Pioneers Clip Wagner, 61-50
Jan. 7, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT - Senior center Kibwe Trim (San Juan, Trinidad) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 18 points and ten rebounds, while junior Jarrid Frye (Queens, NY) also scored 18 points to lead the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team to a 61-50 win over visiting Wagner College in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon.
Sacred Heart, 5-7 overall and 2-1 in the NEC, jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead thanks to a pair of buckets, including a three, by Frye. The Pioneers built the bulge to 13-5 with 11:44 to go in the first after a hoop by sophomore Gene Pettway (Bridgeport, CT).
With 5:49 left in the period SHU had doubled up the Seahawks 24-12 after a short jumper from freshman center Liam Potter (Lincolnshire, UK). By the intermission the Pioneers held a 33-20 advantage and had held the best shooting team in the NEC to just 26 percent shooting from the field.
Wagner, 8-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference, came out on fire to start the second half and with 13:04 to play in the game a pair of free throws by DeEarnest McLemore had the Seahawks within three at 37-34. A McLemore jumper cut the SHU lead to 39-38 with 10:08 left.
The Pioneers kept their cool and scored the next six points, on a pair of layups by Trim and a Frye dunk, to lead 45-38 with 8:24 to play.
The Seahawks had one more run left in them. A three from sophomore Joey Mudweiler with 4:07 to go cut the Pioneer led to 50-47. After Trim answered with a pair of free throws for SHU, sophomore James Ulrich buried another three for Wagner to make it 52-50 with 2:55 left. It would be the last points the Seahawks would score.
Junior guard Tavio Hobson drove to the basket and was nailed while completing a layup by Ulrich. He canned the free throw to push the margin to five. A missed jumper at the other end by Wagner resulted in a Trim layup at the other end and the Pioneers led 57-50 with 1:50 left. Wagner turned the ball over and Trim took a pass from Pettway and dunked to put the game away. Pettway would finish it off with a dunk of his own with :08 to play.
Freshman Jamal Smith led Wagner with 14 points, while McLemore finished with ten. Junior center Durell Vinson finished with a double-double of his own with ten points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Wagner shot just 32 percent from the field in the game, including two of 14 from three.
The Pioneers will be in action again on Monday night when the host Central Connecticut State at 8 p.m. in the second half of a doubleheader with the women's team.