MANCHESTER, N.H. – CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) led three Southern New Hampshire University players in double figures with 15 points as the Penmen shut down Stonehill College 73-49 in a Northeast-10 men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse. SNHU, which allowed a season-low 49 points in the victory, improves to 12-10 and 9-9 in the NE-10, while the Skyhawks are now 7-16 and 4-14 in the league.
Marriro finished 6-9 from the floor to lead a balanced Penmen attack. Aleksandar Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro) finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) added 11 points on 5-8 shooting. Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) and Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) each totaled nine first half points.
Ryan Logan and Josh Heyliger led Stonehill with nine points apiece.
Southern New Hampshire trailed just once, at 4-3, and opened up a 13-4 lead just over four minutes into the game following a Marriro layup. The Penmen gradually pulled away and a Marriro basket 59 seconds before intermission made it a 38-20 game at the break.
Stonehill tried to get back into the game early in the second half, outscoring SNHU 11-6 over the first three minutes, with a Carter Smith three at the 17:21 mark making it a 44-31 game. A 7-2 Penmen spurt pushed the lead back to 18 with 12:42 left, and the hosts maintained at least a 16-point cushion the rest of the contest.
The Penmen limited Stonehill to 32.1% shooting in the first half and 37.7% for the game while SNHU shot 43.8% from the floor, overcoming a 2-19 effort behind the arc. Southern New Hampshire took 11 more trips to the free throw line and went 15-19, while Stonehill was 4-8 at the line. The hosts, who held a 39-34 rebounding advantage, forced 26 Skyhawk turnovers and compiled a 25-9 lead in points off turnovers.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday night when it hosts Bentley University for a 7:30 Northeast-10 contest at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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