Penmen can’t finish comeback against Merrimack

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Shawn Montague (SNHU promotional photo)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University rallied from a 13-point deficit, but couldn’t find victory, falling 63-60 to Merrimack College on Saturday night.

The game’s first ten minutes held seven lead changes, a rapid back-and-forth that transformed into a nine-point Merrimack run, followed by a partial SNHU comeback.

By the half, the hosts cut Merrimack’s lead to six, bringing the game within one with 16 seconds left, with Merrimack freshman Juvaris Hayes (Paterson, N.J.) hitting a pair of free throws to put the visitors’ lead back up to three.

With ten seconds to go, SNHU missed a pair of three-pointers that could have kept the contest going, finishing the contest 8-for-19 from beyond the arc as a team.

Junior Shawn Montague (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hayes led the Warriors with 14 points, also contributing three assists.

The Penmen return to action Wednesday, Feb. 20 (7:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Anselm, before their final regular season home game on Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8 p.m.) against Assumption College.

Registrations is now also available for the basketball camp run by SNHU Head Coach Jack Perri. Three sessions will be held, beginning on July 8. Additional details are available at www.JackPerriBasketballCamp.com