When and Where: January 17, 2018 – Albany, N.Y. (Nolan Gymnasium)
Score: College of Saint Rose 88, Southern New Hampshire University 75
Records: Saint Rose 14-4 (9-1 NE10), SNHU 11-5 (7-4 NE10)
Senior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) scored a game-high 22 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team lost its third straight with an 88-75 setback at the College of Saint Rose on Wednesday night at Nolan Gymnasium.
Walters was 7-for-12 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from long distance, and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line, to go with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) tallied 12 points (5-9 FG, 1-1 3-FG, 1-4 FT), eight rebounds and five assists, while classmate Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) added 11 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 1-1 FT). Senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) was also in double figures with 11 points (5-17 FG, 1-5 3-FG), three rebounds and three assists.
Mical-Ryan Boyd led six in double figures for the Golden Knights with 19 points. Jack Jones, Julian Lipinski and Matt Cerutti added 16, 14 and 13, respectively.
After Southern New Hampshire scored the first four points of the game, Saint Rose netted the next 12 – with Lipinski leading the way with four – to open an eight-point lead a little more than five minutes into the contest. Five points from Russo powered a 7-2 counter-run that pulled the Penmen within 14-11 at the 12:43 mark, but Saint Rose answered with an 8-2 flurry that included five from Jones and expanded its lead to 22-13 with 10:33 to play.
Four points from senior Scott Toresco (Westfield, N.J.) carried an 8-2 stretch that trimmed the SNHU deficit to 24-21 with 6:53 to go, before Saint Rose scored eight of the next 12 to go up 32-24 with 4:44 remaining. A pair of 3-pointers from sophomore Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) bookended a 14-4 rush from Southern New Hampshire that gave it a 39-36 edge with 41 seconds left, but a Jamaal Greenwood triple with 25 ticks on the clock sent the game to the break tied at 39-all.
Saint Rose scored seven of the first 10 points in the second half before a Walters trey made it a one-point game at 46-45 just over two minutes in. The hosts would again pull away, however, scoring nine straight, including three from Cerutti, to open a 55-45 advantage with 14:24 to go.
The gap was 11 midway through the second stanza when a 9-0 run – capped by a Walters 3 – slashed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 65-63 with 8:33 left. Four straight from Cerutti then sparked a 9-2 blitz that pushed the lead to 74-65 for Saint Rose with 5:14 remaining.
A 5-0 spurt would get the Penmen as close as 79-75 with under two minutes on the clock, but a Saint Rose offensive rebound, followed by a pair of second chance points, triggered a 9-0 flurry to end the game.
Toresco chimed in with eight points (4-6 FG), while Joyce added six (2-3 FG, 2-2 3-FG).
-After beginning the season with nine straight victories, Southern New Hampshire has lost five of seven and drops three straight for the first time since Jan. 14-20, 2016.
-Walters' 22 points move him past Chris Delguidice (1,597) and Joe Bradley (1,599) for 12th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,606 points.
-Saint Rose outshot Southern New Hampshire, 54.7 percent (29-53) to 49.1 percent (28-57), while SNHU returned the favor from distance, 55 percent (11-20) to 41.7 percent (10-24).
-Saint Rose was plus-12 at the line, where it held a 74.1 percent (20-27) to 72.7 percent (8-11) edge.
-The Golden Knights narrowly won the glass (29-28) and turned in a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (17/16-11/20), while holding advantages in points off mistakes (25-21) and second chance points (10-6).
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Jan. 20 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to American International College at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
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