Men's Basketball Tips off Two-Game Road Stretch Against UMBC (Feb. 12)

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DURHAM, N.H.
 - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team hits the road to face the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Sunday, Feb. 12 (1 p.m.) at RAC Arena. Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.

THE MATCHUP
The Wildcats and Retrievers meet for the 19th time in their short conference rivalry, with UNH leading the all-time series, 10-8. The 'Cats have won five of the last eight meetings at Lundholm Gymnasium. After UNH began the series with three straight wins at RAC Arena, the Retrievers came back with a three-game streak of their own in the building until UNH was victorious there in each of the last two seasons. In the most recent meeting on Jan. 2, Patrick Konan scored a career-high 20 points to pace five players in double figures, but the Wildcats were edged, 82-76, by UMBC in the America East conference opener for both teams at Lundholm Gymnasium. Konan was tabbed the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, 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. Chandler Rhoads registered 15 points, four boards and three assists in 40 minutes. Alvin Abreu added 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one assist. Abreu's offensive output helped move him past Blagoj Janev (1,340) to rank fourth all-time in program history in points scored with 1,349 in his career. Ferg Myrick and Jordon Bronner rounded out UNH's double-digit scorers, as the duo chipped in with 10 points apiece. Bronner also added five assists. Chase Plummer claimed America East Player of the Game honors for UMBC, netting a game-high 23 points while adding seven rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. Konan canned back-to-back 3-pointers to stake the Wildcats to an early 6-0 lead. That set the tone for a half in which eight different 'Cats scored, and the team shot 56 percent (14-for-25) to grab a 39-32 halftime lead. Despite the advantage at the break, the Retrievers came out in full throttle at the start of the second half, posting a 21-6 run that lasted 7:35. UMBC held UNH to just one field goal for the last 4:22 of the run, outscoring the 'Cats 15-2 during the stretch to take its first lead of the contest, 53-45, at 12:25. Konan interrupted the spurt with a pair of free throws and then dished off a pass to Brian Benson for a dunk about a minute later to cut the deficit to four, 53-49, with 11 minutes remaining in regulation. Hopes of taking back the lead were quickly erased when Plummer drained a jumper in the paint on the next trip up the floor, sparking a 10-4 scoring run that gave the Retrievers their largest lead of the contest, setting the score at 63-53 with 8:07 on the clock. UNH was able to respond by pounding the ball into the paint, posting a 9-3 scoring spurt that trimmed the deficit to four, scoring all of its points around the basket. Myrick took control during the stretch, scoring on a pair of layups, including one that turned into a three-point play after he took the ball hard to the rack from the right side and scored with contact. After trading baskets with one another for the next three minutes, New Hampshire came back with another run, outscoring the visitors 8-1 on a stretch that lasted 1:35 to claim its first lead in nearly 14 minutes, 74-73, with 46 seconds remaining. The 'Cats scored all eight points on the run from the free throw, as Bronner paved the way, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the stripe. He finished the night 8 of 8 from the line. Following a pair of Bronner free throws, Brain Neller halted a string of six unanswered points by the Wildcats with a dagger 3-pointer from the top of the key to take back the lead, 76-74, with 32 seconds on the clock. UMBC outscored 6-2 UNH the rest of the way to preserve the victory in the closing moments of the contest, knocking down 6 of 6 shots from the charity stripe.

SCOUTING UMBC
UMBC (3-21, 2-10 AE) comes into Sunday's matchup on a six-game losing streak, dropping a pair of decisions to Hartford (Feb. 7) and Stony Brook (Feb. 9) this week. Most recently the Seawolves outscored the Retrievers, 46-33, in the second half on the way to posing an 80-68 victory at Pritchard Gymnasium. Chase Plummer led all scorers with 18 points and he added eight rebounds. Brian Neller and Ryan Cook added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jake Wasco had a game-best 10 rebounds and added six points while Joey Getz came off the bench to score nine points and record three steals. In the outing prior UMBC dropped a 76-70 decision to Hartford on Tuesday night at the RAC Arena. Plummer scored a career-high 28 points, hitting 11 of 14 shots from the floor and added six steals, five rebounds and four assists. He was UMBC's America East Player of the Game. UMBC opened conference play with a road win against New Hampshire (Jan. 2), but has struggled since, claiming just one victory in the last 11 outings. UMBC notched its second conference win against Binghamton, taking down the Bearcats, 64-58, at the RAC Arena on Jan. 19. Plummer has led the way offensively for the Retrievers this season, ranking fourth in the league in scoring with an average 15.2 points per game. He has been even more impressive since the start of conference play, posting 17.8 points per game. Additionally, he's been a force on the glass, ranking fifth in the conference in rebounding with an average of 7.5 boards per contest.

