When and Where: December 8, 2018 – Easton, Mass. (Merkert Gymnasium)
Score: Stonehill College 78, Southern New Hampshire University 64
Records: Stonehill 7-4 (4-3 NE10), SNHU 5-5 (2-4 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) led all scorers with 23 points Saturday, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team was defeated by Stonehill College, 78-64, at Merkert Gymnasium.
- Andrews hit 8 of 15 shots from the field, including 3 of 4 from long range, and all four attempts from the line, while dishing six assists, grabbing two rebounds and collecting a pair of steals.
- Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) recorded 17 points (8-14 FG, 1-1 3-FG) and six boards.
- Senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) tallied 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3-FG), three assists and a two blocks.
- Will Moreton paced the Skyhawks with 20 points (7-14 FG, 4-7 3-FG, 2-2 FT), while Owen Chose added 19 (7-9 FG, 5-7 3-FG).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Stonehill scored the first six points of the game and held a 13-12 edge more than nine minutes into the contest when it ripped off 12 straight points as part of a 15-2 burst that helped it double up Southern New Hampshire, 28-14, with 6:09 remaining in the opening half. SNHU responded with a half-ending 16-5 run – led by seven points from Montague and six from Andrews – that slashed its deficit to 33-30 at the break.
- Moreton opened the second stanza with a personal 8-2 run, which was part of a 13-4 flurry that extended the Stonehill lead to 46-34 less than four minutes in. The Penmen jumped back into it with a 9-2 run – buoyed by four points from Montague and capped by a 3-pointer from freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) – to pull within 48-43 at the 13:20 mark.
- Stonehill answered with a 9-3 stretch that widened the gap to 57-46 with 9:11 to play, but a personal 8-2 run from Andrews kept SNHU in the game at 59-54 with 7:20 to go. The Skyhawks would all but seal it, however, with a 12-0 counter-run that put it in front, 71-54, with 3:25 on the clock. Chose and Moreton each contributed five points during the stretch.
- Six points from Russo and four from junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) made up a 10-2 run that sliced the Penmen deficit to 73-64, but with under a minute remaining in the contest. Michael Boen would end it with five straight points.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Stonehill outshot Southern New Hampshire, 54.4 percent (31-57) to 49 percent (25-51), including 63 percent (17-27) to 54.2 percent (13-24) in the second half.
- SNHU returned the favor from beyond the arc, 56.3 percent (9-16) to 50 percent (12-24), despite making three less trifectas.
- The Penmen were also plus-1 from the line, but were outshot, 100 percent (4-4) to 71.4 percent (5-7), in a game that saw just 27 total fouls committed.
- SNHU narrowly won the glass (28-25) and piled up more second chance points, while Stonehill secured more points off mistakes (23-16), captured the paint (32-30) and turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (17/14-11/19).
- Joyce posted seven points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3-FG) and five rebounds.
- Lacy chipped in four points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 1-3 FT) and four boards.
- Southern New Hampshire has now lost five of its last seven, including two straight, after beginning the year 3-0.
- Andrews' 23 points move him past Carlton Lee (1977-81) and into 29th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,320 points.
- Andrews' seventh 20-point performance of the season is the 20th of his career.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 15 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to Franklin Pierce University at the Stan Spirou Field House.
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