Men's Basketball Falters in OT, as #19 Saint Anselm Pulls Out 104-93 Victory

Jacari Sanders bringing the ball up the court
BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JACK PERRI

When and Where: November 26, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Saint Anselm College 104, Southern New Hampshire University 93 (OT)
Records: Saint Anselm 5-1 (3-0 NE10), SNHU 4-2 (1-2 NE10)

Freshman Jacari Sanders (San Antonio, Texas) exploded for a career-high 27 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team fell to 19th-ranked Saint Anselm College, 104-93, in overtime Tuesday at the Stan Spirou Field House.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS
  • Sanders – career-high 27 points (12-19 FG, 3-5 FT), 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 22 points after halftime
  • Senior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) – 21 points (7-14 FG, 2-3 3-FG, 5-11 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Junior Michael Almonacy (Brentwood, N.Y.) – 16 points (5-14 FG, 5-9, 3-FG, 1-1 FT), 3 rebounds
  • Junior Corry Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) – 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-5 3-FG), 7 rebounds, 5 steals
  • Senior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) – 10 points (3-5 FG, 4-7 FT), 7 rebounds
KEY MOMENTS
  • SNHU trailed by one with less than 20 seconds left, when Almonacy drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing and was fouled, converting the four-point play at the line to put the Penmen up, 83-80. Tyler Arbuckle answered with a game-tying 3 six seconds later and the Penmen had a potential shot to win it that did not fall.
  • The Penmen held an 88-85 edge more than two minutes into the extra session when an Arbuckle trey tied it and set off a 10-3 run that put Saint Anselm in front, 95-91 with 1:16 left. The Hawks would go 9-for-10 from the line the rest of the way to seal it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • Chris Paul led all players with 29 points (5-10 FG, 19-23 FT) and 16 rebounds for the Hawks. Arbuckle (9-16 FG, 3-5 3-FG, 3-4 FT) and Danny Evans (7-17 FG, 5-10 3-FG, 2-4 FT) added 24 and 21, respectively.
  • The Penmen outshot the Hawks, 46.6 percent (34-73) to 44.4 percent (32-72), while Saint Anselm returned the favor from beyond the arc, 43.3 percent (13-30) to 33.3 percent (9-27).
  • Saint Anselm was also plus-11 at the line and shot it better, 77.1 percent (27-35) to 57.1 percent (16-28).
  • The Penmen won the paint (44-34), collected more points off turnovers (20-9), received more scoring from its bench (31-9) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (10/11-12/14), while the Hawks owned the glass (53-34) and gathered more second chance points (17-9).
NOTES
  • Since winning four straight, Southern New Hampshire has now dropped back-to-back games.
  • Saint Anselm has won four-in-a-row in the series against SNHU, as well as four straight at the Stan Spirou Field House.
WHAT'S NEXT
  • The Penmen are back in action Sunday, Dec. 1 (2 p.m.) when they take on Post University.
  • The next home contest for SNHU is Saturday, Dec. 7 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Queens (N.Y.) College at the Stan Spirou Field House.

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