MANCHESTER, N.H. – Led by a career-high 23 points from junior Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.), the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with an 89-72 win over Post University Saturday at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The game marked the season opener for both schools.
The 89 points scored by the Penmen marked their most in a game since a 101-92 loss to Merrimack College on December 8, 2009.
Bonsignore recorded a double-double, finishing with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while also blocking four shots. He finished 7-8 from the floor and 8-9 at the free throw line to pace four Penmen in double figures. Aleksandar Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro) totaled 21 points and eight rebounds on 6-8 shooting, while Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) made all six of his field goal attempts and recorded 18 points and six boards. Mike Stys (Hooksett, N.H.) added 15 points,
Jerry Cummings led Post with 13 points and six rebounds, while Zach Krischer added 11.
Southern New Hampshire led 44-37 at halftime and pushed the lead to 12, 52-40, early in the second half on a Stys three with 15:09 remaining. The Eagles got it back down to seven, 54-47, with 12:54 left on a Stephen Perry three-pointer, but the hosts used a 12-4 spurt capped by a Bonsignore dunk with 9:16 left to make it a 15-point game, 66-51. Post cut it to nine, 70-61, with 6:35 to go on a Mike Manning basket, but SNHU put the game away by scoring the game's next eight points and maintaining at least a 13-point cushion the rest of the way.
Post held a 15-9 lead six minutes into the game following a Perry three before a 10-4 SNHU run capped by a pair of Bonsignore free throws at the 12:17 mark gave the hosts a 19-17 lead. With the game tied 32-32 with 3:24 left, Southern New Hampshire used a 12-2 run to build a 44-34 lead with 32 seconds left on a Dobrovic layup, and the Penmen took a 44-37 lead into the locker room.
Southern New Hampshire shot a blistering 65.4% in the first half and 59.2% for the game (29-49) while limiting Post to 34.8% shooting for the contest. The Penmen took 41 trips to the free throw line, making 26, while the Eagles were 17-24 at the charity stripe, and SNHU outrebounded Post 42-35.
SNHU opens league play Wednesday night when it travels to Merrimack College for a 7:00 contest.
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