fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (.500), Conley is seventh in 3-point field goals made per game (2.0), DiLiegro is eighth in steals (1.5) and Chandler Rhoads, Jordon Bronner and Conley are 10th in assists (2.3).
For the second time on the road this year, the Wildcats attempted to erase a 17-point deficit and used a big run to get back into the game at Sacred Heart on Nov. 23. Trailing 36-19 at the half, the 'Cats stormed out of the locker room on a 15-2 run that spanned the first 8:52 of the half. During that stretch, UNH forced 10 turnovers and caused Sacred Heart to shoot 1-for-5 (.200) from the floor. Overall, the Wildcats allowed just two second-half field goals as the Pioneers shot 2-for-14 (.143) and went 12:24 between those two makes. The 'Cats are outscoring their opponents 123-79 in the second half this season, including 30.8-19.8 per game.
The Wildcats won their first three games of the season for the first time since the 1971-72 campaign. The 'Cats also held all three oponents under 55 points, the first time they started 3-0 and allowed fewer than 55 points in each game since the 1931-32 season.
HERRION CLIMBING WINS LIST
By defeating Holy Cross, 55-52, Nov. 20, head coach Bill Herrion recorded his 61st victory at UNH and moved into fourth on the school's all-time wins list, passing Bill Olsen, who won 60 games in six seasons from 1960-66. Herrion now trails only Gerry Friel (188), William Cowell (119), and Henry Swasey (108) in the record books.
The Wildcats held their opponents to 62.4 ppg last year, the lowest since the 1950-51 season when they limited foes to 60.3 ppg. Records prior to 1960-61 were incomplete at the end of last season.
The Wildcats and senior guard Alvin Abreu were struck by some unfortunate luck in theit game at Dartmouth on Nov. 16. Abreu tore the ACL in his right knee during the second half and will miss the rest of the season.
WELL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
With their 55-53 win at Darmouth on Nov. 16, the Wildcats recorded their first road win of the year in just their second game of the season and first on the road. Last season, the 'Cats were not victorious away from Durham until Jan. 21 at UMBC, which was their 17th game overall and 10th on the road.
In their 55-53 win at Dartmouth on Nov. 16, the Wildcats erased a 17-point, second-half deficit to grab the win. It was the team's largest comeback since Jan. 18, 2007 when it demolished a 15-point deficit at Binghamon to record a 75-72 victory. Trailing 40-23 with 15:11 to play in the second half, the Wildcats locked down the Big Green and ripped off a 20-4 run to whittle the deficit to one with 7:19 remaining. During the 8:13 span, which included a 7:13 stretch that featured a 14-0 run, the UNH defense forced Dartmouth to shoot 2-for-12 from the floor and forced four turnovers.
Senior Dane DiLiegro posted the ninth double-double of his career and first of 2010-11 with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Wildcats' 55-53 win at Dartmouth on Nov. 16. DiLiegro also had a put-back basket with 1.5 seconds remaining in regulation to give his team the win.
HOME, SWEET HOME
With their 79-47 victory against Lesley on Nov. 13, the Wildcats win their fourth straight home opener and start the season at Lundholm Gymnasium 1-0.
The Wildcats, who were second in the league last season with 62.4 points allowed per game - a mark that was the program's lowest since the 1950-51 season, once again set the tone for the season on the defensive end of the floor in their opener versus Lesley on Nov. 13. The 'Cats held the Lynx to 37.3 percent (19-51) shooting, including 12.5 percent (1-8) from deep, and forced 25 turnovers. During a 14-0 run early in the second half, UNH caused five turnovers and forced Lesley to shoot 0-for-5 from the field.
BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN
Coming off a 2009-10 campaign which saw him earn America East All-Conference Second Team honors after bumping his scoring average to 14.4 ppg, Alvin Abreu kicked off the season with a 20-point performance against Lesley on Nov. 13. Abreu was 5-for-11 from the field, including 2 of 5 from deep, and went a perfect 8-for-8 from the line.
PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
After a 2009-10 season in which he earned America East All-Rookie Team honors and led the team in points per minute (0.53) after playing well down the stretch, Ferg Myrick made just his second career start against Lesley on Nov. 13 and dropped 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end.
FILLIN' IT UP
In his first collegiate game, DeAndray Buckley filled the stat line in a solid 15 minutes. Buckley tallied three points, seven rebounds, two assists, a pair of blocks and a steal.
HERRION VS. WILDCATS' 2010-11 OPPONENTS
Coming into the season, Bill Herrion owns a 112-78 (.589) record against the Wildcats' possible 2010-11 opponents.
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 137 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).
DUSTING OFF THE RECORD BOOKS
After winning 13 games last year, the Wildcats have now posted four double-digit win seasons in a five-year span for the first time since 1969-70 to 1973-74. They have also put together a streak of seven straight nine-plus win seasons for the first time since 1918-19 to 1926-27.
MORE HOME COOKIN'
With an average of 1,126 fans visiting Lundholm Gymnasium each game last season, it was the largest average attendance since it reached 1,787 during the 1995-96 season. Paired with the 1,002 average attendance of 2008-09, it was the first time the average attendance has reached 1,000 in back-to-back seasons since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. The 14,642 total fans to attend games at Lundholm last year also marked the largest total attendance since 21,442 came through the doors in 1995-96. With 13,029 in attendance in 2008-09, it was the first time in consecutive years that the total attendance has reached 13,000 since 1994-95 and 1995-96.
HOOPS FOR HOPE
The University of New Hampshire's Wildcat Sports Properties and Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) have teamed up to create a community-inspired basketball promotion to benefit the St. Charles Children's Home with a donation of $1.00 for every point scored by the UNH men's basketball team throughout the season.
"We're proud to partner with UNH's Wildcat Sports to provide support for St. Charles Children's Home in Rochester. Hoops for Hope is our way of showing our commitment to sports, education and the children of the communities we serve," said Brian Hughes, President and CEO of HRCU.
After each game, the points scored will be tallied and recorded on a "Hoops for Hope" banner housed in Lundholm Gymnasium. So far this season, $231.00 has been donated.
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, visit www.CollegeChalkTalk.com/coachesDiary/new_hampshire.
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 $89.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $7.95.
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 30th year broadcasting UNH men's basketball. Jeannotte will be joined by color analyst Mike Murphy, who enters his 11th season calling Wildcat men's hoop.
WILDCAT BASKETBALL STREAMING LIVE
UNHWildcats.com, via Stretch Internet Broadcast, will carry 10 UNH men's basketball home 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.