When and Where: January 4, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 75, College of Saint Rose 64
Records: SNHU 10-2 (6-2 NE10), Saint Rose 12-4 (4-4 NE10)
Senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to a 75-64 triumph against the College of Saint Rose on Wednesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Gilligan turned in another efficient shooting performance, as he was 9 of 11 from the floor and a perfect 5 of 5 from the stripe, while grabbing five rebounds. Senior Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) matched his career best with 15 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3-FG, 1-3 FT) to go along with seven boards. Redshirt-junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) just narrowly missed a double-double with 13 points (3-7 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 6-9 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
Julian Lipinski led the Golden Knights with 12 points.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 12-0 lead over the opening four-and-a-half minutes and eventually opened a game-high 18-point advantage at 23-5 with 12:04 remaining in the opening half. Harris' nine points on a trio of trifectas led the way, while Gilligan and junior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) each added five points during the stretch.
Just over a minute later, Saint Rose went on a 10-2 run, powered by five points from Pharroh Gordon, to trim its deficit to 29-20 with 8:41 to play. After SNHU nudged its lead up to 12 a minute later, a Lipinski dunk sparked a half-closing 11-4 run for the Golden Knights that slashed the gap to just five at 38-33.
Saint Rose whittled its deficit to three four-and-a-half minutes into the second stanza before a Walters 3-pointer triggered a 12-3 rush – with seven points from Gilligan – to extend the lead to 57-45 with 11:54 remaining. Four points each from Gordon and Shane Herrity powered a 14-3 counter-run that pulled the Golden Knights within one at 60-59 with 5:54 on the clock, but that was as close as they would get as a 12-2 flurry – with five points from Gilligan and four from Walters – put the game away and gave the Penmen a 72-61 lead with under a minute to go.
Floras tallied nine points (3-9 FG, 1-4 3-FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and three assists, while sophomore Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) chipped in seven points (2-8 FG, 3-4 FT) and two rebounds. Senior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) chimed in with four points (1-5 FG, 2-3 FT) and seven assists.
-The Penmen reach 10 wins for the 10th consecutive season and the 53rd time in 54 seasons dating back to the berth of the program.
-Gilligan was honored in a pre-game presentation for scoring his 1,000th career point on Dec. 18.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Rose, 46.2 percent (24-52) to 32.8 percent (19-58), including 47.6 percent (10-21) to 25.9 percent (7-27 in the second half.
-Saint Rose was better from long range, 36.8 percent (7-19) to 30.4 percent (7-23) and from the line, 76 percent (19-25) to 71.4 percent (20-28).
-The Penmen dominated the paint (32-18) and used a better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/10-7/10) to double up the Golden Knights in points off turnovers, 14-7. Saint Rose outrebounded SNHU, 36-34, including 14-8 on the offensive end.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Jan. 7 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on American International College. The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, Jan. 14 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Adelphi University at the Fieldhouse.
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