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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team finishes off a two-game road stretch against the University at Albany on Wednesday, Jan. 11 (7 p.m.) at SEFCU Arena. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Great Danes meet for the 24th time in their relatively young conference rivalry, with Albany holding a slight edge in the all-time series, 12-11. The series has shifted control over the years, with UNH currently having won six of the last eight meetings, after Albany had won four in a row. Prior to that run, UNH had won four of six after the Great Danes had been victorious in four of the first five. The Wildcats have won four straight and five of the last six at home against Albany, and have split with the Great Danes over the last eight at SEFCU Arena. The 'Cats have also recorded three regular-season sweeps in the past six years. In the most recent meeting on Feb. 2, 2011, Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored 14 of his team-leading 15 points after halftime, and Dane DiLiegro registered his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats outlasted the Great Danes, 62-59, in overtime at Lundholm Gymnasium. Rhoads led four Wildcats in double figures and tallied five rebounds, three assists and three steals. DiLiegro, UNH's America East Player of the Game, was 6-for-13 from the field and pulled down four of his rebounds on the offensive end of the floor. Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) matched a career high with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-9 from behind the arc, in a career-best 27 minutes. Tyrone Conley netted 10 points and tallied three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block, playing 32 minutes after fouling out with 3:30 to go in regulation. Tim Ambrose led Albany with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Luke Devlin earned America East Player of the Game honors for the Great Danes with 10 points, 14 boards, two blocks and two steals. Morris banked in a 3-point field goal from the left wing early in overtime to lift the Wildcats to a 53-49 advantage. DiLiegro added a two-handed dunk on a no-look pass from Rhoads and a turnaround in the lane for a 57-53 lead with 44 seconds to go in the extra session. Logan Aronhalt drained a deep 3, reducing UNH's lead to 60-59 with seven seconds to go. Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) made a critical steal with two seconds left and knocked down both subsequent free throws for a 62-59 lead. New Hampshire held on when Aronhalt, who shot only 2-for-15 in the game, missed a potential game-tying 3 as time expired.
Albany went 2-1 to begin conference play this past week ... The Great Danes started out with a bang with two lopsided wins against Hartford, 88-63, and UMBC, 89-72, then recently fell to Stony Brook, 81-68 ... Gerardo Suero scored 74 points and grabbed 20 rebounds last week, earning America East Player of the Week honors ... Suero bumped his average up to 22.5 points per game and is fourth in the nation in scoring ... The junior guard has now scored 20-plus points in nine consecutive games in which Albany is 6-3 ... Logan Aronhalt was close behind Suero, scoring 57 points and tallying 14 rebounds ... Aronhalt has now started in 63 consecutive games ... Luke Devlin picked up right where he left off last season in conference play averaging 10 points and 7.5 rebounds in the first two contests this past week but went scoreless and grabbed four rebounds against Stony Brook.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) has scored in double-digits in three straight games, including five of the last six contests. He has notched double-figures in all but three games this season and has never gone back-to-back outings scoring in single digits. Abreu leads the Wildcats with an average of 13.2 points per game this season, shooting 40 percent (64-160) from the floor, as he is on pace to finish with his best single-season field goal percentage of his career.
PUTTING IN THEIR TIME
Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 2nd), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 3rd) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 6th) all rank in the top 10 in the America East in minutes played this season. Rhoads leads the trio with an average of 35.8 minutes per game while Abreu and Bronner have logged 35.5 and 32.7 minutes per contest, respectively.
Sophomore Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) has been one of the most efficient shooters from the free throw line over the last three games, shooting 95.4 percent (21-22) from the stripe. He shot a perfect 8-for-8 against UMBC (Jan. 2) and in the outing prior he sank 8-of-9 shots from the line on his way to a career-high 24 points against Colgate (Dec. 31). The point guard ranks first on the squad with a .718 shooting clip (28-39) from the charity stripe this season.
MAKING IT RAIN
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) scored a career-high 20 points against UMBC (Jan. 2), as he was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, finishing the contest with five boards, one assist and one block. He shot 7-of-11 from the field, 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Konan has scored in double figures three times this season.
For the first time this season five Wildcats scored in double-figures, as Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) led the way with a career-high 20 points against UMBC (Jan. 2). The forward shot 7-of-11 from the field, 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the contest. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 15), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 12), Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 10) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 10) rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers.
