Men’s Basketball Holds Off Holy Family in Home Opener, 74-69

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RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH STAN SPIROU

When and Where: November 21, 2015 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 74, Holy Family University 69
Records:
SNHU 3-1, Holy Family 3-1

Junior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) notched his second career double-double to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team past Holy Family University in its home opener on Saturday afternoon, 74-69, at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Gilligan scored a game-high 17 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3-FG, 7-9 FT) and matched his career best with 12 rebounds, while also tallying four steals, two assists and a block. Junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) registered 16 points (5-7 FG, 6-6 FT) and nine rebounds. Freshman Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) recorded 14 points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3-FG, 5-9 FT), five boards and four assists, while senior Rodney Sanders (Elizabeth, N.J.) added 13 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Marvin Crawford paced Holy Family with 17 points, while Reggie Charles netted 15.

Southern New Hampshire ripped off a 15-2 run early in the contest to grab an 11-point lead just 4:21 in. The Penmen hit four 3-pointers during the stretch, including back-to-back treys from Sanders. With the lead at 11 later in the half, Holy Family used an 8-0 stretch – bookended by treys from Hunter Wysocki – to slice its deficit to 30-27 with 4:18 remaining in the opening half.

The Penmen responded with an 8-0 run that pushed their lead back to 11 at 38-27 with 1:54 on the clock. The Tigers would cut it to 41-33 at the break.

The lead was an even 10 nearly three minutes into the second half when six straight points from Isaiah Gans powered a 9-1 run that pulled Holy Family within 48-46 at the 14:11 mark. A Crawford 3 would help the Tigers climb as close as 52-51 with 12:39 remaining, but six straight points from Andrews and a huge triple from freshman Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) made up a 9-3 run that pushed the Southern New Hampshire lead to 61-54 with 8:28 to play.

A Gans trifecta nearly three minutes later would cap a 7-1 Holy Family run that again pulled them to within one, but the Penmen responded once more as they received 3-pointers from Gilligan and Russo to nudge their lead to 68-63 with 2:59 on the clock.

The Tigers would not fade, however, as a Crawford bucket again shaved the deficit to one at 70-69 with 22 seconds left. A pair of free throws from Sanders made it a three-point game and, after a pair of missed 3s at the other end, Walters sealed it with two freebies with 1.1 to go.

Russo finished with six points (2-6 FG, 2-4 3-FG), while junior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) also had six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 3-FG) to go along with four assists and two rebounds.

Notes:
-The 3-1 start for Southern New Hampshire matches its record through four games from last season.
-The Penmen outshot the Tigers, 46.8 percent (22-47) to 38.6 percent (27-70), including 45.5 percent (10-22) to 19.4 percent (6-31) from beyond the arc.
-SNHU also held a large advantage at the free throw line, making 20 of 27 (74.1%), while Holy Family was just 9-for-13 (69.2%).
-The Tigers narrowly won the glass, 39-37, including 14-4 on the offensive end, and held a larger margin in the paint, 36-24. Holy family also parlayed 18 Penmen turnovers into an 18-10 gap in points off turnovers, as it only turned the ball over 11 times.
-Coincidentally, Holy Family recorded a 74-69 win over SNHU at home last year on Nov. 30.
-Four of the five coaches in program history - Lou D'Allessandro, P.J. Carlesimo, Tom Sullivan and Stan Spirou - were honored before the game.

Up Next:
The Penmen are back at it Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. when they play host to Philadelphia University at the Fieldhouse. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.

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