MANCHESTER, N.H. – Ryen Vilmont totaled 22 points as Franklin Pierce University downed Southern New Hampshire University 77-63 in Northeast-10 men's basketball Wednesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Ravens upped their record to 9-1 and 4-1 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 3-4 and 1-4 in the league.
Vilmont finished 4-5 behind the arc and also made all 10 of his free throw attempts. Ellis Cooper was the other Raven in double figures, recording 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Junior Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) returned in a big way for Southern New Hampshire after missing the previous two games, finishing with 22 points on 8-11 shooting as the lone Penmen player in double figures. CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) and Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) each tallied nine points.
Franklin Pierce led 30-22 at halftime and opened the second half on a 12-2 run to open up a 42-24 lead with 15 minutes left following a Scotty Tavares-Taylor basket. The guests opened up their largest lead, 50-31, with 12:25 left on a Cooper basket. Trailing 62-44 with just under 10 minutes left, Southern New Hampshire whittled away at the lead, outscoring Franklin Pierce 12-1 to pull within seven, 63-56, with just over five minutes to go, but got no closer.
The Ravens led for the majority of the first half, leading by as many as eight on three occasions, but a Mike Stys (Hooksett, N.H.) three two minutes before intermission made it a two-point game, 22-20. Franklin Pierce outscored SNHU 8-2 the rest of the way to open up a 30-22 halftime advantage.
Franklin Pierce shot 51% for the game and knocked down 10 of their 20 three-point attempts while the Penmen shot just 35.9% for the contest. The Ravens also took nine more trips to the free throw line, going 17-20, while SNHU was 8-11 at the stripe. FPU also held a 39-28 rebounding advantage.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it travels to Stonehill College for a 3:30 contest. The next Penmen home game is Saturday, December 14, when SNHU entertains Merrimack College for a 3:30 tilt.
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