Sophomore Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) propelled the Wildcats to a 71-64 victory over Colgate (Dec. 31), setting career highs in points (24), free throws made (8), field goals (7) and 3-point field goals (2). The point guard was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, finishing the afternoon with three boards and a pair of steals. He shot a solid 7-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from deep while knocking down 8-of-9 shots from the stripe.
TAKING THE HIGH RHOAD
Junior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored 12 of his team-leading 16 points in the second half of play against Sacred Heart (Dec. 29), achieving the mark on the back of 9-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe, matching a career high in free throws made. The last time he knocked down nine shots at the line came last season against Albany (Feb. 2) when he led UNH to a 62-59 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium after posting 15 points against the Great Danes.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently moved into ninth place all-time in program history in field goals made (457). He currently leads the Wildcats with 64 field goals this season, shooting 40 percent (64-160) from the floor. Abreu notched a career-high 141 field goals during the 2009-10 campaign, finishing the season with a .358 shooting clip (141-394).
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently moved into eighth place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,305). This season he ranks third in the league in minutes played (462), averaging 35.5 minutes per game. He logged his most time on the hardwood during the 2009-10 campaign, registering 1000 minutes while averaging 33.3 minutes per contest.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) ranks fifth in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage this season with a .386 (17-44) shooting clip from beyond the arc. He has been especially impressive over the course of the last six games, shooting 40.9 percent (9-22) from deep.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES
Senior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ranks seventh in the America East in field goal percentage with a shooting clip of .482 (40-83). Last season the center shot 39.4 percent (63-160) from the field, including a .404 mark in conference play.
New Hampshire ranks third in the conference in rebounding, pulling in 36.5 boards per game, as the Wildcats are outrebounding their opponents by a margin of 1.1 rebounds per game. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 9.6 (1st) and 6.2 (7th) boards per game, respectively.
FOUR OF A KIND
Four Wildcats have scored in double-figures in three games this season, most recently when Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 18), Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 16), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 11) and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 10) achieved the milestone against Brown (Nov. 7). Prior to that outing the last time UNH reached the mark was against Loyola (Nov. 20), as Rhoads (14), Konan (12), Abreu (11) and Myrick (10) finished in double-digits.
KONAN THE BARBARIAN
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) posted 13 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, earning his first career double-double versus Holy Cross (Dec. 3). Konan, who was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, finished the contest 4-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-5 from deep and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe in the contest.
Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 24), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 14), and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 10) all tallied double-digits against Colgate (Dec. 31). The last time three 'Cats scored in double-figures was against Marist (Dec. 17) when Abreu (18), Rhoads (17) and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 12) all scored in double-digits.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) registered a season-best 21 points versus Dartmouth (Nov. 30), leading the Wildcats to a 53-50 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium. It was the highest single-game scoring total posted by any Wildcat this season, as he was tabbed the America East Player of the Game, finishing the contest 7-for-13 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. He also pulled in three boards, dished out two assists and collected a steal. The last time Abreu scored 20-plus points came against Lesley University (Nov. 13, 2010) when he poured in exactly 20 points in the season-opener at Lundholm Gymnasium.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN
UNH claimed its fourth straight victory versus the Big Green earning a 53-50 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium on Nov. 30. Despite Dartmouth's 31-29 advantage in the all-time series, New Hampshire has been victorious in six of the last seven and 10 of the last 13 meetings in the annual rivalry matchup of the Granite State's two Division I basketball programs. The last time Dartmouth defeated New Hampshire was on Jan. 15, 2008 in a 65-60 overtime decision at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched two treys against Hartford (Jan. 5) and currently ranks fifth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 180. The senior captain recently passed Blagoi Janev, who finished his UNH career with 172 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 19 3-pointers this season, posting a .333 clip from deep. He posted his highest single-season 3-pointer total during the 2007-08 campaign with 32 treys, a mark that ranks 10th all-time in program history.
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ranks first in the America East conference in rebounding, pulling in 9.6 boards per game this season. Last year he ranked second among league leaders in rebounds, compiling 8.3 per game. He has turned in four double-digit rebounding efforts this season, posting a season-best 16 boards against Suffolk (Nov. 11).
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied one block versus Hartford (Jan. 5) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 66. Benson leads UNH with 13 blocks (1 bpg) this season, ranking fifth in the America East. He ended last season ranking fifth in the league in shots blocked, notching 1.1 per game.
Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) matched his career high with 20 points against Boston College (Nov. 14). He rounded out his night shooting 6-of-14 from the floor, including 2-of-6 from 3-point distance, and cashed in on 6-of-10 free throw attempts. He chipped in with five rebounds and an assist in 37 minutes. The last time Rhoads scored 20 points in a game was against Vermont (Jan. 20, 2011), as he finished the contest 5-for-15 from the field, 4-for-7 from deep and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. He capped off last season collecting America East All-Defensive Team honors after starting in all 30 games. The versatile guard was equally impressive offensively, leading the team in assists (85) and ranking second in points (273).
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) posted 10 points against Hartford (Jan. 5), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,359 points. He has scored in double-digits in 13 of the last 18 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 10 of 13 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and 10th in the league in scoring, posting 13.2 points per game.
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) notched his third career double-double, tallying 17 points and 16 rebounds against Suffolk (Nov. 11). The captain earned a pair of double-doubles last season, with his most recent coming against Hartford (Feb. 27) when he registered 16 points and 15 boards. He finished the 2010-11 campaign pulling in double-digit rebounds in eight games while scoring in double-figures in three outings.
The Wildcats shot an impressive 53.2 percent (33-62) from the field and 50 percent (9-18) from deep against Suffolk (Nov. 11). New Hampshire was especially impressive in the first half of the contest, registering 51 points on 64.7 percent (22-34) shooting from the field and 66.7 percent (6-9) shooting from 3-point range. The last time UNH shot above 50 percent in both categories was last season against UMBC (Jan. 23) when the 'Cats earned an 80-60 victory over the Retrievers. New Hampshire finished the contest with a shooting clip of .510 from the field and .519 from beyond the arc.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS
Heading into Monday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 596 consecutive games, a streak that spans 21 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 820 games by UNLV, a streak that started Nov. 26, 1986 and is still active.
UNH recently announced that two student-athletes have committed to attend UNH and play for the Wildcat basketball program next fall. Frank Okeke, a 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound forward from DeSoto, Texas, joins the Wildcats after posting 9.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a junior at DeSoto High School. His production in the frontcourt was key to DeSoto's success in 2010-11, as the Eagles were ranked No. 19 in the county while posting a 34-4 record. Additionally, DeSoto was tabbed 5A Regional II District Champions and McDonald's Invitational Gold Division Champions last season. Okeke, who also played for the highly touted Deron Williams Elite AAU program, was also part of the DeSoto squad that was named a Texas 5A Regional Finalist in 2011. Chris Orozco, a 6-foot-3-inch, 175-pound combo guard from Tenafly, N.J., joins the UNH basketball program after spending the last three years with Tenafly High School. The two-time All-Bergen selection is closing in on becoming just the 11th Bergen boy to reach the 2000-career-point mark after leading the Tigers to 58 wins over the course of the last three seasons. Last year he was tabbed a Second-Team All-Group 3 and First-Team All-Bergen County for The Star-Ledger honoree, registering 21.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He capped off his junior campaign leading the Tigers to a 20-4 record while winning the Big North Patriot Division title.
O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.), Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.), Ryan Herrion (Dover, N.H.) and junior Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) have been named captains for the upcoming 2011-12 season.
Benson is coming off a breakout junior campaign, leading the Wildcats on the glass with 8.3 boards per game, ranking second among league leaders. Additionally, he posted 5.6 points per game and ranked fifth in the conference in blocks with 32. He finished the year garnering America East All-Academic Team honors for the second straight season.
Herrion appeared in 17 games off the bench for the 'Cats in 2010-11, averaging 3.6 minutes per contest. He had his best outing of the season against Central Connecticut State (Dec. 22) when he notched career highs in minutes played (22), assists (3) and rebounds (3).
Rhoads, a 2010-11 America East All-Defensive Team honoree, took a huge step forward offensively last season, registering 9.1 points and 2.8 assists per game. He finished the year strong, scoring in double-digits in nine of the final 10 games of the season. He was also one of just two Wildcats to start in all 30 games, finishing the season ranking first on the team and eighth in the conference in assists (85).
THE POLL IS IN
New Hampshire (39 points) was picked fifth in the America East Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Wildcats were tabbed to finish behind Boston U. (62), Stony Brook (56), Vermont (51) and Albany (42). The Terriers, who have topped the poll each of the last five years, garnered six first-place votes, while Stony Brook claimed the remaining three votes. Maine (32) was tabbed sixth, while Hartford (18), UMBC (18) and Binghamton (11) round out the rest of the poll.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
The Wildcats welcome in three newcomers this season. Garrett Jones (Chicago, Ill.) joins the Wildcats after averaging 14 points and five assists per game this year. As a senior, Jones led Evanston Township to an 18-11 record on its way to winning the CSL-South Conference Championship. Additionally, the McDonald's All-American nominee picked up All-Conference honors during his junior and senior years.
