Men's Basketball Readies for Jan. 23 Tip with UMBC

COMPLETE GAME NOTES

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will play host to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Sunday, Jan. 23 (1 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast 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 Retrievers meet for the 16th time in their short conference rivarly, with UNH leading the all-time series, 8-7. The 'Cats have won four of the last six meetings at Lundholm Gymnasium. After UNH began the series with three straight wins at RAC Arena, the Retrievers came back with a three-game streak of their own in the building until UNH was victorious there last season. In the most recent meeting Feb. 24, however, Tyrone Conley scored 17 points, but the Wildcats fell to UMBC, 79-50, at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats fell to 11-16 on the season, including 5-10 in America East play, while the Retrievers snapped a three-game skid to improve to 4-25 overall and 3-13 in the conference. The 'Cats dropped to 8-4 at home and lost two straight at Lundholm for the first time since Jan. 22-Feb. 7, 2009, when they lost three in a row.

Conley, UNH's America East Player of the Game, shot 6-for-13 from the field and pulled in six rebounds. Freshman Ferg Myrick added 15 points, five boards and a block in a career-high 30 minutes.

Chris De La Rosa earned America East Player of the Game honors for UMBC as he led six Retrievers in double digits with 23 points and added seven assists.

After UMBC built a 13-8 lead to start the game, Myrick buried a 3-pointer from the left wing to close the gap to two at 14:30. UNH, which held their only lead - 2-0 to start the game - until Matt Spadafora nailed a 3 to give UMBC the lead for good, would never get closer as the Retrievers rattled off a 9-0 run - with seven points from De La Rosa - to take a 22-11 lead at 11:13.

UMBC still led by 11, 29-18, with 7:14 remaining in the opening half when an 8-1 run made it 39-21 at 3:54. Three straight points from the Wildcats cut it to 15, but a 5-0 spurt from the Retrievers made it 44-24 with 1:31 to go. A dunk by junior Dane DiLiegro closed the scoring at 38 seconds and cut it to 44-26 at the break.

DiLiegro posted four points and eight boards. DiLiegro finished the game with 611 rebounds and moved past Pete Smilikis (603) on the Wildcats' all-time rebounding list.

De La Rosa hit a jumper to start the second half and spark a 13-0 run that ran the score to 57-26 with 15:28 remaining. A 3-pointer from Conley, followed by an alley-oop dunk from junior Alvin Abreu to Conley cut it to 57-31, but a 10-0 run - capped by a Robbie Jackson dunk - gave the Retrievers their largest lead of the game at 67-34 with 10:07 to play.

Back-to-back layups from Myrick and a 3 from Abreu cut it to 67-41 at 6:20. The UMBC lead was still 26 when consecutive layups from Jackson and Chauncey Gilliam made it 77-47 with 2:11 to play. Three free throws cut it to 77-50 before Shawn Grant's jumper closed the scoring with 48 seconds left.

Abreu tallied seven points, three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal as he saw his career-best 10-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end. Abreu finished the night with 1,107 points and passed Erie Feragne (1,105) for 17th on UNH's all-time scoring list.

Sophomore Russell Graham handed out seven assists, while classmate Brian Benson recorded four points and three boards in a solid 16 minutes off the bench.

UMBC outshot UNH, 55.2 percent (32-58) to 30.2 percent (16-53), including 50 percent (8-16) to 21.4 percent (3-14) from behind the arc. The Wildcats made it to the line 34 times, but hit just 15 of their shots (44.1 percent), while the Retrievers were 7 of 8 (87.5 percent) from the stripe. UMBC outrebounded the Wildcats, 43-33, and outscored them in the paint, 32-20. UNH did hold a 14-8 edge on the offensive glass and turned the ball over just five times, while forcing nine UMBC turnovers.

Gilliam tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Brian Neller, Spadafora, Jackson and Grant each added 10 for the Retrievers.

LAST TIME OUT

Sophomore Chandler Rhoads and senior Tyrone Conley combined for 39 points, but the Wildcats dropped a 61-53 decision to Vermont on Jan. 20 in America East action at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats fell to 7-11 on the season, including 1-5 in America East play, while the Catamounts improved to 13-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

Rhoads, UNH's America East Player of the Game, poured in a career-high 20 points on 5 of 13 shooting, including a career-best four 3-pointers on seven attempts, to extend his streak of games with 10-plus points to four, the longest of his career. Rhoads was also a perfect 6-for-6 at the line and added four rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes. Conley hit for 19 points and matched Rhoads' 5-for-13 performance from the field and 6-for-6 night at the stripe, while sinking 3 of 8 from behind the arc. Conley, who extended his career-best double-digit scoring streak to 12 games, also tallied five rebounds and an assist in 38 minutes.

