When and Where: January 9, 2019 – Pleasantville, N.Y. (Goldstein Fitness Center)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 81, Pace University 78
Records: SNHU 8-5 (4-4 NE10), Pace 10-5 (4-3 NE10)
Senior Jon Martin (Manchester, N.H.) scored a career-high 18 points to help the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team knock off Pace University, 81-78, Wednesday night at the Goldstein Fitness Center.
- Martin was an efficient 6 of 7 from the field, including 4 of 5 from downtown, and 2 of 2 at the stripe, as he reached double figures for the first time in his career. Martin also grabbed a career-best seven rebounds and matched his career high with three assists.
- Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) scored a team-high 22 points (8-12 FG, 4-8 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and brought in three rebounds.
- Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) tallied 18 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 3-5 FT), nine assists and five boards.
- Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 12 points (4-8 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 3-5 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocks.
- Peyton Wejnert paced the Setters with 24 points (11-16 FG, 2-2 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire, which scored the first four points of the game, trailed, 9-7, more than four minutes in when a Joyce 3-pointer sparked an 8-0 run that gave it its largest lead of the contest at 15-9 with 14:17 remaining in the opening half. Pace responded with a 14-0 barrage – with eight points from Wejnert and five from Tyrone Cohen Jr. – to grab its biggest advantage of the night at 23-15 midway through the stanza.
- Following a timeout, SNHU hit back with a 16-6 blitz – with six from Andrews and five each from Martin and Montague – to jump in front, 31-29, with just under four-and-a-half minutes to go. Three lead changes and three ties ensued, including the final tie of the half, as Martin drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the teams to the locker room knotted at 40.
- Joyce connected on a triple at the 16:20 mark to give the Penmen a 51-46 advantage – the largest lead of the second half. Pace would climb back to tie the score twice at both 58 (10:45) and 62 (8:41), but an Andrews layup and Martin trifecta reinstated the five-point lead for Southern New Hampshire at 67-62 with 7:08 left.
- Five straight would tie the game at the 6:01 mark for Pace, before back-to-back layups from Greg Poleon followed an Andrews bucket to give Pace its first lead of the second half at 71-69 with under four minutes remaining. Joyce and Martin responded with huge 3-pointers to make it 75-71 with 2:57 to play and SNHU would never trail again.
- Pace would get as close as 77-75 with 1:50 on the clock, but the Penmen would drain their next four free throws to seal it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Pace, 56.9 percent (29-51) to 42.7 percent (32-75), including 37 percent (10-27) to 20 percent (7-35) from beyond the arc.
- SNHU was also plus-6 from the stripe and shot it better, 72.2 percent (13-18) to 63.6 percent (7-11).
- Pace captured the glass (37-33), gathered more points off mistakes (15-9), notched more second chance points (18-10) and featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (18/9-19/13).
- Senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chimed in with six points (3-4 FG), four rebounds and two assists.
- Freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) registered five points (1-2 FG, 3-4 FT) and three rebounds.
- Southern New Hampshire, which had not played since Dec. 30, has now won three straight, while Pace had captured nine of its previous 11.
- The Penmen have now won 11 of 12 against the Setters, including eight straight dating back to January 2012.
- Andrews' 18 points move him past Reggie Brooks (1968-71), James Boardman (1968-73) and Kevin McCarthy (1988-92), and into a 23rd-place tie with Tory Stapleton (2007-12) on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,383 points.
- Joyce's third 20-point performance of the season is the fifth of his career.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Jan. 12 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to Southern Connecticut State University at the Stan Spirou Field House.
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