NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. – The Southern New Hampshire University Penmen left the Bay State with a split result from their basketball doubleheader against Merrimack College on Tuesday, with the women leaving with a 59-55 victory and the men falling 75-69.
On the women’s side, the two teams traded leads throughout the evening, with neither team opening a lead larger than seven points at any point. Ultimately, SNHU’s victory was sealed thanks to a pair of successful free throws by Molly Terry made with just four seconds left before the final buzzer.
Senior Kylie Lorenzen posted a career-high 31 points, outscoring all nine of her teammates combined and nearly doubling the output of the contest’s second highest scorer, Merrimack’s Lindsay Werner.
Lorenzen added 16 rebounds as well en route to her third double-double of the season, with Brianna Camara also posting 10 rebounds for the Penmen.
On the men’s side, turnovers proved pivotal, as the Warriors converted 28 points off SNHU turnovers.
SNHU scored the first 14 points of the second half, including eight from senior Daquaise Andrews, building a ten-point lead with just under 15 minutes left in the contest. Merrimack turned the tide at that moment, leaning heavily on efforts from junior Jaleel Lord.
Lord scored eight of the 12 points during Merrimack’s subsequent rally, finishing the night with 22 points overall.
Merrimack’s Juvaris Hayes led all scorers with 29 points, including five from beyond the arc, while Daquaise Andrews also had five three-points on the way to a 24-point night.
Both Penmen squads return to action on Sunday, as the women tip off at 1:30 p.m. against Chestnut Hill, followed by a 4 p.m. contest for the men against Post.