When and Where: December 30, 2018 – Rutherford, N.J. (Job Gymnasium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 87, Felician University 85
Records: SNHU 7-5, Felician 2-7
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) dropped a game-high 31 points and hit the game winner with 3.6 seconds on the clock, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team erased a 15-point deficit with just over six minutes remaining to pull out an 87-85 victory against Felician University at Job Gymnasium on Sunday in its first game back from the holiday break.
- Andrews converted 12 of his 21 field goal attempts, including 2 of 5 from long distance, and made 5 of 7 free throws, to go with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
- Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) supported Andrews with 23 points (7-16 FG, 5-11 3-FG, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and two assists.
- Fellow junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) was also in double figures with 15 points (5-11 FG, 5-10 FT), 13 boards, two assists and two blocks.
- Zamir Wright paced the Golden Falcons with 22 points (7-20 FG, 4-10 3-FG, 4-6 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Felician scored seven of the game's first eight points before Southern New Hampshire ripped off a 13-2 run that put it in front, 14-9, just over five minutes in. Joyce carried stretch with nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Felician responded with five straight, including a trey from Wright that knotted the score at 14-all at the 13-minute mark.
- With SNHU trailing by one less than two-and-a-half minutes later, back-to-back triples from Andrews and Joyce triggered an 8-1 flurry that put the Penmen back in the lead at 26-20 with 7:36 to go in the half. Felician then rattled off seven straight that put it back on top, 27-26, just over two minutes later.
- The teams then swapped the lead twice before four straight from freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) set off a half-ending 6-2 spurt that sent Southern New Hampshire to the locker room with a 35-32 edge.
- The hosts came out of the break on an 8-2 run that helped it regain the lead, 40-37, just over two minutes in. Baskets from Montague and Joyce put the Penmen back in front under a minute later, but Felician answered with a 13-5 burst that flipped it into the lead at 53-46 with 14:43 to go.
- A 9-3 run – with four points from Andrews and three from Joyce – would trim the SNHU deficit to 56-55 with 12:45 left, but seven straight from Wright, as part of a 19-5 barrage, gave Felician a commanding 75-60 advantage with under eight minutes to play.
- The gap was still 15 at 80-65 with less than 6:30 to go when Andrews took over, scoring eight points as part of a 15-0 blitz that left the game tied at 80 just over two-and-a-half minutes later. Senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Andrews answered respective 3-pointers and layups from Felician to forge an 85-85 tie with 1:22 on the clock.
- After the teams traded empty possessions, a Felican turnover with 28 seconds left gave the ball back to SNHU, which called for a timeout. The ball was in Andrews' hands as time wound down, with the slippery guard driving from the right elbow and putting in a layup at the left block with 3.6 seconds on the clock. The Penmen guarded three-quarters court and forced two passes before Wright sent a heave that was on target, but bounced off the back of the rim.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Felician, 41.7 percent (30-72) to 39 percent (30-77).
- Felician returned the favor from deep, 34.6 percent (9-26) to 28.6 percent (8-28) and also shot it better from the line, 72.7 percent (16-22) to 70.4 percent (19-27).
- The Penmen captured the glass (47-45) and the paint (42-36), put up more points off mistakes (15-12) and featured a more impressive assist-to-turnover ratio (13/13-10/12), while the Falcons notched more second chance points (14-11).
- Andrews netted 22 points in the second half, including 12 over the final 6:16 of the contest.
- Lacy posted eight points (2-9 FG, 4-4 FT) and five rebounds.
- Russo tallied six points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and three assists.
- Southern New Hampshire, which had not played since Dec. 15, has now won two straight.
- The Penmen have now won all six meetings between the two teams.
- Andrews' 31 points move him past Elijah Bonsignore (2011-15) and Joey Castronovo (1989-93), and into 27th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,365 points.
- Andrews' fifth double-double of the season is the 15th of his career, while Montague's double-double is his sixth with the Penmen.
- Andrews' eighth 20-point performance of the season is the 21st of his career.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Pace University.
- The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, Jan. 12 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Southern Connecticut State University at the Stan Spirou Field House.
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