#14/18 Men’s Hoop Runs into Sizzling Stonehill, First Loss of Season

BOX SCORE

When and Where: December 9, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score:
Stonehill College 107, Southern New Hampshire University 98
Records:
Stonehill 5-5 (4-3 NE10), SNHU 9-1 (6-1 NE10)

Junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) and senior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) each notched 30-point double-doubles, but the No. 14/18 Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Stonehill College, 107-98, on a snowy Saturday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Andrews poured in a career-high 35 points (12-21 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 10-15 FT), including 24 in the second half, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Walters posted 31 points (10-18 FG, 2-4 3-FG, 9-10 FT), 11 boards, four assists and two blocks. Senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) was also in double figures with 14 points (5-16 FG, 2-6 3-FG, 2-3 FT), four assists and two rebounds.

Will Moreton led the Skyhawks with a career-high 29 points (11-14 FG, 5-6 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and seven rebounds, while Ryan Roach netted a career-best 24 points and Brandon Twitty added 23.

Floras and sophomore Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) bookended an early 9-2 run that gave Southern New Hampshire a 9-3 lead just under three-and-a-half minutes into the contest, but an 8-0 blitz a little more than two minutes later put Stonehill in front, 16-14, with 12:55 remaining in the opening half.

The next nine-plus minutes saw nine lead changes and six ties, before five straight gave Stonehill a 47-43 advantage with 2:11 to go. The Penmen answered with six-in-a-row to grab a two-point lead before Paul Graves dropped in a layup just before the buzzer to forge a 49-49 halftime tie.

Southern New Hampshire held what would be its final lead of the contest at 55-54 just over two minutes into the second half when a 19-7 burst – with six different Skyhawks scoring – put Stonehill in front, 73-62, with 13:25 to play.

The Penmen would whittle the margin to eight later in the half, but an 11-4 run minutes later – powered by six points from Roach – gave Stonehill its largest lead of the day at 97-80 with 4:48 on the clock. SNHU would respond with a 17-6 barrage – with 12 points from Andrews and the other five from Walters – that slashed the deficit to 103-97 with just under a minute to go, but time would run out on the Southern New Hampshire rally.

Junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) chipped in with six points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and two assists.

Notes:
-Southern New Hampshire falls one game short of matching the program's best start since 1989-90.
-SNHU, which is ranked 14th in the latest D2SIDA Poll and 18th in the NABC Division II Poll, snaps a 21-game, regular-season, home winning streak that dated back to Feb. 17, 2016.
-The 107 points mark the first time an opponent has reached the century mark at the Fieldhouse since Merrimack recorded a 101-92 victory on Dec. 8, 2009, while it also marks the highest scoring performance for an opponent in regulation at the Fieldhouse since Keene State College scored 108 in a 30-point loss to the Penmen on Nov, 21, 1992.
-The 63.8 percent Stonehill shot from the field is the highest mark for an opponent since Le Moyne College hit at a 65.1 percent (28-43) clip in a 78-75 win at the Fieldhouse on Feb. 19, 2008, while the 61.9 percent from long distance is the highest mark since Merrimack shot 66.7 percent (12-18) in their Dec. 8, 2009 win in Manchester.
- The 35 points for Andrews are the most for a Penmen since Elijah Bonsignore dropped 41 at American International College on Jan. 10, 2015 and are the most in front of a home crowd since Sotirios Karapostolou netted 35 against the College of Saint Rose on Jan. 11, 2003.
-Walters' second straight double-double is his fifth of the season and 26th of his career, while Andrews' is his fourth of the season and eighth of his career.
-Stonehill outshot Southern New Hampshire, 63.8 percent (37-58) to 48.6 percent (34-70), including 70.4 percent (19-27) to 47.2 percent (17-36) in the second half and 61.9 percent (13-21) to 38.1 percent (8-21) from long distance.
-SNHU was plus-two at the line, despite being outshot there, 80 percent (20-25) to 75.9 percent (22-29).
-The Penmen won the paint (44-32) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (11/5-15/9), while holding advantages in both second chance points (16-5) and points off mistakes (13-7). Stonehill narrowly won the glass (33-32) despite being outworked on the offensive end (12-5).

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 30 (4 p.m.) when they take on Florida Southern College in the first of two contests in the Sunshine State. The next home game for SNHU is Wednesday, Jan. 3 (7:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Pace University at the Fieldhouse.

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