Men's Hoop Set for Home Tilt Versus Stony Brook (Feb. 6 - ESPN 3)
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DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will host the second of three straight home games when it takes on Stony Brook University on Monday, Feb. 6 (7 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 3 and the Wildcat Sports Network. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
The Wildcats and Seawolves meet for the 23rd time in their relatively young conference rivalry, with UNH leading the all-time series, 14-8. The Wildcats have won 10 of the last 14 meetings, including six of the last nine against the Seawolves. UNH has swept the season series three times in six seasons. The Wildcats have been victorious in three of the last six games on the road against the Seawolves, and has won eight of the last 10 at Lundholm Gymnasium. In the most recent meeting on Jan. 16, Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) finished with his second highest scoring total of the season notching 20 points, but the Wildcats fell to Stony Brook University, 61-52, 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. 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.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK
Stony Brook (15-7, 10-1 AE) comes into Monday's matchup on the back of a six-game winning streak, recently taking sole possession of first place in the America East after notching a 76-69 victory over Albany on Saturday night at SEFCU Arena. The Seawolves shot an impressive 59.1 percent and four players scored in double-figures to earn the comeback victory. With the win Stony Brook improved to 10-1 in league play for the first time ever, collecting its 12th victory in the last 13 outings. SBU snapped Albany's 12-game home winning streak, becoming the first team to win at SEFCU Arena this season. Dave Coley led the Seawolves with 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting, which is tied for the second-best shooting effort in program history. Bryan Dougher added 14 points, Al Rapier produced a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Anthony Jackson chipped in 11 points by going 3-for-3 from downtown and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Stony Brook shot 53.1 percent from the field and 56.3 percent (9-for-16) from the three-point line. The Seawolves outrebounded Albany 34-32. Stony Brook is one of the top ranked defenses in the league, holding opponents to league-best 59.2 points per game while outscoring the opposition by a margin of 8.7 points per game. The Seawolves also rank second in the conference in defensive field goal percentage (.417; 465-1115) and defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.332; 141-425). Additionally, SBU is the top rebounding team in the America East, compiling 37.1 boards per game, outrebounding opponents by a margin of 7.1 rebounds per game.
ON THE DEFENSIVE
New Hampshire has maintained its reputation as one of the top defensive programs in the league this season, ranking first in defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.325; 87-268) and third in scoring defense (64 ppg). The Wildcats also rank fifth in the conference in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to a .434 shooting clip (476-1096) from the floor.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) ranks ninth all-time in program history in free throws made (287), recently passing Dave Pemberton, who finished his UNH career with 278. Abreu owns a .744 career shooting clip (287-386) from the charity stripe, posting his personal best single-season mark during the 2007-08 campaign when he shot 81.8 percent (63-77) from the line.
TOWSON IT IS
New Hampshire recently learned that it will play Towson University in a non-televised Sears BracketBusters game. The game, which will be the 12th meeting between the Wildcats and Tigers, is set for Saturday, Feb. 18 (3 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium. This will be UNH's third appearance in the event, which is in its ninth season. The Wildcats last played in a BracketBuster game against Marist last season and fell to the Red Foxes 58-49 at the McCann Center. Towson holds a 7-4 mark all-time against UNH, winning each of the last three meetings, most recently claiming an 84-70 victory on its home floor on Dec. 9, 2000. The last time the Wildcats took down the Tigers was in a 64-56 decision at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 10, 1998. The Tigers, who play in the Colonial Athletic Association, are currently 1-22 this season, including a 1-10 mark in league play. Most recently the Tigers snapped their NCAA record 41-game losing streak with a 66-61 victory over UNC Wilmington on Saturday afternoon at the Towson Center. The victory was the first career win at Towson for Coach Pat Skerry and the program's first victory since defeating LaSalle on Dec. 29, 2010.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) finished with 12 points against Vermont (Jan. 29), shooting a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, tying a team-best single-game total this season. Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) was the last Wildcat to sink double-digit free throws in a game when he knocked down 10-of-12 attempts from the line against Vermont on Jan. 14.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) has emerged as one of the top offensive options for the Wildcats in conference play, ranking second on the team with an average of 11.9 points per game. He is shooting 46.4 percent (39-84) from the floor and 46.3 percent (19-41) from deep in league play, scoring in double-digits in all but three contests during the stretch.
FOUR OF A KIND
Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored in double-digits for the fourth straight game with 14 points against Hartford (Feb. 1). He led the team in scoring in the three prior outings, registering 16 (Vermont; Jan. 29), 17 (Maine; Jan. 25) and 19 points (Binghamton; Jan. 22), respectively. Rhoads has led the team in scoring six times and has reached double-figures in 13 contests this season.
FROM LONG RANGE
New Hampshire knocked down a season-best 12 treys against Maine (Jan. 25), posting a .429 shooting clip (12-28) from long range in the contest. The Wildcats posted their previous season high of 10 trifectas twice this season against Vermont (Jan. 14) and Boston University (Jan. 19). UNH ranks first in the league in 3-point field goals made since the start of conference play, sinking 79 field goals from the beyond the arc.
Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) registered season highs in minutes (33), points (18), rebounds (8), field goals (6), free throws (5) and blocks (1) against Binghamton (Jan. 22). His rebounding total also tied a career high, as he snared a team-best six offensive boards in the contest. His impressive scoring total was just three points shy of his career high, as he has now scored in double-figures six times this season.
Sophomore guard Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) notched a career-high seven assists against Binghamton (Jan. 22), marking the sixth time this season he registered five or more assists in a game. Bronner sets the mark after reaching his previous career high of six helpers twice, most recently against Brown (Dec. 7). He ranks 10th in the conference in assists, notching a team-best 60 (3.0 apg).
