When and Where: November 18, 2017 – Rindge, N.H. (The Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 77, Franklin Pierce University 73
Records: SNHU 4-0 (2-0 NE10), FPU 2-2 (0-2 NE10)
Senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) poured in a career-high 25 points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team past in-state rival Franklin Pierce University, 77-73, Saturday afternoon at the FPU Fieldhouse.
Floras shot 8 of 16 from the floor, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 4 of 4 from the stripe, while tallying four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) posted 18 points (6-15 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 5-11 FT), seven rebounds and four helpers, with junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) netting a career-best 14 points (4-6 FG, 4-6 3-FG, 2-2 FT).
Doyin Fadojutimi led the Ravens with 19 points, while Falu Seck added 15. Mike McDevitt (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Jordan Lackey (11 points, 10 rebounds), each notched double-doubles.
With the game tied at 15 more than seven minutes in, six straight points opened up a 21-15 lead for Franklin Pierce with 10:23 remaining in the opening half. The Ravens had nudged the margin to a game-high seven at 27-20 with 7:43 to play when 3-pointers from Floras and freshman Javaughn Edmonds (Allston, Mass.) highlighted a 10-1 blitz that put the Penmen in front, 30-28, with 4:55 on the clock.
Franklin Pierce responded with nine-in-a-row – bookended by treys from Fadojutimi – to run the advantage back to seven at 37-30 with 2:55 to go. Layups from Andrews and Floras would close the gap to three before the teams twice traded scores, as the Ravens took a 41-38 lead into the locker room.
The hosts again held a seven-point lead just over four minutes into the second half when a Floras triple sparked a 13-3 run that was capped with two more Floras 3-pointers to catapult the Penmen into the lead at 55-52 with 12:41 remaining. Five straight would give the Ravens their final lead of the afternoon at 57-55 with 11:50 to go, but a 12-0 barrage – with five points from Russo – put Southern New Hampshire back in front, 67-57, with 7:42 left. An Edmonds dunk midway through the stanza handed the Penmen the lead for good at 59-57.
Franklin Pierce would climb within 69-63 with 5:31 on the clock before four points from senior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) carried a 5-0 run that gave Southern New Hampshire its largest lead of the contest at 74-63 with 3:53 to play. The Ravens responded with a 10-2 run – powered by seven points from Seck – to slash their deficit to 76-73 with 38 seconds remaining.
After the teams traded missed 3s, Andrews secured a defensive rebound and sank a free throw to seal it with under two seconds on the clock.
Edmonds recorded eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and three rebounds, while Walters posted eight points (2-9 FG, 4-4 FT), eight boards, five steals, four assists and two blocks.
-Southern New Hampshire improves to 4-0 for the second straight year.
-Floras tops his previous career high of 24 points, which he also scored at Franklin Pierce's Fieldhouse in a 94-92 victory on Feb. 15 of last season.
-Franklin Pierce outshot Southern New Hampshire, 46.3 percent (25-54) to 42.4 percent (25-59), while SNHU was better from deep, 44.4 percent (12-27) to 42.1 percent (8-19), and the stripe, 71.4 percent (15-21) to 60 percent (15-25).
-The Ravens owned the glass (43-31) and the paint (28-20), while the Penmen featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (12/12-16/19), as it held a 20-14 advantage in points off mistakes.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Nov. 21 (7:30 p.m.) when they play host to Merrimack College at the SNHU Fieldhouse in a game that will air live on WGIR 610-AM.
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