When and Where: February 10, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Bentley University 85, Southern New Hampshire University 78
Records: Bentley 17-5 (14-3 Northeast-10), SNHU 15-9 (11-6 Northeast-10),
Senior Rodney Sanders (Elizabeth, N.J.) poured in a game-high 30 points, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team dropped a battle with Bentley University, 85-78, Wednesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Sanders shot 12 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 8 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 2 of 2 from the stripe, to go along with six rebounds and three steals. Junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) tallied 18 points (7-16 FG, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds and two blocks, with senior BJ Cardarelli (Manchester, Conn.) adding 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-2 3-FG), five boards and two steals.
Keegan Hyland led Bentley with 29 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Tyler McFarland finished with 27 points, nine boards, three blocks and two assists.
Southern New Hampshire built an early 7-0 lead over the opening three minutes before an 8-2 counter-run from Bentley – with five points from McFarland – trimmed its deficit to 9-8 a little over four minutes in. The Penmen would re-build the lead back up to five, but a 14-2 surge from Bentley gave it a 22-15 lead with 11:29 remaining in the opening half.
With the gap at six, the Penmen scored six straight to forge a 26-26 tie at the 9:25 mark, but the Falcons would later re-gain a six-point lead at 36-30 with 5:07 left. After a pair of Sanders 3-pointers carried an 8-2 SNHU run that knotted the contest at 40-all with 3:18 on the clock, back-to-back treys from Alex Furness and McFarland put Bentley back in front by six. The Falcons would take a 46-42 lead into the break.
Bentley led by seven, 56-49, over six minutes into the second half, when a 19-4 rush – with eight points from Sanders – handed the Penmen their largest lead of the night at 68-60 midway through the half.
Seven straight points, including five from Hyland, would slash Bentley's deficit to 68-67 with 7:13 left. Bentley would tie the game on four occasions, but could not break through until Hyland snapped a 76-76 tie with a 3-pointer that gave the visitors the lead for good with 1:21 to play.
The teams would trade buckets, but following a pair of McFarland free throws, Southern New Hampshire missed a triple and McFarland sank two more to seal it.
Junior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) registered seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3-FG), five rebounds and three steals, with freshman Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) recording six points (2-8 FG, 2-4 FT), five rebounds and three assists. Junior Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) chipped in four points (2-9 FG), five assists and two rebounds.
-SNHU has its season-high five-game winning streak snapped.
-Bentley outshot Southern New Hampshire, 50 percent (27-54) to 43.2 percent (32-74), including 46.2 percent (12-26) to 31.6 percent (6-19) from long range.
-Bentley was also plus-11 at the line as they made 19 of 21 (90.5%) to SNHU's 8 of 11 (72.7%).
-The Penmen held a 36-35 edge on the glass, including 16-8 on the offensive end, won the paint, 40-30, and also featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (13/9 – 14/15) for a 19-13 gap in points off turnovers.
-Southern New Hampshire falls to 10-3 at home, including 8-1 against Northeast-10 opponents.
-SNHU lost for just the third time in its last 13 games against Northeast-10 foes.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Feb. 13 (3 p.m.) when they take on Merrimack College. The Penmen return home Wednesday, Feb. 17 (7:30 p.m.) when they play host to Franklin Pierce University (13-9, 10-7 NE-10) at the Fieldhouse. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the box office on the day of the game.
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