Jan. 7, 2007
BROOKLYN, NY - Junior forward Joey Henley (Kent, WA) scored 13 of his game-high 16 points in the second half, while senior Tavio Hobson (Seattle, WA) went a perfect six for six from the free throw line in the final 40 seconds to help the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team win a 63-58 decision at St. Francis College in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon. The win was the first ever for the Pioneers in Brooklyn, losing the six previous meetings there.
It took nearly four minutes for Robert Hines of St. Francis to score the first points in the game. Sacred Heart, 7-7 overall and 3-0 in the NEC, didn't score it's first points until junior Drew Shubik (Stoystown, PA) buried a three with 13:02 to go in the half. The Pioneers took their first lead on a trey from freshman Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) with 11:09 to go in the half.
Both teams continued to struggle putting the ball in the basket for the remainder of the half but an 8-2 run by the Terriers in the final 2:46 of the half gave St. Francis a 25-22 lead at the intermission.
A pair of free throws by forward John Gooden early in the second half gave the Terriers their biggest lead of the game at 30-24 with 18:01 left. SHU went on a 7-0 run to take a 31-30 lead with 16:39 to play, five of those scored by Henley. The Pioneers still led 43-40 with 8:42 to go on a layup by senior Jarrid Frye (Queens, NY), but a pair of layups by junior Robert Hines for St. Francis on the next two possessions gave the Terriers a 44-43 edge with 7:32 left. It was the final lead the Terriers would enjoy.
An 11-3 Pioneer run over the next three minutes put Sacred Heart ahead 54-47. Henley was again a big part of the surge with five points. Sacred Heart then went ice cold after taking the seven-point lead and wouldn't score again until the final minute. In the meantime, Williams made it 54-49 with a jumper with 3:30 left and a Williams free throw with 1:37 to play had the Terriers within four. Jamaal Womack made one of two free throws with 1:24 to go to cut the SHU lead to three.
Frye broke the ice for the Pioneers with a short jumper with :54 left to make it 56-51. Williams was fouled by Henley on the other end but missed both free throws. Hobson was fouled with :40 to go and started his string of six straight makes with a pair to put the Pioneers up seven and help his team stay in first play in the conference.
St. Francis, 2-13 overall and 0-3 in the conference, was just ten of 23 from the free throw line in the game (43.5%), while Sacred Heart converted 22 of 28 (78.6%).