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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team returns home in search of its second conference win, as it takes on Boston University on Thursday, Jan. 19 (7 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 Terriers meet for the 126th time ever in the history of the two programs, with BU leading the all-time series, 89-36. The Terriers have controlled the series lately, winning 19 of the past 22 meetings. Despite BU having won eight of the last nine in the all-time series, UNH has grabbed three wins in the past 12 games. At home, the Wildcats have won three of the past six matchups. Playing the role of visitor, however, the Wildcats have dropped 18 straight to the Terriers, grabbing their last win in Boston on Feb. 10, 1994 in a 64-56 triumph. The two squads most recently met in the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament on March 5, 2011 when the Terriers upended the Wildcats, 69-60, at the Chase Family Arena. Tyrone Conleyrebounded from a scoreless first half to collect a team-leading 16 points to go along with four boards and three assists. Dane DiLiegro posted six points and eight assists. The Wildcats trailed 33-30 at the half without the benefit of a point from Conley, who missed all five of his first-half field goal attempts. The All-Conference Second Team guard bounced back after the intermission by hitting 5 of 6 shots, including a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) matched a career high with 13 points, including seven of UNH's first 12 points, as the Wildcats raced out to a 12-3 lead. He finished the night 5 of 12 from the field, draining a pair of 3-pointers, dishing out two assists and committing no turnovers in 38 minutes. Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) powered his way to 15 points, adding a team-high four assists, and Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) pulled down a game-high 11 boards to accompany his seven points on 2 of 5 shooting. The Terriers also put three scorers in double digits, led by America East Player of the Year John Holland's 17 points. Darryl Partin and D.J. Irving chipped in with 11 points apiece, and Patrick Hazel pumped in nine points and grabbed 10 boards in BU's ninth consecutive victory. BU led 37-32 just two minutes into the second half when consecutive 3s by Conley, sandwiched around a Dom Morris layup, sliced the UNH deficit to just one at 39-38 with 15 minutes remaining. That was as close as the Wildcats would get, however, as five straight Terrier points opened their lead to six. UNH fell behind by seven when consecutive treys by Conley – with a Partin layup mixed in – sliced the deficit to 52-50 with 9:28 to play. The Terriers would push their lead back to seven (61-54) with 5:27 left before a Holland dunk with a minute to go widened it to eight at 66-58.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Boston University (8-11, 4-1 AE) earned its fourth straight win and 14th consecutive at home against America East opponentstaking down Albany, 70-57, on Monday evening at Case Gymnasium. D.J. Irving led the Terriers with a team-high 17 points and six assists. Darryl Partin added 15 points while tying a career high in assists with five. Dom Morris contributed seven points and a team-high seven rebounds, and BU's No. 3 all-time leading blocker Patrick Hazel swatted away five attempts. BU finished the game 24-of-47 (.511) and 9-of-18 (.500) from behind the arc, as five different Terriers drained their lone 3-point attempts of the contest. Prior to their victory over the Great Danes, the Terriers scored a season-high 77 points for a nine-point win at Maine (Jan. 11) and followed with a 61-55 victory over Stony Brook (Jan. 14). After Maine opened the second with a basket for a 35-27 advantage, Boston U. went 57.7 percent from the field and used an 18-6 run to take the lead for good. Partin shot 1-of-10 in the first half but then went 9-of-12 to score 24 points in the first 10:30 of the second. He had 27 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone. The Terriers set a school record in 3-point field goal percentage at 75 percent on 12-of-16 shooting. Irving, who was recently tabbed America East Player of the Week, tallied a career-high 23 points and tied a personal best with 11 assists for Boston U.'s first point-assist double-double since 1998. Facing SBU on ESPN3 in the rematch of the America East title game, the Terriers jumped out to 14-2 lead and never trailed. Partin recorded 18 points, while Hazel had eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Senior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 1st) and sophomore Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 5th) both rank in the top five in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage since conference play started, posting shooting clips of .714 (5-7) and .526 (10-19), respectively.
New Hampshire shot over 40 percent from the floor and beyond the arc in back-to-back games for the first time this season after posting a shooting clip of .476 (20-42) from the field and a .409 (9-22) clip from deep against Stony Brook (Jan. 16). The Wildcats were equally impressive in the game prior against Vermont (Jan. 14), shooting 46 percent (23-50) from the floor and 45.5 percent (10-22) from 3-point land.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) has been one of most productive Wildcats in the lineup over the course of the last three games, averaging 15.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He has scored in double-digits in three straight games, including four of the last five contests and has pulled in five-plus boards in five of the last six outings.
