When and Where: February 17, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Fieldhouse)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 89, Franklin Pierce University 75
Records: SNHU 17-9 (13-6 Northeast-10), Franklin Pierce 14-10 (11-8 Northeast-10),
Junior Chris Walters (Stamford, Conn.) scored a game-high 28 points to pace four scorers in double figures as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team cruised to an 89-75 victory against Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday night at the SNHU Fieldhouse.
Walters was an efficient 9 of 12 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from long distance, and a perfect 9 of 9 from the stripe, while stuffing the stat sheet with nine rebounds, three blocks, three steals and an assist. Freshman Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) poured in a career-high 19 points (7-9 FG, 5-5 FT) to go with three rebounds and two steals. Senior Rodney Sanders (Elizabeth, N.J.) netted 10 points (3-11 FG, 2-6 3-FG, 2-2 FT), made three steals and collected a pair of rebounds, while classmate BJ Cardarelli (Manchester, Conn.) also scored 10 points (3-9 FG, 1-4 3-FG, 3-3 FT) and grabbed two rebounds.
Donte Gittens led the Ravens with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while Mike McDevitt added 13 points.
A Gittens layup 22 seconds into the game gave Franklin Pierce its only lead of the game as a Sanders jumper and a three-point play from Cardarelli gave Southern New Hampshire the lead for good at 5-2 just under two minutes in.
With the lead at two over three minutes later, six straight points pushed the lead to 19-11 with 13:46 remaining in the opening half. An 11-2 run later in the half – with four points each from Walters and Andrews – stretched the SNHU advantage to 32-18 with 9:31 left.
Franklin Pierce would cut its deficit to eight, but Walters would close the half with five straight points to give the hosts a 54-38 lead at the break.
Five points from Walters would power a 7-0 run to open the half and expand the Southern New Hampshire advantage to a game-high 61-38 just over two minutes in. Franklin Pierce would not get closer than 16 the rest of the way until a bucket that closed the scoring brought the game to its final margin of 14.
Junior Devin Gilligan (Amherst, N.H.) posted nine points (3-6 FG, 3-4 3-FG), five rebounds and three steals, while classmate Adrian Oliveira (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored eight points (4-10 FG), handed out six assists and pulled down three rebounds.
-SNHU has now won seven of its last eight games.
-The Penmen have moved into a third-place tie with Stonehill College – their next opponent – in the Northeast-10 Northeast Division standings and are one-game back of Saint Anselm College – their following opponent – and just two games back of first-place Bentley University.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Franklin Pierce, 47 percent (31-66) to 43.3 percent (26-60), including 35 percent (7-20) to 30.4 percent (7-23) from long distance.
-SNHU was nearly automatic from the line, going 20 of 22 (90.9%), while Franklin Pierce was 16 of 26 (61.5%).
-The Ravens held a 44-32 advantage on the glass, including 16-9 on the offensive end, while the Penmen won the glass (42-30) and recorded 15 steals to help produce a better assist-to-turnover ratio (13/11 – 11/20).
-Southern New Hampshire improves to 11-3 at home, including 9-1 against Northeast-10 opponents
-Head coach Stan Spirou, who now has 598 career wins, improves to 43-28 (.606) over 31 seasons against Franklin Pierce.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Feb. 20 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Stonehill College (18-7, 13-6 NE-10). The Penmen return home for their regular-season finale when they play host to crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College (19-5, 14-5 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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