BRONX, N.Y. (November 15, 2010) – The Sacred Heart Pioneers got 11 points and five rebounds from r-sophomore Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) but the Fordham Rams shot 55.6% in the second half and used a 13-2 run to break open the game en route to a 69-51 win. Fordham was led by Brenton Butler who made four-of-seven from behind the arc en route to a game-high 17 points. Chris Gaston posted a double double for the Rams with 12 points and 17 rebounds. The Pioneers fall to 0-2 to start the season with the loss.
Sacred Heart (0-2) closed the first half with a 13-6 rally to trail 28-25 at the break. The Pioneers held the Rams (1-1) to just 35.7% (10-28) shooting over the first 20 minutes as they chipped away at a 22-12 Fordham lead. SHU cut it to 22-19 on a freshman Chris Evans (Stamford, CT) three-point play and a senior Jerrell Thompson (Plainfield, NJ) fast break lay-up to force a Fordham timeout with 5:47 left.
Gibson buried a long three at the 3:10 mark and the Pioneers carried the momentum into the locker room after freshman Evan Kelley (Stamford, CT) drilled a straight-away three with the shot clock expiring to send the team into the half down 28-25.
The Pioneers had a chance early in the second half to take the lead, down 28-27 with 18:40 on the clock but a Gibson jumper from the right wing missed its mark. The Rams answered with a Kervin Briston jumper and then a steal and lay-in by Alberto Estwick to push the lead to 32-57 in the span of 50 seconds.
SHU pulled within a bucket at 38-36 on a pair of Femi Akinpetide (Sydney, Australia) free throws but that would be as close as the Pioneers would get. Down 44-36 at 10:57, a Stan Dulaire (Bloomfield, CT) dunk would be the only Pioneer points until the junior would hit another dunk at the six minute mark. The result of the scoring drought saw the Rams push their lead to 11 before extending the run to put the game away up 57-40 with four minutes left. Butler buried three of his four three's in the second half to lead the way.
The Pioneers turned it over 16 times on Monday night leading to 20 Fordham points and shot ust 28.1% (9-32) in the second half. Thompson finished with seven points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Sacred Heart will remain on the road and face their second-straight Atlantic-10 Conference team Wednesday night traveling to UMass for a 7:00 pm tip.