DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will take on the University of Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.). The game will be televised live on ESPN3.com, as well as SportsNet New York, and aired live on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Huskies meet for the 116th time in the history of the two programs. UNH has played UConn the fifth most of any opponent in its 107-year history. UConn has won five straight — all at home — in the series, which has been idle since 2005. The Huskies have won 12 in a row at home overall. The Wildcats' last win came in a 76-72 victory at home Jan. 9, 1983, while their last win at UConn was a 76-70 triumph Jan. 3, 1974. UConn handed the Wildcats an 86-44 defeat in the most recent meeting Dec. 18, 2005 at the Hartford Civic Center.
Blagoj Janev scored a career-high 24 points for the Wildcats against the second-ranked Huskies.
Connecticut opened the game on an 8-0 run that lasted 7 minutes 11 seconds before Janev landed a 3-pointer from the left wing at 13:49. Jermaine Anderson sank two free throws on New Hampshire's next possession to pull it to within 10-5. From there, Connecticut took control of the floor and went on a 9-2 run until Janev banked a jumper from the right post at 10:51.
The Huskies started a 17-2 run that ran out when UNH's Mike Christensen sank a free throw with 2:20 remaining in the half.
Rudy Gay led the Huskies in scoring with 14 points while Janev led the Wildcats with eight points. At the end of the half, Connecticut led 42-15.
Connecticut never lost momentum in the second half. Gay poured in a jumper from the top of the key to open the half for the Huskies. Tyrece Gibbs sank two free throws at 18:22 to score New Hampshire's first points in the half.
Connecticut went up by as many as 43 points with 8:19 remaining in the game with the score at 73-30. The closest UNH came after that was when Janev sank a 3-pointer from the left wing with 5:33 remaining to cut the lead to 75-37. New Hampshire's last basket was a 3-pointer from Janev from the left side with 1:31 remaining in the game.
Connecticut, which improved to 8-0 with the win, boasted four players who scored double figures and was led in scoring by Gay, who was 10-for-19 from the field. Ed Nelson registered a double-double for the Huskies with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Connecticut finished the game shooting 36-for-70 from the field. They scored 40 points in the paint and scored 28 points off Wildcat turnovers.
Janev was the only player for New Hampshire to reach the double-digit mark with 24 points. Christensen followed with nine points and led New Hampshire with nine rebounds. UNH was 13-for-45 from the field.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Dane DiLiegro recorded his 10th career double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and netted the go-ahead basket with 2.8 seconds on the clock as the Wildcats pulled out a 70-66 victory against Brown on Nov. 27 at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats improved to 3-0 at home and are now 4-1 overall for the first time since 2004-05. The 'Cats have won four straight at Lundholm and are 15-4 (.789) in their last 19 games there dating back to 2007-08. The Bears fell to 3-2 on the season.
DiLiegro, the America East Player of the Game, was very efficient en route to game highs in both points and rebounds, as he was 8-for-10 from the field and 7 of 8 at the foul line in 34 minutes. Classmate Tyrone Conley poured in 19 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the floor and 8 of 9 at the stripe. The co-captain also tallied three assists, two blocks and a career-high five steals in 39 minutes. Sophomore Ferg Myrick extended his double-digit scoring streak to six games with 12 points in a career-high 36 minutes.
Peter Sullivan led Brown with 20 points, eight boards, two assists and four steals.
With his team trailing 62-61 with 1:17 to play, DiLiegro backed his defender down, spun baseline and put up a shot from under the backboard that hit high off the glass and bounced in to give the Wildcats a one-point lead.
UNH led 66-64 with 8.1 seconds to play when a pair of Tucker Halpern free throws knotted the game. Sophomore Chandler Rhoads received the inbounds pass and immediately pushed the ball up the left side of the floor, going coast-to-coast before dropping a pass to DiLiegro, who was all alone on the right block. DiLiegro easily layed the ball in off the glass to give his team a 68-66 lead with 2.9 ticks on the clock.
The ensuing inbounds pass was intercepted at half court by Conley, who was fouled and sunk both free throws with one second remaining to seal the win.
Rhoads added six points and four rebounds, while handing out five assists to go along with zero turnovers.
After a pair of Halpern free throws opened the scoring 16 seconds into the contest, a 9-0 run gave the Wildcats a seven-point lead just three minutes in. A Halpern 3-pointer cut it to four before two DiLiegro buckets sandwiched a Conley trey to make it 16-5 with 14:14 to play.