MAKING IT COUNT
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) knocked down 10 of 12 shots from the free throw line, finishing with 12 points to help propel the Wildcats to a 72-64 victory over Vermont (Jan. 14). Abreu's 10 made free throws marked the highest single-game total posted by any Wildcat this season and also tied a career high for the senior captain. The last time he reached this impressive mark came against Colgate on Dec. 30, 2009.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) has scored in double-digits in six straight games, including eight of the last nine 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 13.4 points per game this season, shooting 39.2 percent (76-194) 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.; 1st), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 4th) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 10th) all rank in the top 10 in the America East in minutes played this season. Rhoads leads the trio with an average of 35.9 minutes per game while Abreu and Bronner have logged 34.7 and 32.8 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 six games, shooting 92.3 percent (24-26) from the stripe. Since the start of conference play he ranks fourth in the league in free throw percentage, shooting 94.1 percent (16-17) 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 eight 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 (469). He currently leads the Wildcats with 76 field goals this season, shooting 39.2 percent (76-194) 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 (3,398). This season he ranks fourth in the league in minutes played (555), averaging 34.7 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 .431 (20-32) shooting clip from beyond the arc. He has been especially impressive over the course of the last three games, shooting 50 percent (7-14) 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 (49-98). Last season the center shot 39.4 percent (63-160) from the field, including a .404 mark in conference play.
New Hampshire ranks fourth in the conference in rebounding, pulling in 34.9 boards per game, as Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 9.2 (1st) and 6.3 (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; 19), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 12) and Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.; 10) all tallied double-digits against Vermont (Jan. 14). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Albany (Jan. 11) when Konan (13), Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 12) and Abreu (11) 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 four treys against Stony Brook (Jan. 16) and currently ranks fifth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 186. The senior captain recently passed Blagoi Janev, who finished his UNH career with 172 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 25 3-pointers this season, posting a .338 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 9.2 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 Vermont (Jan. 14) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 67. Benson leads UNH with 14 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 20 points against Stony Brook (Jan. 16), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,402 points. He has scored in double-digits in 16 of the last 21 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 13 of 16 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and 9th in the league in scoring, posting 13.4 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 Thursday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 599 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 821 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.
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.
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 76 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 guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) finished with his second highest scoring total of the season notching 20 points, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to Stony Brook University, 61-52, on Monday evening at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Abreu claimed America East Player of the Game honors for the Wildcats, adding two assists, one rebound, one block and one steal to his line. He shot 7 of 13 from the field, 4 of 7 from deep and 2 of 2 from the charity stripe.
Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) chipped in with 15 points, three boards and one block.
New Hampshire outshot Stony Brook 47.6 percent (20-42) to 46 percent (23-50) from the floor and 40.9 percent (9-22) to 26.7 percent (4-15) from beyond the arc.
Stony Brook opened the contest on a 14-5 run, as Al Rapier fueled the scoring spurt with the opening six points on a scoring stretch that lasted 10:16. UNH halted the SBU offensive attack when Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.) found Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) on a fastbreak for a layup at 9:44.
From there the Wildcats strung off seven unanswered to even the score at 14-14 with 7:13 remaining in the first frame. Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) ended the stretch when he grabbed his own rebound on a free throw miss and slammed it home, polishing off a scoring spurt that lasted 2:31.
Despite the run, New Hampshire couldn't reclaim the lead, but managed to knot the score two more times in the closing moments of the first half. UNH evened the score for the last time in the first half when Abreu sank a pair of free throws to make it 21-21 at 2:45.
The Seawolves responded scoring on back-to-back possessions when Tommy Brenton dropped in a layup and Eric McAlister knocked down a trey, putting the home team up 26-21 with 1:27 remaining. Abreu answered the call once again for the 'Cats, nailing a trifecta on a feed from Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) with 57 seconds on the clock, sending Stony Brook into the locker room with a 26-24 lead at the break.
Both squads exchanged baskets for the first three minutes of the second stanza, until the Seawolves created some separation with a 17-4 run that was capped off with a pair of Rapier free throws that set the score at 48-33 at 8:26.
Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) helped right the ship, knocking down a trey from the left wing to spark a 17-9 run that trimmed the score to 57-50 with 1:31 remaining in regulation. UNH outscored SBU 7-2 in the final 1:11 of the spurt, as Abreu ended the run with a trifecta of his own to trim the deficit to single digits for just the second time in the last 10:48 of regulation.
Despite SBU being in the bonus, the Wildcats were forced to foul and sent Anthony Jackson to the charity stripe and he knocked down a pair of free throws to push the lead to nine, 59-50, at 1:15. Konan sank a running jumper in the lane on the other end, but after a change of possession the Wildcats were forced to foul to stop the clock, sending Dave Coley to the line and he put the game away, sinking both shots to finalize the scoring.