When and Where: January 6, 2018 – New Haven, Conn. (Moore Field House)
Score: Southern Connecticut State University 75, Southern New Hampshire University 70
Records: SCSU 7-6 (4-4 NE10), SNHU 11-3 (7-2 NE10)
Senior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) posted 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the 25th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team dropped a 75-70 decision to Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday at the Moore Field House.
Walters was 9 of 17 from the floor, including 3 of 7 from beyond the arc, and 2 of 3 from the line, while filling in the box score with three steals, two assists and a block. Junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) tallied 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds and seven assists. Junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) netted 12 points (4-11 FG, 4-11 3-FG) and grabbed a pair of rebounds, while senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) added 11 points (4-15 FG, 3-4 FT), two rebounds and two assists.
Isaiah McLeod led the Owls with 23 points, eight boards, six assists and four steals.
After Southern Connecticut scored the game's first basket, a 5-0 spurt – highlighted by a Russo 3-pointer – put Southern New Hampshire in front, 7-2, less than three minutes in. Five straight from McLeod tied the game just under a minute later, but a Walters triple triggered another 5-0 run that gave the Penmen a 12-7 lead with 15:09 remaining in the opening half.
The margin was still five two-and-a-half minutes later when a balanced 12-3 rush opened up a 23-19 lead for Southern Connecticut with 6:44 to go. The Penmen were within a pair when a trio of Ulyen Coleman triples powered a 13-4 blitz that widened the Owls' lead to 38-27 with 1:44 left. SCSU would bring a 41-32 lead into the break.
Southern New Hampshire came out of the locker room with a 15-3 barrage – with six points from Russo – to grab a 47-44 lead just over five minutes into the second half. After a 5-0 spurt put Southern Connecticut back on top, another Russo trey gave the Penmen what would be their final lead of the game at 50-49 with 13:31 remaining.
From there, Southern Connecticut would with rip off an 18-3 run – with McLeod, Taurus Adams and Nolan Miree each contributing six points – to take its largest lead of the contest at 67-53 with 6:56 to go. SNHU responded with nine straight, including seven from Andrews, to slash its deficit to 67-62 with 3:28 to play.
After the Owls slowed things down with a pair of buckets, Southern New Hampshire would answer with six straight, including four from Floras, to make it a one-possession game at 71-68 with 20 seconds on the clock. Coleman would nail a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left before McLeod sealed it with two more at the line with three seconds left, following a Penmen miss at the other end.
Senior Scott Toresco (Westfield, N.J.) chipped in four points (1-3 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals, while sophomore Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) added three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3-FG) and five boards.
-Southern New Hampshire, which is ranked 25th in the most recent D2SIDA Poll, loses for the third time in five games.
-Walters leapfrogs Brian Larrabee (1,566) and Billy Dunn (1,572) to move into 14th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,580 points.
-Walters' double-double is his eighth of the season and 29th of his career.
-Southern Connecticut outshot Southern New Hampshire, 45.2 percent (28-62) to 41.3 percent (26-63) from the floor, including 35 percent (7-20) to 30.8 percent (8-26) from beyond the arc, and 70.6 percent (12-17) to 66.7 percent (10-15) from the line.
-The Owls won the glass (42-37), featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (19/16-13/16) and owned a 15-6 advantage in second chance points, while the Penmen held narrow margins in the paint (28-26) and in points off mistakes (23-21).
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Jan. 9 (7:30 p.m.) when they play host to Le Moyne College at the SNHU Fieldhouse in a game that will air live on WGIR 610-AM.
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