When and Where: February 3, 2018 – Easton, Mass. (Paula Sullivan Court)
Score: Stonehill College 81, Southern New Hampshire University 70
Records: Stonehill 13-8 (9-7 NE10), SNHU 12-9 (8-8 NE10)
Senior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) scored half his team's points with a career-high 35, and junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) netted his 1,000th-career point, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team fell to Stonehill College, 81-70, Saturday at Paula Sullivan Court.
Walters knocked down 11 of 18 shots from the field, including 4 of 8 from long distance, and all nine free throw attempts, while ripping down 10 rebounds. Andrews just narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points (5-20 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds and three assists, while sophomore Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) – fresh off a career-best 20 points in his first career start Wednesday – recorded 12 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and three blocks in start No. 2.
Dan Largey led the Skyhawks with 21 points, while Will Moreton added 19 and Owen Chose contributed 15.
Five points from Largey pushed Stonehill out to an 8-2 lead over the opening two minutes of the contest, before a 15-3 counter-run – with the first 11 points coming from Walters – flipped Southern New Hampshire into the lead at 17-11 with 14:26 remaining in the opening half.
SNHU held its largest advantage of the game at 23-16 with under 11 minutes to play when a 10-2 blitz – highlighted by 3-pointers from Brandon Twitty and Ryan Roach – gave Stonehill a 26-25 edge with 7:04 left.
Four points from Walters powered a 6-0 run that put the Penmen on top, 33-29, with 3:12 on the clock, before six points from Chose carried a 9-2 counter-run that ended the first half with Stonehill holding a 38-35 lead.
The score was tied at 41 more than two minutes into the second half when an 8-2 stretch put Stonehill in front, 49-43, with 14:48 to go. It was a four-point game two minutes later when five straight from Moreton led another 8-2 run that widened the host's lead to 60-50 with 11:31 left.
Southern New Hampshire would never get closer than eight, with Stonehill capturing its largest lead of the day at 75-61 with four minutes remaining. A 7-2 push that included Andrews' milestone layup with 2:20 to go, put SNHU within 79-70 with 1:49 on the clock, but it would not score again.
Junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) chimed in with eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3-FG).
-Southern New Hampshire loses for the seventh time in eight games.
-Andrews becomes the 50th member of the program's 1,000-point club.
-Walters' fourth double-double in five games is his 12th of the season and 33rd of his career.
-Stonehill outshot Southern New Hampshire, 43.3 percent (26-60) to 40 percent (26-65), from the field, 43.3 percent (13-30) to 33.3 percent (7-21), from beyond the arc, and 94.1 percent (16-17) to 84.6 percent (11-13) from the line.
-The Penmen won the glass, 40-34, including 13-8 on the offensive end for a 16-10 advantage in second chance points, as well as the paint, 34-22. The Skyhawks featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/10-7/13) and owned a 15-12 edge in points off mistakes.
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8 p.m.) when they play host to Bentley University at the Fieldhouse in a game that will air on both FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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