DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team continues its five-game road stretch when it takes on the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center (7:30 p.m.). Links to live audio and live video, as well as live stats, will be available at www.unhwildcats.com.
THE MATCHUP || Wednesday's matchup between New Hampshire (2-1) and NJIT (1-2) will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. UNH opened the season with back-to-back wins before falling to Bryant, 76-64, on the road. The Wildcats had four players in double-figures, led by Ferg Myrick and Chris Pelcher with 12 points apiece. UNH is in the middle of a five-game road swing and will round out the stretch at Holy Cross (Nov. 24) and Connecticut (Nov. 29).
SCOUTING NJIT || Chris Flores leads NJIT with 19.0 points per game over the Highlanders' 1-2 start and is one of two players averaging double figures. He also leads the team in steals (3.0) and field goal percentage (.524, 22-42). Flores has the ability to shoot from the perimeter as he is shooting 40.0 percent (6-15) from 3-point range through three games. Ryan Woods is averaging double digits with 16.0 points per game and ranks second on the team in rebounding with 6.0 boards per contest. Terrence Smith has joined Flores and Woods in the starting rotation so far this season and is the team's best rebounder at 7.3 boards per outing. P.J. Miller is chipping in with 8.7 points per game while leading the squad in assists (4.6 apg). NJIT picked up a decisive home win over Eastern Nazarene (76-43) in between a pair of close road losses at Providence (64-63) and South Carolina State (77-74), losing by a combined four points in the two games. Flores notched a career-high 28 points in the loss at Providence, earning him Great West Conference Player of the Week honors.
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS || The New Hampshire bench has made an immediate impact this season, outscoring the opponent's bench in each of the first three games. The UNH reserves outscored their counterparts against Suffolk (42-24), Dartmouth (24-13) and Bryant (22-10). Ferg Myrick has led the way for the Wildcats, averaging 15.0 points per game off the bench.
CLEANING THE GLASS || New Hampshire has two players ranked in the top-five in the conference in rebounding, led by Ferg Myrick, who ranks second with 8.3 boards per contest. Chris Pelcher clocks in at fifth with 7.3 rebounds per game. The duo is tied for second in defensive rebounds (5.7), while the team leads the league in rebounding (42.0).
BIG TIME EFFICIENCY || New Hampshire's big men have been efficient down low to start the season and currently lead the conference in field goal percentage. Chris Matagrano paces the league in the category (.769, 10-13), while Chris Pelcher is close behind in second (.765, 13-17).
AIR JORDON || Jordon Bronner has been impressive in the Wildcat backcourt as he leads the America East with a 10.0 assist/turnover ratio. While starting all three games, Bronner has dished out 10 assists with just one turnover in 76 minutes of game action.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE TAKE || Senior Ferg Myrick and junior Patrick Konan both posted double-doubles at Dartmouth (Nov. 13). Myrick recorded a game-high 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, while Konan had 14 points and 11 boards for the third of his career. It was the first time two Wildcats notched double-doubles in the same game since Feb. 12, 2012 when Brian Benson (16 pts, 12 rbs) and Konan (15 pts, 11 rbs) accomplished the feat in a loss at UMBC last season.
TAKE THEM TO SCHOOL || UNH downed its intrastate rival Dartmouth, 72-58, to mark the team's fifth-straight win over the Big Green. Dartmouth still leads the all-time series, 31-30, but the Wildcats have won seven of the last eight meetings and 11 of the last 14.
LEAGUE LEADERS || New Hampshire leads the America East in several team categories, including scoring offense (75.7), field goal percentage (.450, 72-160), field goal percentage defense (.351, 60-171), 3-point field goal percentage (.367, 11-30), rebounding (42.0) and defensive rebounds (31.0).
PHILLY'S FINEST || Senior Ferg Myrick is off to a great start through the first three games of the season. He ranks second in the conference in rebounding (8.3) and fifth in scoring (15.0). Additionally, he is tied with teammate Chris Pelcher for second in defensive rebounds (5.7).
FIVE GUYS || New Hampshire had five players reach double-figures in the season-opening win over Suffolk. Patrick Konan led the way with a game-high 16 points, followed by Chris Pelcher (14), Ferg Myrick (14), Scott Morris (13) and Chris Matagrano (10). The trio of Myrick, Morris and Matagrano came off the bench to reach the double-figure mark. It was the first time UNH had five players score double-digits in the same contest since Jan. 1, 2012, when the Wildcats fell to UMBC at home in the conference opener.
