Pace Basketball teams split with Southern New Hampshire

Amine Kassaoui, Contributing Writer

Pace men’s basketball player Bryan Powell setting a screen for his twin brother Brandon (photo/Amine Kassaoui)

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. The Pace University basketball teams split a pair of Northeast-10 Conference contests with Southern New Hampshire on Saturday, with the men’s team (6-2, 2-2 NE10) winning 6756, and the women’s team (1-6, 0-3 NE10) falling 77-66.  

Although the final three quarters were all tightly contested, the SNHU women (4-2, 31 NE10) used a strong first quarter performance to put the opening game of the afternoon out of reach early, racing out to a 22-12 advantage after one period 

The Penmen were guided by a pair of 23-point scorers in junior Jess Knight and senior Adrianna Timberlake who combined for 46 points on 16-of-28 (57.1%) shooting. Knight was also the game’s leading rebounder with 11.  

SNHU shot efficient marks of 48.1% overall from the field and 41.7% from downtown, and led the game wire-to-wire, by as many as 18 (59-41) late in the third quarter. 

Every Pace player but one who played scored in the encounter, with four Setters recording double digit point tallies. Grad student Lauren Hackett netted 14 points to go along with five assists, while junior Shanice Sinclair, sophomore Tower Lorde, and freshman Morgan Ryan each poured in 10 points. Lorde also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. 

The Blue and Gold will look to put an end to their current five-game losing skid when they host Bentley University (5-2, 3-0 NE10) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Falcons defeated Southern Connecticut State, 65-55, on Saturday, and are one of two squads who remain undefeated in conference play. 

The Pace men’s team triumphed over their SNHU counterparts thanks for a ferocious defensive outing. The Setters held the Penmen to just 15-of-46 shooting overall including an abysmal 4-of-20 from beyond the arc. Pace outrebounded SNHU by three and forced a season-best 19 turnovers.  

A foursome of  Setters combined for 60 of the team’s 67 points. Senior Brandon Powell led the way with 20 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Powell’s twin brother Bryan added 15 points and five rebounds, junior Lyron Bennett scored 14 with four helpers, and senior Christian Adams chipped in 11 points and four rebounds.  

Despite a poor 22.2% three-point percentage (4-of-18), Pace still managed to shoot 47.1% from the field overall thanks to a sterling 20-of-33 effort from inside the arc. 

The Setters are back to .500 in conference play and will look to build upon their victory in their next matchup on Tuesday night versus a Bentley team (6-1, 2-1 NE10) that has won four in a row.