LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – A Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) putback with 1:25 left proved to be the difference as Southern New Hampshire University held off a late Lincoln (Pa.) University rally for a 66-64 non-conference men's basketball victory Tuesday night at Manuel Rivero Gym. The Penmen, who snapped a two-game slide, improve to 11-8, while the Lions are 15-6 overall.
Walters finished with nine points and eight rebounds for Southern New Hampshire, which was led by Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) and his 16 point effort. Bonsignore knocked down both of his three-point attempts and was 6-7 at the free throw line. Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) totaled 13 points and five assists, while Nikola Canic (Belgrade, Serbia) added 10 points. Aleksandar Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro) also tallied nine points and eight boards.
Lincoln was led by Derrick Washington and James Stewart, who each finished with 11 points off the bench.
Southern New Hampshire, which never trailed in the second half, used a 15-5 run capped by a Sanders layup with just over six minutes to go to open up its largest lead of the game 57-46. Lincoln outscored the Penmen 18-7 over the next four-plus minutes, and a basket by Stewart with 1:51 to go tied the game 64-64. Following a timeout, Walters put back a rebound off a Dobrovic miss with 1:25 left to put SNHU on top 66-64.
After the two teams traded empty possessions, Lincoln got the ball with 21 seconds to go. The Lions missed two chances to tie before Dobrovic grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled. Dobrovic missed the front end of a one-and-one, but a final three-point heave by Lincoln was no good.
The first half saw three ties and four lead changes, but SNHU took the lead for good on a Dobrovic layup 9:32 before intermission that made it 19-18. The Penmen opened up three six-point leads and took a 33-29 lead into the locker room.
Southern New Hampshire shot 50% from the floor (24-48) and went 7-20 from behind the arc while limiting the Lions to 41.4% shooting and a 4-18 effort from long range. Lincoln took nine more trips to the free throw line, but went just 12-23 while the Penmen were 11-14 at the stripe. SNHU also held a 34-33 rebounding advantage.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it travels to Saint Anselm for an 11:30 am Northeast-10 contest that can be seen nationally on CBS Sports Network and can be heard on WGIR 610 AM. The next Penmen home game is Saturday, February 15, when SNHU entertains Stonehill College in a 4:00 tilt at the SNHU Fieldhouse that can be seen on WBIN-TV.
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