UNH Men's Basketball Honors Student-Athletes at Annual Awards Banquet
DURHAM, N.H. - Several players on the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team were honored at the squad's annual, end-of-season banquet on Saturday afternoon at the Elliot Alumni Center. Among those honored were Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) and Tommy McDonnell (Durham, N.H.).
Bronner was named the team's Most Valuable Player after his fourth and final year in a Wildcat uniform. The senior logged a team-high 33.4 minutes per game and averaged 10.6 points in 30 games. Starting in all 30 games in the 2013-14 campaign and scoring in double digits in 17 of those contests, Bronner ranked first on the team and 17th in America East in scoring. He recorded a season-high 24 points and added four assists and three rebounds during a March 2 contests at the University of Maine. His 36.1 three-point field goal percentage ranked second on the team and his 75.9% from the free throw line was good for fourth on the team. Bronner finished his career ranked ninth in UNH men's basketball history in assists (290) and tied for first in games played (117).
Pelcher's team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game earned him Pete Smilikis Rebounder of the Year honors. The redshirt senior was a top scoring threat for UNH as well, hitting 48.1 percent from the field to net 10.8 points per game. Pelcher started in 16 of his 19 game appearances and recorded double-digit rebounds in eight of those contests. The Albany, N.Y. native posted a team-high eight double-doubles, including a 25-point, 17-rebound performance in the opening day victory over Suffolk University. Pelcher fell three blocks short of a triple-double, hitting for 13 points, 14 rebounds, and a career-high seven blocks in a 61-32 triumph over UMass Lowell on Jan. 26. The senior finished the season with 41 blocks which ranks second all-time for blocks in a season. Pelcher also tallied 75 career-blocks for the UNH, which is good for third all time.
McDonnell garnered the seventh annual Coach Gerry Friel Award, given to the player who best exemplifies teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance and academics. McDonnell, who started the year as a reserve, moved his way into regular playing time with hard work and gritty play. The junior forward saw action in 29 games, including seven starts. He ranked fourth on the team in rebounds per game, with 3.4, and finished the season ranked 16th in the America East in rebounding. McDonnell posted career-highs of eight points and 12 rebounds during a March 2 contests at Maine. Gerry Friel, who passed away Aug. 20, 2007 at the age of 64, coached UNH men's basketball from 1969-1989 UNH and has the most wins of any coach in program history.
The Wildcats presented senior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) with a commemorative basketball to recognize him scoring his 1,000th career point. Konan complete the feat on Feb. 15th at the University of Hartford.
The Wildcats also honored their five senior athletes, Bronner, Pelcher, Konan, Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.), and Kazadi Nayanguila (Montreal, Quebec), presenting them with their game jerseys.
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