MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) totaled 20 points to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 73-60 Northeast-10 men's basketball victory over Pace University Tuesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Penmen won their third in a row to improve to 8-6 and 6-5 in the NE-10, while the Setters are now 3-12 and 1-8 in the league.
Bonsignore finished 7-12 from the floor and knocked down a pair of three-pointers en route to his fourth 20-point game of the season. CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) tallied 11 points on 5-7 shooting and dished out five assists, while Nikola Canic (Belgrade, Serbia) added 10 points off the bench, making all three of his field goal attempts and going 4-4 at the free throw line.
Denzel Primus-Devonish led all scorers with 22 points for Pace, while Jonathan Merceus added 13 points for the guests.
Southern New Hampshire never trailed and opened up a 20-4 lead midway through the first half following a conventional three-point play by Canic. The lead swelled to 27, 34-7, with 5:56 left before halftime on a Bonsignore three-point play, and the Penmen took a 42-18 lead into the locker room.
The Penmen maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the second half, but down 59-38 with just under eight minutes left, Pace went on a 11-0 run capped by a Primus-Devonish three at the 4:43 mark to make it a 59-49 game. The guests got it down to nine, 63-54, with 3:25 left, but the Penmen scored the game's next five points and led by at least 10 the rest of the way.
Southern New Hampshire shot 57.7% in the first half and 48.1% for the game while the Setters were 41.9% from the floor. Pace took seven more trips to the free throw line but was 20-29 at the charity stripe, while SNHU was 16-22. The Penmen also held a 36-25 rebounding advantage.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it travels to The College of Saint Rose for a 3:30 Northeast-10 contest. The next Penmen home game is slated for Saturday, January 25, when SNHU welcomes Le Moyne College for a 3:30 tipoff at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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