NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Visiting Southern New Hampshire University knocked down 15 of its 28 three-point attempts to post a 99-90 win over Southern Connecticut State University in Northeast-10 men's basketball Wednesday night at Moore Fieldhouse. The Penmen improved to 6-6 and 4-5 in the NE-10, while the Owls, who received votes in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II poll, saw a seven-game win streak snapped and are now 11-2 and 5-2 in the league.
The 99 points scored marks the most for Southern New Hampshire since a 104-58 win over Rivier College on December 18, 2005.
Senior Mike Stys (Hooksett, N.H.) poured in a career-high 23 points for Southern New Hampshire, going 7-12 from the floor and 3-6 behind the arc. Sophomore Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) knocked down all five of his three-point attempts and matched his season high with 21 points, while junior Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) added 13 points and six rebounds. Freshman Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.), making his collegiate debut after missing the season's first 11 games, notched 12 points, while CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) had eight points and 10 rebounds.
Southern Connecticut was led by Greg Langston with 27 points, while Luke Houston finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
SNHU held a 44-43 lead, and the two teams traded the lead eight times in the opening moments of the second half before a 7-0 spurt capped by a Stys layup gave the guests a 61-56 lead with 14:50 left. The Owls retook the lead on a Houston basket with 11:19 left that made it 66-65. A Walters basket with 7:24 to go tied the game at 71-71, and the Penmen took the lead for good on a three by sophomore Phillip Tripodakis (Athens, Greece) with 4:29 to go that put SNHU on top 76-73.
Southern New Hampshire opened up an 85-74 lead with just under three minutes to go on a Walters layup, but the Owls would not go away quietly, cutting the lead to four, 89-85, with 50 seconds to go on a layup by Luke Houston. The Penmen sealed the win by going 10-12 at the free throw line the rest of the way.
The Penmen never trailed in the first half, opening up a 15-6 lead 5:15 into the game following a Stys triple. Southern New Hampshire opened its largest lead of the half, 26-15, on a Sanders three with just under 11 minutes left before halftime. A 13-2 Owl run capped by a Houston three with 7:27 left tied the game 28-28, but three straight SNHU threes, including back-to-back triples by Nikola Canic (Belgrade, Serbia) made it 37-28 with 6:20 left. Southern Connecticut cut the Penmen lead to one three times the rest of the half, and entered the locker room down 44-43.
SNHU shot 53.6% behind the arc and 50.8% (30-59) from the floor for the game and went 24-41 at the free throw line, while the Owls shot 42.5% for the game, making just six of its 18 three-point attempts, while going 22-39 at the free throw line. SCSU also held a 51-40 rebounding advantage.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it hosts American International College in a 3:30 Northeast-10 game at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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