When and Where: November 28, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Saint Anselm College 76, Southern New Hampshire University 63
Records: Saint Anselm (5-0, 2-0 NE10), SNHU 4-3 (1-2 NE10)
Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team faded late in a 76-63 defeat at the hands of its crosstown rival, fourth-ranked Saint Anselm College, on Wednesday night at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Montague, who scored 12 of his 16 in the second half, hit eight of his 16 shots from the field, while handing out a pair of assists.
- Fellow junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) put up nine of his 13 points (5-14 FG, 3-4 FT) in the first half, while grabbing seven rebounds.
- Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) registered his second straight double-double with 12 points (5-17 FG, 2-5 FT) and 11 boards, to go with four assists and a pair of steals.
- Classmate Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) rounded out the Penmen double-figure scorers with 12 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3-FG, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and two assists.
- Tim Guers led all scorers with 28 points (9-19 FG, 4-7 3-FG, 6-6 FT) and 10 rebounds, while Chris Paul and Gustav Suhr-Jessen added 18 and 17 points, respectively.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire built an early 7-4 lead over the opening 4:15 behind five points from Joyce, but a 15-6 burst – with seven points from Guers – gave Saint Anselm the largest lead of the half for either team at 19-13 with 9:24 remaining.
- With the margin still six nearly three minutes later, six straight from the Penmen evened the score at 24-all with 5:14 to go, but the Hawks scored eight of the final 10 points of the half – with Suhr-Jessen contributing four – to seize a 32-26 halftime advantage.
- After Suhr-Jessen opened the second stanza with a layup that made it an eight-point game, back-to-back 3-pointers from junior Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) and Russo, followed by a pair of buckets from Montague, pulled the Penmen within one for the first of five times over the ensuing six minutes at 37-36 with 17:17 to play.
- SNHU was never able to make it over the hump, as it trailed, 50-49, with 11:21 left, when six points from Paul and four from Guers helped piece together a 12-2 run that opened the Hawks' largest lead of the contest to that point at 62-51 with 6:24 on the clock.
- A four-point play from Russo, followed by a pair of incredible acrobatic layups from Andrews, slashed the Penmen deficit to 62-59 with 5:08 to go, but SNHU would convert just one more field goal the rest of the way, as eight points from Guers and four from Suhr-Jessen carried a game-ending 14-4 flurry for Saint Anselm.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 45.3 percent (29-64) to 36.1 percent (26-72), including 42.9 percent (15-35) to 29.7 percent (11-37) in the opening half and 29.4 percent (5-17) to 23.8 percent (5-21) from long distance.
- The Hawks were also plus-7 from the line and shot it better, 72.2 percent (13-18) to 54.5 percent (6-11).
- Saint Anselm narrowly won the glass (43-42) and the paint (44-38), collected more points off mistakes (12-6) and featured a slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio (9/10-10/13).
- Sumino chipped in six points (2-10 FG, 2-6 3-FG) and four rebounds.
- The all-time series between the two teams is now even at 35-35.
- Andrews' third double-double of the season is the 13th of his career. The fourth straight double-double for Montague is the fourth of his Penmen career.
- The victory earned Saint Anselm one point in the Queen City Cup standings, trimming Southern New Hampshire's lead in the battle for Manchester supremacy to 13-9.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 1 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Assumption College.
- The next home game for SNHU is Wednesday, Dec. 5 (7:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Bentley University at the Field House.
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