When and Where: November 9, 2019 – Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. (Victory Hall Sports Center)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 94, Mercy College 70
Records: SNHU 1-0, Mercy 0-1
Junior Corry Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) paced four scorers in double figures with 18 points, including 14 in the second half, to lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team to a season-opening 94-70 victory against Mercy College on Saturday afternoon at the Victory Hall Sports Center.
- Long – 18 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 3-FG, 3-3 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 steals
- Senior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) – 17 points (6-12 FG, 4-7 3-FG, 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 12 first-half points
- Junior Michael Almonacy (Brentwood, N.Y.) – 15 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3-FG, 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 8 assists
- Freshman Ryan Conroy (Staten Island, N.Y.) – 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-8 3-FG)
- Sophomore Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) – 9 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 2-3 FT), 6 rebounds
- Freshman Jacari Sanders (San Antonio, Texas) – 8 points (2-4 FG, 2-2 3-FG, 2-4 FT), 2 rebounds, 2 steals
- Senior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) – 7 points (2-8 FG, 2-5 3-FG, 1-4 FT), 6 rebounds, 3 steals
- Sophomore Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) – 5 points (1-4 FG, 3-3 FT), 3 rebounds, 4 assists
- The score was tied at 23-all just past the midway point of the opening stanza when Southern New Hampshire ripped off a balanced 19-1 run that opened a 42-24 advantage with 2:14 to play. Long led the way with four points, while Joyce, Almonacy, Conroy, Sanders and Buscetto all added three. The Penmen defense held Mercy without a field goal for a stretch of 7:58 during the run.
- Mercy was within 14 with under seven-and-a-half minutes to play in regulation when SNHU put the game out of reach with a 17-2 burst that opened its largest lead of the day at 85-56 with 3:57 on the clock. Montague and Long paced the run with six and five points, respectively.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Mercy's Bryan Griffin led all scorers with 26 points (9-14 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 6-9 FT).
- The Mavericks narrowly outshot the Penmen, 48.1 percent (25-52) to 47.7 percent (31-65), while SNHU returned the favor in a big way from long range, 54.3 percent (19-35) to 31.8 percent (7-22).
- Both teams shot just 61.9 percent (13-21) from the line.
- The Penmen held a slight edge on the glass (35-34), featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (15/13-12/21) and collected more points off turnovers (29-9), while the Mavericks captured the paint (32-20).
- Southern New Hampshire captures its season opener for the 13th straight year.
- SNHU's 19 made 3-pointers set a new single-game program record, surpassing the 17 triples that came against Keene State College on Feb. 7, 1996.
- The Penmen are back in action Sunday (Nov. 10) at noon when they close out their trip to Mercy with a matchup against Molloy College.
- SNHU opens its home slate Sunday, Nov. 17 (3 p.m.) when it plays host to the College of Staten Island at the Stan Spirou Field House. The game will air live on WGIR 610-AM.
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