WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Mike Stys (Hooksett, N.H.) poured in a career-high 22 points as Southern New Hampshire University outscored Assumption College 42-17 in the second half en route to a 79-50 Northeast-10 men's basketball victory Tuesday night at Laska Gymnasium. The Penmen upped their record to 5-4 and 3-4 in the NE-10, while the Greyhounds now stand 2-9 and 1-6 in the league.
SNHU's 29-point margin of victory is its largest since a 72-41 win over Mercy College on November 11, 2011.
Stys finished 7-8 from the floor and knocked down all four of his three-point attempts to lead three Penmen in double figures. Junior Aleksandar Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro) went 7-14 from the floor and 4-8 behind the arc en route to 18 points, while classmate Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) added 16 points on 5-9 shooting, including a 3-6 effort behind the arc.
Marcus Murray led Assumption with 17 points, while Jimmy Zenevitch added 14 points on 6-11 shooting.
Southern New Hampshire led 37-33 at halftime and Assumption tied the game 1:19 into the second half before the Penmen held the hosts scoreless for over eight minutes, using a 20-0 run capped by a Stys three with 11:25 remaining to build a 57-37 advantage. Assumption got the lead down to 16, 62-46, with just under eight minutes to play, but could get no closer.
The first half saw five ties and a pair of lead changes early on, but the Penmen took the lead for good in the first frame on a Stys three at the 12:34 mark that put them up 19-16. The SNHU lead fluctuated between one and seven points the rest of the half, with a buzzer-beating three by sophomore Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) at the end of the half putting the guests up 37-33 at intermission.
Southern New Hampshire shot 56% (28-50) from the floor and knocked down 15 of their 29 three-point attempts (51.7%) while limiting the Greyhounds to 38.6% shooting for the contest, including a 3-15 effort from long range. The Penmen also outrebounded Assumption 28-27.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it hosts Merrimack College for a 3:30 Northeast-10 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse. Fans who bring non-perishable food items for New Horizons or a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots will receive free admission for the league doubleheader against the Warriors.
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