When and Where: November 12, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 74, Goldey-Beacom College 71
Records: SNHU 2-0, GBC 0-2
Graduate student Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) recorded a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while stuffing the stat sheet, to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to a 74-71 come-from-behind victory against Goldey-Beacom College on Sunday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Walters shot 7-for-15 from the floor, including 1-for-3 from deep, and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the line, while tallying five blocks, five steals and three assists. Senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) posted 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and six assists, with junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) also netting 16 points (6-15 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 3-6 FT) to go with six boards.
Corey Taite led the Lightning with a career-high 29 points, while Dante Thompson and Kyle Elliot each added 13.
Southern New Hampshire trailed, 42-33, less than four minutes into the second half when a Walters dunk sparked a 10-0 blitz – capped by a Walters three-point play – that gave it a 43-42 advantage with 13:26 remaining. A 7-2 counter-run put Goldey-Beacom back in front, 49-46, with 11:51 to go, but an 8-2 spurt for the Penmen – highlighted by a 3-pointer from junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) – put them back on top, 55-51, with 9:21 left.
The Lightning climbed to within a pair a 57-55 before five points from Floras carried a 7-0 run that widened the Southern New Hampshire lead to 64-55 with 5:38 to play. Taite then scored six points during an 11-0 streak that jumped Goldey-Beacom back in front, 66-64, with 2:42 remaining.
A Walters layup would tie the game at 68-all with 1:37 on the clock before an Andrews bucket with 54 seconds left gave SNHU the lead for good. Walters blocked Taite's potential game-tying layup and, after Goldey-Beacom grabbed the offensive rebound, secured the loose ball on another miss and sank a pair of free throws after he was fouled to make it 72-68.
Taite pulled the visitors within one with another trey, but then missed a potential game-tying triple just before the buzzer after Walters made two more at the line.
Russo finished with nine points (3-5 FG, 3-5 3-FG) and three rebounds.
Goldey-Beacom used a 21-7 run in the first half to open a 37-20 lead with 4:39 on the clock. A pair of free throws from freshman Javaughn Edmonds (Allston, Mass.) sparked a 7-0 run that slashed the Penmen deficit to 37-27 with 1:14 to go. SNHU would head into the locker room trailing, 38-29.
Edmonds chipped in five points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and three boards.
- Southern New Hampshire improves to 2-0 for the fourth straight year.
- Walters' double-double was his first of the season and the 22nd of his career.
- Goldey-Beacom outshot Southern New Hampshire, 46.8 percent (29-62) to 43.9 percent (25-57), while the Penmen returned the favor from behind the arc, 47.1 percent (8-17) to 42. Percent (8-19)
-SNHU was plus-11 at the line, topping Goldey-Beacom, 84.2 percent (16-19) to 62.5 percent (5-8).
- The Penmen narrowly won the glass (35-33) and the paint (34-30), while the Lightning turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (17/21-11/21).
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Michael's College. SNHU is back home Tuesday, Nov. 21 (7:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Merrimack College at the Fieldhouse.
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