When and Where: November 14, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 84, Saint Michael's College 62
Records: SNHU 3-0 (1-0 NE10), Saint Michael's 2-1 (0-1 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) and junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) each netted 15 points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to an 84-62 win against Saint Michael's College in its Northeast-10 opener Wednesday night at the Stan Spirou Field House to remain unbeaten on the young season.
- Andrews flirted with the triple-double, as he finished with a career-high 10 assists and eight rebounds, while shooting 6 of 15 from the field and 3 of 3 from the line.
- Montague was an efficient 7-for-8 from the floor and 1-for-2 from the stripe, while collecting nine boards and dishing a pair of assists.
- Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) posted 12 points (4-6 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and matched his career best with four blocks.
- Freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) notched 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 3-FG), three rebounds and two assists in nearly 12 minutes off the bench.
- Levi Holmes III led the Purple Knights with 17 points, while Derek Cheatom added 16.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire, which never trailed in the contest, held an 11-10 edge nearly seven-and-a-half minutes into the game when it ripped off a 26-3 run – with the final 10 points coming from Lacy over a span of 1:56 – to bust open a 37-13 advantage with 6:04 remaining in the opening half. Montague and sophomore Drew Butler (Toronto, Ontario) registered six and five points, respectively, during the stretch.
- Just under three minutes later, six points from Andrews carried an 11-2 rush that ended the half with SNHU in front, 52-21.
- Five points to open the second half from Cheatom sparked a 10-2 run that trimmed the Saint Michael's deficit to 54-31 just over two minutes in. The Purple Knights would get as close as 57-38 at the 14:52 mark, but a 5-0 spurt later in the stanza re-installed a 25-point lead for the Penmen at 69-44 with just under 11 minutes to go. The margin would then fluctuate between 21 and 25 the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The 26-3 first-half burst saw the Penmen defense hold the Purple Knights without a field goal for a span of 6:07.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Michael's, 50.8 percent (31-61) to 34.8 percent (24-69), including 63.6 percent (21-33) to 27.6 percent (8-29) in the opening stanza and 36.4 percent (8-22) to 22.7 percent (5-22) from long range.
- The Penmen also held a slight advantage from the free throw line, 87.5 percent (14-16) to 81.8 percent (9-11).
- The Penmen captured the glass (42-33) and the paint (38-28), had more points off mistakes (16-7) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (18/13-11/12).
- Southern New Hampshire begins the season 3-0 for the third straight year.
- Jack Perri, who took over at the helm of the program with 97 wins in six seasons as a head coach at the Division I and III levels, earns his 100th career victory with the triumph.
- Andrew's 15 points move him past Tarik Sheppard (1995-99) and Shawon Moncrief (1993-97) and into 40th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,146 points.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Nov. 17 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Florida Southern College at the Field House.
- SNHU is home for four straight to begin the year, as well as six of seven in the month of November.
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