The Wildcats shot 93.8 percent (15-16) from the line, their best mark with more than five attempts since Feb. 23, 2006 when they were also 15 of 16 at home against Albany.

Joey Accaoui led three Vermont scorers in double figures with 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting, including a perfect 2 of 2 from deep. Sandro Carissimo earned America East Player of the Game honors for the Catamounts with 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting and was also a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Evan Fjeld posted 10 points and nine boards.

After UNH went up 8-5 following Conley's first 3, Vermont roared back with a 10-0 run that put it ahead 15-8 with 11:49 to play in the opening half. Rhoads then sank back-to-back 3-pointers and Conley hit a pair at the line to put the Wildcats in the lead, 16-15 at the 9:47 mark. The game was tied at 23 when Carissimo sank two at the line with 2:15 remaining to close the scoring and send Vermont into the break with a 25-23 edge.

After a Brendan Bald trey just nine seconds into the second half, a steal and an uncontested layup by Carissimo quickly opened up a 30-23 lead for Vermont just 31 seconds in. Carissimo then knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing at the 18:49 mark to push the lead to 10. Conley answered with a 3 of his own, but Carissimo hit back with another to keep the gap at 10.

A bucket inside from junior Brian Benson sliced it to eight, but with the lead still eight at 40-32 with 14:01 left, a layup from Matt Glass and back-to-back jumpers from Accaoui, including one that resulted in a three-point play, opened it up to 47-32 with 11:04 to go. A pair of Rhoads free throws cut it to 13, but a three-point play from Fjeld gave Vermont its largest lead of the game at 50-34 with 10:37 remaining.

Five straight points from freshman Jordon Bronner sliced the UNH deficit to 11, but a 3 from Accaoui pushed it to 14. The lead was still 14 at 55-41 with 7:06 to play when a 6-0 Wildcat run, including five points from Conley cut it to eight with 4:33 left. A Fjeld jumper stopped the run, but Rhoads came back with another trifecta to make it 57-50 at 2:23. After a Carissimo jumper in the paint on the following possession, Rhoads knocked down another 3 to make it 59-53 with 1:27 on the clock. That was as close as the Wildcats would get, however, as Accaoui hit a pair at the line with 28 seconds left to close the scoring.

Vermont outshot UNH, 45 percent (22-49) to 30 percent (15-50), including 52 percent (13-25) to 32 percent (6-19) in the second half. The Catamounts also hit 5 of 11 (46 percent) from deep, while the Wildcats were 28 percent (8-29) from distance. Vermont held a 38-26 advantage on the glass, but UNH turned the ball over just 11 times, while forcing 14 turnovers.

Conley finished the night with 1,102 career points and moved past former teammate Mike Christensen (1,087) for 19th place on UNH's all-time scoring list.

DYNAMIC DUO
Senior Tyrone Conley has been carrying the Wildcats after being hit hard by injuries, but has received some help lately in the form of sophomore point guard Chandler Rhoads. In the most recent contest against Vermont on Jan. 20, Rhoads and Conley poured in 20 and 19 points, respectively, with each of them shooting 5-for-13 from the field and a perfect 6 of 6 from the line. Rhoads knocked down a career-best four 3-pointers on seven attempts, while Conley was 3-for-8 from deep.

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY
In their 61-53 loss against Vermont on Jan. 20, the Wildcats shot 93.8 percent (15-16) from the line, their best mark with more than five attempts since Feb. 23, 2006 when they were also 15 of 16 at home against Albany.

DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK FOR CONLEY
Senior Tyrone Conley currently has an 12-game double-digit scoring streak, which is the longest of his career, as well as the longest on the team this season. During the streak, which began with 11 points at Colgate on Dec. 4, Conley is averaging 15.3 points per game.

RHOAD TRIP
Sophomore Chandler Rhoads currently has a career-best four-game double-digit scoring streak, that includes a career-high 20 points against Vermont on Jan. 20. Rhoads, who recorded four games of 10-plus points during his rookie campaign, already has eight such games this season and is averaging 10.5 ppg over his last eight — the best eight-game stretch of his career.

