MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team was selected to place fourth in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference, according to the NE10 Preseason Coaches Poll that was released by the conference office Wednesday.
The Penmen totaled 60 points, to finish in a tie with Franklin Pierce University, which collected a trio of first-place votes. Saint Anselm College collected five first-place votes and 78 points to finish first, while Stonehill College was just behind with 72 points, after matching the defending East Region Champions' five first-place votes. Bentley University slotted in fourth, just ahead of SNHU and FPU with 62 points, and one first-place nod. Assumption College (33), and Saint Michael's College (20) rounded out the poll.
The University of New Haven was unanimously picked atop the Southwest Division with 91 points and all 13 possible first-place votes. Adelphi University grabbed the remaining first-place vote and 69 points, while Southern Connecticut State University was third with 61 points. Pace University (53) edged Le Moyne College (51) for fourth, with the College of Saint Rose (36) and American International College (24) capping the poll.
In his second year as head coach Jack Perri brings back six players from last season, while infusing the roster with a host of fresh talent. Seniors Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) and Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) are the top two leading scorers among the returners. Joyce averaged 15.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field, 42 percent from downtown and 82 percent at the line, in 26 starts last year. Montague electrified in his first season wearing a Penmen uniform, posting 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest, while throwing down numerous rim-rocking dunks, en route to shooting 52 percent.
The Penmen tip off their season Saturday, Nov. 9 (2:15 p.m.) when they take on Mercy College. The first home contest for SNHU will be Sunday, Nov. 17 (3 p.m.) when it hosts the College of Staten Island at the Stan Spirou Field House.
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2019-20 Northeast-10 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Saint Anselm – 78 pts. (5)
2. Stonehill – 72 (5)
3. Bentley – 62 (1)
T4. Franklin Pierce – 60 (3)
T4. So. New Hampshire – 60
6. Assumption – 33
7. Saint Michael's – 20
1. New Haven – 91 pts. (13)
2. Adelphi – 69 (1)
3. So. Connecticut – 61
4. Pace – 53
5. Le Moyne – 51
6. Saint Rose – 36
7. American Int'l – 24
(#) - indicates first-place votes