EASTON, Mass. – Three different players finished with double-digits Saturday as the Southern New Hampshire men's basketball team defeated Stonehill College by a score of 67-55 in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Penmen are now 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the league, while Stonehill falls to 3-5, and 1-4 in conference play.
Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) led all scorers going 8-15 from the field and 3-6 behind the arc with 21 points. The sophomore also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Mike Stys (Manchester, N.H.) contributed 18 points, including five three-pointers, and Aleksander Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro) added 11 points and seven boards.
The Skyhawks jumped out to an early lead in the first half scoring the first six points of the game. The Penmen trailed Stonehill for the majority of the half, getting down by as many as eight points at the 7:23 mark in the half. However, the Penmen answered with a 13-0 run to take their first lead of the game, and did not trail again.
Stys sparked the run with a three-pointer, followed by an Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) layup, and a CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) free-throw to put the visitors behind two at 20-18. Marriro scored the next two baskets to give SNHU the lead, and Max Taylor (Shokan, N.Y.) capped off the run with a three, to go up five with just under three minutes remaining. SNHU continued to out score the Skyhawks for the remainder of the half, and took a 32-25 lead into the locker room.
The teams traded baskets to start the second, but Sanders was able to give SNHU a 10-point lead when he made his second three of the game at the 16:42 mark. The Penmen continued to lead Stonehill, and kept the game a two-possession game for the remainder.
Stonehill started to make a comeback halfway through the second, scoring three consecutive baskets to cut the SNHU 10-point lead to four at 48-44. However, Phillip Tripodakis (Athens, Greece) answered with another Penmen three-pointer, and Sanders followed with a layup to regain a nine-point advantage, and cruise to a victory.
Southern New Hampshire shot 40% from the field (24-60), and was 9-24 from behind the arc. Despite getting outrebounded 47-28, the Penmen were able to keep their turnovers under 10, and finished with just seven.
The Penmen return to action on Tuesday, December 10 when they travel to Assumption College for a 7:30 p.m. conference game.
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