Assumption Rallies Past Men's Basketball in Final Minute for 87-86 Victory

Michael Almonacy holding the ball out on the wing
BOX SCORE

When and Where: November 23, 2019 – Worcester, Mass. (Laska Gymnasium)
Score: Assumption College 87, Southern New Hampshire University 86
Records: Assumption 4-1 (1-0 NE10), SNHU 4-1 (1-1 NE10)

Junior Michael Almonacy (Brentwood, N.Y.) and freshman Jacari Sanders (San Antonio, Texas) netted 20 and 19 points, respectively, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team had its six-point lead with under a minute to play erased in an 87-86 defeat against Assumption College on Saturday afternoon at Laska Gymnasium.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS
  • Almonacy – 20 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3-FG, 2-3 FT), 6 rebounds, 15 second-half points
  • Sanders – career-high 19 points (7-10 FG, 5-10 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 14 second-half points
  • Senior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) – 14 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3-FG, 4-4 FT), 9 rebounds
  • Senior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) – 10 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 1-4 FT), 10 rebounds
  • Sophomore Justyn Lacy (Catskill, N.Y.) – 7 points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3-FG, 2-2 FT), 2 rebounds
  • Sophomore Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) – 6 points (2-4 FG, 2-3 3-FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists
KEY MOMENTS
  • SNHU held an 86-80 advantage with just under a minute to go when a Brown layup, followed by an Assumption steal and 3-pointer from Branislav Vujadinovic, slashed the Greyhound deficit to 86-85 with 15 ticks left. Another Penmen turnover allowed Matthew Kelly to drop in the go-ahead layup with eight seconds on the clock, before a pair of misses at the other end gave Assumption the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • Malik Brown paced the Greyhounds with 20 points (8-14 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 3-5 FT) and seven rebounds.
  • The Penmen outshot the Greyhounds, 50.8 percent (30-59) to 47.8 percent (33-69), including 43.5 (10-23) to 42.4 percent (14-33) from beyond the arc.
  • Despite SNHU being plus-nine at the line, Assumption shot it better, 70 percent (7-10) to 64 percent (16-25).
  • The Penmen owned the glass (41-28), but the Greyhonds collected more points off turnovers (19-11), narrowly won the paint (38-36) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (15/10-7/17).
NOTES
  • Southern New Hampshire has its four-game winning streak snapped, as it suffers its first loss of the season.
  • After winning 11 straight in the series, SNHU has now dropped two-in-a-row. The Penmen, who still lead the all-time series, 33-15, also have their six-game winning streak at Assumption halted, as they lose at Laska for the first time since Jan. 7, 2012.
  • Montague's double-double is his third of the season and 13th of his career.
WHAT'S NEXT
  • The Penmen are back in action Tuesday, Nov. 26 (7:30 p.m.) when they play host to crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College at the Stan Spirou Field House. The game will air on WGIR 610-AM.

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