The lead was 25-13 after a DeAndray Buckley tip-in with 6:52 to go, but a 7-2 Brown run sliced the advantage to seven 2:26 later. After a Myrick layup, Sean McGonagill knocked down a 3-pointer to pull the Bears within 29-23, but consecutive hoops from freshman Jordon Bronner and Myrick opened the lead back up to 10 with 2:07 remaining. Bronner then answered Sullivan's 3-pointer with a trey of his own as time expired and UNH went into the locker room leading 36-26. Bronner finished with a season-best six points and two assists.
The Wildcat lead edged to 40-29 just 2:05 into the second half, but seven straight points from the Bears cut their deficit to four at 15:47. Just 30 seconds later, the 'Cats stopped the bleeding when Rhoads collected a long rebound, pushed the ball up the left side of the floor and found a streaking Conley for an alley-oop dunk that re-charged the Lundholm crowd.
The margin was at five (53-48) with 7:01 left when Halpern's three-point play brought Brown to within a pair. A Rhoads jumper pushed the lead back to four a minute later, but a Halpern 3 sliced the Bears' deficit to 55-54 with 5:34 remaining. Conley answered with his own three-point play, but two pairs of free throws tied the game at 58-all with 3:03 on the clock.
The two teams traded buckets and after Myrick hit 1 of 2 at the line, McGonagill sunk both of his freebies to put Brown in front, 62-61, with 1:39 to play and set up the dramatic finish.
Both teams shot well, with UNH shooting 42.6 percent (23-54), while Brown hit on 42.2 percent (19-45). The Bears shot a blistering 42.1 percent (8-19) from downtown against a Wildcat defense that led the conference in 3-point field goal defense (.171) coming into the game. Brown was 20 of 22 (.909) at the line, while the 'Cats were a season-best 77.8 percent (21-27) from the stripe. The Wildcats held a 33-29 edge on the boards, including 13-7 at the offensive end. They also forced 17 turnovers, while turning it over 12 times themselves.
The Wildcats have started 4-1 for the first time since the 2004-05 season. It is the program's eighth 4-1 start since 1915-16, including only its third since 1953-54 and fourth since 1938-39. UNH has not been 5-1 since the 1963-64 season.
ONE MORE TO 300
Head coach Bill Herrion needs one more win to reach 300 in his 20-year career.
CLOSE AND LATE
After going 15-32 since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Wildcats are a perfect 3-0 this year in games decided by five points or less.
ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR DOUBLE D
In the Wildcats' 70-66 win against Brown on Nov. 27, senior Dane DiLiegro posted his second double-double of the season (10th of his career), as well as his second game-winning basket of 2010-11. DiLiegro reached game and season highs in both points and rebounds with 23 points and 12 boards. DiLiegro, who gave UNH a 55-53 victory at Dartmouth on Nov. 16 with a layup with 1.5 seconds remaining, made the go-ahead bucket with 2.8 seconds on the clock.
STEALING THE SHOW
In the 70-66 win against Brown on Nov. 27, senior Tyrone Conley, who poured in a season-high 19 points, tallied a career-high five steals, including one off a Brown inbounds pass at midcourt with one second remaining that sealed the victory.
Sophomore Ferg Myrick has scored in double-digits in all five games to start the season. Alvin Abreu was the last to do it in 2007-08 when he also netted double figures in five straight contests to start the year. The last time a Wildcat began a season with six straight double-digit scoring games was 2000-01 when Austin Ganly scored in double figures the first 12 games of the year. Myrick has now netted 10-plus points in six straight and eight of nine dating back to last season.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Tuesday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 558 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 778 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 (.259), and are third in field goal percentage defense (.385). Individually, a handful of 'Cats are among the top 10 in a number of categories. Dane DiLiegro is tied for first in rebounding (9.0), Tyrone Conley is first in steals per game (2.8), DiLiegro is fourth in field goal percentage (.535) and fifth in both free throw percentage (.813) and steals per game (1.6), Chandler Rhoads is sixth in assists (2.8), and Conley is ninth in both assists (2.4) and 3-point field goals made per game (1.8).
The Wildcats are 15-4 (.789) in their last 19 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.
HOLDIN' IT DOWN
The Wildcats 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.
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 157-119 in the second half this season, including 31.4-23.8 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, $301.00 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.