Tommy McDonnell (Durham, N.H.) comes to UNH after averaging seven points, four rebounds and two steals per game this year at Bridgton Academy. In the three years prior, McDonnell was a standout at Oyster River High School, posting 18 points and five boards per contest during his senior year. He also collected team MVP and Foster's Daily Democrat All-Dream Team honors, while playing in the New Hampshire versus Vermont all-star game during his senior campaign.
Jeron Trotman (Huntsville, Ala.) comes to UNH after spending the last two years with Centenary College. He finished his sophomore season leading the Gentlemen in blocks with 31, while also ranking second on the squad in points per game (9.0) and rebounds per game (6.2). Additionally, he also led the way in field goal percentage with a .460 shooting clip (86-187) from the floor. In the previous season he saw action in 24 contests, leading the team in field goal percentage once again with a 71 percent (37-52) mark. He also ranked second on the team with 18 swats, while averaging 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
HERRION CLIMBING WINS LIST
By defeating Holy Cross, 55-52, Nov. 20, 2010 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. Herrion has compiled 75 wins in stint as bench boss for the Wildcats.
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 http://collegechalktalk.com/coachesDiary/new_hampshire/2011-12/index.
UNH HOOPS ON WILDCATS.TV
UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH athletics for the upcoming 2011-12 season with UNHwildcats.Tv. Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the "Wildcat All-Access Pass" which is an annual subscription for $99.95 that provides all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $9.95.
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. These three aforementioned stations – along with WUVR-AM 1490 (Lebanon), WNTK-FM 99.7 (New London) and WCNL-AM 1010 (Newport) – will carry all UNH football and men's hockey broadcasts, a select number of men's and 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 31st year broadcasting UNH men's basketball. Jeannotte will be joined by color analyst Mike Murphy, who enters his 12th season calling Wildcat men's hoop.
WILDCAT BASKETBALL STREAMING LIVE
UNHWildcats.com, via Stretch Internet Broadcast, will carry 14 UNH men's basketball home games, as well as one road contest 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.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) registered eight points and 14 rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team dropped a 56-49 decision to the University of Hartford on Thursday evening at Chase Arena.
Andres Torres picked up player of the game honors for the Hawks, notching a game-high 27 points while collecting six rebounds and two steals. He shot 6-of-14 from the field and 14-of-17 from the free throw line.
Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the Wildcats with 12 points, two boards and one assist. Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was the only other 'Cat to score in double-digits, registering 10 points, seven boards and three helpers.
Hartford opened the contest with six unanswered points, holding the Wildcats off the scoreboard for the first 5:16 of play. Myrick broke the scoreless spell with a trey; setting off a 10-0 run that gave the Wildcats their first lead, 10-6, at 10:20.
The Hawks threatened to take back the lead when Wes Cole and Torres both drained jumpers about a minute apart, knotting the score at 10-10 with 8:27 on the clock. Myrick once again answered the call, halting the brief scoring spurt with a layup, as the 'Cats were able to fend off the Hawks the rest of the frame to head into the break with a 20-18 edge.
UNH picked up the offensive pace about five minutes into the second half when Myrick and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) both knocked down a pair of free throws to push the score to 30-24 with 12:36 remaining in regulation.
Nate Sikma interrupted the run when he dropped in a layup, but after a quick change of possession, Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) was there to answer back with a 15-footer from the baseline to push the lead back up to six. On the next trip up the floor Torres tracked down his own miss on a layup and drilled a 3-pointer from the baseline to trim the score to 32-29 at 10:38.
Abreu responded with a trey of his own on the next possession, as UNH posted an 8-1 scoring run, giving the Wildcats their largest lead of the contest, 40-32, with 8:50 remaining.
Hartford came back with eight unanswered, as Mark Nwakamma fueled the spurt with a pair of jumpers, helping the home team knot the score at 40-40 at 5:35. After Torres put the Hawks ahead on a pair of free throws, the Wildcats were able to take back the lead when Abreu sank a 3-pointer and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) dropped in a layup, 47-44, at 2:05.
That would be the last time UNH held the advantage the rest of the way, as Hartford finished out the game on a 12-2 run, with Torres fueling the stretch with seven points.