Men’s Basketball Rolls Past Pace After Big Second Half, 90-60


When and Where: January 30, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Southern New Hampshire University 90, Pace University 60
Records: SNHU 13-8 (9-5 Northeast-10), Pace 8-14 (5-9 Northeast-10)

Junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) poured in 27 points as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team used a huge second half to notch a 90-60 victory against Pace University on Saturday at the SNHU Fieldhouse.

Walters missed just one shot all day, going 8-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 9-for-9 from the stripe, while tallying five rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal. Classmate Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) netted a career-high 14 points (4-6 FG, 4-6 3-FG, 2-2 FT) – all coming during a span of 4:58 in the first half – and added four rebounds and three steals. Senior BJ Cardarelli (Manchester, Conn.) also registered 14 points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3-FG), 5-6 FT), while pulling down four rebounds and collecting three assists. Junior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) was also in double figures with 11 points (3-6 FG, 5-6 FT) and four boards.

Shelton Mickell led Pace with 27 points.

The opening 8:46 of the contest featured six lead changes and a pair of ties before Harris, who had already knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the previous three minutes, sank a pair of free throws that gave the Penmen the lead for good at 17-16 and also set off a 17-0 avalanche that ballooned the Southern New Hampshire advantage to 32-16 with 7:42 remaining in the opening half. Harris contributed eight points during the stretch.

Later in the half, Walters would connect on a 3-pointer that powered a 5-0 spurt and gave SNHU its largest lead of the half at 44-27 with 2:14 to go. Mickell would end the stanza on a personal 8-2 run that trimmed Pace's halftime deficit to 46-35.

The margin was 15 over seven minutes into the second frame when a jumper from freshman Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) triggered a 22-7 landslide that featured seven points from Walters and gave Southern New Hampshire its largest lead of the day at an even 30 points (83-53) with 3:38 left.

Andrews finished with six points (3-5 FG) and three rebounds. Senior Rodney Sanders (Elizabeth, N.J.) tallied a season-low five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3-FG), four assists and two steals, while junior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) chipped in four points (2-4 FG), six helpers and three steals.

-The Penmen have now won three-in-a-row
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Pace, 53.8 percent (28-52) to 46.2 percent (24-52), including 42.9 percent (9-21) to 23.1 percent (3-13) from long range and 63.6 percent (14-22) to 37 percent (10-27) in the second half, overall.
-The Penmen captured the glass (29-25), while the Setters won the paint (36-28), but SNHU, which featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (18/10-7/20) held huge margins in points off turnovers (22-8) and second chance points (13-6).
-SNHU remains a perfect 7-0 at home against Northeast-10 foes
-The Penmen are now 11-1 when holding their opponents to 70 or fewer points, including a perfect 5-0 when limiting them to 60 or less. They are also now 11-1 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the arc.
-Sanders saw his 17-game double-digit scoring streak snapped.

Up Next:
The Penmen are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 3 (7:30 p.m.) when they battle Assumption College (6-12, 2-11 NE-10) in a game that can be heard live on WGIR 610-AM. The next home contest for the Penmen is Saturday, Feb. 6 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to Saint Michael's College in a Penmen Pink Day tilt that will air live on NESNplus and NESN National. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.

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