When and Where: January 23, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 88, College of Saint Rose 85 (OT)
Records: SNHU 10-6 (6-5 NE10), Saint Rose 7-11 (4-7 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) scored a game-high 24 points, including 20 after halftime, and helped the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team vanquish an eight-point deficit with under three minutes to play in regulation, as the Penmen pulled out an 88-85 overtime victory against the College of Saint Rose on Wednesday night at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Andrews, who was 2-for-6 shooting in the first half, finished 9-for-18 from the field, including 1-for-5 from deep, and 5-for-8 from the stripe. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished seven assists.
- Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) held down the fort early, with 13 of his 22 points (7-11 FG, 2-5 3-FG, 6-8 FT) coming in the opening stanza. He also corralled five rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.
- Classmate Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-6 FT), five rebounds and a career-high four steals.
- Junior Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) registered 14 points (4-4 FG, 4-4 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and two assists off the bench, as well as the dagger 3-pointer later in overtime.
- Matt Cerutti recorded 20 points (9-14 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and nine rebounds, while Shane Herrity added 17 points (5-14 FG, 5-11 3-FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and five helpers. Sekou Sylla notched a double-double of 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-2 FT) and 13 boards.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game's opening 15-plus minutes featured eight lead changes and five ties before five straight from Cerutti opened up the largest lead of the half for either team at 33-28 with 3:34 to go before the break. Andrews would drop in a layup in the final minute to pull Southern New Hampshire within 35-32.
- After Saint Rose hit a 3 to start the second half and expand the lead to six, a 12-6 run – with eight from Andrews and four from Joyce – for SNHU forged a 44-44 tie with 15:44 remaining. After another tie at 46-all, a Sumino triple put the Penmen in front, 49-48, with 11:51 to go.
- With the score even at 51-51 more than a half-minute later, a 14-7 swing – with six each from Michael Wearne and Harrity – put the Golden Knights in front, 65-58, with 7:07 on the clock. The lead was eight at 69-61 with just over two-and-a-half minutes left when another Sumino trey sparked a 9-0 run – capped by a pair of Andrews layups – that put Southern New Hampshire up, 70-69, with 42 seconds to play.
- A pair of free throws from Herrity leapfrogged Saint Rose back in front, 71-70, just 10 seconds later before Andrews sank 1 of 2 at the line to tie the contest, 71-71, with 15 ticks left. Herrity came up empty on two 3-point attempts at the other end and the game went to overtime.
- In the extra session, a Sylla bucket gave Saint Rose what would be its only lead, as a 3-pointer from senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) tipped off a 14-5 rush – polished off by a Sumino 3 – that gave SNHU its largest lead of the game at 85-78 with 34 seconds to go. The visitors would get as close as 86-83 with 10.1 seconds left when Russo sealed it with a pair at the line.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Saint Rose, 53.7 percent (29-54) to 44.6 percent (33-74), including 47.4 percent (9-19) to 38.7 percent (12-31) from beyond the arc.
- SNHU was also plus-14 from the line, despite being outshot, 87.5 percent (7-8) to 75 percent (21-28).
- The Penmen held a narrow edge in points off mistakes (19-18) and featured a marginally better assist-to-turnover ratio (15/13-16/14), while the Golden Knights won the paint (38-36) and owned the glass (42-28), including a 16-4 advantage on the offensive end they turned into a 13-3 boon in second chance points.
- Russo netted eight points (2-2 FG, 2-2 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and made two steals.
- Fellow senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chipped in six points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT) and four boards.
- Southern New Hampshire has now won five of six, while Saint Rose drops its second straight.
- Andrews' 11th 20-point performance of the season is the 24th of his career, while Joyce's fifth of the season is his seventh, overall.
- Joyce, who has reached the 20-point plateau four times over the last five games, is averaging 18.6 points per game during that span.
- Andrews' 24 points move him past former teammate Devin Gilligan (2014-17) and into 21st place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,455 points.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Jan. 26 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on American International College.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Tuesday, Jan. 29 (8 p.m.) when it plays host to Adelphi University at the Stan Spirou Field House in game that will air on both FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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