Men’s Basketball Remains in NE10 Postseason Hunt, Despite 80-69 Defeat at Franklin Pierce

BOX SCORE

When and Where: February 23, 2019 – Rindge, N.H. (FPU Fieldhouse)
Score: Franklin Pierce University 80, Southern New Hampshire University 69
Records: FPU 15-12 (11-9 NE10), SNHU 12-13 (8-12 NE10)

Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) reached the 30-point plateau for the third time in the last four games, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team suffered an 80-69 loss to Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at the FPU Fieldhouse.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Andrews went 11-for-24 from the field, including 1-for-10 from distance, and 8-for-10 at the line, to go with four assists and three rebounds.
  • Freshman Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) posted career highs in points (14) and rebounds (10) for his first career double-double. He was 7 of 16 from the floor in 25 minutes off the bench.
  • Falu Seck paced the Ravens with 27 points (10-14 FG, 4-5 3-FG, 3-4 FT) off the bench.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After a dunk from junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) opened the scoring more than three minutes into the game, the score was tied, 5-5, when a 9-2 run – with four points from Lolami Lola-Charles – put Franklin Pierce in front, 14-7, with 12:49 remaining in the opening half.
  • Three-pointers from Andrews and senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) helped Southern New Hampshire creep to within 17-13 more than a minute-and-a-half later, but a 6-0 run from the Ravens gave them a 10-point lead at 23-13 with 9:16 to play.
  • The back-and-forth continued, as an 8-2 counter-run – with the final four coming from Andrews – trimmed the SNHU deficit to 25-21 with 6:08 left, with another 6-1 spurt pulling the Penmen even closer at 29-27 with under two-and-a-half minutes to go. Seck would bookend an 8-0 push with layups, however, as Franklin Pierce took a 37-27 advantage into the locker room.
  • The Ravens were up 11 nearly six minutes into the second half, when a 13-4 rush – led by six points from Sam Van Oostrum – ballooned the lead to 58-40 at the midway point. Andrews quickly responded by ripping off five straight to make it a 13-point game a minute later.
  • The margin was 16 at 69-53 with 5:01 left when seven points from Andrews powered an 11-2 blitz that slashed the Southern New Hampshire deficit to 71-64 with 2:35 on the clock. Franklin Pierce sealed it, however, with a 9-1 run that made it 80-65 with 1:10 to play.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Franklin Pierce outshot Southern New Hampshire, 47.8 percent (32-67) to 45 percent (27-60), including 40.9 percent (9-22) to 16.7 percent (3-18) from beyond the arc.
  • SNHU was plus-5 from the line, despite being outshot, 77.8 percent (7-9) to 63.2 percent (12-19).
  • The Penmen won the glass (42-30), while the Ravens piled up more points off mistakes (16-8), received more bench scoring (57-22) and turned in a better assist-to-turnover ratio (25/11-5/20).
  • Russo recorded six points (2-4 FG, 2-3 3-FG) and a career-high nine rebounds.
  • Montague posted six points (2-4 FG, 2-5 FT), six boards and a pair of blocks.
  • Senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) chimed in with six points (3-3 FG).
  • Junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) chipped in four points (1-7 FG, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire has dropped three straight, while Franklin Pierce has now won six of its last eight and four of five.
  • SNHU had captured eight of the last nine meetings and six straight against Franklin Pierce entering the day. The Ravens defeat the Penmen for the first time since Nov. 24, 2015 (80-70).
  • Despite the loss, Assumption College's upset of Stonehill College kept SNHU's NE10 postseason hopes alive. The Penmen remain tied for the fifth and final spot in the NE10 Northeast Division with Stonehill. Southern New Hampshire, which would lose the tiebreaker with the Skyhawks, needs a win in the finale Tuesday against Assumption, as well as a Saint Anselm College win over Stonehill, to punch its ticket.
  • Andrews scores 30 points for the fifth time this season and for the third time in the last four games. During that stretch, he is averaging 24.6 points per game.
  • Andrews' 15th 20-point performance of the season is the 28th of his career, 
  • Andrews' 31 points move him past Sotirios Karapostolou (1999-03) and into 12th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,639 points.

UP NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action for the final regular-season contest Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8 p.m.) against 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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