Huge First Half Sends Men’s Basketball to 68-53 Win at Assumption


When and Where: December 1, 2018 – Worcester, Mass. (Laska Gymnasium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 68, College 53
  SNHU 5-3 (2-2 NE10), Assumption 4-4 (0-3 NE10)

Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to a 68-53 defeat of Assumption College on Saturday at Laska Gymnasium.


  • Andrews was 6-for-14 from the field, including 1-for-2 from long distance, and 7-for-9 at the line, while stuffing the stat sheet with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
  • Senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) recorded a season-high 15 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3-FG, 1-2 FT).
  • Damien Rance and Cal Connelly led the Greyhounds with 11 and 10 points, respectively.


  • With the score tied, 3-3, just over a minute in, four different scorers combined on an 8-0 run that put Southern New Hampshire in front, 11-3, with 17:16 remaining in the first half. With the gap down to 15, the Penmen ripped off an 18-5 run – with eight from Andrews – that widened the margin to 31-13 with 8:06 to go.
  • After a Bryan Boehlert 3-pointer interrupted the stretch – SNHU picked right back up where it left off, closing the half on a 12-3 run – highlighted by four points from senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia), and 3-pointers from Russo and junior Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) – that sent it to the locker room with a 43-19 advantage.
  • Assumption came out of the break on fire, scoring 12 straight to slash its deficit to 43-31 just over five minutes in. Rance led four different scorers with four points during the stretch. With the gap at 11 more than four minutes later, the Penmen used a 14-5 rush – with seven from Russo, who sparked the run with a 3-pointer, and five from Andrews, who capped it with his own triple – to crack open a 60-40 lead with 6:09 to go.
  • An 8-3 spurt pulled the Greyhounds within 63-48 at the three-minute mark, but they would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way.


  • Southern New Hampshire, which never trailed in the game, outshot Assumption, 48.1 percent (25-52) to 34.4 percent (21-61), including 41.2 percent (7-17) to 33.3 percent (9-27) from beyond the arc, and 61.3 percent (19-31) to 25.9 percent (7-27) in the opening half.
  • SNHU was also plus-9 from the stripe and shot it much better, 68.8 percent (11-16) to 28.6 percent (2-7).
  • The Penmen won the glass (38-36) and the paint (36-22), while the Greyhounds amassed more second chance points (12-6) and more points off mistakes (12-11), and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/14-10/12).
  • Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) tallied nine points (4-7 FG, 1-3 FT), seven boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
  • Classmate Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) posted nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3-FG) and five rebounds.
  • Sumino netted seven points (3-5 FG, 1-3 -3FG).
  • Simankevicius chipped in six points (2-6 FG, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds.


  • The win is Southern New Hampshire's second in the last three contests.
  • Andrews' 20 points move him past Waymon Boone (1991-94) and Robert Giles (1976-80), and into 33rd place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,273 points.
  • Andrews' fifth 20-point performance of the season is the 18th of his career.


  • The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Dec. 5 (7:30 p.m.) when they play host to Bentley University at the Stan Spirou Field House.

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