Joyce, Almonacy Guide Men's Basketball to 77-61 Win Over Stonehill in NE10 Opener


When and Where: November 20, 2019 – Manchester, N.H. (Stan Spirou Field House)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 77, Stonehill College 61
Records: SNHU 4-0 (1-0 NE10), Stonehill 2-3 (0-1 NE10)

Senior Eamonn Joyce (Medford, Mass.) and junior Michael Almonacy (Brentwood, N.Y.) both reached career highs in combining for 54 points, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's basketball team opened Northeast-10 play with a 77-61 triumph over Stonehill College on Wednesday night at the Stan Spirou Field House.

  • Joyce – career-high 30 points (11-18 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals
  • Almonacy – caqreer-high 24 points (9-15 FG, 4-9 3-FG, 2-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Junior Corry Long (Cincinnati, Ohio) – 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3-FG), 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists
  • Senior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) – 6 points (3-9 FG), 6 rebounds
  • Freshman Jacari Sanders (San Antonio, Texas) – 5 points (2-8 FG, 1-1 FT), 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
  • SNHU scored the first 10 points of the game over the opening 3:10, as part of an 18-2 blitz in the initial 5:06 to begin the contest. Joyce scored the first five points of the game, with Long also adding five points during the run. Almonacy capped the stretch with four straight.
  • Stonehill had climbed within 11 with more than 14 minutes remaining when six straight points sparked a 19-8 binge that gave the Penmen their largest lead of the night at 70-48 with under eight minutes to play. Joyce and Almonacy comprised the entire run, with 12 and seven points, respectively.
  • Will Moreton led Stonehill with 15 points (5-13 FG, 3-6 3-FG, 2-5 FT) and 14 rebounds, while Andrew Sims added 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-2 FT).
  • The Penmen outshot the Skyhawks, 49.2 percent (30-61) to 39.7 percent (25-63), including 56.3 (18-32) to 38.7 percent (12-31) in the opening half and 40.9 percent (9-22) to 29.4 percent (5-17) from long distance, overall.
  • SNHU was also plus-two at the line, but Stonehill shot it better, 66.7 percent (6-9) to 57.1 percent (8-14).
  • The Penmen collected more points off turnovers (19-10) and featured a better assist-to-turnover ratio (11/9-6/13), while the Skyhawks won the glass (39-36) and totaled up more second chance points (13-3). The paint was even (34-34).
  • Southern New Hampshire is 4-0 for the third time in four years and the first since 2017-18.
  • SNHU, which leads the all-time series with Stonehill, 32-30, wins its second straight against the Skyhawks, who lose to the Penmen for just the third time in the last nine meetings.
  • Joyce's double-double is his first of the season and sixth of his career.
  • The Penmen are back in action Saturday, Nov. 23 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Assumption College.
  • The next home contest for SNHU is Tuesday, Nov. 26 (7:30 p.m.) when it plays host to crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College at the Stan Spirou Field House. The game will air on WGIR 610-AM.

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