-Score: Southern New Hampshire University 67, Assumption College 65
-Records: Assumption (11-11, NE10 5-10), Southern N.H. (14-10, NE10 7-8)
-Location: Manchester, N.H.
-The Lead: The Assumption College men's basketball team fell to the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University in a Northeast-10 Conference contest on Saturday evening. The Hounds battled their way back from a 17-point deficit to outscore the Penmen, 33-29 in the second half, but ultimately fell by just two points in the final minute of action.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-Senior Eamonn Joyce put up six points in a run that gave Southern New Hampshire an early eight-point lead in the first half, 12-4. The hosts pulled ahead by as many as 17 when sophomores Justin Lacy and Mikey Buscetto both hit three-pointers in an eight-point rally with under eight minutes to go in the first, 32-15.
-Assumption finished the half on a 17-6 run to pull back within six heading into the halftime break, 38-32. Red-shirt junior Malik Brown (Waldorf, Md. / Northpoint) put up eight points in the run to help close the gap for the Hounds.
-First year Isiah Gaiter (Meriden, Conn. / Sacred Heart High School / Huntington Prep) kicked off scoring in the second half with a basket from beyond the arc to bring Assumption within three, 38-35.
-After the Penmen pulled ahead by as many as 10 points again, sophomore Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H. / Spaulding / Tilton) knocked down three free-throws and added another three points with a basket from behind the arc as the Hounds tied the game at 51-51 with 13:10 to play.
-Assumption took over the lead with an eight-point run that brought them under the eight-minute mark, 59-57. Brown added five points in the rally from two layups and a made free-throw. First year Kani Glover (Brockton, Mass. / Catholic Memorial / Bridgton Academy) and junior Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md. / Quince Orchard) hit back-to-back threes with under five minutes to play as the Hounds took a six-point edge over the Penmen, 65-59.
-Southern New Hampshire used six made free-throws in the final four minutes to capture the final two-point victory, 67-65.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Brown led the Hounds with 22 points and added a team-high nine rebounds in the setback. Kelly finished the night with 16 points while Connelly rounded out double-digit scoring with 13 points.
-Joyce led the Penmen with 22 points and nine rebounds. Junior Michael Almonacy added 13 points in the victory and went 3-for-7 from three-point range. Senior Shawn Montague grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the hosts.
-Assumption finished shooting 34.4% (22-for-64) from the field and went 6-for-21 from three-point range. Southern New Hampshire shot 43.4% (23-for-53) from field goal range and finished 8-for-28 from behind the arc.
-The Hounds shot 75% from the free-throw line while the Penmen finished shooting 81.3% from the charity stripe.
-Assumption outrebounded Southern New Hampshire, 42-32.
-The game saw three ties and two lead changes.
-Assumption is back at home on Tuesday, February 11th. They host Saint Michael's College in NE10 action at 7:30 p.m.