December 20, 2013

GAME NOTES: Men’s Basketball Travels to Take on Rhode Island (Dec. 22, 2:00 p.m.)

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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team travels to Kingston, R.I to take on the University of Rhode Island Rams, Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Ryan Center.

THE MATCHUP: The Wildcats and Rams meet for the 107th time in the schools' history, with Rhode Island holding a 89-17 advantage. The teams last met on Dec. 18, 2010 when URI topped UNH 64-52 at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. Tyrone Conley scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished-out two assists to lead the way for the Wildcats. DeAndray Buckley (11 points) and Ferg Myrick (10 points) also scored in double-digits for UNH.  Delroy James paced the Rams offense with 22 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Nikola Malesevic added 11 points, six rebounds, and two blocks for URI.

LAST TIME OUT: Rhode Island enters Sunday afternoon's matchup following a 70-68 loss to the University of Detroit. Xavier Munford led the Rams with 22 points, two rebounds, and one assist. Gilvydas Biruta pitched in with a double-double  (12 points, 10 rebounds) for the Rams who shot 46.6% from the field and 31.6 percent from three-point range in the loss. Juwan Howard Jr. paced Detroit with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Evan Bruinsma added 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Xavier Munford leads all Rams in scoring so far this season, averaging 15.2 points per game. Gilvydas Biruta (10.4 points) and E.C. Matthews (10.4) also average double-digit points for the rams who put up 68.3 points per game as a team. Biruta also leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.1 boards per contest.

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: On Dec. 18, 1973 UNH defeated URI 48-46 at Rhode Island.  The Wildcats went on to finish the year with a 16-9 record, including a 8-4 mark in Yankee Conference play.

CHASING 1,000: Senior captain, Patrick Konan is closing in on 1,000 points in his collegiate career. Konan, who totaled 213 points in his one year with Liberty College, has scored 722 points during his time with UNH, making him 65 points short of 1,000.

SHARING THE WEALTH: With 11 assists in UNH's loss to Stony Brook, the team has now dished-out double-digit assists in 6-of-9 games this year. UNH posted a season-high 18 assists in a win over Duquesne (Nov. 13).

OKEKE'S A-OK: Sophomore forward Frank Okeke posted a career-day for UNH during the team's loss to Stony Brook. Okeke scored a personal-best 14 points on 6-12 shooting. The forward also snagged four rebounds, dished-out a career-high three assists, and earned a career-high two steals.

McDONNELL MAKES A DIFFERENCE: Junior forward Tommy McDonnell registered a +9 plus/minus for UNH during the second half against Yale. McDonnell scored four points, collected four rebounds, and dished out two assists in 19 second-half minutes for the Wildcats.

SECOND HALF DOMINANCE: The Wildcats own a 21-point second-half scoring advantage over opponents so far in 2013-14. UNH has won the second half in five-of-eight games this year, including outscoring Yale 47-41, Saturday

GABRIEL'S BIG DAY: Freshman big man Williams Gabriel filled in well in the absence of Chris Pelcher during UNH's loss to CCSU. The Wildcat center scored a career-best seven points on 2-of-4 shooting, snagged a career-high six rebounds, and added two blocks.

TEXAS YOUTH MOVEMENT: The freshmen trio of Jaleen Smith (Freeport, Texas), Daniel Dion (Cedar Park, Texas), and Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) all notched carrer-bests in UNH's loss to CCSU. Smith posted career-highs in points (10), rebounds (5), steals (2), free throws (4-4), and minutes (20). Dion posted career-bests in assists (6) and rebounds (5). Armstrong claimed his first career double-double, earning 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the loss.

PELCHER HONORED WITH MONTHLY AWARD: Chris Pelcher was named to the collegehoopsdaily.com's November All-Conference Team. The senior center logged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks over the course of six games in November. Pelcher recorded four double-doubles for the Wildcats during that span.

BE AGGRESSIVE: After shooting just one free throw in the first half of Sunday's loss to Holy Cross, the Wildcats drew 13 fouls and shot 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 9.5 points per game through four games. He is also posting a career-high three-point shooting percentage, hitting for 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.

-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.

OPENING DAY EXPLOSION: 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.

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