Gibson Grabs Season's First NEC Award

Junior Shane Gibson
Junior Shane Gibson

FAIRFIELD, CT (November 12, 2012) - Sacred Heart's Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) was named the Choice Hotels Northeast Conference Player of the Week on Monday.  Gibson shares the season's first weekly award win Monmouth's Andrew Nichols who helped the Hawks beat Hofstra in their opener.

Gibson, a senior guard, fueled Sacred Heart to its biggest second-half comeback in its Division I era, scoring 24 of his game-high 29 points in the second half and overtime to lift the Pioneers to an 85-82 victory over Yale in the Connecticut 6 Classic on Saturday. Trailing 44-28 at the break, the preseason All-NEC selection and nation's fourth-leading scorer a year ago, sparked runs of 14-0 and 11-0 in the second half before hitting a layup with just eight seconds remaining to make it a 76-76 game and give the crowd some free basketball. He then chipped in two more points in OT as SHU overcame another deficit, this one of the five-point variety, 81-76, and outscored the Bulldogs 9-1 in the final three minutes. Gibson hit 11-21 shots from the floor, and also finished with six rebounds and one block in 38 minutes worth of action. 

Gibson and the Pioneers are back on the court Monday night at Rutgers.