When and Where: January 29, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Adelphi University 99, Southern New Hampshire University 90
Records: Adelphi 14-7 (8-5 NE10) SNHU 10-8 (6-8 NE10)
Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) poured in a career-high 24 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team again had its comeback bid derailed Tuesday night in a 99-90 loss to Adelphi University at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Joyce was an efficient 9-for-12 from the field, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, and 3-for-4 at the line, while grabbing 10 rebounds, dishing two assists and making a pair of steals.
- Classmate Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) registered 20 points (10-17 FG), six boards, two assists and two steals.
- Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) tallied 18 points (6-14 FG, 2-7 3-FG, 4-6 FT), seven assists and six rebounds.
- Ronnie Silva (Nashua, N.H.) led five Panthers in double figures with a career-best 28 points (10-13 FG, 6-8 3-FG, 2-2 FT) and six assists. Conor McGuinness (6-11 FG, 2-5 3-FG, 8-10 FT) and Oswald Parker III (9-15 FG, 3-3 3-FG, 1-1 FT) each netted 22.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Adelphi opened the game on a 16-5 run – with seven points from Parker – over the opening 4:40 of the contest. After Southern New Hampshire crept to within six less than a minute later, the Panthers went on a balanced 15-7 run that featured six different scorers and stretched the lead to 31-17 with 8:50 remaining in the opening half.
- Five points from freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) trimmed the deficit to single digits at 31-22 just over a minute later, but a 16-8 rush – with Silva pacing five different scorers with six points – later in the stanza ballooned the Adelphi lead to its largest of the night at 49-32 with 1:35 remaining. A 3-pointer from senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) would pull the Penmen to within 49-35 at the break.
- After a McGuinness layup opened the second-half scoring, five points from Joyce, and four each from Montague and Andrews made up a 13-2 blitz that trimmed the SNHU deficit to 53-48 less than three minutes in. With the margin still five less than a minute-and-a-half later, five points from Silva powered an 11-2 Adelphi run that gave it some breathing room at 69-55 with 14:04 to play.
- The Panthers were ahead, 87-75, and on the verge of salting the game away with less than four minutes to go when a 9-1 rush – capped by a mid-court strip and finish at the other end from freshman Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) – slashed the Penmen deficit to 88-84 with 2:43 remaining.
- That was as close as the Penmen would come, however, as Adelphi went 7-for-8 from the line and 2-for-2 from the field down the stretch to hold them off.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Adelphi outshot Southern New Hampshire, 60 percent (36-60) to 52.2 percent (36-69), including 50 percent (14-28) to 38.5 percent (10-26) from downtown.
- Adelphi was also plus-5 at the line and held an 86.7 percent (13-25) to 53.3 percent (8-15) advantage.
- The Penmen won the glass (33-31) and the paint (46-40), collected more points off mistakes (16-10) and second chance points (15-7), and featured a slightly better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/13-16/15).
- Junior Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) netted nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3-FG).
- Russo scored eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3-FG).
- Lacy recorded six points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 1-2 FT), four boards and two assists.
- Buscetto chipped in five points (2-5 FG, 1-4 3-FG) and a career-best three steals.
- Southern New Hampshire has now lost two straight after winning five of six, while Adelphi has won eight of nine, including four-in-a-row.
- Joyce's double-double is his second of the season and the second of his career. It is also the sixth time this season Joyce has scored 20 or more points, as well as the eighth time in his career.
- Joyce, who has reached the 20-point plateau five times in his last seven games, is averaging 19.4 points per contest during that span.
- Andrews' 18 points give him 1,501 for his career and make him the 20th member of the program to reach the 1,500-point milestone.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Feb. 2 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on the University of New Haven.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Saturday, Feb. 9 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Stonehill College at the Stan Spirou Field House on Pink Day.
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