When and Where: January 14, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 83, Adelphi University 77
Records: SNHU 12-3 (8-2 Northeast-10), Adelphi 13-5 (6-4 Northeast-10)
Senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) poured in a career- and game-high 31 points Saturday to power the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to an 83-77 come-from-behind victory against Adelphi University at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Gilligan was 13-for-23 from the field, including 1-for-2 from beyond the arc, and 4-for-5 from the line, while tallying seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Redshirt-junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) posted 14 points (4-12 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 5-5 FT), six boards and three blocks, with junior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) recording 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-3 3-FG), eight boards, four assists and four steals. Sophomore Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) rounded out the quartet of double-digit scorers with 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3-FG), seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
Michael Coffey paced the Panthers with 25 points, while Nick Cambio and Jack Laffey registered double-doubles of 12 points, 12 rebounds and 12 points, 10 boards, respectively.
Trailing, 45-35, to begin the second half, Southern New Hampshire flew out of the locker room on a 17-4 run – with seven points from Gilligan – to grab its first lead of the game at 52-49 with 14:40 remaining. Adelphi countered with an 11-2 barrage that put it back in front, 60-54, midway through the half.
The Penmen would hit back with the final blow of the game – a 23-6 blitzing that featured eight points from Gilligan and seven from Floras – to nail down a 77-66 advantage with 2:43 left. Back-to-back dunks from Austin Beech would pull Adelphi within four, but a 5-0 spurt that included a Walters corner triple would seal the victory for Southern New Hampshire.
Senior Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) netted nine points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 2-3 FT) and collected a pair of rebounds.
Adelphi jumped out to a 9-0 lead over the opening 3:05 as Chris Millender scored four points. The gap was 10 midway through the opening half when a pair of Gilligan baskets sparked a 10-1 rush that trimmed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 23-22 with 6:50 remaining.
The Panthers responded with six straight points as part of a 17-5 run that handed it a 40-27 lead with 2:20 to play. Coffey's six points led the way during the stretch. Baskets from sophomore Jon Martin (Manchester, N.H.) and Gilligan stopped the bleeding and SNHU would eventually head into the locker room trailing by 10.
-Gilligan's 31 surpasses his previous career best of 30 he set against Concordia (N.Y.) College on Dec. 30
-With a couple of key losses Saturday, the Penmen, who have now won four of their last five, moved into sole possession of first place in the NE10 Northeast Division.
-Southern New Hampshire narrowly outshot Adelphi, 48.4 percent (31-64) to 47.5 percent (29-61), including 41.7 percent (5-12) to 39.4 percent (13-33) from long distance.
-Neither team was very good from the line, but SNHU was plus-10 and outshot Adelphi, 59.3 percent (16-27) to 54.5 percent (6-11).
-The Penmen won the paint (42-32) and used a better assist-to-turnover ratio (11/11-18/21) to build a 32-13 advantage in points of mistakes. The Panthers owned a 40-34 margin on the glass.
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Jan. 18 (7:30 p.m.) when they play host to Southern Connecticut State University at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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