When and Where: December 16, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 86, Bloomfield College 81
Records: SNHU 8-1, Bloomfield 6-5
Seniors Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) and Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) each scored 20 points as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team recorded an 86-81 non-conference victory over Bloomfield College on Friday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Gilligan, who finished the night one point shy of 1,000 for his career, scored 20 or more for the third straight contest as he shot 8-for-12 from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 from the stripe, while grabbing four rebounds. Oliveira registered his career-high 20 on 6 of 10 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and 5 of 5 at the line to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Redshirt-junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) finished just shy of a double-double with 18 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 3-5 FT), nine rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Sophomore Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) turned in his best performance of the season with 14 points (4-6 FG, 3-3 3-FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.
Safee Abdus-Sabur scored a game-high 21 points for the Bears, while Nick Davidson added 19, including the 1,000th of his career.
A pair of Davidson 3-pointers powered an 8-2 run to open the game for Bloomfield, which later nudged its lead to 17-10 with 12:45 remaining in the first half. A quartet of 3-pointers, including a pair from Oliveira, carried a 21-5 run that was capped by nine straight points from Gilligan to open the largest Southern New Hampshire lead of the half at 31-22 with 7:55 to go.
Bloomfield responded with a 15-5 run – with seven points from Davidson and five from Abdus-Sabur – to re-gain the lead at 37-36 with 3:08 on the clock. The margin was still one nearly a minute later when a three-point play from Oliveira and five straight points from Andrews made up a half-closing 8-2 run that sent the Penmen to the locker room with a 47-42 advantage.
The lead was seven nearly five minutes into the second half when a 9-3 run from Bloomfield trimmed its deficit to one at 56-55 with 12:05 to play. With the gap still one under a minute later, back-to-back Andrews treys fueled an 8-0 rush that extended the SNHU lead to 66-57 midway through the frame.
The Bears would climb within three before a triple from sophomore Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) sparked a 12-4 run – with four points from Walters – that opened the largest lead of the night for the Penmen at 78-67 with 4:36 left.
A 9-4 counter-run would pull Bloomfield within six before an Ahmid Williams 3-pointer made it a four-point game at 85-81 with 10 seconds left, but the Bears would turn it over on their final possession of the game.
Junior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) chipped in five points (1-6 FG, 3-4 FT) and four boards.
-Gilligan now has 999 career points, including 841 in a Penmen uniform.
-Oliveira tops his previous career high of 16 versus Franklin Pierce on Nov. 22.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Bloomfield, 53.7 percent (29-54) to 49.3 percent (33-67), while the visitors returned the favor from long range, 47.6 percent (10-21) to 44 percent (11-25).
-SNHU held a massive plus-12 advantage at the line, bettering Bloomfield, 77.3 percent (17-22) to 55.6 percent (5-9).
-The Penmen edged out the Bears on the glass, 32-21, while Bloomfield held a 10-6 advantage on the offensive end for a 13-4 gap in second chance points. Bloomfield also won the paint (37-32) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (15/15-16/18).
The Penmen return to action Sunday, Dec. 18 (3 p.m.) when they take on Merrimack College. The next home game for SNHU is Friday, Dec. 30 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Concordia (N.Y.) College on Youth Day at the Fieldhouse. Children 12-and-under get in free!
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