When and Where: December 7, 2016 – Easton, Mass. (Merkert Gymnasium)
Score: Stonehill College 81, Southern New Hampshire University 68
Records: Stonehill 5-4 (3-3 NE-10), SNHU 6-1 (4-1 NE-10)
Senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) recorded 20 points, but the 23rd-ranked Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team suffered its first blemish of the season – an 81-68 loss to Stonehill College – Wednesday evening at Merkert Gymnasium.
Gilligan was 7-for-12 from the field, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, and 5-for-6 from the line, while pulling down five rebounds. Redshirt-junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) posted 13 points (5-13 FG, 3-7 FT) and eight rebounds, with junior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) netting 11 points (2-10 FG, 7-7 FT), collecting four rebounds and dishing a pair of assists.
Ryan Logan (11 rebounds, five assists) and KJ Lee each poured in 21 points for the Skyhawks.
Stonehill scored the first six points of the game before four points from Gilligan carried an 8-2 Southern New Hampshire run that left the score tied at eight less than five minutes in. Logan responded by scoring six straight points, however, to push the Skyhawks out to a 14-8 lead with 13:54 remaining in the opening half.
SNHU would close to within a pair, but Stonehill hit back with a 9-3 run – with four points each from Lee and Daniel Largey – to open its largest lead of the half at 28-20 with 5:35 to go. The Penmen answered with four points from Gilligan and three from Walters to slash their deficit to a single point at 28-27 with under four minutes left, but Stonehill would score five straight before a Gilligan layup cut the Skyhawks' halftime lead to 33-29.
Four straight points from Brandon Twitty to open the second half gave Stonehill an eight-point lead, but seven points from Gilligan powered an 11-2 run that handed the Penmen their first lead of the night at 40-39 just over four minutes in.
Five ties and five lead changes then followed before Stonehill ripped off a 20-4 run that put the game away as it grabbed its largest lead of the contest at 74-58 with 3:14 to play. Five scorers combined during the stretch, with Joel Berroa providing seven points and Logan and Lee each adding four.
-The Penmen lose for the first time on the season after starting 6-0 for the first time since 2003-04.
-Oliveira snapped his four-game double-digit scoring streak.
-Stonehill outshot Southern New Hampshire, 53.1 percent (34-64) to 38.7 percent (24-62), including 26.7 percent (4-15) to 6.7 percent (1-15) from long distance.
-SNHU was plus-10 at the line, narrowly outshooting Stonehill, 76 percent (19-25) to 75 percent (9-12).
-The Skyhawks held a 38-35 edge on the glass, while the Penmen led, 14-10, on the offensive end for a 16-10 margin in second chance points. Stonehill won the paint (50-38) and owned a better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/12-5/11).
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 10 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to Saint Michael's College in a game that will air live on NESNplus and NESN National at the Fieldhouse.
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