Perri Notches First Penmen Win, as Men’s Hoop Pulls Away from NYIT, 83-65

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JACK PERRI | HIGHLIGHTS

When and Where: November 10, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score:  Southern New Hampshire University 83, New York Institute of Technology 65
Records:
 SNHU 1-0, NYIT 0-1

Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) scored a game-high 22 points to guide the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to an 83-65 victory over the New York Institute of Technology in Jack Perri's first game as head coach Saturday at the Stan Spirou Field House.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Andrews was 9-for-23 from the field and 4-for-6 at the stripe, while filling his stat line with five assists, three steals, three blocks and two rebounds.
  • Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) posted 17 points (4-9 FG, 3-5 3-FG, 6-8 FT), four boards and two assists.
  • Classmate Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) showed off his impressive athleticism with a pair of vicious dunks in his Penmen debut, while tallying 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-13 FT), six rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks. He also made it tough on the NYIT defense by drawing a game-high seven fouls.
  • Senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 13 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3-FG, 1-1 FT) and two assists.
  • Jeffrey Hayden paced the Bears with 19 points (7-17 FG, 5-9 FT), nine rebounds and five assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With Southern New Hampshire holding a one-point lead just over four minutes into the contest, five different scorers combined on a 10-2 run that gave NYIT its largest lead of the game at 15-8 just under seven minutes in.
  • A Joyce 3-pointer sparked an 18-6 counter-run, to which he contributed five points. Andrews powered the stretch, which put the Penmen in front, 26-21, with close to seven minutes left in the opening half, with nine points.
  • A short time later Russo scored all seven points during a 7-1 spurt, knocking down a triple before again burying a 3-pointer in the left corner and finishing the rare four-point play at the line after he was knocked down. That play ignited the Field House crowd and gave SNHU a 36-27 advantage with 3:19 to play. The Bears answered with a 9-2 run that trimmed their halftime deficit to 38-36.
  • SNHU opened the second half with a 16-4 rush that saw contributions from six different scorers to balloon its lead to 54-40 just over six minutes in. Andrews netted seven points during the run.
  • After NYIT had whittled its deficit down to seven around the seven-minute mark, the Penmen responded with a 16-3 burst – with eight points from Montague and six from Freshman Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) – to open their largest lead of the evening at 81-61 with less than two minutes to play.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Southern New Hampshire narrowly outshot NYIT, 41.3 percent (31-75) to 41.1 percent (23-56), including 48.6 percent (17-35) to 32.3 percent (10-31) in the second half.
  • The Bears returned the favor from beyond the arc, 33.3 percent (6-18) to 29.4 percent (5-17), while SNHU had a plus-3 advantage at the line, but was outshot, 65 percent (13-20) to 48.5 percent (16-33).
  • The Penmen captured the paint (48-30), owned a massive gap in points off turnovers (33-10) and owned a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (18/10-13/30). NYIT won the glass, 49-36.
  • Buscetto recorded eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 FT), three rebounds, three assists and two steals in his collegiate debut.
  • Junior Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) supported the effort on the boards with five rebounds.

NOTES

  • Perri, who entered the contest with 97 wins as a head coach at the Division I and III levels, was hired in June after the retirement of 33-year head coach Stan Spirou.
  • Southern New Hampshire captures its season opener for the 12th straight year.
  • Andrews' 22 points move him past P.J. Young (2002-06) and into 42nd place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,124 points.
  • It was Andrews' 14th career 20-point performance.

UP NEXT 

  • The Penmen are back in action Sunday, Nov. 11 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Dominican (N.Y.) College at the Field House.

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