Men's Basketball Rounds Out Homestand Versus Albany (Feb. 9 - ESPN 3)
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team will cap off a three-game homestand when it battles the University at Albany on Thursday, Feb. 9 (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 Great Danes meet for the 25th time in their relatively young conference rivalry, with Albany holding a slight edge in the all-time series, 13-11. The series has shifted control over the years, with UNH currently having won six of the last nine 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 Jan. 11, Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) registered 13 and 12 points, respectively, but the Wildcats fell to the Great Danes, 86-63, on Jan. 11 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. 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. That would be as close as UNH would get the rest of the way, as the Great Danes outscored the Wildcats 19-14 to finish out the contest.
Albany (15-11, 7-5 AE) comes into Thursday's matchup on a two-game skid, falling to Stony Brook (Feb. 4) and Boston University (Feb. 6) at SEFCU Arena. Most recently the Great Danes dropped an 81-78 decision to the Terriers, as BU made a 15-point first half deficit disappear by scoring 50 in the second half to give Albany its second straight home loss of the season. Gerard Suero went 8-of-8 from the free-throw line which helped break the program's record of free throws made (176), previously held by Jamar Wilson, and attempted (210), previously held by Jim Oppedisano, in a season. Suero has currently made 179 free throws and has attempted 215, both of which are currently leading the nation. Suero is beginning to heat up again recording his third consecutive 20-plus point effort (28) along with eight boards. Jayson Guerrier and Mike Black each scored in double-digits with 16 and 11, respectively. Blake Metcalf was one rebound away from recording his third career double-double, ending the contest with 10 points and nine rebounds. In the week prior, Albany split two games at home with a win over UMBC, 87-76, on Wednesday then losing its first game at home to Stony Brook, 75-69, on Saturday. Suero had a career game scoring 32 points against UMBC, going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Logan Aronhalt continues to climb the UAlbany all-time scoring list, scoring 37 points last week pushing him up to 25th all-time (1,083). Black is climbing UAlbany's all-time assist's list as he tallied nine assists last week to give him 260 career assists for 16th all-time.
UNH head coach Bill Herrion currently ranks third all-time in America East career wins with 146 victories as bench boss. Herrion trails just Dennis Wolff (152) and Tom Brennan (147) to become the all-time leader in wins in league history. He has posted an impressive 146-91 record in conference play in 15 seasons on the sidelines
SHUT IT DOWN
New Hampshire came up with an impressive defensive performance against Stony Brook (Feb. 6), posting its best defensive field goal percentage since the start of conference play, holding the Seawolves to a .311 shooting clip (14-45) from the floor. It was Stony Brook's worst shooting performance since league play began, as the Wildcats also held the Seawolves to their second-lowest 3-point field goal percentage of the season with a .188 clip (3-16) from downtown.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) earned his first career double-double versus Hartford (Feb. 1), posting 20 points and 10 rebounds to propel the Wildcats to a 52-51 victory over the Hawks at Lundholm Gymnasium. Abreu was tabbed the America East Player of the Game in the contest, achieving season highs in minutes played (40), assists (4) and 3-point field goals (4).
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 (.317; 90-284) and third in scoring defense (63.7 ppg). The Wildcats also rank fifth in the conference in defensive field goal percentage, holding opponents to a .429 shooting clip (490-1141) 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 11.3 points per game. He is shooting 41.8 percent (41-98) from the floor and 40 percent (20-50) from deep in league play, scoring in double-digits in all but four contests during the stretch.
FOUR OF A KIND
Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) scored in double-digits for the fourth straight game when he notched 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 86 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. He has scored in double-figures seven 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 (2.9 apg).
New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in six of the last eight outings; most recently posting a shooting clip of .426 (20-47) against Hartford (Feb. 1). Over the eight-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 12 of the last 15 contests. He has notched double-figures in all but five games this season and leads the Wildcats with an average of 13.5 points per game this season, shooting 40.4 percent (107-265) 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) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 3rd) rank in the top 10 in the America East in minutes played this season. Rhoads leads the duo with an average of 36.5 minutes per game while Abreu has logged 35.1 minutes per contest.
