When and Where: January 23, 2018 – Garden City, N.Y. (Center for Recreation and Sport)
Score: Adelphi University 98, Southern New Hampshire University 89
Records: Adelphi 7-14 (3-10 NE10), SNHU 11-7 (7-6 NE10)
Seniors Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) and Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.), as well as junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.), combined for 74 points and a pair of double-doubles, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team's search for answers continued Tuesday night at the Center for Recreation and Sport with a 98-89 loss to Adelphi University.
Walters posted 28 points (8-11 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 11-13 FT), 12 rebounds and two steals, while Floras recorded 26 points (6-15 FG, 2-7 3-FG, 12-14 FT), three assists and two rebounds, and Andrews registered 20 points (6-20 FG, 8-8 FT), 12 boards and three assists.
Jack Laffey led five Panthers in double figures with 24 points, while Michael Coffey added 18.
Adelphi scored the first six points of the game and held a 10-5 advantage less than four minutes in when four points each from Walters and Floras carried an 8-2 run that gave Southern New Hampshire its only lead of the contest at 13-12 with 12:29 remaining in the opening half.
A Tavon Ginyard 3-pointer just 13 seconds later gave Adelphi the lead for good and triggered a 12-0 blitz – with a total of three Ginyard treys – that put the Panthers up, 24-13, with 9:40 left. The Penmen answered with seven straight over the next 1:07 – highlighted by a 3-pointer from junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) – to climb within four at 24-20, but a balanced 9-1 run later in the half pushed the Adelphi lead back into double figures at 38-26 with 5:13 to go. The hosts would bring a 45-34 advantage into the locker room.
A floras layup 24 seconds into the second stanza brought the deficit back into single digits, but Adelphi quickly responded with a 12-2 barrage that featured six points from Coffey and gave it the largest lead of the night at 57-38 just over three minutes in.
Six points from Andrews later in the frame powered an 8-2 run that trimmed the SNHU deficit to 67-56 with 10:56 to play, but the Panthers answered with a 10-2 counter-run – with the final eight points coming from Laffey – to match their largest lead at 77-58 with 6:18 remaining.
With the margin still 19 under a minute later, Southern New Hampshire ripped off a 17-6 run – with Andrews leading the way with nine points during the stretch – to slash the deficit to 86-78 with 1:29 on the clock, but Adelphi would go 10-for-12 from the stripe down the stretch to hold off the Penmen.
Russo finished with seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3-FG) and five rebounds.
-After beginning the season with nine straight victories, Southern New Hampshire has lost seven of nine and drops five straight for the first time since Feb. 13-March 1, 2008.
-This marks just the fourth time in the 33-year tenure of head coach Stan Spirou the Penmen have lost five consecutive games.
-Walters' 28 points move him past Artay Drinks (1,654) for 10th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,655 points.
-Walters' double-double is his 10th of the season and 31st of his career, while Andrews' is his fifth of the season and ninth of his career.
-Adelphi outshot Southern New Hampshire, 50 percent (32-64) to 38.2 percent (26-68), including 32.4 percent (11-34) to 23.8 percent (5-21) from beyond the arc.
-SNHU was plus-five from the line and shot it better, 86.5 percent (32-37) to 76.7 percent (23-30).
-The Penmen won the glass (41-38) and held a 13-2 advantage in second chance points, while the Panthers captured the paint (42-38), featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (18/16-8/16) and dominated in points off mistakes (24-7).
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Jan. 27 (4 p.m.) when they play host to the University of New Haven at the SNHU Fieldhouse on Pink Day, in a game that will air live on FOX College Sports.
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