HOLDING 'EM UNDER 80
The Wildcats have yet to allow 80 or more points in a single game this season, the deepest any UNH team has made it into the schedule without allowing an opponent to reach the 80-point mark since 1985-86 when the 'Cats went 23 games before relinquishing 95 points to Niagara. No UNH team has gone an entire season without allowing 80 or more points in a game since the 1949-50 campaign.

BENSON IS BOARDING...AND MORE
Junior Brian Benson is having the best season of his career on the glass. Benson is second on the team and fifth in the conference at 7.3 rebounds per game. Over the last 12 contests, which included a career-best 22-rebound performance at Stony Brook on Jan. 15, Benson is averaging 8.3 boards per game. Over 11 games from Nov. 30-Jan. 11, Benson shot 25-for-53 (.472) from the field and 8-for-21 (.381) from behind the arc to raise his percentages to .391 and .320, respectively, after starting 2-for-16 (.125) from the floor and 0-for-4 from 3.

NATIONALLY-RANKED (AS OF JAN. 20)
UNH is ranked within the top 100 teams in the country in one category. The Wildcats are 37th in scoring defense (61.4 ppg), while individually, Dane DiLiegro is 78th in rebounding (8.1 rpg).

LOVEABLE LUNDHOLM
The Wildcats are 16-7 (.696) in their last 23 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.

TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Sunday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 571 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 792 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.

CLOSE AND LATE
After going 15-32 from 2005-06 through last season, the Wildcats are 6-2 this year in games decided by five points or less.

'CATS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS
The Wildcats are currently leading the America East conference in points allowed per game (61.4). They are also third in rebounding (36.7) and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.330). Individually, a handful of 'Cats are among the top 10 in a number of categories. Tyrone Conley is fourth in steals per game (1.4), fifth in both 3-point field goals made per game (2.3) and minutes per game (34.6), eighth in scoring (14.1) and 10th in blocked shots per game (0.8). Dane DiLiegro is second in rebounding (8.1), sixth in field goal percentage (.490) and eighth in free throw percentage (.750). Brian Benson is third in rebounding (7.5) and ninth in blocked shots per game (0.9). Chandler Rhoads is eighth in assists per game (2.7).

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 138 conference wins are far and away better than the league's other eight coaches, with Albany's Will Brown the next closest with 67. Overall, Herrion sits behind only former Boston University head coach Dennis Wolff (152) and long-time Vermont head man Tom Brennan (147).

LEADING AT THE HALF
After dropping three of four games against Boston U. (Jan. 4), Binghamton (Jan. 8) and Stony Brook (Jan. 15) in which they led at the break, the Wildcats are now 5-4 this season when leading at the half.

CONLEY EARNS FIRST WEEKLY AWARD
Senior Tyrone Conley earned his first career America East Player of the Week award on Jan. 17. Conley shared the award with Boston University's John Holland after averaging 23.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per game during the previous week.

DEUCES!
Junior Brian Benson tore down a career-high 22 rebounds in a career-most 42 minutes at Stony Brook on Jan. 15. The 22 boards are five shy of UNH's single-game record and the second most rebounds ever for a Wildcat, matching Dave Pemberton, who also reeled in 22 against Boston University on Jan. 3, 1972. It is also the first 20-rebound game for a 'Cat since Chris Brown recorded 20 boards at Boston University on Feb. 10, 2002. The 22 rebounds are an America East season high, as well as the fifth most rebounds ever in an America East conference game.

WORKING OVERTIME
In the Wildcats' 64-60 double-overtime loss at Stony Brook on Jan. 15, Tyrone Conley (48), Chandler Rhoads (45), Brian Benson (42) and Chris Matagrano (41) all played over 40 minutes. It was the first time four Wildcats played over 40 minutes in a single contest since Matt Acres (58), Doug Wilson (50), Brad Cirino (48), Matt Alosa (45) and Ken Rassi (42) all went over 40 minutes in a 106-103 quadruple-overtime win against Maine on Jan. 19, 1996 at Alfond Arena.

CAREER HIGHS FOR CHRIS
In just his second career start at Stony Brook on Jan. 15, sophomore Chris Matagrano re-wrote nearly his entire career high section, reaching career bests in points (11), field goals made (5), 3-point field goals made (1), rebounds (7), steals (2) and minutes (41). He also matched his career high of one assist.

