MANCHESTER, N.H. – Jeffery Adkins totaled 14 points as the University of New Haven held off Southern New Hampshire University for a 59-57 Northeast-10 men's basketball victory Tuesday evening at the SNHU Fieldhouse. The Chargers improved to 14-5 and 9-4 in the NE-10 with the win, while the Penmen are now 10-8 and 8-7 in the league.
Adkins finished 5-11 from the floor and also grabbed six rebounds. Ashanti DePass knocked down three three-pointers and finished with 12 points, while Eric Anderson added 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
Junior Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) led Southern New Hampshire with 13 points, going 6-12 with three dunks in the game, while Mike Stys (Hooksett, N.H.) knocked down a pair of three-pointers and finished with 10 points.
SNHU trailed 31-24 at halftime, but outscored New Haven 15-9 over the first five minutes of the second half to pull within one, 40-39, on a thunderous transition dunk by Bonsignore at the 15:08 mark. From there, New Haven would gradually pull away, opening up a seven-point cushion, 53-46, on a pair of Adkins free throws with just under nine minutes to go.
Trailing 55-48 with 7:10 left, and 55-50 following a Nikola Canic (Belgrade, Serbia) layup, freshman Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored seven straight points off the bench to tie the game 57-57 with 1:53 to go. His three from the top of the key made it 55-53, and after an Adkins layup, Oliveira scored again at the 4:21 mark to make it 57-53. He tied the game with 1:53 to go with a high-arcing layup over Anderson, the second-leading shot blocker in the NE-10. Following a Charger timeout, Anderson scored to give New Haven a 59-57 lead.
On SNHU's next possession, a Stys three attempt would be long, but Rodney Sanders (Linden, N.J.) would grab the offensive board, and a drive by Stys was also off the mark. On the other end, Adkins missed a layup and Stys grabbed the rebound with 15 seconds left. After an Oliveira attempt to tie the game in transition was blocked, the Penmen called timeout with 6.3 seconds left. Bonsignore got a look at a contested three, but his attempt was long as UNH hung on.
New Haven led much of the first half, opening up a 31-21 lead 16 seconds before intermission on a DePass three. Stys would cut the lead to seven at the break, 31-24, with his buzzer-beating three.
The Chargers shot 55.6% from the floor in the second half and 44.4% for the game while limiting the Penmen to 40.4% shooting, including just 3-16 behind the arc, while UNH knocked down eight of its 20 three-point attempts. New Haven held a 40-27 rebounding advantage that resulted in a 13-3 lead in second chance points, and the guests were 11-17 at the free throw line while SNHU went just 8-16 at the stripe.
Southern New Hampshire is idle until Tuesday, February 5, when it travels to Lincoln (Pa.) University for a 7:00 non-conference contest. The next Penmen home game is Saturday, February 15, when SNHU entertains Stonehill College in a 4:00 tilt at the SNHU Fieldhouse that can be seen on WBIN-TV.
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