When and Where: November 27, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 88, Chestnut Hill College 64
Records: SNHU 4-0, Chestnut Hill 2-3
Redshirt-junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) and senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) finished just shy of double-doubles as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team used a big second half to cruise to an 88-64 victory against Chestnut Hill College on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Walters scored 20 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 7-8) and grabbed nine rebounds to go along with three steals and a pair of assists, while Gilligan posted 15 points (3-8 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 8-11 FT), nine rebounds and two assists. Senior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) netted 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-6 3-FG) and dished a pair of helpers, with junior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) also scoring 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and making two steals.
Ed McWade led the Griffins with 15 points.
Chestnut Hill held a 9-7 edge nearly eight minutes in when a runner from sophomore Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) tied the game and sparked a 9-0 run that was capped by a 3-pointer from Floras to give Southern New Hampshire a 16-9 advantage midway through the opening half.
After Chestnut Hill had whittled the gap to three, seven straight points from the Penmen, including a Russo triple, extended the lead to an even 10 at 23-13 with 7:25 to go. The Griffins never climbed closer than five and were within five at 37-32 with 1:47 on the clock when a trey from freshman Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) kicked off a 9-0 rush that ran the lead to a half-high 14 at 46-32 with 35 seconds left. Chestnut Hill would score the final four points to trim its halftime deficit to 46-36.
The margin was still 10 just under three minutes into the second half when four straight points from Gilligan triggered a 13-2 run that ballooned the SNHU lead to 63-42 with 13:45 remaining. Gilligan contributed five points during the stretch, while Floras and senior Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) added 3-pointers.
The Griffins had shaved the deficit to 18 later in the stanza when four straight points from Floras started a 15-5 swing that gave Southern New Hampshire its largest lead of the day at 86-58 with 3:19 to play. Walters added five points during the run.
Joyce notched eight points (3-3 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 1-4 FT) and three boards in 13 minutes off the bench, while Russo chimed in with seven points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 2-2 FT). Sophomore Jon Martin (Manchester, N.H.) chipped in five points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 2-2 FT).
-The Penmen begin the season 4-0 for the first time since 2003-04 when they started 9-0.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Chestnut Hill, 52.8 percent (28-53) to 48.1 percent (26-54), including 66.7 percent (12-18) to 41.4 percent (12-29) in the second half and 43.5 percent (10-23) to 26.8 percent (7-19) from beyond the arc.
-SNHU held a massive advantage at the line, sinking 22 of 29 (75.9%), while Chestnut Hill was just 5-for-8 (62.5%).
-The Penmen won the glass (31-25) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (12/14-10/22), while the Griffins narrowly held an advantage in the paint (34-32).
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Assumption College. The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, Dec. 3 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to Bentley University in a game that will air live on NESNplus and NESN National at the Fieldhouse.
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