With a score of 75-63 against Southern Connecticut State, SNHU men’s basketball won its fourth straight game on January 31 at the Stan Spirou Field House.
With victories over Saint Rose, New Haven, Pace, and Southern Connecticut State, the team is steadily climbing the NE-10 leaderboards.
Numbers don’t lie, and they also show that newcomer Matt Becht (‘22) is nearing the top of the scoring sheet on almost a nightly basis. He was named NE-10 Rookie of the Week following the week of January 18, according to Penmen Athletics.
“It felt good… but really, it’s just a testament to my teammates and my coaches,” said Becht. “I can’t win an individual award without them, so I’m just grateful to them to have put me in a position to succeed.”
He spoke about what the practice experience is like here at SNHU. “All in all, we’ve done a lot of drills and we’ve done a lot of competitive stuff,” said Becht.
As a guard for the team, he understands his role as a scorer, but primarily a shooter. “I know that’s what I do best. It’s something that I kind of pride myself to work on in off-seasons and I kind of know that if I want to be out there on the floor and be effective, I have to make shots,” said Becht.
He continued, “I feel like this is a very connected group. We have a lot of talented guys, which makes it very competitive because practices are chippy….I think everybody wants to bring out the best in one another and I think that’s going to lead to success in the long run.”
The sharp-shooting guard went off for a career-high 35 points in a 101-81 victory over Pace on January 29. He also tallied 10 rebounds, notching his second career double-double. This also helped him earn NE-10 Player of the Week during the week of January 24, according to Penmen Athletics.
“I feel like going into a game like that… I knew I wanted to just focus on, you know, taking the right shots….Obviously, I made a couple and I started to get hot. Usually, when I see the ball go through the basket a couple times, it’s like I black-out,” said Becht.
When he’s not performing to his full potential, he says his teammates continue to support him. “If [my shot’s] not going, [my teammates] try to get me going,” said Becht.
With sights on much more than just scoring, Becht and company look to move ahead and use their winning streak’s momentum to stay hot the rest of the season.