Men’s Basketball Locks Down Felician in 73-57 Victory

BOX SCORE
RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH STAN SPIROU

When and Where: November 26, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score:
Southern New Hampshire University 73, Felician University 57
Records:
SNHU 6-0, Felician 3-3

Senior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) racked up 27 points for the second straight game to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to a 73-57 victory over Felician University on Sunday at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Walters was an efficient 10-for-15 from the field, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, and 6-for-9 from the stripe, while filling the box score with nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) tallied 17 points (6-14 FG, 5-6 FT), seven boards, four steals and two rebounds. Senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3-FG), five assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Terrell Spaulding matched Walters with 27 points for the Golden Falcons.

The opening 11-plus minutes featured nine lead changes and four ties before a pair of free throws from Andrews gave Southern New Hampshire the lead for good at 25-24 and sparked a 10-0 run – with six points from Andrews and four from Walters – that put the Penmen in front, 33-24, with 4:42 remaining before the break. SNHU would lead it, 36-27, at the half.

Southern New Hampshire opened the second stanza on a 16-4 run – with five points each from Floras and Walters, as well as four points from senior Scott Toresco (Westfield, N.J.) – to break open a 52-31 lead with 12:55 remaining.

With the margin down to 17 two minutes later, a layup from junior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) triggered a 7-0 run that gave the Penmen their largest lead of the day at 61-37 with 8:04 on the clock. Felician responded with a 15-5 counter-run – with eight points from Spaulding and five from Zamir Wright – to climb within 69-55 with 2:49 to go, but it was too little and too late for the visitors.

Simankevicius scored six points (3-5 FG), while Toresco posted four points (1-6 FG, 2-2 FT) and four boards. Junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) chimed in with three points (1-4 FG, 1-4 3-FG) and six rebounds, which matched his career high.

Notes:
-Southern New Hampshire improves to 6-0 for the second straight year.
- SNHU outshot Felician, 49.1 percent (28-57) to 33.9 percent (20-59), while the Golden Falcons returned the favor from deep, 34.8 percent (8-23) to 28.6 percent (4-14).
-Southern New Hampshire made more free throws than Felician attempted, while also outshooting it from the line, 76.5 percent (13-17) to 75 percent (9-12).
-The Penmen dominated the paint (44-16), held a narrow edge on the glass (36-35), submitted a better assist-to-turnover ratio (13/16-11/18) and held a 23-8 advantage in points off mistakes.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Nov. 29 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Anselm College at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium in a game that will air live on WGIR 610-AM. SNHU is back home Saturday, Dec. 2 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Assumption College at the Fieldhouse, with the contest being broadcast on FOX College Sports.

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