When and Where: February 20, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stoutenburgh Gymnasium)
Score: Saint Anselm College 71, Southern New Hampshire University 67
Records: Saint Anselm 20-4 (16-3 NE10), SNHU 12-12 (8-11 NE10)
Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) exploded for 30 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team saw an 11-point lead slip away late, as 20th-ranked Saint Anselm College escaped with a 71-67 victory Wednesday night at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium.
- Andrews was 12 of 28 from the field, including a career-best 6 of 12 from long distance, while grabbing seven rebounds.
- Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) posted 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-1 FT) and 11 rebounds.
- Fellow junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) also notched a double-double of 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3-FG) and 12 boards.
- Tim Guers paced the Hawks with 23 points (8-17 FG, 7-8 FT) and eight rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire trailed by one early on, when a 7-1 run – capped by a 3-pointer from senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) – gave it an 11-6 advantage a little more than six minutes into the contest. A 9-2 counter-run, however – with four from Guers – leapfrogged Saint Anselm in front, 15-13, with 10:47 remaining.
- The game of runs continued, as an 11-3 counter-strike – with Andrews providing all 11 – lifted the Penmen into the lead at 24-18 at the 8:01 mark. Saint Anselm would close to within one just under two minutes later when a 12-3 rush – capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Montague – gave SNHU a 10-point advantage at 36-26 with 2:38 left. The Hawks would score the final four points of the half and get within 36-30 at the break.
- Saint Anselm opened the second stanza with an 8-2 run – with Chris Paul delivering the final four – that tied the game at 38-all less than two-and-a-half minutes in, but a balanced 11-2 counter-run – sparked by an Andrews trey – put the Penmen back in front at 49-40 with 14:42 remaining.
- The Hawks nudged within five a little over a minute later, but an 8-0 blitz – capped by five straight from Andrews – handed the Penmen their largest lead of the night at 59-48 with 11:02 left. Saint Anselm responded in a big way, however, ripping off a 13-2 run – with Guers scoring the final four – to knot the score at 61-all with 5:10 to play.
- After Andrews and Guers swapped buckets, a Joyce layup put the Penmen in front, 65-63, with 2:29 to go. That would be their final lead of the contest, however, as baskets from Guers and Alonzo Jackson flipped Saint Anselm into the lead at 67-65 with 1:26 to play. Following a SNHU miss, Guers drained a pair of free throws that made it a two-possession game, but Andrews made a layup at the other end to trim the Penmen deficit to 69-67 with 47 seconds left.
- Southern New Hampshire played the ensuing defensive possession straight up and eventually forced a miss that gave it the ball with less than 20 seconds remaining. Andrews drove in for a layup with five seconds to go and appeared to draw contact on the miss, but no foul was called. SNHU was forced to foul at the other end, with Guers knocking down both to seal it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Saint Anselm outshot Southern New Hampshire, 44.8 percent (26-58) to 41.2 percent (28-68), while SNHU returned the favor from beyond the arc, 39.1 percent (9-23) to 25 percent (5-16).
- Saint Anselm also feasted at the line, going 15 of 22 (68.2%), while SNHU was just 2 of 3 (66.7%).
- The Penmen captured the glass (41-36) and collected more second chance points (16-11), while the Hawks narrowly won the paint (40-38), converted more points off mistakes and turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (9/6-12/10).
- Russo chimed in with five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3-FG), three assists and two rebounds.
- Fellow senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) recorded four points (2-5 FG), two rebounds and two assists.
- Southern New Hampshire has dropped two straight, while Saint Anselm has now won three-in-a-row and five of six.
- Saint Anselm has now captured five of six and three straight against SNHU, which had won two of the last three meetings at Stoutenburgh entering the day.
- The loss sinks SNHU into a fifth-place tie with Stonehill College for the final postseason spot in the NE10 Northeast Division standings with two games remaining. The Penmen need one more win than the Skyhawks the rest of the way to clinch a playoff berth.
- The last time the Penmen were sent to the line fewer than four times was Nov. 14, 2012 when they shot just two free throws in a win at Saint Michael's.
- Montague's fourth double-double in his last six games is his 10th of the season and of his Penmen career. Joyce's third double-double in the last four games is his fifth of the season and of his career.
- Andrews' 30 points move him past Chris Delguidice (1977-81) and Joe Bradley (1983-87) and into 13th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,608 points.
- With the win, Saint Anselm collects a point in the Queen City Cup standings and is now tied with SNHU, 13-13, in the battle for Manchester supremacy.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, Feb. 23 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on in-state rival Franklin Pierce University.
- The next home game for SNHU is Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8 p.m.) when it plays host to Assumption College on Senior Night at the Stan Spirou Field House in a tilt that will air on FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.
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