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) has been one of the most efficient shooters from the free throw line since the start of conference play, ranking 10th (.813; 26-32) among league leaders. Abreu has knocked down eight of his last nine shots from the stripe, hitting 18-of-21 shots from the line in the last eight 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 (500). He currently leads the Wildcats with 107 field goals this season, shooting 40.4 percent (107-265) 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 fourth place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,616). This season he ranks third in the league in minutes played (773), averaging 35.1 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 sixth all-time in games played, appearing in 111 contests in his UNH career.
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) ranks sixth in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage, posting a .393 shooting clip (35-89) from downtown. Since the start of conference play he is shooting 40 percent (20-50) from beyond the arc.
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.4 (1st) and 5.7 (9th) 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 three treys against Stony Brook (Feb. 6) and currently ranks fourth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 201. The senior captain recently passed Tommy MacDonald, who finished his UNH career with 197 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 40 3-pointers this season, posting a .354 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 fourth 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 19 points against Stony Brook (Feb. 6), recently passing Blagoi Janev (1,340) to rank fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,486 points. He has scored in double-digits in 20 of the last 27 games spanning over the course of the last three seasons, including 17 of 22 contests this season. In addition, he ranks first on the team and ninth in the league in scoring, posting 13.5 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 605 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
Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 14 of the University of New Hampshire's 28 second-half points, but it wouldn't be enough as Stony Brook University beat the Wildcats, 57-48, in men's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Monday night.
After being held to one first-half point, Myrick went 6-for-9 in the second half, including 2-of-4 from 3-point land, to score 15 points. He also added four rebounds.
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) tallied a game-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but he was held to seven in the second half. He was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for UNH, rounding out the evening with two boards and one block.
Tommy Brenton collected player of the game honors for Stony Brook, notching 14 points, four boards, two assists and one steal.
The two teams exchanged the lead four times and were tied on three occasions during a see-saw first half. The Seawolves took a 24-20 lead at the half, courtesy of 7-of-26 (27 percent) shooting from the floor and 8-of-12 (67 percent) shooting from the free throw line. The Wildcats shot 35 percent (8-for-23) in the first half, powered by 12 points from Abreu and five points from Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.).
After trading baskets for the first nine minutes of the action, a pair of Dave Coley free throws set off a 9-3 scoring run that gave Stony Brook its largest lead of the half, 16-11, with six minutes remaining in the stanza.
The Wildcats were held scoreless for three minutes at the tail end of the stretch, but Abreu helped stop the bleeding when he canned a trifecta to open up a 9-4 run that knotted the score for the third time, 20-20, with 3:32 on the clock. Abreu fueled the stretch with seven points, capping off the run with a pair of layups while Konan sank a jumper to complete the scoring spurt.
Stony Brook responded scoring on back-to-back possessions, as Coley and Bryan Dougher notched field goals to give the Seawolves a 24-20 edge heading into the break.
Al Rapier gave the Seawolves an offensive spark six minutes into the second frame when he netted three points the old-fashioned-way to set off a 10-2 run by the visitors that gave them their largest lead to that point with a 12-point edge at 10:42. Stony Brook kept New Hampshire off the board for the last 2:30 of the stretch, scoring seven unanswered to cap off the run with a 38-26 advantage.
Myrick halted the run when he provided all the offense during a UNH 6-0 run, as the junior forward dropped in a layup and canned a fastbreak dunk on back-to-back possessions to open up the stretch, cutting the score to 38-32 with 8:13 remaining in regulation.
Stony Brook quickly got back on track, scoring six unanswered points on its way to putting together a 10-3 scoring run that gave the visitors their largest lead of the contest, 52-38, with one minute remaining in regulation.