CASHING IN
Senior Tyrone Conley erupted for a career-high 33 points, including 25 in the second half, in the Wildcats' 57-54 win against Hartford on Jan. 11. The 33 points were the eighth most ever for a Wildcat and the most since Nov. 25, 2000 when Austin Ganly poured in 34 in a 96-89 victory at Dartmouth College. The 33 is also the most for an America East player this season, surpassing the 32 points Boston University's Darryl Partin racked up against Cornell on Nov. 27. Conley knocked down a personal-best 10 field goals on 16 attemps and matched his career high with six 3-pointers on 10 tries. The senior co-captain was also 7-for-8 at the line, while tallying five rebounds, two steals and a block in 40 minutes of action.

SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT
The Wildcats shot 66.7 percent (12-18) from the floor in the second half of their 57-54 win against Hartford on Jan. 11. It was their best field goal percentage in any half since Jan. 28, 2009 when they also hit at a 66.7 percent (14-21) clip in the second stanza to erase a nine-point deficit and earn a 71-60 victory at Stony Brook.

DEFICIT ERASERS
The Wildcats used a 24-2 run that spanned 7:36 to erase a 16-point deficit and beat Hartford, 57-54, Jan. 11. It was the second biggest margin the 'Cats have overcome to record a win this season as they came back from 17 points down in an eventual 55-53 victory at Dartmouth on Nov. 16.

ANOTHER TOUGH BREAK
For the second time this season, the Wildcats lost a leading scorer for the remainder of the year when sophomore Ferg Myrick went down with 4:02 remaining in the contest at Boston U. on Jan. 4 with a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee. The 'Cats also lost senior Alvin Abreu to a torn ACL in his right knee during the second game of the season at Dartmouth on Nov. 16.

CAREER NIGHT FOR MORRIS
Freshman Scott Morris put together a career night at Boston U. on Jan. 4. Playing his first real extended minutes of the season, Morris reached career bests in points (14), field goals made (5), 3-point field goals made (4) and minutes (24).

1,000 POINT CLUB
Senior Tyrone Conley became the 28th member of UNH's 1,000 point club 5:41 into the second half at Albany on Jan. 2 when he stole the ball near midcourt and went in for an uncontested one-handed slam.

.500 CLUB
With their 59-44 loss to Albany on Jan. 2, the Wildcats dropped below .500 for the first time all season. That marks the longest the 'Cats have stayed at or above .500 to open a season since the 1994-95 campaign when they were never fewer than one game above .500.

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR
The Wildcats went 5-5 before New Year's Day last season, their best record since 1994-95 when they were 6-2 before Jan. 1. The 'Cats have matched that at 6-6 this season and their 68-66 win against Cornell on Dec. 29, gave the program six wins before New Year's Day for the first time since '94-'95.

HOMECOMING
Virginia native Chandler Rhoads had quite the homecoming at the Richmond Marriott Holidays on the Hardwood Classic at VCU's Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Rhoads netted 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting, including 2 of 2 from behind the arc, matched his career high with eight rebounds and handed out five assists in the first game against Cornell on Dec. 29. Then against VCU in the championship game the next night, Rhoads poured in a season-best 15 points to go along with five rebounds and a pair of assists.

OFFENSE + DEFENSE  = WINS
It has been no secret that the Wildcats have hung their hat on defense this season, leading the conference in scoring defense and ranking second in both field goal percentage defense and 3-point field goal percentage defense. The 'Cats mixed in some efficient offense to record a 68-66 win against Cornell on Dec. 29, shooting a season-high 51 percent (24-47) from the field.

HE DID WHAT?!
Sophomore Ferg Myrick, who has scored in double figures in 10 of 11 games this year and 13 of 15 dating back to last season, scored a team-high 14 points against Cornell on Dec. 29 and also dished out a career-high five assists. Myrick's previous best was one assist, which he reached seven times.

BLOCK PARTY
In addition to matching his career high with nine rebounds at Central Connecticut State on Dec. 22, junior Brian Benson recorded a career-best five blocked shots, which are the most for a Wildcat since Rob Marquardt swatted five attempts Jan. 10, 2001 in an 87-69 victory against Vermont at Lundholm Gymnasium.

BUCKLEY-NG DOWN
Just after playing his best game of the season with a career-best 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field and a perfect 3 of 3 shooting at the line at Rhode Island on Dec. 18, freshman DeAndray Buckley surpassed that performance with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in a career-best 28 minutes at Central Connecticut State on Dec. 22.

SATURDAY DAY FEVER
Prior to their 64-52 loss at Rhode Island on Dec. 18, the Wildcats were 4-0 on Saturdays and 3-0 in day games.

