Chargers Win Fifth Straight, Defeat Southern Conn. St.

Charger Athletics

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of New Haven men’s basketball team defeated Southern Connecticut State University 61-53


Satruday afternoon in a crucial Northeast-10 Conference showdown. The Chargers improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference. The Owls fell to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

Southern Connecticut scored the games first two points and held on to a lead throughout the first seven minutes of the first half. At the 13:55 mark, Justin Exum (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian) sparked a 5-0 Charger run to put UNH in front for the first time in the game. Freshman Eric Anderson (Newark, N.J./Newark Tech) gave the Chargers the lead with a three-pointer. He connected on two-straight at the 12:21 mark to give the Chargers a 13-9 lead. SCSU would tie the score and eventually take a lead, but the Chargers rallied to close the half and led 36-30 at the half.

Ade Barek (London, England/West Catholic / Saint Petersburg College) opened scoring in the second half and immediately gave the Chargers an eight-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half. Anderson put in a layup with just under two minutes gone in the second half to give the Chargers a tean point lead, 40-30. The Owls cut the UNH lead back to single digits and came back within two points, 48-46, with 8:45 left in the second half. The Chargers held on to the lead, but once again the score came within two points at the 1:01 mark, 55-53. In the final minute, the Chargers connected on 3-of-4 free throws and came up with big stops on defense to seal the victory.

Anderson led New Haven with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Exum added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeremy Williams (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) added 10 points as well. Anderson and Barek each recorded four blocks in the win.

As a team, UNH shot just 35-percent from the floor and 32-percent from beyond the arc. New Haven out-rebounded SCSU 53-39.

New Haven will return to action at Nyack College on Tuesday, December 13. Tip-off in Nyack is set for 7:30 p.m.