When and Where: February 13, 2019 – Waltham, Mass. (Dana Center)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 84, Bentley University 79
Records: SNHU 12-10 (8-9 NE10), Bentley 17-7 (10-7 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) and junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) joined forces to score 59 points and lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team past Bentley University, 84-79, Wednesday night at the Dana Center.
- Andrews tallied 30 points (10-21 FG, 4-6 3-FG, 6-9 FT), eight rebounds and six assists.
- Joyce poured in a career-high 29 points (9-13 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 9-12 FT), including 18 after halftime, to go with 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks.
- Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) posted 15 points (7-18 FG, 1-1 FT), eight boards and three blocks.
- Ryan Richmond led all scorers for the Falcons with 34 points (11-21 FG, 2-5 3-FG, 10-10 FT).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- With the game tied, 5-5, just over two minutes in, five straight points from Joyce powered an 8-2 run that put Southern New Hampshire into the lead at 13-7 with 16:00 remaining in the opening half. Bentley later responded with an 8-2 stretch of its own – with Chris Hudson providing the final five – to go in front, 18-17, at the 13:36 mark.
- SNHU answered with a 13-4 counter-run – with seven from Andrews – to open up a 30-22 advantage with 7:19 to play. With the margin still eight nearly four minutes later, Bentley closed the stanza with a 10-3 rush, including the final five points from Richmond, to trim its deficit at the break to 40-39.
- The teams traded the lead four times to begin the second half, with a Montague slam setting off an 8-0 run – capped by four points from Andrews – to put SNHU back in front, 54-47, less than five minutes in.
- Eight points from Richmond powered a 10-4 flurry for Bentley that pulled it within 58-57 at the 11:01 mark, but a 13-2 counter-strike from Southern New Hampshire – with five each from Andrews and Joyce – gave the Penmen their largest lead of the night at 71-59 with 8:00 to go.
- Four straight made it an eight-point game, which is what the margin stood at when Richmond buried a 3 to cut the SNHU lead to 80-75 with 46 seconds left. Joyce would go 4-for-6 from the stripe down the stretch to seal the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Bentley, 44.6 percent (29-65) to 40.6 percent (26-64), including 42.1 percent (8-19) to 32.1 percent (9-28) from beyond the arc.
- Bentley was better from the line, 90 percent (18-20) to 69.2 percent (18-26).
- The Penmen owned the glass (46-32) and the paint (38-24), while collecting more points off mistakes (11-19) and second chance points (17-12), and posting a better assist-to-turnover ratio (14/7-11/8).
- Senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chimed in with four points (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and a block in 11 minutes off the bench.
- Fellow senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) netted three points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3-FG), pulled in a career-high seven rebounds and dished three assists.
- Freshman Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) recorded three points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3-FG), six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
- Southern New Hampshire wins its second straight, while Bentley sees its two-game winning streak snapped, as it loses for the fifth time in seven contests.
- SNHU defeats Bentley for the fifth time in the last seven meetings.
- Head coach Jack Perri collects the first win of his career against his alma mater.
- Andrews' 13th 20-point performance of the season is the 26th of his career, while Joyce reaches the 20-point plateau for the eight time this season and 10th in his career.
- Joyce's third double-double in his last five games is his fourth of the season and of his career.
- During that five-game stretch, Joyce is averaging 21.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.
- Andrews' 30 points move him past Brian Larrabee (1999-03) and into 16th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,570 points.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Feb. 16 (4 p.m.) when they take 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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