1500 CLUB
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) tied a season-high pouring in 21 points against Albany (Feb. 9) surpassing Wayne Morrison (1,501) to rank third all-time in program history with 1,507 career points. The senior co-captain claimed America East Player of the Game honors for his efforts, adding three boards to his line in 40 minutes of action. He shot an impressive 7-for-13 from the floor, 4-for-6 from deep and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Abreu has led the team in scoring in three straight contests and is averaging 20 points per game during that span. In addition, he ranks first on the team and ninth in the league in scoring, posting 13.9 points per game.

DOUBLE DOWN
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) registered a career-high 19 points and 12 rebounds against Albany (Feb. 9), leading the Wildcats to a 69-64 victory at Lundholm Gymnasium. He also posted a career-high in field goals made, knocking 9 of 10 shots from the floor including 1 of 1 from deep. It was his fourth double-double and 12th double-digit rebounding performance of his career.

PHILLY'S FINEST
Junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) registered season highs in minutes (35), points (19), field goals (7), assists (4), three-point field goals (2) and blocks (1) against Albany (Feb. 9). His impressive scoring total was just two points shy of his career high. He has scored in double-figures eight times this season. 

LEAGUE LEGEND
UNH head coach Bill Herrion is currently tied for second all-time with Tom Brennan in America East career wins with 147 victories as bench boss during league action. Herrion trails just Dennis Wolff (152) for the all-time mark in coaching victories in league history. He has posted an impressive 147-91 record during 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.

DOUBLING UP
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 (.319; 95-298) 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 .430 shooting clip (515-1197) from the floor.

FROM THE STRIPE
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) ranks eighth all-time in program history in free throws made (290), recently passing Derek Counts, who finished his UNH career with 289. Abreu owns a .744 career shooting clip (290-390) 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.

CASHING IN
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.

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 94 field goals from the beyond the arc.

EFFICIENT 'CATS
New Hampshire has shot over 40 percent in seven of the last nine outings; most recently posting a shooting clip of .481 (26-54) against Albany (Feb. 9). Over the nine-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 the Great Danes when the 'Cats shot 48.1 percent (26-54) from the floor, including a .421 clip (8-19) from beyond the arc.

40/40 CLUB
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.

CONSISTENT CONTRIBUTOR
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) has scored in double-digits in 13 of the last 16 contests. He has notched double-figures in all but five games this season and leads the Wildcats with an average of 13.9 points per game this season, shooting 41.0 percent (114-278) 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 36.6 minutes per game while Abreu has logged 35.3 minutes per contest.

CHARITY DRIVE
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 (.806; 29-36) among league leaders. Abreu has knocked down 11 of his last 13 shots from the stripe, hitting 21-of-25 shots from the line in the last nine 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.

FIVE GUYS
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.

AIR JORDON
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.

FIELD MARKSMANSHIP
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently moved into fourth place all-time in program history in field goals made (507). He currently leads the Wildcats with 114 field goals this season, shooting 41.0 percent (114-278) 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).

IRON MAN
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) recently moved into third place all-time in program history in career minutes played (3,656). This season he ranks third in the league in minutes played (813), averaging 35.3 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 fifth all-time in games played, appearing in 112 contests in his UNH career.

DEEP THREAT
Sophomore forward Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) ranks sixth in the America East in 3-point field goal percentage, posting a .380 shooting clip (35-92) from downtown. Since the start of conference play he is shooting 37.7 percent (20-53) from beyond the arc.

NOW BOARDING
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) and Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) both rank among the league leaders in rebounds, collecting 8.5 (1st) and 5.7 (10th) boards per game, respectively. Benson has turned in six 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.

TRIPLE TROUBLE
Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.; 21), Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.; 19) and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.; 19) all tallied double-digits against Albany (Feb. 9). The last time three 'Cats achieved this feat was against Maine (Jan. 25) when Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.; 17), Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.; 16) and Benson (15) scored in double-figures.

FROM DOWNTOWN
Senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) notched four treys against Albany (Feb. 9) and currently ranks fourth all-time in career 3-point field goals made with 205. The senior captain recently passed Tommy MacDonald, who finished his UNH career with 197 trifectas. Abreu leads the squad with 44 3-pointers this season, posting a .370 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.

