STATEN ISLAND, NY - The Wagner Seahawks closed out the first half on a 17-3 run and never looked back Thursday night, defeating the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 74-62, at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island. SHU falls to 1-11 in the Northeast Conference this season.
Louis Montes (Brockton, MA) led the way for the Pioneers, scoring a game-high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Evan Kelley (Norwalk, CT) and Steve Glowiak (New Britain, CT) each chipped in with 12 points apiece. Tevin Falzon (Newton, MA) tied a career-high with ten rebounds.
Wagner had four players in double digits, with Marcus Burton leading the bunch, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Orlando Parker notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Wagner jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the Pioneers, making three free throws and an then knokcing down a three-pointer. Montes responded for SHU, scoring the game's next five points.
Sacred Heart and Wagner both struggled shooting the ball early, with each team starting the game 1-of-8 from the floor.
The Pioneers took their first lead after Glowiak deflected a pass and finished off the subsequent run-out to put SHU up 10-8 with 14:51 left in the first.
Montes continued his hot streak with a three-pointer to give the Pioneers their biggest lead 24-17 with 8:31 left in the first.
From there it was all Wagner in the first half, scoring seven consecutive points to tie the game at 24, before finishing the half on a 17-3 run.
Marcus Burton scored five in a row for Wagner, followed by a tip-in from Parker to tie the game. Wagner took a 34-27 lead into the halftime break.
Montes continued his aggressive play in the second half, scoring Sacred Heart's first seven points of the half, but SHU was unable to gain much ground on the Seahawks.
Glowiak came around a double screen and drilled a three-pointer to cut the Wagner lead to 44-40 with 14:48 left.
Up only four, Wagner answered with a debilitating 12-1 run to quickly make it a 15-point game. Back-to-back threes from Burton and Latif Rivers capped off the spurt.
SHU came back with a 6-0 run to quickly cut the lead to 56-47 with 7:46 left in the second.
As they did for most of the game, Wagner answered that SHU run with a 10-4 spurt of its own to put away SHU for good. Two straight jumpers from Parker put Wagner up 15 again.
The Pioneers shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the floor, including making just 5-of-17 from beyond the three-point line.
Sacred Heart is back in action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to take on the only team they have beaten in conference this season, the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Tip-off is set for 3 PM in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Notes: The Pioneers have lost four consecutive to Wagner.