Second-Half Rally Falls Short, as Men’s Hoop Drops 79-72 Decision at American Int’l

BOX SCORE

When and Where: January 26, 2019 – Springfield, Mass. (Butova Gymnasium)
Score: American International College 79, Southern New Hampshire University 72  
Records:
 AIC 9-11 (5-7 NE10), SNHU 10-7 (6-6 NE10)

Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) dropped a game-high 28 points, including 21 in the second half, but a comeback attempt fell short, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team was defeated by American International College, 79-72 Saturday at Butova Gymnasium.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Andrews finished 10 of 18 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from long range, and 5 of 6 from the stripe, while corralling six rebounds and dishing seven assists.
  • Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) netted 14 of his 19 points (6-12 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 4-4 FT) after halftime and grabbed a pair of rebounds.
  • Classmate Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-8 FT) and six boards.
  • Xion Golding led five Yellow Jackets in double figures with 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-7 3-FG, 2-2 FT), while Isaiah Salter added 15 (3-8 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 6-8 FT).

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After a 3-pointer from senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) gave Southern New Hampshire an 11-7 lead just under four-and-a-half minutes into the contest, two treys each from Golding and Salter ignited a run of 16 straight from AIC that staked it to a 23-11 advantage with 11:23 remaining in the opening half.
  • After back-to-back buckets from Andrews and Montague halted the run, the Yellow Jackets picked right back up where they left off, ripping off 14 consecutive points to balloon the lead to 37-15 with 5:51 to go. A 3-pointer from freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) tipped off a half-ending 11-6 run for the Penmen that trimmed their halftime deficit to 43-26.
  • The teams traded blows to begin the second half, with AIC nudging its lead to 21 at 60-39 more than seven minutes in when SNHU used a 20-7 flurry – with nine points from Andrews, seven from Joyce and four from Montague – to pull within 67-59 with 4:51 on the clock.
  • Five straight from the Yellow Jackets stopped the run, before eight-in-a-row from the Penmen, including an Andrews layup to cap the stretch, slashed the deficit to 72-67 with 1:04 left. A pair of free throws from AIC sandwiched a SNHU turnover, before an Andrews basket made it a five-point game with 41 seconds to go. A triple from Joyce would again pull the Penmen back within five at 77-72 with 19 seconds to play, but a pair of Salter free throws would make it a three-possession game and all but seal it.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • American Int'l outshot Southern New Hampshire, 50.9 percent (27-53) to 43.9 percent (25-57), including 57.1 percent (16-28) to 38.5 percent (10-26) in the first half. AIC (6-16) and SNHU (9-24) each shot 37.5 percent from deep.
  • AIC was plus-6 at the line and held a 73.1 percent (19-26) to 72.2 percent (13-18) edge.
  • The Yellow Jackets won the glass (32-31) and the paint (38-22), and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (17/14-12/16), while the Penmen owned a small edge in second chance points (8-7). Points off mistakes were even at 14-14.
  • Russo tallied three points (1-7 FG, 1-5 3-FG), five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • Fellow senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chipped in six points (3-5 FG) and two boards.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire had won five of six entering the day, while American Int'l snaps a three-game losing skid.
  • Andrews' 12th 20-point performance of the season is the 25th of his career.
  • Andrews has scored 20-plus in four straight and is averaging 25.0 points per game during that span.
  • Joyce, who just missed reaching the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in the last six games, is averaging 18.7 points per game during the stretch.
  • Andrews' 28 points move him past Jay Cirocco (1979-83) and into 20th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,483 points.

UP NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Jan. 29 (8 p.m.) when they play 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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