BLOCK PARTY
Senior center Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) tallied one block versus Albany (Feb. 9) and currently ranks second on the program's all-time blocks list with 73. Benson leads UNH with 20 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.

RHOADS SCHOLAR
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).

DOUBLE-DOUBLE TROUBLE
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.

50/50 CHANCE
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 Sunday's contest UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 606 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.

NEW 'CATS IN TOWN
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.

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 79 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
Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) notched his fourth career double-double by scoring a career-high 19 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to help the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team defeat the University at Albany, 69-64, in America East action at Lundholm Gymnasium on Thursday night.

The Wildcats, who avenged a 23-point loss to the Great Danes on Jan. 11, improved to 9-14 on the season and 4-8 in the league. Albany dipped to 15-12 overall and 7-6 in conference action.

Alvin Abreu
 (Lynn, Mass.) highlighted the evening pouring in a season-high 21 points to surpass Wayne Morrison (1,501) to rank third all-time in program history with 1,507 career points. The senior co-captain claimed America East Player of the Game honors for his efforts, adding three boards to his line in 40 minutes of action. He shot an impressive 7-for-13 from the floor, 4-for-6 from deep and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.

Gerardo Suero was named the player of the game for Albany, finishing with 20 points, four boards, four assists and one steal.

Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) set season-highs in points (19), field goals made (7), assists (4), 3-point field goals made (2) and blocks (1). He shot 7-for-12 from the field, 2-for-3 from beyond the arc and 3-for-4 from the stripe.

UNH led by as many as nine points in the first half, but Albany closed the stanza on a 15-5 run to take a 27-25 lead at the intermission. Benson hit four of his five first-half field-goal attempts for a team-leading nine points at the break.

Both squads traded baskets in the first four minutes of the action until Abreu and Myrick dropped in layups to open up a 10-2 run, as the Wildcats finished off the stretch with six unanswered points to take a 17-8 edge with 10:55 on the clock.

Blake Metcalf drained a jumper in the paint to snap the dry spell, setting off an 11-3 run to trim the lead to one on a run that lasted 3:28. Four different Great Danes scored during the offensive spurt, holding UNH to one field goal to set the score at 20-19 with 7:27 remaining in the first stanza.

After Albany rattled off seven unanswered points, Benson would sink a trey to push the lead to four, but the Great Danes responded with an 8-2 run to close out the half holding a 27-25 advantage.

New Hampshire would pick up the pieces at the start of the second frame, scoring on back-to-back possessions to open up the action, as Benson dropped in a pair of layups to take the lead for the first time in six minutes.

The four unanswered points ignited an 18-6 scoring run, with five different Wildcats registering points during the stretch to give the home team a 43-33 edge with 13:29 remaining in regulation.

Suero sank a pair of shots from the charity stripe to open up a string of six unanswered by Albany, cutting the deficit to four on a stretch that lasted nearly three minutes. Suero and Sam Rowley capped off the stretch by sinking layups to set the score at 42-39 with 10:32 remaining.

Abreu and Myrick helped get UNH out of its offensive rut, tallying six and five points, respectively, on an 11-2 run that gave the home team its largest lead of the contest. Abreu closed out the stretch draining a trifecta to set the score at 54-41 with 7:56 remaining.

The Great Danes would not go away just yet, putting together a 12-2 scoring spurt with Jayson Guerrier and Mike Black sinking treys while Suero dropped in a pair of free throws to close out the stretch, trimming the deficit to just three points.

Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) halted a string of eight unanswered points by Albany when he drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to push the lead to six, 61-55, at 3:00. Despite UNH doubling its advantage, the Great Danes kept up their hot shooting, scoring on three straight trips up the floor to knot the action at 61-61 with 1:53 left to play.

Benson stopped the bleeding, sinking a layup to help the Wildcats hold onto the lead. On the next trip up the floor Myrick missed a jumper and followed his shot to grab the offensive board and finish the play with a layup from the left block for two and the hard. He finished the play sinking the free throw that followed, to push the advantage to five, 66-61, with 30 seconds on the clock.

New Hampshire would hold onto the lead the rest of the way, outscoring Albany 8-3 in the final 1:24 of regulation. Abreu and Rhoads combined to shot 3-for-4 from the line down the stretch to help preserve the victory.


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