Basketball tips off two-game road stretch at CCSU (Dec. 4)
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team looks to snap its current four-game skid when it travels to take on the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. Links to live stats will be available at www.UNHWildcats.com.
SCOUTING CCSU: Last time out, CCSU fell to the Brown University Bears 72-61, Nov. 30 at the Pizzitola Sports Center in Providence R.I. Junior Faronte Drakeford scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Blue Devils. Kyle Vinales added 13 points and sophomore Brandon Peel chipped in with 12 points in the loss. CCSU got off to a hot start, taking a 31-27 lead at halftime. The Blue Devils shot 40.6% from the field, while holding Brown to a 38.7% field goal percentage in the half. Brown exploded in the second half, outscoring CCSU 45-30 and shooting 57.1% from the field. The Blue Devils still shot well in the second stanza, hitting for 40.0%, but couldn't hold off Brown, eventually falling 72-61.
THE MATCHUP: This will be the 10th matchup between the Wildcats and Blue Devils, with CCSU leading the all-time series 6-3. CCSU took the most recent meeting 87-84, last December. Chandler Rhoads scored 18 points and handed out seven rebounds, while Chris Pelcher notched 16 points and eight boards to lead the Wildcats. Kyle Vinales posted a game-high 27 points and dished out seven assists to pace the Blue Devils in the game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior Kyle Vinales leads the Blue Devils with 22.0 points per game and 2.4 assists per game so far this season. Junior Faronte Drakeford also leads CCSU, averaging 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds.
BE AGGRESSIVE: After shooting just one free throw in the first half of Sunday's loss to Holy Cross, the Wildcats made a point to be more aggressive, drawing 13 fouls and shooting 18 free throws in the second stanza.
OFF THE BENCH: Patrick Konan provided a spark for the Wildcats off the bench in Sunday's loss to Holy Cross. Konan notched 13 points and six rebounds to lead UNH.
THEY CALL HIM RAMBO: Jacoby Armstrong earned himself another career-day for UNH last Sunday. The freshman netted a career-high 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in the team's, 60-55, loss to Bryant. Armstrong accelerated his game after he performed well in UNH's loss to Marquette two weeks ago. The freshman forward scored, a previous career-high, six points and hauled in a career-high eight rebounds in a 27-minute effort for the Wildcats.
DOUBLE-DOUBLED: Chris Pelcher scored 10 points and hauled in 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. In his first three seasons of college basketball, Pelcher had recorded just two double-doubles.
SUPER SENIOR: Senior Jordon Bronner is having a career-year for the Wildcats. Bronner is averaging a career-best 11.2 points per game through four games. He is also posting career-high shooting percentages, shooting 42.0% from the field and 41.7% from downtown.
KONAN THE BARBARIAN: Senior forward Patrick Konan earned his first double-double of the season in the Wildcats' loss to No.25 Marquette. Konan notched 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting and corralled 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and the sixth of his career.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Pelcher was recognized as the America East Co-Player of The Week, Monday Nov. 18. Pelcher averaged 17 points, 15.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and 1.5 assists during a 1-1 week for the Wildcats. The center tallied a double-double with 14 points and 16 boards in UNH's 84-81 victory over Duquesne before adding a second double-double performance of the week in the Wildcats' loss to NJIT, scoring 20 points and securing 15 rebounds on the night.
GLASS CLEANER: After five games Chris Pelcher was ranked fourth in the nation in rebounds per game with 13. The redshirt senior grabbed 17 rebounds in the Wildcat's opening win over Suffolk, snagged 16 boards in UNH's victory over Duquesne, and secured 15 rebounds in Sunday night's loss to NJIT.
ON POINT: Through the first two games of the season the Wildcats were ranked 18th in the country in field goal percentage, shooting 54.1% from the field. Jaleen Smith (75.0%), Chris Pelcher (64.0%), and Daniel Dion (60.0%) led the Wildcats in the category.
GIVE ME MORRIS: Scott Morris netted a Career High 17 points in the Wildcat's win over Duquesne. Morris scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half. The senior captain shot 5-of-8 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the free throw line in the win.
FOUR SCORE: Chris Pelcher led the Wildcats on offense with 25 points while Patrick Konan dropped 19 points in UNH's 94-70 win over Suffolk. Freshman Daniel Dion drained 14 in his collegiate debut as Jordon Bronner finished the night with 12.
BIG DEBUT: Daniel Dion's 14 points in the Wildcat's season opener against Suffolk was the most by a UNH freshman during their collegiate debut since former Wildcat Chandler Rhoads scored 14 points in his 2009 debut against Suffolk.
CRASHING THE BOARDS: The Wildcats pulled down 51 rebounds against Suffolk in the season opener Saturday, Nov. 9. Senior Chris Pelcher came down with a career high 17 rebounds in the effort, while classmate Patrick Konan recorded seven.
ALL-TIME CONFERENCE WINS LEADER: Head coach Bill Herrion, who enters his ninth year with UNH and 23rd in the America East Conference, currently holds the title of winningest coach in America East Conference history, earning 331 wins in his career.
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL: The Wildcats (31 points) were picked to finish being first-place Vermont (64), who received six first-place votes. Stony Brook was picked second with 58 points and took the remaining three first-place votes. Albany was selected third with 49 points while Hartford was fourth with 44 points. After New Hampshire, UMBC was selected sixth with 28 points while Binghamton (24), Maine (20) and UMass Lowell (8) rounded out the field.
A FRESH GROUP OF FRESHMEN: UNH welcomed in a group of five freshmen in the off-season, all of which are poised to make a big impact for the team. Jacoby Armstrong (Sasche, Texas) arrived in Wildcat Country from Wylie High School while Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas) most recently played at Vista Ridge High School. John Edwards (Charlotte, N.C.) is fresh off a career at Brewster Academy as Williams Gabriel (Lagos, Nigeria) came from Huntington Prep. Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas), who hails from Brazosport High School, rounds out the group.
A CLASS WITH CLASS: Each of the four members of the 2013-14 senior class have been elected as captains. Jordan Bronner, Patrick Konan, Scott Morris and Chris Pelcher will serve as captains.
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 2013-14 UNH men's and women's basketball seasons on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Veteran play-by-play man Jeannotte will return for his 32nd year broadcasting UNH men's basketball, while color analyst Murphy enters his 13th 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 WEEY in Keene (93.5 FM) and WEEI in Concord (101.5 FM) plus all broadcasts are streamed live and archived via Stretch Internet at www.unhwildcats.com. All game broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to tipoff.
WILDCATS STREAMING LIVE: The America East Conference and NeuLion have partnered to bring fans complete game coverage of all America East basketball games. The portal, AmericaEast.tv, brings fans exclusive content as well as live events, free of charge.
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 www.collegechalktalk.com.
CAREER DAY: Tommy McDonnell, Frank Okeke and Chris Pelcher each put up career numbers in points against Suffolk in the home opener (Nov. 9). Pelcher finished with 25 points as Okeke drained six and McDonnell netted five.