Men’s Basketball Tipped Late, 68-59, by Hard-Charging Saint Anselm

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When and Where: February 14, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Arena)
Score: Saint Anselm College 68, Southern New Hampshire University 59
Records: Saint Anselm 19-6 (14-5 NE10), SNHU 13-11 (9-10 NE10)

Junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) registered a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team saw a double-digit lead disappear in the second half, as crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College stole a 68-59 win Wednesday night at the SNHU Arena.

Andrews shot 6-for-17 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line, while matching his career high in rebounds. Senior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) scored a team-high 17 points (4-18 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 8-8 FT) and corralled six rebounds, with senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) posting 12 points (6-9 FG), seven boards and two assists.

Cody Ball scored a game-high 20 points to lead four Hawks in double figures.

Southern New Hampshire scored the first nine points of the game, including four from Floras, over the opening two-and-a-half minutes. The margin was still nine nearly seven minutes later when a 10-2 run – with four points from Tim Guers – slashed the Saint Anselm deficit to 21-20 with 8:13 remaining in the opening half.

The Penmen responded with a half-closing 16-4 blitz, which was led by six points from Walters, who paced five different scorers, to send SNHU to the locker room with a 37-24 advantage.

A layup from sophomore Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) less than 10 seconds in staked the Penmen to their largest lead of the night at 39-24, but seven points from Chris Paul and five from Ball powered a 16-2 rush that lasted six minutes and forged a 45-45 tie with 12:02 remaining.

Southern New Hampshire responded with a 10-3 counter-run – with six points from Walters – to open up a 55-48 lead with 9:11 on the clock. The well would run dry from there, however, for the Penmen, who managed just a pair of field goals the rest of the way. That opened the door for the Hawks, who closed the game with a 20-4 flurry – with seven points each from Ball and Guers, as well as five from Taylor Fortin – to put it away.

Joyce contributed six points (3-7 FG), three rebounds and a pair of blocks. Junior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chimed in with four points (2-5 FG) and five boards, while senior Scott Toresco (Westfield, N.J.) added four points (2-4 FG) and three rebounds.

Notes:
-Southern New Hampshire falls into a fifth-place tie with Franklin Pierce University in the NE10 Northeast Division standings with two games to go, including one against the Ravens.
-This marked the first time the Penmen played at the SNHU Arena since it defeated Saint Anselm in the New Hampshire Hoops Classic, 84-55, on Dec. 14, 2003.
-Andrews' double-double is his sixth of the season and 10th of his career.
-Walters snapped a streak of eight straight games in which he had scored 20 or more points, as well as a six-game streak of 25-plus.
-Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 40.4 percent (23-57) to 38.1 percent (24-63), including 44.8 percent (13-29) to 25 percent (8-32) in the second half and 32.1 percent (9-28) to 7.1 percent (1-14) from beyond the arc.
-SNHU was better from the line, 100 percent (10-10) to 76.5 percent (13-17).
-The Penmen won the glass (40-36) and the paint (36-26), while also holding advantages in points off mistakes (15-12) and second chance points. The Hawks turned in a much better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/10-2/10).
-The victory pulls Saint Anselm closer to SNHU in the Queen City Cup standings, as it now trails, 13-9, in the battle for Manchester supremacy.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Feb. 17 (4 p.m.) when play host to Franklin Pierce University on Senior Day at the SNHU Fieldhouse in a game that will air on both FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.

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