Men’s Basketball Suffers First Setback of Year with 80-74 Loss to #22 Florida Southern

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JACK PERRI

When and Where: November 17, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score:  Florida Southern College 80, Southern New Hampshire University 74
Records:
 FSC 3-0, SNHU 3-1

Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) led all scorers with 19 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team was handed its first loss of the season Saturday by 22nd-ranked Florida Southern College, 80-74, at the Stan Spirou Field House.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Andrews shot 7 of 17 from the field, including 1 of 4 from beyond the arc, and 4 of 5 from the line, to go with eight rebounds, nine assists and a block.
  • Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) bagged his first double-double with the Penmen, posting 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 FT), a career-high 14 rebounds, a career-best four blocks and a pair of steals.
  • Senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 13 points (4-7 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 2-4 FT).
  • Jack Rauch led five Moccasins in double figures with 18 points and nine rebounds. Jonathan Lawton and Brett Hanson (Manchester, N.H.) each added 16.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Eight straight points to open the game from Ben Marello gave Florida Southern an 8-0 lead just under three minutes in. The margin was nine at 12-3 close to two minutes later when Southern New Hampshire embarked on a 10-2 run that featured four different scorers and trimmed its deficit to 14-13 with 10:26 remaining in the first half.
  • The Penmen would tie the game at 15-all before a posterizing dunk from junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) forged a 17-17 tie at the 8:10 mark and sparked a 7-0 run that was capped by a 3-pointer from freshman Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) to give SNHU a 22-17 lead with 7:02 to go in the first half.
  • Four straight points from Rauch sparked an 8-2 run that flipped the Mocs back into the lead at 25-24 with just under three minutes on the clock, but a 9-0 stretch – triggered by a 3-pointer from freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) and capped by back-to-back layups from Andrews – opened the largest advantage of the contest for the Penmen at 33-25 with 90 seconds left to play. FSC would score the final four points of the half to slice its halftime deficit in half at 33-29.
  • Those final points would be the makings of a 24-7 rush – with 11 points coming from Rauch – that broke open a 49-40 advantage for Florida Southern with 13:48 remaining in the contest. A Rauch triple at the 16:21 mark gave the Moccasins the lead for good.
  • The gap was nine just over six minutes later when six straight gave FSC its largest lead of the game at 66-51 with just shy of 7:00 on the clock. Eight straight points – four from Andrews and four from junior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia – pulled the Penmen within 66-59 with just under five minutes to go.
  • SNHU would get as close as 77-71 with under a minute left and a chance to make it a one-possession game, but a charging call against the Penmen and a Lawton free throw at the other end with 23 ticks on the clock made it a three-possession game. A Southern New Hampshire miss and another Lawton free throw with 14 seconds remaining all but sealed it.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Southern New Hampshire outshot Florida Southern, 42.2 percent (27-64) to 38.7 percent (29-75), including 40 percent (14-35) to 28.2 percent (11-39) in the opening half, and 30.8 percent (8-26) to 25.9 percent (7-27) from deep.
  • The Moccasins were plus-3 from the line, despite being narrowly outshot, 63.2 percent (12-19) to 62.5 percent (15-24).
  • The Mocs won the glass (51-41), including on the offensive end (18-10), piled up more second chance points (20-11), gathered more points off mistakes (17-7) and turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (10/11-12/17). The battle of the paint was even (38-38).
  • Simankevicius posted a season-high eight points (2-3 FG, 4-4 FT) and three boards.
  • Joyce also recorded eight points (3-8 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and three rebounds, to go with a pair of blocks.
  • Buscetto (2-2 FG, 1-1 3-FG) and Lacy (2-4 FG, 1-1 3-FG) each chipped in five points.

NOTES

  • Andrews' 19 points move him past Fred Petty (1972-74) and Matt Ripaldi (1992-96), and into 38th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,180 points.
  • The double-double for Montague was the first of his Penmen career.

UP NEXT 

  • The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Nov. 20 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Merrimack in a game that will air on WGIR 610-AM
  • The next home contest for Southern New Hampshire is Sunday, Nov. 25 (4 p.m.) when it plays host to Post University at the Field House.
  • SNHU is home for four straight to begin the year, as well as six of seven in the month of November.

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