New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in six of the last seven outings; most recently posting a shooting clip of .426 (20-47) against Hartford (Feb. 1). Over the seven-game span the 'Cats shot over 40 percent in four straight games, representing their longest streak of the season. UNH had its best outing versus Stony Brook when the 'Cats shot 47.6 percent (20-42) from the floor, including a .409 clip (9-22) from beyond the arc.
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.
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 11 of the last 14 contests. He has notched double-figures in all but five games this season and leads the Wildcats with an average of 13.3 points per game this season, shooting 39.1 percent (99-253) 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.; 2nd) and Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 10th) rank in the top 10 in the America East in minutes played this season. Rhoads leads the trio with an average of 36.4 minutes per game while Abreu and Bronner have logged 35 and 32.1 minutes per contest, respectively.
Sophomore Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) and senior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) have been some of the most efficient shooters from the free throw line since the start of conference play, ranking 10th (.826; 19-23) and 12th (.813; 26-32) in the league, respectively. Bronner ranks first on the squad with a .694 shooting clip (34-49) from the charity stripe this season. He opened America East play knocking down his first 13 shots from the line, lacing a season-best 8-for-8 against UMBC (Jan. 2) while sinking 5-of-5 versus Hartford (Jan. 5). As for Abreu, he has knocked down eight of his last nine shots from the stripe, hitting 18-of-21 shots from the line in the last seven games.
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 11 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 fourth place all-time in program history in field goals made (492). He currently leads the Wildcats with 99 field goals this season, shooting 39.1 percent (99-253) 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 fifth place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,577). This season he ranks second in the league in minutes played (734), averaging 35 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. Additionally, he ranks eighth all-time in games played, appearing in 110 contests in his UNH career.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) ranks second in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage, posting a .425 shooting clip (34-80) from downtown. Since the start of conference play he is shooting 46.3 percent (19-41) from beyond the arc.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.6 (1st) and 5.7 (10th) boards per game, respectively. Benson has turned in five double-digit rebounding performances this season while Konan has registered two.
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.
Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 17), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 16) and Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 15) all tallied double-digits against Maine (Jan. 25). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Binghamton (Jan. 22) when Rhoads (19), Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 18) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 12) 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. 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. Prior to that, 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 Hartford (Feb. 1) and currently ranks fourth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 198. The senior captain recently passed Tommy MacDonald, who finished his UNH career with 197 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 37 3-pointers this season, posting a .346 clip from deep. He posted his highest single-season 3-pointer total during the 2007-08 campaign with 62 treys, a mark that ranks 10th all-time in program history.
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied two blocks versus Hartford (Feb. 1) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 72. Benson leads UNH with 19 blocks (0.9 bpg) this season, ranking third 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 Hartford (Feb. 1), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,467 points. He has scored in double-digits in 19 of the last 26 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 16 of 21 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and ninth in the league in scoring, posting 13.3 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 604 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 826 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 78 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
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, including the go-ahead 3-pointer that lifted the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to Wednesday night's 52-51 America East conference victory against the University of Hartford at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Abreu, who shot 7-of-14 from the field, grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and handed out four assists. With his four 3-point baskets, the senior co-captain moved into fourth place on UNH's all-time list with 198 treys. Abreu was named the named America East Player of the Game for UNH, earning his first career double-double.
Mark Nwakamma was tabbed the player of the game for Hartford, notching 18 points, six boards and two steals. Wes Cole also finished in double-figures for the Hawks, notching 12 points and two boards in the loss.
Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was the only other 'Cat that scored in double-digits, posting 14 points to go along with four assists and two rebounds.
The Hawks kicked off the second frame in convincing fashion, posting a 12-2 run, as they scored 10 unanswered points to close out a scoring spurt that lasted 4:17. Nwakamma dropped in a dunk and drained a pair of free throws to close out the stretch, giving Hartford its largest lead of the contest, 33-25, at 15:43.
Rhoads and Abreu ended the scoreless spell netting 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, cutting the deficit to just two points. Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) added a layup about a minute later, capping off a string of eight unanswered by the Wildcats to knot the score for the seventh time at 33-33 with 12:22 remaining in regulation.
Nwakamma interrupted the scoring spurt with a layup, but UNH kept up the pace, as Abreu and Rhoads closed out the stretch each netting 3-pointers, taking back the lead for the first time in seven minutes, 39-35, with 11:01 on the clock.
Hartford threatened to take back the lead five minutes later when Nwakamma and Cole sank layups to knot the score at 44-44 with 4:09 remaining. Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) helped stop the bleeding by dropping in a layup of his own, but Nwakamma registered another field goal and Yolonzo Moore hit a trey to give the visitors their first lead in 10:12, 49-46, with 1:47 remaining.
After a change of possession, Abreu sent a pass from the top of the key to the left wing and Konan sank a 3-pointer to even the score at 49-49 with 1:22 on the clock. Myrick was able to come up with a steal on the other end of the floor and Abreu knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 52-49 edge with 28 seconds remaining to secure the victory.
New Hampshire opened up the contest taking a 6-2 lead, as Abreu dropped in a layup sandwiched between a pair of field goals by Rhoads in the first five minutes of the action. Hartford responded when Nwakamma buried a pair of layups on back-to-back possessions to even the score at 6-6 with 13:51 remaining in the first frame.
Both squads battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the half, knotting the score four times while also exchanging the lead four times. Neither team held an advantage larger than four points in the last 11 minutes of the stanza. New Hampshire was able to head into the locker with the advantage, as Garrett Jones (Chicago, Ill.) buried a trifecta and Abreu sank a high arched jumper in the paint to give UNH the 23-21 edge at the break.