Men’s Basketball Rushes Back, Before Merrimack Slips by for 63-60 Win

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JACK PERRI | HIGHLIGHTS

When and Where: February 16, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Merrimack College 63, Southern New Hampshire University 60
Records: Merrimack 17-8 (12-6 NE10), SNHU 12-11 (8-10 NE10)

Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team rallied from 13 down before falling to Merrimack College, 63-60, Saturday at the Stan Spirou Field House.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Montague was 3 of 11 from the floor and 10 of 12 from the line.
  • Fellow junior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) posted 13 points (4-13 FG, 1-4 3-FG, 4-4 FT), eight boards, two assists and a block.
  • Senior Charlie Russo (Syracuse, N.Y.) netted 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-6 3-FG), to go with two rebounds and a pair of steals.
  • Juvaris Hayes paced the Warriors with 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, four steals and three assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Following seven lead changes and a pair of ties, Southern New Hampshire held a 15-13 edge with under 10-and-a-half minutes to play in the opening half when a 15-0 blitz – with five points from Jaleel Lord and four from Hayes – gave Merrimack its largest lead of the contest at 28-15 with 4:03 remaining. SNHU responded with a 7-0 counter-run – capped by a three-quarters-court heave that Russo drained as time expired – to slash its deficit at the break to 28-22.
  • The Penmen then began the second half with a 5-0 spurt that pulled it to within 28-27 just 3:25 in. The hosts could not get over the hump, however, as four straight from Ryan Boulter made it a five-point game.
  • The margin was still five nearly four minutes later when five straight – finished off by a Russo triple – tied the game at 42, but the Warriors used a 15-4 flurry – with six points from Hayes and five from Lord – to run the lead up to 11 at 57-46 with 5:38 to play.
  • Just when it looked as if Merrimack would put the game away, however, SNHU answered with a 14-4 run – with five from Joyce and four from Montague – to trim its deficit to a single point at 61-60 with 16 seconds left. The Penmen fouled and sent Hayes to the line where he drained both to make it 63-60, with SNHU calling timeout with under 11 seconds to go. Southern New Hampshire was able to get off a pair of potential game-tying 3-pointers, but neither would fall and Merrimack escaped with the win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Merrimack outshot Southern New Hampshire, 50 percent (26-52) to 35.8 percent (19-53), including 48 percent (12-25) to 26.7 percent (8-30) in the first half, while SNHU returned the favor from beyond the arc, 42.1 percent (8-19) to 23.8 percent (5-21).
  • SNHU was also plus-8 at the line, despite being outshot, 85.7 percent (6-7) to 77.8 percent (14-18).
  • The Penmen captured the glass (33-29), including on the offensive end (12-5), while scoring more second chance points (10-2) and posting a better assist-to-turnover ratio (11/18-7/15). Merrimack owned the paint (45-22) and held a slight edge in points off mistakes (15-14).
  • SNHU went 8:38 without scoring during Merrimack's 15-0 run in the first half.
  • Senior Daquaise Andrews (Queens, N.Y.) posted eight points (3-14 FG, 2-6 3-FG), three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
  • Freshman Mikey Buscetto (Waterford, Conn.) chimed in with six points (2-3 FG, 2-3 3-FG), four assists, three rebounds and a steal.
  • Senior Remo Simankevicius (Melbourne, Australia) notched four points (2-3 FG) and four rebounds.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire has its winning streak halted at two games, while Merrimack has now won eight of its last 10.
  • Merrimack win its third straight against SNHU, while vanquishing a four-game skid at the Field House, picking up its first victory there since Feb. 7, 2015 (85-73).
  • Montague's third double-double in his last five games is his ninth of the season and of his Penmen career.
  • Andrews' eight points move him past Billy Dunn (1978-82) and into 15th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,578 points.

UP NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Anselm in a contest that will air on WGIR 610-AM.
  • The next home game for SNHU is Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8 p.m.) when it plays host to Assumption College on Senior Night at the Stan Spirou Field House in a tilt that will air on FOX College Sports and WGIR 610-AM.

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