Pioneer Rally Falls Short in 68-63 Loss to Robert Morris
FAIRFIELD, CT (February 16, 2013) - The Sacred Heart men's basketball team put together a late 21-7 run to pull within a bucket with just over a minute left but the Robert Morris Colonials locked in defensively and hit three of four at the line in the closing seconds to come away with a 68-63 Northeast Conference win Saturday afternoon in the William H. Pitt Center. The Pioneers have lost two-straight and four of their last five in falling to 9-15 overall and 7-6 in the NEC.
Senior Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the final six minutes, hitting four-straight shots including three from downtown to fuel the Pioneers furious rally late. Robert Morris's Stephan Hawkins scored the final Colonial field goal of the day at 6:30 and Luck Jones gave his team their biggest lead with two free throws at 6:06 to go up 58-42. Gibson hit his first of three triples at 3:27 to cut the lead to 11.
After a pair of sophomore Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, CT) free throws cut the lead to 65-55, a RMU turnover led to Gibson's second three to pull within single digits. Another Colonial turnover resulted in Gibson runner in the lane at 1:46 to pull within 65-60. A third-straight Robert Morris miscue saw Gibson bury his third three to pull within 65-63 with 1:15 left.
The Pioneers had a shot to tie on their next possesion as the Colonials doubled Gibson leaving Steve Glowiak (New Britain, CT) with a good look but his shot missed the mark. Junior Louis Montes (Brockton, MA) corralled the rebound but turned it over. Robert Morris would score the final three points of the game at the free throw line to seal the win.
Sacred Heart, who never led on Saturday, cut down double digit leads in both the first and second half. SHU erased a 12 point first half lead with a 15-6 run to trail by three at the break, 30-27. The Colonials opened the second half with a 16-5 run and built that lead to its high-water mark of 58-42 with six to play.
The difference on Saturday came down to the charity stripe where Robert Morris made 23-of-27 and the Pioneers, who went to the line a season-high 41 times but made just 24 (.585). SHU forced 19 Robert Morris turnovers they converted into 35 points.
RMU held Gibson to just two points in the first half and the senior guard was just two-of-12 from the field before finishing the game four-of-four. Montes scored 15 points and missed a double double with nine rebounds.
Karvel Anderson led four Colonials in double figures with 13 points off the bench. Anthony Myers-Pate had 11 while Lucky Jones and Mike McFadden each had 10 points.
SHU will close out the home portion of the regular season schedule with games against Connecticut rivals Quinnipiac and CCSU next week.