When and Where: November 1, 2017 – Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)
Score: Syracuse University 84, Southern New Hampshire University 54
Junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored a team-high 11 points in his homecoming, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team dropped an 84-54 decision to Division I-foe Syracuse University in an exhibition tune-up Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome.
Russo, who received a loud ovation from his friends, family and the pro-Syracuse crowd when he was introduced as a starter, shot 4 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 10 from beyond the arc, while grabbing three rebounds and dishing three assists. Graduate student Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) posted 10 points (3-13 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 3-3 FT) and five boards, while junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) also scored 10 points (3-10 FG, 4-6 FT) to go along with six rebounds and three helpers.
Tyus Battle paced the Orange with a game-high 20 points, to go with five assists. Oshae Brissett posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 boards, while Frank Howard tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
After falling behind, 3-0, a Walters 3-pointer sparked a 13-5 Southern New Hampshire rush – featuring seven points from senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) and a trey from Russo – to open a 13-8 advantage with 12:57 remaining in the opening half.
From there, however, the Orange took over, ripping off 22 straight points – with Battle contributing nine points, and Bourama Sidibe and Brissett each adding four – to crack open a 30-13 lead. Freshman Drew Butler (Toronto, Ontario) halted the run and snapped a 7:54 scoreless drought with a free throw.
A 6-0 spurt from Syracuse, which plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), late in the half increased the lead to a half-high 22 at 41-19 with 1:21 on the clock. A Layup from Walters would cap the scoring and send Southern New Hampshire into the locker room trailing, 41-21.
After Walters opened the second half with a three-point play that made it a 17-point game, Syracuse responded with a 36-8 blitz – with 10 points from Brissett, eight from Howard Washington and six from Battle – to craft its largest lead of the night at 77-32 with 7:15 on the clock.
The Penmen would turn it on late, as eight points from Russo and six from redshirt-sophomore Quentin Bullen (Exeter, N.H.) made up a game-closing 14-2 run, which brought the score to its final resting place.
Floras finished with seven points (3-13 FG, 1-5 3-FG), three rebounds and three steals, while Bullen chimed in with six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 3-FG) and a pair of rebounds. Junior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chipped in five points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 2-3 FT) and three boards.
-Southern New Hampshire head coach Stan Spirou and Syracuse bench boss Jim Boeheim have a combined 73 years of head coaching experience and more than 1,500 victories at their current schools.
-Syracuse outshot Southern New Hampshire, 45.2 percent (28-62) to 25.4 percent (17-67), while the Penmen narrowly returned the favor from deep, 30 percent (9-30) to 28.6 percent (6-21).
-The Orange were also plus-11 at the line, going 22-for-30 (73.3%) to SNHU's 11-for-16 (68.8%).
-Syracuse also outrebounded Southern New Hampshire, 54-41, owned the paint (34-14) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (13/16-11/20) to post a 30-16 margin in points off mistakes.
The Penmen open their season Saturday, Nov. 11 (6:30 p.m.) when they play host to the University of the District of Columbia at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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