SNHU (10-7, 6-6 Northeast-10)
Adelphi (12-4, 9-3 Northeast-10)
Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 3:30 pm
Center for Recreation and Sport - Garden City, N.Y.
THE MATCHUP: Southern New Hampshire travels to league-leading Adelphi on Saturday afternoon.
THE COACHES: Stan Spirou is in his 27th season as head coach at Southern New Hampshire...he owns a 520-271 (.657) career record in 26-plus seasons at the helm...Spirou was honored as the New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year four times (1993, 94, 95, 99) and has led the Penmen to 14 NCAA Tournaments, four NCAA Regional titles and fourteen 20 win seasons...Dominick Savino is in his second season as head coach at Adelphi after serving as an assistant the previous three years...last season he guided the Panthers to an NE-10 Tournament title and NCAA berth and owns a career 32-15 record.
THE SERIES:Southern New Hampshire is 8-3 all-time against Adelphi...last season the Panthers prevailed 60-58 in Manchester in a game that saw neither side lead by more than six points and saw six ties and 13 lead changes...the game was tied 30-30 at halftime...Richard Byrd and Rob Johnson each totaled 12 points to lead Adelphi...Josh Morgan-Green was 5-11 from three and totaled 17 points to lead the Penmen, while Greg DeSantis finished with 12 points.
THE PENMEN: Southern New Hampshire has won five of seven and is coming off a 72-69 win over Pace at home Tuesday night...Tory Stapleton leads the Penmen in scoring with his 11.5 ppg average, while also grabbing a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game...Stapleton is averaging 14.6 ppg over the last five games, shooting 55.8% from the floor...freshman Elijah Bonsignore is averaging 11.4 ppg and shooting 50.7% from the floor...he also has a team-best 30 blocked shots...Aleksandar Dobrovic is recording 9.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while being tied for the team lead in assists with 39...Greg DeSantis and B.J. Cardarelli are each scoring at a 9.8 ppg clip...the Penmen are shooting .432 overall, .360 behind the arc and .705 at the free throw line while allowing opponents to shoot .451 overall and .364 behind the arc...the Penmen are scoring 71.4 points per game while allowing 68.8 and are outrebounding teams 36.5-34.9...the Penmen have made the third-most three-pointers in the league (132) while ranking fourth in scoring offense.
THE PANTHERS: Adelphi bested Bentley 64-56 on the road in a showdown for first place in the Northeast-10 Tuesday night...Robert Johnson leads the Panthers in scoring with his 13.8 ppg average...Chris Ranglin is averaging 10.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Bradley Simpson is shooting 56.8% from the floor and scoring at a 10.7 ppg clip...John Calarco is the fourth AU player in double figures, averaging 10.1 ppg...the Panthers are shooting .437 overall, .334 from three-point land and .746 at the free throw line while allowing opponents to shoot .417 overall and .358 behind the arc...Adelphi is outscoring opponents 65.3-61.4 while getting outrebounded 33.7-31.7..the Panthers rank third in the NE-10 in scoring defense.
WHAT'S NEXT: Southern New Hampshire travels to Southern Connecticut on Wednesday night before hosting American International next Saturday afternoon.