When and Where: January 9, 2018 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Le Moyne College 58, Southern New Hampshire University 53
Records: Le Moyne 11-5 (8-1 NE10), SNHU 11-4 (7-3 NE10)
Junior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) scored a game-high 19 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team was stifled by Le Moyne College, 58-53, Tuesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Andrews went 8-for-16 from the field, including 2-for-6 from long distance, and was 1-for-3 from the line, while grabbing three rebounds.
Russell Sangster and Daniel Kaigler each led the Dolphins with 10 points.
Le Moyne held its largest lead of the night at 52-42 with less than four minutes remaining in regulation when six straight Penmen points trimmed the deficit to four at 52-48 with 1:30 left. The gap was six with 12 seconds to go when senior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) banked in a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game at 56-53. Le Moyne would drain a pair of free throws, however, to seal it.
Walters finished with four points (1-10 FG, 1-5 3-FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Southern New Hampshire trailed by one less than three minutes into the contest when a 16-3 rush – with five points from Andrews and four each from junior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore Ryogo Sumino (Kanagawa, Japan) – staked the Penmen to their largest lead of the game at 20-8 with 8:13 to play in the opening half.
Le Moyne responded with 10 straight points, including four each from Sangster and Tyquan Rolon, to slice its deficit to 20-18 with under four minutes to go. A 3 from Sumino sparked a 7-2 run that ended the half with SNHU leading, 27-20.
The margin was eight nearly three minutes into the second half when 10 points from Kaigler powered a 26-10 stretch that gave Le Moyne the lead at 52-42 with 4:05 on the clock. A Kaigler bucket with 9:28 to go gave the Dolphins the lead for good at 38-36.
Sumino posted nine points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3-FG) and four rebounds, while senior Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, N.H.) tallied eight points (3-9 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and five assists. Russo netted seven points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT) to go with three rebounds and a pair of steals.
-Southern New Hampshire, which loses for the fourth time in six games, drops back-to-back tilts twice in a span of six contests for the first time since Jan. 25-Feb. 11, 2014.
-Le Moyne outshot Southern New Hampshire, 41.1 percent (23-56) to 39.2 percent (20-51) from the field and 90 percent (9-10) to 63.6 percent from the stripe, while SNHU held a 26.1 percent (6-23) to 18.8 percent (3-16) advantage from the line.
-The Dolphins won the glass (38-29) and paint (32-18), while featuring a better assist-to-turnover ratio (12/13-6/13).
The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Jan. 17 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on the College of Saint Rose in a game that will air live on WGIR 610-AM. The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, Jan. 20 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to American International College at the Fieldhouse.
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