When and Where: January 12, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 88, Southern Connecticut State University 86 (2OT)
Records: SNHU 9-5 (5-4 NE10), SCSU 10-6 (5-3 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) recorded a double-double and dropped in the game-winning layup with 5.3 seconds remaining in double overtime, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team won its fourth straight with an 88-86 victory against a hot Southern Connecticut State University team Saturday at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Andrews tallied 27 points (8-14 FG, 11-13 FT), including 18 after halftime, 10 rebounds and six assists in 47 minutes of action.
- Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) also notched a double-double with 21 points (7-17 FG, 2-8 3-FG, 5-7 FT) and a career-best 14 rebounds.
- Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-2 3-FG), seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.
- Freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) was also in double figures with a career-high 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and two assists.
- Kealen Ives paced the Owls with 24 points (11-27 FG, 2-9 3-FG), while Ulyen Coleman added 21 (7-18 FG, 7-8 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In a first half that featured five ties and six lead changes, neither team led by more than five. It was Southern Connecticut that was up four with just over three minutes remaining when a 10-2 Southern New Hampshire rush – with Andrews providing the final five points – sent the Penmen to the break with a 31-27 edge.
- With the margin still four nearly two-and-a-half minutes into the second stanza, a 6-0 stretch gave the Owls a 37-35 lead with 16:42 to go. After the teams traded the lead twice, a 3-pointer from senior Jon Martin (Manchester, N.H.) sparked a 7-0 run that put the Penmen back in front, 49-44, with 12:31 on the clock.
- Southern Connecticut had climbed within a pair midway through the half when an 8-2 spurt – featuring four different scorers – gave SNHU its largest lead of the day at 61-53 with 7:25 remaining.
- The Owls answered back with a 16-5 blitz – led by six points from Ives and four from Isaiah McLeod – to seize a 69-66 advantage with 2:15 to go. Martin would then nail a monster 3 to knot the game with just under a minute left, before a Luke Beesley bucket reclaimed the lead for the Owls with 41 seconds to play. Andrews answered the bell by converting a tough layup with 32 seconds on the clock to leave the score tied, 71-71.
- A shot clock violation against SCSU left SNHU with the ball and 1.6 seconds, needing to go the length of the court. The football pass sailed high and out of bounds with no time coming off the clock, giving the ball back to the Owls under their own basket, but their shot would not fall, forcing overtime.
- Southern Connecticut, which led by as many as five in the first extra session, was on top, 77-73, with 90 seconds left when Andrews made a bucket and then sank a pair of free throws to pull the Penmen even at 77-77 with just under a minute to go. A miss at the other end gave SNHU the final possession, but it could not get a shot off and the teams went to double OT.
- The Owls were again in front by five, 85-80, with a little over a minute left, when a left-wing triple from Montague found the bottom of the net to spark what would be an 8-0 run. He followed on the ensuing possession with a ferocious dunk off an Andrews dish to tie the game with 48 seconds remaining, before Andrews converted a dazzling three-point play with 5.3 seconds on the clock to make it 88-85.
- The Penmen fouled to send Coleman to the line, but after making the first and missing the second on purpose, Southern New Hampshire would secure the rebound and the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire narrowly outshot Southern Connecticut, 44.8 percent (30-67) to 43.9 percent (36-82), including 50 percent (5-10) to 33.3 percent (5-15) in the two overtimes and 28 percent (7-25) to 14.3 percent (3-21), overall, from beyond the arc.
- Despite being outshot, 84.6 percent (11-13) to 75 percent (21-28), SNHU was plus-10 from the line.
- The Penmen held an edge on the glass (46-44), while the Owls won the paint (50-38), racked up more points off mistakes (23-13), compiled more second chance points (15-11) and featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (12/11-13/15).
- Martin netted eight points (2-10 FG, 2-7 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and collected three rebounds.
- Senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) chipped in five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3-FG) and four boards.
- Southern New Hampshire has now won four straight for the first time since it began last season 9-0 (Nov. 11-Dec. 6, 2017), while Southern Connecticut has its eight-game winning streak halted.
- The average margin of victory during the streak is just 3.5 points, with the Penmen earning a pair of two-point victories, as well as a three-point win.
- SNHU snaps a three-game skid against Southern Connecticut – the team that ended its season in the NE10 Championship first round last year – and defeats the Owls for the first time since Jan. 18, 2017 in a win at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Andrews' 27 points move him past Tory Stapleton (2007-12) and into sole possession of 23rd place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,410 points.
- Andrews' sixth double-double of the season is the 16th of his career, while Joyce's is the first of his career.
- Andrews' ninth 20-point performance of the season is the 22nd of his career. Joyce's third straight 20-point performance and his fourth of the season is the sixth of his career.
- The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.) when they take on Le Moyne College.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Wednesday, Jan. 23 (7:30 p.m.) when it plays host to the College of Saint Rose at the Stan Spirou Field House in a game that will air on WGIR 610-AM.
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