WALTHAM, Mass. – Tyler McFarland scored a game-high 32 points as Bentley University downed Southern New Hampshire University 89-84 in Northeast-10 men's basketball Tuesday night at the Dana Center. The Falcons remain unbeaten on the season as they improve to 7-0 and 4-0 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 3-3 and 1-3 in the league.
McFarland scored 19 points in the second half and went 12-18 from the floor for the game, including 4-5 behind the arc, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Alex Furness went 8-10 from the floor and totaled 20 points, while Andrew Shaw and Jasper Grassa each added 10.
Southern New Hampshire was led by junior Aleksandar Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro), who finished with a season-high 23 points on 8-16 shooting, while also registering seven assists and six rebounds. Senior CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) finished one shy of his career high with 21 points, with 17 of those coming in the second half, on 9-13 shooting. Sophomore Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) added 19 points on 8-13 shooting.
The Penmen, who trailed by as many as 13 in the first half and 47-43 at halftime, opened the second half on a 17-3 run and took a 60-50 lead on a Nikola Canic (Belgrade, Serbia) three with just under 15 minutes left. Bentley countered with a quick 8-2 spurt and back-to-back McFarland threes made it 62-58 with 13:18 to go. The Falcons tied the game 70-70 with 9:01 to play on a Furness basket and took a 74-72 lead with 6:59 left on a pair of Shaq Phelps free throws.
Trailing 76-72, SNHU used a 6-0 spurt capped by a Dobrovic layup with just over five minutes to go to take a 78-76 lead. Bentley took the lead for good on a Furness three with 3:45 left that made it 79-78, and the Falcons extended the lead to 85-80 with a Grassa basket with 1:05 left. Southern New Hampshire cut the lead to three twice in the final minute but could get no closer.
Bentley never trailed in the first half and used a 13-0 run capped by a Grassa three with 9:48 left to build a 26-13 lead. Southern New Hampshire trailed 45-34 with 2:27 to go following a McFarland three, but closed the frame on a 9-2 run and a Sanders tip-in as time expired cut the lead to four at intermission, 47-43.
The hosts shot 65.4% in the first half and 57.1% (32-56) for the game and knocked down 12 of their 27 three-point attempts while also going 13-15 at the free throw line. Southern New Hampshire shot 51.6% over the final 20 minutes and 48.5% for the game while going 11-13 at the charity stripe, but finished just 7-24 behind the arc. The Penmen outrebounded the Falcons 33-28, including a 33-28 advantage on the offensive glass.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Wednesday, December 4 when it hosts defending East Region champion Franklin Pierce University for a 7:30 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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