Men’s Basketball Suffers First Loss of Season, 76-58, Across Town at Saint Anselm


When and Where: November 18, 2015 – Manchester, N.H. (Stoutenburgh Gymnasium)
Score: Saint Anselm College 76, Southern New Hampshire University 58
Records: Saint Anselm 3-0 (1-0 Northeast-10), SNHU 2-1 (0-1 Northeast-10)

Junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) registered the first double-double of his career with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team fell for the first time this season, 76-58, at intracity-rival Saint Anselm College on Tuesday evening at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.

Walters hit 8 of 16 shots from the floor and was 3 of 4 from the stripe.

Mike McCahey led the Hawks with 25 points on 11 of 17 shooting.

After Saint Anselm jumped out to a 5-0 lead early, four straight points from senior Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) sparked a 9-0 run that put the Penmen in front by four just over three minutes into the contest. The hosts responded with a 16-5 swing, however, that included eight points from Tim Guers and five from McCahey and gave Saint Anselm a 21-11 advantage at the 13:59 mark of the opening half.

Walters netted five points as part of a 7-2 spurt that trimmed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to five at 25-20 midway through the stanza. The Penmen would inch as close as four at 27-23 with just under seven minutes on the clock, but Saint Anselm would double up the visitors, 12-6, to close out the half and bring a 39-29 lead into the locker room.

Saint Anselm's lead would climb as high as 54-39 with 13:25 to play before a pair of Sanders buckets bookended a 9-0 rush that slashed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 54-48 with 8:41 left. An 8-2 counter-run from the Hawks pushed their lead up to 12 before they scored the final 10 points of the game to put it away.

Sanders finished with eight points (4-16 FG), eight rebounds and four assists. Freshman Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) also posted eight points (4-9 FG) and eight boards, while junior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) added eight points (3-9 FG, 2-2 FT) and six rebounds. Junior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) chipped in seven points (3-9 FG, 1-2 FT) and two assists.

-Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 41.3 percent (31-75) to 34.7 percent (25-72).
-Neither team shot it very well from beyond the arc as the Hawks were 5-for-22 (22.7%) and the Penmen went 2-for-16 (12.5%).
-Saint Anselm won the glass (54-47) and owned a better assist-to-turnover ratio (10/8-6/9). The battle of the paint was even at 36-all.

 What's Next:
The Penmen open up their home slate Saturday, Nov. 21 (3 p.m.) when they play host to Holy Family University at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

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