CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (December 21, 2011) – The Sacred Heart men's basketball team shot 50.9% (27-53) and got 25 points from junior Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) but Boston College hit 55.3% (26-47) on the night including 11-of-22 from three for an 83-73 win at Silvio Conte Forum. The Pioneers fall to 6-8 on the year after their fifth loss in the last six games.
Gibson becomes the 33rd player in Sacred Heart history to eclipsed 1,000 career points and the ninth since the program turned to Division I (1999-00) to reach the milestone with his 25 point night. It was also Gibson's third-straight game hitting the 20-point mark and sixth this season. He finished eight-of-12 from the field and five-of-seven from three on the night.
BC (6-7) Matt Humphrey finished with 18 points to lead four Eagles in double figures. Humphrey hit five-of-10 from the field and three-of six from three. Center Dennis Clifford chipped in 16 points and six rebounds before fouling out. Ryan Anderson finished with 13 points and seven boards while Lonnie Jackson hit three-of-six from behind the arc for 12 points.
The Eagles jumped up 14-6 in the opening minutes but saw a pair of makes from Chris Evans (Stamford, CT) and Gibson's first three of the night cut their lead to just three, 16-13, with 11:34 left. BC pushed their lead to nine with a Humphrey three and a pair of Patrick Heckmann free throws but SHU answered again with a three from Steve Glowiak (New Britain, CT) and a Justin Swidowski (Cinnaminson, NJ) jumper to pull within 26-22.
The lead hit nine again at 3:21 when Gibson buried a long three from the wing for his 12th point of the half, giving him the 1,000 point plateau for his career. Gibson drilled another three and finished the first half with 17 points but trailed 41-35 at the break.
BC pushed their lead to 13 points, their biggest of the night, with a Jackson three at the 12 minute mark, 61-48. SHU put together a quick 9-0 spurt to pull within one over the next four minutes. Freshman Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, CT) drilled a straight-away three to open the run while sophomore Luis Montes (Brockton, MA) hit a three and finished the rally with a fast break lay-in to pull within 61-60 at 8:06.
SHU trailed 63-62 but Jackson helped fuel a 14-5 run with a pair of three's to put the game away up 77-67 with just under two minutes left.
Sophomore Evan Kelley (Norwalk, CT) finished with 12 points and three steals in the loss while Gaetano dished out a career-high seven assists.