When and Where: February 1, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 67, Assumption College 58
Records: SNHU 16-4 (12-3 Northeast-10), Assumption 6-16 (4-11 Northeast-10)
Redshirt-junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) led all players with 23 points and 15 rebounds to help the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team earn Wednesday's 67-58 victory against Assumption College at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Walters shot an efficient 7-for-11 from the floor, including 1-for-2 from deep, and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line, while also blocking five shots. Senior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) posted 19 points (8-14 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds and two assists, with junior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) also scoring in double figures with 10 points (2-8 FG, 6-8 FT) and a pair of helpers.
Damien Rance paced the Greyhounds with 16 points.
Assumption crept out to a 13-9 lead more than five minutes into the contest before a 9-0 rush – with four points from Walters – put Southern New Hampshire in front, 18-13, with 10:21 remaining in the opening half. SNHU grabbed the lead for good at 15-13 on a Walters layup with 11:00 left.
Back-to-back baskets from Gilligan later in the half sparked an 8-2 spurt that stretched the Penmen advantage to 28-19 at the 4:03 mark. After Assumption whittled its deficit to six, Gilligan's offensive rebound and put-back just before the buzzer sent SNHU to the break with a 32-24 lead.
Southern New Hampshire crafted a 9-1 run – with four points from Gilligan and three from sophomore Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) – to claim its largest lead of the night at 43-28 with 14:47 to go. A 5-0 spurt knocked Assumption's deficit down to 10 (43-33) just 28 seconds later, while a 7-0 run – capped by a Rance 3-pointer – later on pulled the Greyhounds to within 49-46 with 8:35 remaining.
Out of a timeout, however, the Penmen ran off 10 straight points, with four of them coming from Floras and the dagger coming via a Gilligan 3-pointer, to open up a 59-46 lead with 3:36 to play. Assumption would get as close as seven with 17 seconds left, following a 10-4 run that was highlighted by 3s from Rance and Declan Soukup.
Senior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) tallied six points (2-9 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two steals, while Andrews finished with five points (1-10 FG, 3-4 FT) and six boards.
Senior Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) chipped in four points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and two steals.
-The double-double was Walters' fifth of the season and 17th of his career.
-SNHU has now won 5 of 6 and 8 of 10, including three straight.
-SNHU improves to a perfect 12-0 at home this season and has won 15 straight at the Fieldhouse dating back to Feb. 17 of last season. The Penmen are 25-3 at home since the start of the 2015-16 campaign and 37-7 over the last three seasons.
-With the top four teams in the NE10 Northeast Division winning Wednesday, the Penmen continue to hold a two-game lead over Merrimack College in the standings, as well as a three-game lead on crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College.
-Assumption outshot Southern New Hampshire, 38.1 percent (24-63) to 37.5 percent (21-56), including 27.8 percent (5-18) to 20 percent (3-15).
-SNHU cleaned up at the line as it was plus-17 and outshot Assumption, 78.6 percent (22-28) to 71.4 percent (5-7).
-The Penmen won the glass (46-32) and the paint (34-32), with the Greyhounds producing a better assist-to-turnover ratio (12/14-6/16).
-Walters was honored prior to the game for scoring his 1,000th career point at Le Moyne on Jan. 24.
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Feb. 4 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Michael's College. The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, Feb. 11 (4 p.m.) when it plays host to Merrimack College on Pink Day at the SNHU Fieldhouse in a game that will air live on NESNplus and NESN National.
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