When and Where: February 9, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 72, Stonehill College 40
Records: SNHU 11-10 (7-9 NE10), Stonehill 11-12 (5-11 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) and junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) combined for 31 points to pace four Penmen in double figures, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team put on a defensive clinic in a 72-40 triumph over Stonehill College on Saturday at the Stan Spirou Field House.
- Andrews tallied 16 points (6-17 FG, 3-7 3-FG, 1-3 FT), five steals, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
- Joyce notched a double-double of 15 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3-FG, 1-2 FT) and 10 rebounds.
- Senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) posted 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-1 FT) – all in the first half – five rebounds and a career-best three assists.
- Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 FT), eight boards, three steals, two assists and a pair of blocks.
- Michael Boen led all scorers for the Skyhawks with 27 points (10-19 FG, 4-9 3-FG, 3-3 FT), 11 rebounds and three steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Trailing 5-3 in the first two minutes, Southern New Hampshire rattled off 14-in-a-row – with five from Andrews and four Simankevicius – to grab a 17-5 advantage with just under 13 minutes remaining in the opening half. After Stonehill trimmed its deficit to eight nearly five minutes later, a 7-2 spurt – sparked by a 3-pointer from senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) and capped by four straight from Montague – widened SNHU's lead to 26-13 with 5:30 to go.
- The Skyhawks again cut into the Penmen margin, taking it down to nine with three minutes on the clock, before Southern New Hampshire answered with five straight – finished off by a three-point play from Simankevicius – to seize a 33-19 lead with 1:38 left. The gap was still 14 just over a minute later when a Boen 3-pointer cut the Stonehill deficit at the half to 35-24.
- Southern New Hampshire opened the second stanza on a 9-3 run – with four from Montague and three from Joyce – to move its lead to 17 at 44-27 just two-and-a-half minutes in. The gap was 15 nearly three minutes later when the Penmen closed the contest on a 26-9 rush – with six points from Joyce and five from Andrews, redshirt-sophomore Carlos Andrade (Brockton, Mass.) and freshman Kevin Fernandez (Lawrence, Mass.). The highlight of that run came during a nearly-nine-minute stretch in which SNHU outscored Stonehill, 14-0. A layup from freshman Alex Maticiuc (Monte Carlo, Monaco) gave the Penmen their largest lead of the contest at 72-38 with just under a minute to go.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Stonehill, 52.8 percent (28-53) to 27.8 percent (15-54), including 50 percent (9-18) to 16 percent (4-25) from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent (15-24) to 29.2 percent (7-24) in the second half.
- Stonehill made all six of its free throws, while the Penmen were just 7-for-13 (53.8%) from the stripe.
- The Penmen won the glass (42-27) and the paint (32-20), while collecting more points off mistakes (17-12), second chance points (7-4) and bench points (23-0), and posting a better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/18-11/18).
- Southern New Hampshire held Stonehill scoreless for 8:58 of the second half, beginning from inside the 12:30 mark.
- Russo netted eight points (2-5 FG, 2-4 3-FG, 2-2 FT).
- Andrade chimed in with five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3-FG), two rebounds and two steals.
- Fernandez finished with five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3-FG).
- Freshman Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.), in his second career start, produced a career-high six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
- Southern New Hampshire snaps a four-game losing streak, while Stonehill drops its sixth-in-a-row and eighth in its last nine.
- SNHU also vanquishes a three-game skid against Stonehill, defeating the Skyhawks for the first time since a 76-58 home victory Feb. 18, 2017.
- The 40 points are the lowest the Penmen have held an opponent since a 94-36 win against Suffolk University on Nov. 14, 2015. It is the least a Division II foe has scored against SNHU since Stonehill suffered a 52-40 defeat at the Field House back on Feb. 20, 2010.
- Joyce's second double-double in his last four games is his third of the season and of his career.
- During that four-game stretch, Joyce is averaging 19.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest.
- Andrews' 16 points move him past Scott Smith (1993-97) and into 17th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,540 points.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Bentley University in a game that will air on WGIR 610-AM.
- The next home contest for SNHU is Saturday, Feb. 16 (4 p.m.) when it takes on Merrimack College at the Stan Spirou Field House in a tilt that will be broadcast on FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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