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Jeff Nations

Wildcats rely on steady Rhoads

Former Clarke County High School standout Chandler Rhoads continues to put up solid numbers for the University of New Hampshire's men's basketball team this season.

Rhoads, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, has scored in double digits in each of the past six games and 11 of the last 12 for the Wildcats. Now firmly entrenched as New Hampshire's starting point guard, Rhoads has seen his game minutes steadily increase this season. He's been remarkably consistent, as well -- Rhoads had a season-high 20 points in a 61-53 loss to Vermont on Jan. 20, but has contributed in the 10-15 point range as his scoring average (currently 8.8 points per game, tied for fourth-best on the team) has continued to rise. Rhoads leads New Hampshire with 69 assists.

Last season, Rhoads played in 26 games (five starts) and averaged four points. At Clarke County, Rhoads finished as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,638 points) and helped lead the Eagles to a pair of state championships.

Currently 12-14 and 6-8 in the America East Conference, New Hampshire will be on the road to face Marist in an ESPNU BracketBusters matchup on Saturday. The game, set for 7:30 p.m., will not be televised nationally.

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