HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's basketball team made a season-high 12 three-pointers Wednesday night as it rolled to a 73-59 win over the Hofstra Pride at Mack Sports Complex. The Pioneers also committed just three turnovers in the victory.
Sacred Heart had 23 assists on 27 made field goals. Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, Conn.) had a season-high 11 assists with eight points. Steve Glowiak (New Britain, Conn.) led the Pioneers in scoring for the second consecutive game, making six three-pointers on his way to 18 points. Evan Kelley (Norwalk, Conn.) added 14 points as Chris Evans (Stamford, Conn.) had 13 points and five assists. Louis Montes (Brockton, Mass.) led Sacred Heart with nine rebounds while scoring eight points.
After a back-and-forth start to the game, Hofstra (2-6) went on a 11-2 run over a stretch of 2:16 to take a 15-6 lead at the 14:20 mark of the first half. A Chris Jenkins three-pointer capped off the Pride run. Sacred Heart (2-6) responded with a 12-0 run of their own. De'von Barnett (Waldorf, Md.) started the scoring spurt with his first two collegiate points and Kelley ended it with a four-point play to put the Pioneers ahead 18-15 with 12:08 remaining in the opening half.
Hofstra tied the game 18-18 on a Jenkins three, after which Sacred Heart went on another run. Glowiak started the run with his second triple of the game, putting another as the Pioneers went on a 13-3 run to take a 31-21 lead with 5:47 left in the half. Evans also made a three in the run, as Sacred Heart made eight three-pointers in the first half. Hofstra closed to within five points before back-to-back treys by Glowiak and Evans gave Sacred Heart a 42-31 halftime lead.
Sacred Heart led by 12 early in the second half before Hofstra cut the lead to six, 47-41, on a Jamall Robinson three at the 15:44 mark. The Pioneers extended the lead to 10, 52-42, on a Gaetano triple 42 seconds later. The Pride got within four points with 10:36 to play, as baskets by Jordan Allen and Zeke Upshaw made the score 55-51. Sacred Heart answered with a Kelley layup and Glowiak three to go up 60-51 with 8:57 remaining. Hofstra only got as close as five points the rest of the way.
The Pioneers shot 50% from the field on Wednesday night, holding Hofstra to 46.9%. Sacred Heart also shot 50% from the three-point arc, making 12-of-24 attempts. The Pride outrebounded Sacred Heart 36-33. Upshaw led Hofstra with 16 points as Robinson added 14 points and six rebounds.
Sacred Heart returns to the Pitt Center on Saturday, Dec. 7 for a 2 p.m. game against Lafayette.