When and Where: December 30, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 107, Concordia (N.Y.) College 69
Records: SNHU 9-2, Concordia (N.Y.) 2-11
Senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) poured in a career-high 30 points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to a 107-69 trouncing of Concordia (N.Y.) College on Friday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Gilligan, who pumped in 23 in the second half, finished a sizzling 11-for-12 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, and 4-for-5 from long range, while grabbing four rebounds. Senior Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) tallied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-8 3-FG), including a team-high 11 in the first frame, five rebounds and three assists, while junior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) also netted 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-6 3-FG) to go along with five helpers and four boards. Redshirt-junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) registered a double-double of 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and 16 rebounds, which matched his career high. Senior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) also reached double figures with 11 points (5-9 FG), three assists and two rebounds.
Elijah Brown paced the Clippers with 17 points.
Southern New Hampshire scored the first 14 points of the game over the opening 4:51, with Gilligan contributing five points and sophomore Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) adding four during the stretch. After a Stephen Milhaven 3-pointer stopped the bleeding, five points from Harris carried a 7-2 run that gave SNHU its largest lead of the first half at 21-5 with 12:17 remaining.
With the gap at 14 over five minutes later, a 14-2 blitz – with five points from Brown – slashed the Concordia deficit to just a pair at 36-34 with 3:35 to go. Oliveira answered by dropping in a layup, which sparked a 9-2 run that he capped with a 3-pointer to extend the Penmen lead to 45-36 with 1:24 left. Southern New Hampshire would bring a 47-38 advantage into the break.
Oliveira again played catalyst to begin the second half as his jumper triggered a 19-4 landslide, which featured 10 points from Gilligan, that ballooned the SNHU lead to 66-42 just over six minutes in. Later in the frame, back-to-back Gilligan treys powered an 8-1 run that ran the lead to 88-56 with 7:55 on the clock.
The margin was then an even 30 when a 17-4 blitz – with six points from junior Scott Toresco (Westfield, N.J.) and four each from sophomore Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) and freshman Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) – handed the Penmen their largest lead of the night at 107-64 with 1:31 to play.
-The game was moved back to a 7:30 p.m. start time after power to most of campus was knocked out just prior to the women's game at approximately 1:15 p.m.
-The last time Southern New Hampshire reached the century mark was Feb. 28 of last season when it toppled Southern Connecticut State University in the Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinals, 107-104, in overtime. The last time SNHU broke 100 in a regular-season game was Jan. 10, 2015 when it recorded a 107-104 double-overtime victory at American International College. The most recent occurrence of the Penmen putting up triple digits in regulation was also the last time they did it in front of a Fieldhouse crowd – Dec. 18, 2005 in a 104-58 victory against Rivier College. Finally, the last time the team posted the feat against a Division II team in regulation was Feb. 23, 2002 in a 104-74 NE-10 Championship first round win over Saint Michael's College.
-The double-double was Walters' third of the season and 15th of his career.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Concordia, 57.7 percent (41-71) to 36 percent (27-75), including 51.9 percent (14-27) to 37.5 percent (9-24) from long distance and 68.8 percent (22-32) to 33.3 percent (11-33) in the second half.
-SNHU was also plus-5 at the line and outshot Concordia, 64.7 percent (11-17) to 50 percent (6-12).
-The Penmen won the glass (49-35) and the paint (40-34), in addition to submitting a much better assist-to-turnover ratio (20/11-8/12).
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Jan. 4 (7:30 p.m.) when they play host to the College of Saint Rose at the Fieldhouse in a game that will air live on WGIR 610-AM.
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