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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team hosts its first game of the New Year when it takes on the University of Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 14 (3 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 Catamounts meet for the 133rd time in their long and storied history, with Vermont leading the all-time series, 84-48. The Catamounts have won 21 of the last 24 matchups, including 11 in a row against the Wildcats in the comfort of Patrick Gymnasium. All three of UNH's wins in the last 23 contests have come at home. In the most recent meeting, Tyrone Conley scored 12 points and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) added 11, but the Wildcats fell to the Catamounts, 63-49, on Jan. 31, 2011 at Patrick Gymnasium. Conley was 4-for-11 from the field and tallied three rebounds, an assist and a block, while playing 29 minutes due to early foul trouble. Rhoads was 4-for-12 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from behind the arc, and added four boards, an assist and a steal in 35 minutes. Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) earned America East Player of the Game honors with seven points on 3 of 9 shooting to go along with five assists, which matched his career high, and four rebounds. Joey Accaoui led Vermont with 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting to earn America East Player of the Game honors. Vermont scored the first four points of the game and still led 9-5 when back-to-back baskets by senior Dane DiLiegro knotted the game at nine with 13:23 to play in the opening half. The Wildcats grabbed their first lead of the night when senior James Valladares pulled in an offensive rebound and put it back to make it 12-11 with just under 12 minutes to play. Consecutive jumpers from Conley and Rhoads gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the half, 18-15, with 9:48 remaining, but a Brian Voelkel 3-pointer from the left wing knotted things up just 13 seconds later. The Catamounts had opened up a 31-26 lead when Rhoads knocked down a deep straightaway 3 with the shot clock winding down to slice the deficit to two with just 1:23 on the clock. Evan Fjeld made 1 of 2 at the line and then an Accaoui jumper with 3.6 seconds left closed the first-half scoring with Vermont on top, 34-29. The Wildcats matched a season high with seven different players scoring in the opening half. Rhoads and DiLiegro led the way with eight and seven points, respectively. Vermont opened the second half with jumpers from Fjeld and Glass to stretch the lead to nine just 2:35 in. After a basket by Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.), layups by Voelkel and Luke Apfeld made it 42-31 witxh 14:20 remaining. With the deficit still 11 at 44-33, a three-point play by Bronner and another DiLiegro basket inside sliced it to six. Conley then drilled a 3 following a Fjeld bucket to bring the Wildcats to within five at 46-41 with 11:23 to play. Another Conley trey at the 8:17 mark cut it to four at 50-46, and a Rhoads trifecta at 7:28 made it a three-point game at 52-49. That is as close as UNH would come, however, as Vermont went on an 11-0 run, with five points from Accaoui, to close the scoring.
Vermont (9-9, 3-1 AE) comes into Saturday's matchup with a three-game winning streak, collecting victories over Boston University (Jan. 5), Hartford (Jan. 8) and Binghamton (Jan. 12). After suffering a five-game losing streak, the Catamounts have picked up the pace as of late, notching wins in five of the last seven contests. Most recently Vermont took down Binghamton, 73-53, on Thursday evening at Patrick Gymnasium. Clancy Rugg led the way with a career-high 18 points, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor in only 19 minutes of play. The Catamounts shot 52.8 percent as a team, as they led start to finish. Matt Glass and Four McGlynn each added 12 points for the Catamounts. Vermont has emerged as one of the top defensive teams in the conference this season, ranking first in defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.332; 87-262), second in defensive scoring (61.9) and third in defensive field goal percentage (.421; 390-926). UVM hasn't had much trouble scoring the ball either, ranking third in the America East in field goal percentage (.440; 415-944) and fourth in scoring (64.4 ppg) while outscoring its opponents by a margin of 2.4 points per game.
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) is averaging an impressive 10 points and 10 rebounds over the course of the last two games. In his most recent outing against Albany (Jan. 11) he registered 12 points and six rebounds, shooting 4-of-5 from the field, 2-of-2 from deep and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. In outing prior he pulled in a game-high 14 rebounds against Hartford (Jan. 5), a mark that stands as his second best single-game total this season.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) has scored in double-digits in four straight games, including six of the last seven 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 points per game this season, shooting 39.3 percent (68-173) 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.; 8th) 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 35.4 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 four games, shooting 92.3 percent (24-26) 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 .721 shooting clip (31-43) 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 four 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 eighth place all-time in program history in field goals made (461). He currently leads the Wildcats with 68 field goals this season, shooting 39.3 percent (68-173) 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 (3,339). This season he ranks third in the league in minutes played (496), averaging 35.4 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 third in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage this season with a .408 (20-49) shooting clip from beyond the arc. He has been especially impressive over the course of the last seven games, shooting 44.4 percent (12-27) from deep.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES
Senior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ranks fifth in the America East in field goal percentage with a shooting clip of .500 (44-88). 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 35.9 boards per game, as 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.
Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla; 13), Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 12) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 11) all tallied double-digits against Albany (Jan. 11). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Colgate (Dec. 31) when Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 24), Abreu (14), and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 10) scored in double-figures.
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 Albany (Jan. 11) and currently ranks fifth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 182. The senior captain recently passed Blagoi Janev, who finished his UNH career with 172 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 21 3-pointers this season, posting a .328 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 9.4 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 (0.9 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 11 points against Albany (Jan. 11), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,370 points. He has scored in double-digits in 14 of the last 19 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 11 of 14 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and 11th in the league in scoring, posting 13 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 Saturday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 597 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
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) registered 13 and 12 points, respectively, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to the University at Albany, 86-63, on Wednesday evening at SEFCU Arena.
Konan was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, rounding out the evening with eight boards, one steal and one assist. He shot 5-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-5 from deep in the contest.
Benson finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, knocking down 2-of-3 from beyond the arc while grabbing six rebounds. Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was the only other Wildcat to score in double-digits, notching 11 points while registering three helpers and two boards. He has scored in double-figures in four straight games, including six of the last seven contests.
Mike Black collected player of the game honors for Albany, finishing with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Black drained a trey that set off a 19-5 run to open up the game for the Great Danes. Albany finished off the stretch with 10 unanswered points, as John Puk led the way with five points during the stretch, pushing the lead to 14 with 10:34 remaining in the first half.
Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) helped stop the bleeding, knocking down a jumper and a pair of free throws on back-to-back trips up the floor to cut the deficit to 10 at 8:27.
Despite the brief scoring spurt, the Great Danes got back on track with a 15-5 scoring run that gave them their largest lead of the half, 34-14, with 1:57 on the clock. New Hampshire still couldn't seem to find its offensive rhythm in the closing moments of the stanza and Albany took a 39-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Konan knocked down the opening field goal of the second frame, sinking a 3-pointer, but the Wildcats wouldn't score again until 3:22 later when Benson knocked down a trey of his own. Albany outscored UNH 11-6 during the stretch and built that scoring spurt into a 20-7 run that gave the home team its largest lead of the contest, 59-27, with 14:28 remaining in regulation.
Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) and Konan struck back with 3-pointers on consecutive trips up the floor, setting off a string of 12 unanswered points that eventually turned into a 22-7 scoring run that lasted 5:45.
Five different Wildcats scored during the offensive outburst, as UNH outscored Albany 8-2 to polish off the stretch. New Hampshire scored three straight trips up the floor to close out the run, capped off with an Abreu 3-pointer that cut the score to 66-49 with 8:26 remaining in regulation.