DOESN'T ADD UP
Despite holding Rhode Island to the second lowest field goal percentage they have allowed all season at 35.6 percent (21-59), the Wildcats turned the ball over a season-high 17 times, while forcing their fewest turnovers of the season (7).

DOUBLE THE FUN
Senior Dane DiLiegro recorded his third double-double of the season when he posted 10 points and 10 rebounds against Army on Dec. 9. DiLiegro, who also matched his career best with three assists in just 23 minutes due to foul trouble, is inching closer to averaging a double-double for the season with 10.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

RHOAD WORK
Sophomore point guard Chandler Rhoads had one of his better games of the season against Army on Dec. 9. Rhoads, who attended Air Force Prep, netted 10 points and dished out a career-best six assists in a career-high 32 minutes.

300
With the Wildcats' 65-60 win at Colgate on Dec. 4, head coach Bill Herrion recorded his 300th career win. The 20-year bench boss became the 284th college basketball head coach, including the 72nd active head coach, to reach the 300-win plateau. Herrion also reached another milestone earlier in his career against Colgate, winning his 50th career game at UNH in a 63-55 win at Lundholm Gymnasium on Dec. 30, 2009.

PERFECT LINE
In the Wildcats' 65-60 win at Colgate on Dec. 4, senior Dane DiLiegro matched Matt Alosa, Chris Brown and Jermaine Anderson when he tied the school record for most free throws made in a game without a miss after he was a perfect 12-for-12 at the line. A career 54 percent (109-202) free throw shooter entering the season, DiLiegro is hitting at a 86 percent (30-35) clip this year and ranks second in the conference in the category.

NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
The Wildcats closed out the month of November with a 4-2 record, their first ever four-win November and just their ninth winning November in the last 39 years.

NEARLY SOMETHING SPECIAL
The Wildcats came very close to knocking off the No. 7-ranked team in the country when they took UConn to the wire before falling 62-55 at Gampel Pavilion on Nov. 30. The Wildcats, who never trailed in the first half, led at the 14:08 mark in the second half and trailed by just one with 8:24 to play in the contest. The 62-point output was the smallest for the Huskies to that point in the season.

THIS CLOSE
How epic would the win against UConn have been for the Wildcats? It would have been the program's first win ever against a ranked opponent, but what's more is that entering the contest, UConn was 112-4 against non-conference New England opponents during the Jim Calhoun era, in addition to owning a 134-18 record, including 65-4 against non-conference foes, all-time at Gampel Pavilion.

WALKING THE LINE
Against UConn on Nov. 30, Kemba Walker — the nation's leading scorer coming into the game (30.0 ppg) — netted 30 points, but picked up 14 of them at the charity stripe. While Walker was 7 of 16 from the floor, the rest of his team combined for 32 points on 12 of 34 shooting.

LINING UP
Despite converting three more field goals, including five more 3-pointers, holding a 39-38 edge in the rebounding department, including 18-12 on the offensive glass, and turning the ball over just 13 times, while forcing 12 turnovers, the Wildcats suffered a 62-55 loss at No. 7 UConn on Nov. 30. How? UConn sank 18 more free throws after being sent to the line 20 more times than UNH.

SURPRISE!
Prior to tipping off with UConn on Nov. 30, the Wildcats were shooting 24.8 percent (26-105) from behind then arc. The 'Cats then proceeded to shoot 50 percent (8-16) from deep against the Huskies.

FITTING IN
Sophomore Ferg Myrick looked like he belonged, especially in the second half, when the Wildcats battled seventh-ranked UConn on Nov. 30. Myrick poured in a season-high 19 points, including 16 in the second half on 6 of 9 shooting, against the Big East power. Myrick also set career highs in 3-pointers made (3) and steals (4), while matching his career best with eight rebounds.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO ON
Senior James Valladares scored a career-high 12 points — all in the first half — in the Wildcats' 62-55 loss at No. 7 UConn on Nov. 30. Valladares made five of his first six shots and netted UNH's final 10 points of the half.

MOVIN' ON UP
Senior Dane DiLiegro grabbed 10 boards at UConn on Nov. 30 to move past Matt Acres, who recorded 680 rebounds from 1994-98, and into sixth place on UNH's all-time list.

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.

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.

LATE BLOOMERS
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.

FIRST THREE
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.

FEAT CONFIRMED
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.

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.

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 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, $1,048 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.

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