Men’s Hoop Closes 2015 with Third Straight Win; Downs Lincoln (Pa.), 76-62

BOX SCORE
RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH STAN SPIROU

When and Where: December 20, 2015 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score:
Southern New Hampshire University 76, Lincoln (Pa.) University 62
Records:
SNHU 7-4, Lincoln (Pa.) 2-8

Senior Rodney Sanders (Elizabeth, N.J.) led four scorers in double figures as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team won its third straight game with a 76-62 victory against Lincoln (Pa.) University on Sunday afternoon at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Sanders was 6-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-9 from beyond the arc, and 2-for-2 at the line, to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Classmate BJ Cardarelli (Manchester, Conn.) recorded a season-high 15 points (4-10 FG, 3-4 3-FG, 4-6 FT), six rebounds and two steals off the bench. Junior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) tallied 13 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 4-8 FT), six boards and two steals, with freshman Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) adding 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal. 

Joshua Davis paced the Lions with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Southern New Hampshire began the game on an 11-3 run over the opening 5:09. Sanders kicked in two 3-pointers during the stretch, while Gilligan posted five points and five rebounds, including four on the offensive end. 

Lincoln had pulled within six later in the half before 3-pointers from Cardarelli and freshman Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) triggered a 9-0 run that stretched the Penmen lead to a half-high 15 at 27-12 with 8:26 remaining. 

A 7-0 spurt from the Lions a minute-and-a-half later sliced their deficit in half at 29-22 with 4:17 on the clock, but an 11-4 rush – with five points from Cardarelli – pushed the gap back to 14 at 40-26 with 1:19 to play. Lincoln would score the final four points of the frame and head into the locker room trailing, 40-30.

Just one minute into the second half, Lincoln ripped off a 15-2 run – with six points from Kelly Marsh and five from Davis – to grab its first and only lead of the game at 47-46 with 12:10 remaining. The Penmen immediately responded by taking the lead for good at the 11:48 mark on a bucket from junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) that set off a 20-2 surge. Six different scorers, including Sanders, who netted six points during the stretch, contributed during the run, which gave SNHU its largest lead of the afternoon at 66-49 with 6:21 to play. Lincoln would never get closer than 13. 

Walters finished with seven points (3-7 FG, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds and two blocks, while fellow junior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) chipped in nine points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3-FG, 2-2 FT), three assists and two steals.

Notes:
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Lincoln, 43.1 percent (25-58) to 38.9 percent (21-54), while the Lions returned the favor from distance, 47.4 percent (9-19) to 32.1 percent (9-28). The Penmen were plus-six from the stripe as they went 17 of 26 (65.4%) to Lincoln's 11 of 18 (61.1%).
-The Lions narrowly won the glass (38-35), while the Penmen controlled the paint (32-18). SNHU also turned the ball over just 11 times, while taking advantage of 20 Lincoln mistakes for a 16-9 gap in points off turnovers.
-Sanders runs his double-digit scoring streak to eight games. 

Up Next:
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Jan. 2 (3:30 p.m.) as they welcome in the New Year by taking on Saint Michael's College. The Penmen return home Monday, Jan. 4 (7:30 p.m.) when they play host to Concordia (N.Y.) College at the Fieldhouse. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.

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