When and Where: November 20, 2018 – No. Andover, Mass. (Hammel Court)
Score: Merrimack College 75, Southern New Hampshire University 69
Records: Merrimack 3-2 (2-1 NE10), SNHU 3-2 (1-1 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) and junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) each reached the 20-point plateau and junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) recorded his second straight double-double, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team suffered a 75-69 defeat at Merrimack College on Tuesday night at Hammel Court.
- Andrews scored a season-high 24 points (7-14 FG, 5-8 3-FG, 5-5 FT), while adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
- Joyce recorded 20 points (9-13 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 1-1 FT), three boards and two blocks.
- Montague registered 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-4 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocks.
- Juvaris Hayes paced Merrimack with 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Jaleel Lord supported his effort with 22 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In a back-and-forth opening half, Southern New Hampshire initiated the first lead of more than three points when a Joyce dunk nudged the gap to four at 16-12 with 11:04 remaining. Merrimack responded with a 12-0 rush, which featured four scorers, including Hayes with four points, to go in front, 24-16, with 8:26 on the clock.
- The margin was seven when five straight points from Joyce carried an 8-0 run that put the Penmen back in front, 27-26, with 5:06 to go. The teams then traded the lead five times, with Hayes scoring the final seven points of the half for Merrimack to give it a 38-34 lead at the break.
- SNHU came out of the locker room on fire, scoring the first 14 points, including eight from Andrews, to grab a 10-point lead at 48-38 just over five minutes in. Merrimack answered with 12 straight, including eight from Lord, to leapfrog back into the lead at 50-48 midway through the final frame.
- After the Warriors stretched their lead to six, 3-pointers from senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Joyce, followed by a three-point play from Andrews, made up a 9-2 stretch that pushed the Penmen back in front, 61-60, with 5:07 remaining. Five straight from Lord, followed by four from Hayes, quickly gave Merrimack a 69-61 advantage with 2:26 left.
- Five straight from Andrews made it a one-possession game at 69-66 with 1:13 on the clock, but, after the teams swapped scores, four free throws from Lord all but sealed it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Merrimack, 52 percent (26-50) to 40.6 percent (28-69), including 47.4 percent (9-19) to 28.6 percent (8-28) from beyond the arc
- Merrimack was plus-3 from the stripe and held a slight 84.6 percent (11-13) to 80 percent (8-10) advantage.
- The Warriors won the glass (34-33) and the paint (36-32), amassed more points off mistakes (27-10), recorded more second chance points (10-3) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (8/8-14/21).
- The game featured 36 lead changes and 18 ties.
- Russo netted nine points (3-7 FG, 3-6 3-FG), grabbed four rebounds and dished a trio of assists.
- This was the first road contest of the season for Southern New Hampshire.
- Andrews' 24 points move him past Tom Roche (1977-81) and Bobby Miller (1997-00), and into 36th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,204 points.
- The double-double for Montague was the second of his Penmen career.
- The Penmen return to action Sunday, Nov. 25 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Post University at the Stan Spirou 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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