When and Where: December 5, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Bentley University 89, Southern New Hampshire University 83
Records: Bentley (8-0, 5-0 NE10), SNHU 5-4 (2-3 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) notched a double-double of 24 points and a career-best 11 assists, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team absorbed an 89-83 defeat against 14th-ranked Bentley University on Wednesday night at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Andrews went 9-for-19 from the floor, including 1-for-5 from long range, and 5-for-7 from the stripe, while grabbing four rebounds and posting a monster block.
- Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) recorded 18 points (8-9 FG, 2-3 3-FG) and two rebounds.
- Fellow junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 2-4 FT), 11 boards and two blocks.
- Senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) netted 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3-FG), dished a career-high five assists and collected three rebounds.
- Junior Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) also scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3-FG).
- Ryan Richmond led all scorers with 28 points (8-18 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 11-12 FT) for the Falcons, while Chris Hudson added 26 points (10-15 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 5-7 FT) and 13 rebounds, and Colton Lawrence dropped 24 points (9-18 FG, 2-7 3-FG, 4-6 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Southern New Hampshire scored the game's opening bucket just 17 seconds in, Bentley would take the lead at the 18:42 mark and hold it for the next 17:23, going up by as many as six, 36-30, with 3:57 to go in the opening half.
- A Russo 3-pointer sparked a half-ending 12-4 run for Southern New Hampshire that gave it a 42-40 lead going into the break. Russo, who hit a second triple during the stretch, scored eight points over the final 3:37. With the game tied at 40, Montague swatted a Jordan Mello-Klein shot in the closing 10 seconds of the stanza, with Andrews sending an outlet to Russo, who dropped in a layup just before the buzzer.
- After a Sumino trey made it 46-40 less than two minutes in, the Penmen would go in front by as many as seven at 53-46 with 15:49 remaining, before a 6-0 Bentley run trimmed its deficit to 53-52 just over a minute later. SNHU responded with a 13-5 burst – led by five points from Joyce – to grab its largest lead of the night at 66-57 with just under 11 minutes on the clock.
- The Falcons followed with six straight as part of a 10-2 stretch – with four points each from Richmond and Hudson – to pull within 68-67 with 7:02 left. Bentley would tie the game three times over the following three minutes before a pair of Richmond free throws gave the visitors their first least since late in the opening half at 78-76 with 3:43 remaining.
- An Andrews layup knotted the game 17 seconds later, but a Hudson basket gave Bentley the lead for good at 80-78 with 3:15 to play. That field goal also sparked a 6-1 spurt that put the Falcons up, 84-79 with 2:16 remaining and the Penmen would not get closer than three the rest of the way.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Bentley, 52.4 percent (33-63) to 46 percent (29-63), including 40.9 percent (9-22) to 26.7 percent (4-15) from deep.
- Bentley feasted at the line, going plus-19, as it held an 81.8 percent (27-33) to 53.3 percent (8-15) advantage.
- Bentley secured the glass (39-32) and the paint (40-38), had more points off mistakes (10-5) and used an 11-6 margin on the offensive boards to pile up more second chance points (14-4). The Penmen featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (24/10-12/6).
- Freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) chipped in four points (2-5 FG) and a career-high four assists.
- Senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chimed in with three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT) and six boards.
- Southern New Hampshire has now alternated wins over its last four games.
- Andrews' 24 points move him past BJ Cardarelli (2011-16), Willie Scurry (1987-91) and current assistant coach Tim Lee (1998-02), and into 30th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,297 points.
- Andrews' fourth double-double of the season is the 14th of his career, while Montague's double-double is his fifth with the Penmen.
- Andrews' sixth 20-point performance of the season is the 19th of his career.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Dec. 8 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Stonehill College.
- The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, Dec. 15 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Franklin Pierce University at the Field House.
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