February 14, 2012

Stonehill Grinds Out 52-43 Men's Basketball Victory

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Brian Hamor totaled 17 points to lead Stonehill College to a 52-43 Northeast-10 men's basketball victory over Southern New Hampshire University Tuesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse.  The Skyhawks improved to 16-8 overall and 13-7 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 12-13 and 8-11 in the league.

Hamor finished 5-12 from the floor and 5-7 at the free throw line.  Andre Tongo, Jack Cole and Adam Fazzini each finished with eight points, with Cole also grabbing nine rebounds.

Tory Stapleton (Rahway, N.J.) led Southern New Hampshire with 16 points, going 7-11 from the field.  CJ Marriro (Boston, Mass.) totaled eight points, while BJ Cardarelli (Manchester, Conn.) and Josh Morgan-Green (Upper Marlboro, Md.) chipped in six points apiece.

Stonehill led by as many as eight early in the second half, but SNHU chipped away at the lead and tied the game 40-40 with 4:40 remaining on a pair of Aleksandar Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro) free throws.  Andre Tongo put the Skyhawks up for good on their next possession with his layup with 4:24 left making it 42-40.  The Penmen cut the lead down to one twice, the last time on a Stapleton basket with 3:17 left that made it 44-43.  Hamor knocked down a three on the next Skyhawk possession and the guests closed the game out on an 8-0 run.

Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 14-6 lead 9:10 into the game following a conventional three-point play bty Stapleton, but the Skyhawks used a 13-2 run capped by a Hamor three with 2:27 to go in the first half to take their first lead of the contest, 19-16.  Stonehill would take a 23-20 lead into the locker room, and extended that lead to eight by opening the second half with five unanswered points to go up 28-20 1:21 into the period.

Stonehill shot 39.6% for the game and SNHU 38.1%, but the Skyhawks were 5-16 behind the arc while the Penmen finished just 2-11.  SNHU was 9-13 from the charity stripe while the guests were 9-18, and the Penmen held a 34-29 rebounding advantage, but 19 Southern New Hampshire turnovers led to 14 Skyhawk points.

SNHU returns to action Saturday afternoon when it travels to Merrimack College for a 3:00 Northeast-10 contest.