Men’s Basketball Keeps Franklin Pierce at Bay, 82-75

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JACK PERRI

When and Where: December 15, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 82, Franklin Pierce University 75
Records:
SNHU 6-5 (3-4 NE10), FPU 5-5 (2-3 NE10)

Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) scored a team-high 16 points and senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) knocked down a clutch 3-pointer late, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team held off Franklin Pierce University, 82-75, Saturday at the Stan Spirou Field House.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Jocye hit on 6 of 9 shots from the floor, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and made all three of his free throws, while grabbing five rebounds.
  • Andrews tallied 14 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 1-3 FT), nine rebounds and eight assists.
  • Senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) matched his career high with 13 points (6-6 FG, 1-4 FT) and also corralled three rebounds.
  • Doyin Fadojutimi led all scorers with 24 points (9-25 FG, 2-12 3-FG, 4-8 FT) for the Ravens.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With the game tied, 6-6, nearly four-and-a-half minutes in, Southern New Hampshire seized the lead for good on a layup by junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) that sparked a 7-0 run, which he also capped with a dunk, to put the Penmen up, 13-6, with 14:38 remaining in the opening half.
  • The margin would fluctuate between three and eight over the ensuing eight-plus minutes before SNHU ended the stanza with a balanced 11-5 run that featured five different scorers and sent the hosts to the break with a 41-29 advantage. Joyce and freshman Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) highlighted the stretch with 3-pointers.
  • Franklin Pierce would whittle the deficit down to seven nearly seven minutes into the second half when the Penmen used a 12-3 burst – buoyed by five points from Simankevicius and capped by a trifecta from senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) – to take their largest lead of the contest at 66-50 with 9:43 to play. Montague highlighted the stretch with a midcourt steal and thunderous dunk that rocked the rim.
  • The Ravens responded with a 19-6 flurry – with 11 points from Fadojutimi and four each from Falu Seck and Sean Fasoyiro – to slash their deficit to 73-69 with 3:04 to play. After Andrews and Fadojutimi swapped layups, Andrews made the biggest basket of the game, burying a right-wing 3 that made it 77-71 with just under two minutes on the clock. The Penmen locked down on defense, holding the visitors to 1-for-9 shooting the rest of the way, as they would never get closer than five.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Southern New Hampshire outshot Franklin Pierce, 59.6 percent (34-57) to 36 percent (27-75), including 68 percent (17-25) to 39.5 percent (17-43) in the second half and 54.5 percent (6-11) to 22.9 percent (8-35) from deep.
  • The Ravens were plus-5 from the line and shot it better, 65 percent (13-20) to 57.1 percent (8-14).
  • The Penmen captured the paint (56-36) and featured a slightly more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (20/23-12/14), while the Ravens piled up more points off mistakes and won the offensive glass (20-9). Rebounding (37-37) and second chance points (8-8) were both even.
  • Montague posted nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds and three blocks.
  • Russo netted nine points (3-4 FG, 3-4 3-FG), dished a career-high seven assists and made a pair of steals.
  • Freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) scored eight points (4-8 FG) and handed out a pair of helpers.
  • Senior Jon Martin (Manchester, N.H.), who made his second career start and first of the season, chimed in with six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and two rebounds.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire snaps a two-game skid to head into the holiday break above .500.
  • The Penmen have now won eight of nine in the series with Franklin Pierce, including six straight. SNHU has also captured five-in-a-row at home versus the Ravens.
  • Simankevicius had previously scored 13 points as a freshman against Assumption on Dec. 2, 2015.

UP NEXT 

  • The Penmen return to action Sunday, Dec. 30 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Felician University.
  • The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, Jan. 12 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Southern Connecticut State University at the Field House.

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