MANCHESTER, N.H. (Nov. 11, 2011) – On Friday evening, the Mercy College men's basketball team opened up the 2011-12 campaign in Manchester, N.H. at the Southern New Hampshire University Tournament against the hosting Penmen. Southern New Hampshire took the opener, 72-41. With the win, the Penmen improved to 1-0 overall, while the Mavericks dropped to 0-1 on the young season.
Halfway through the first half, the Mavericks trailed 18-6. Over the next four minutes, the Penmen went on an 8-2 run, which included a pair of three-pointers. Approaching the end of the opening stanza, Mercy junior forward LeBrandon Smith (Jamaica, N.Y.) netted four points off a jumper and two free throws to cut the Mavericks' deficit to 30-20.
The Penmen doubled up the Mavericks coming out of halftime as Southern New Hampshire put together an 8-4 streak to up their advantage to 38-26.
With 14:14 remaining in the second half, SNHU reeled off an 18-4 run that lasted until 3:08 left. That run made the score, 62-34 in favor of Southern New Hampshire. The Penmen were able to command the second half and lockdown the victory, 72-41.
For Mercy, junior forward Joseph Pope (Akron, Ohio) scored eight points off the bench, while senior center James Mindingall (Randolph, N.J.), junior guard Colin Senior (Hackensack, N.J.) and sophomore forward/center Jordan Lee (Englewood, N.J.) all added six points each. Pope also paced the squad in rebounds with nine, while Senior crashed the boards eight times.
For Southern New Hampshire, rookie guard/forward Elijah Bonsignore (Felton, Del.) contributed 18 points for the game-high, while senior guard/forward Tory Stapleton (Rahway, N.J.) netted 13. Freshman forward Aleksandar Dobrovic (Podgorica, Montenegro) had nine rebounds.
Head Coach Adam Parmenter and the Mavericks return to the court tomorrow when they square off against Franklin Pierce University in their second game of the Southern New Hampshire University Tournament. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. LiveStats can be viewed here, while a video webcast will be available here.