IMPRESSIVE DEBUT || Chris Pelcher netted career highs of 14 points and nine rebounds against Suffolk in his UNH debut. Most impressively, he was highly efficient in the process as he went 7-of-8 from the field (.875) and added three assists. Pelcher played his first two seasons at Iona and sat out the entire 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
CRASHING THE BOARDS || New Hampshire pulled down 51 rebounds against Suffolk, marking the most in a single game since Jan. 15, 2011 when the Wildcats grabbed 54 rebounds in a double-overtime loss at Stony Brook. Chris Pelcher and Ferg Myrick led the way this time around with nine boards apiece, while 11 of 13 Wildcats snagged multiple rebounds.
TREY-MENDOUS STREAK FOR 'CATS || UNH has recorded at least one 3-pointer in 615 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. UNLV holds the NCAA Division I record for most consecutive games scoring a 3-point goal. Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 840 games played.
HERRION CHASING HISTORY || Head coach Bill Herrion, who enters his eighth year at UNH and 22nd in America East, is the league all-time leader in championship wins (21) and ranks second in conference victories (150). Herrion is just two victories behind former Boston U. coach Dennis Wolff for the most in conference history.
DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE || The Wildcats ranked in the 80th percentile nationally in scoring defense last season, holding opponents to just 62.8 points per game, which ranked third in America East. Additionally, UNH was the best on the conference defending the 3-pointer last season as it held foes to 29.7 percent from beyond the arc, which ranked 13th nationally. Lastly, senior Chandler Rhoads earned America East Al-Defensive honors for the second straight year.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN || Seniors Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.), Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J.) have been named captains for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Rhoads, who also served as a captain last season, returns as one of the premier defenders in the conference after he was named to the America East All-Defensive Team for the second time in as many seasons. Rhoads also proved to be a key component on the offensive end, logging 11.2 points per game and 2.7 assists per games as a junior. Rhoads started every game for the Wildcats last season and ranked first in the league in minutes played (36.6).
Myrick enjoyed a productive junior campaign after he missed most of his sophomore season due to injury. The forward averaged 8.5 points per game and ranked second on the team with 15 blocks during the 2011-12 season. A consistent offensive player, Myrick scored double-digit points 12 times on the season, highlighted by a 19-point outburst in a victory against Towson. Myrick was named to the America East All-Rookie team as a freshman in 2009-10 after averaging 7.6 points per game.
Matagrano appeared in 26 games off the bench for the 'Cats in 2011-12, averaging 11.7 minutes per contest and 2.2 rebounds per game. Matagrano, who ranked third on the team with a .469 shooting percentage, had his best game against Holy Cross (Dec. 3) when he notched career highs in points (11) and rebounds (7).
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL || New Hampshire (34 points) was picked to finish sixth in the America East Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Wildcats were tabbed to finish behind the University of Vermont (60), Stony Brook University (58), Boston University (49), Albany (38), and the University of Maine (35). The Catamounts were predicted to win the league and received five out of eight first-place votes. Stony Brook, last year's runner-up and regular-season champion, collected the remaining four first-place votes. The University of Hartford (26) was selected seventh, followed by UMBC (15) and Binghamton (9) to round out the field.
TRAINING DAY || The Wildcats welcome three freshmen to the roster this season. Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) joins the Wildcats after leading his team to a 5A Regional II District Championship. Okeke played for the Deron Williams Elite AAU program and was named to the First-Team All-District and First-Team All-Academic as a senior.
Chris Orozco (Tenafly, N.J.) was named First-Team All-League in three straight seasons prior to coming to UNH. He was also named to the First-Team All-County squad for his last two seasons at Tenafly High School.
Logan Mortenson (South Jordon, Utah) averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game over his four year career Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah. He averaged 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a senior and was named a McDonald's All-American Nominee and an All-State Second-Team selection. Most recently, he posted 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last year at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy.
WILDCATS STREAMING LIVE || UNH and Pack Network have once again partnered to provide online video streaming of UNH athletics for the upcoming 2012-13 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 || Wildcat Sports Properties (WSP), a property of Learfield Sports, is pleased to announce that Jim Jeannotte and Mike Murphy will once again serve as the broadcast duo for the 2012-13 UNH men's and women's basketball seasons on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Veteran play-by-play man Jeannotte will return for his 31st year broadcasting UNH men's basketball, while color analyst Murphy enters his 12 season calling Wildcat men's hoops.
The Wildcat Sports Radio Network consists of flagship stations WGIR (610-AM) in Manchester, which has been headquarters for UNH play-by-play since 2008, The Wave (WQSO 96.7-FM) in Portsmouth and the Sports Animal (WPKX 930-AM) in Rochester. Affiliates include WNTK (99.7 FM) in New London and WSMN (1590-AM) in Nashua, plus all broadcasts are streamed live and archived via Stretch Internet at www.unhwildcats.com. All game broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to tipoff.