When and Where: February 2, 2019 – West Haven, Conn. (Charger Gymnasium)
Score: University of New Haven 76, Southern New Hampshire University 62
Records: UNH 14-6 (9-5 NE10), SNHU 10-9 (6-9 NE10)
Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) scored a team-best 17 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team was defeated by the University of New Haven, 76-62, Saturday at Charger Gymnasium.
- Joyce went 6 of 11 from the floor, including 2 of 5 from beyond the arc, and 3 of 4 at the line, while pulling down nine rebounds.
- Fellow junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) notched a double-double with 11 points (4-12 FG, 1-4 3-FG, 2-4 FT)), 11 rebounds, two assists and a block
- Classmate Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) added 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3-FG) and two assists off the bench.
- Elijah Bailey led all scorers with 20 points (8-21 FG, 3-9 3-FG, 1-2 FT) for the Chargers, with Derrick Rowland adding 17 (7-13 FG, 3-6 3-FG).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- New Haven scored the first nine points of the game and jumped out to a 15-5 lead over the opening 6:12 behind eight points from Quashawn Lane. Southern New Hampshire finally got it going to the tune of a 12-5 run that slashed its deficit to 20-17 with 8:09 to play in the first half. Six different Penmen scored during the stretch, which was highlighted by 3-pointers from freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) and Sumino.
- New Haven answered with a 13-4 blitz – capped by five straight from Najee Larcher – to bump its lead up to 33-21 with 2:08 to go before the break. A three-point play and 3-pointer from Montague, followed by another Sumino triple, made up a 9-0 rush that trimmed the gap to 33-30 with 36 seconds left, but Bailey would bury a trey at the buzzer to send the Chargers to the locker room with a 36-30 advantage.
- SNHU came out firing, with 3-pointers from Joyce and freshman Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) making it a new game at 36-36 just 1:16 into the second half. It would be short-lived, however, as seven straight from Bailey powered an 18-5 tear – which featured six from Rowland – that put New Haven back in the driver's seat at 54-41 with 12:17 remaining.
- A 5-0 spurt later in the stanza handed the Chargers a 63-48 advantage with 7:46 to play, before a Montague dunk set in motion a 6-0 spurt that forced New Haven to call timeout with its lead down to 63-54 and 5:34 on the clock.
- Bailey answered with five straight, as part of an 8-0 span that gave UNH its largest lead of the contest at 71-54 with 3:14 to go. Eight straight from the Penmen would bring them within nine at 71-62, but with just 1:22 to play, and New Haven would end it with five-in-a-row.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- New Haven outshot Southern New Hampshire, 49.2 percent (29-59) to 38.6 percent (22-57), including 44.8 percent (12-29) to 32 percent (8-25) from long distance.
- SNHU was plus-5 at the line (10-18), with both teams shooting just 55.6 percent.
- The Penmen narrowly won the glass (36-35) and the paint (28-46), and collected more points off mistakes (13-12) and second chance points (12-9), while the Chargers turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (12/10-9/12).
- Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) tallied nine points (3-14 FG, 0-4 3-FG, 3-8 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
- Buscetto, making his first career start, recorded five points (2-5 FG, 1-4 3-FG) in 19 minutes.
- Lacy also netted five points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3-FG) to go with a pair of rebounds.
- Senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chipped in two points (2-2 FT) and five boards.
- Southern New Hampshire has now lost three straight after winning five of six, while New Haven has won six of seven.
- Montague's double-double is his seventh of the season.
- Andrews had a 32-game, double-digit scoring streak snapped that had dated back to Jan. 6, 2018.
- Andrews' nine points move him past Foster Davis (1971-74) and the late Sam Carey (2004-08) for 18th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,510 points.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Feb. 6 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Michael's College in a game that airs on WGIR 610-AM.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Saturday, Feb. 9 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Stonehill College at the Stan Spirou Field House on Pink Day.
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