Jan. 7, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT - Senior Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Sacred Heart men's basketball team defeat Wagner College 75-59 in a Northeast Conference game Thursday night.
The win lifted the Pioneers to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the NEC. The loss was the fifth straight for Wagner, which falls to 2-14 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
Chauncey Hardy picked up his second foul just four minutes into the game and was forced to spend most of the half on the bench. Litke came in for him and promptly buried a pair of threes that gave his team an early 16-8 lead.
Wagner got back within a point at 17-16 before the Pioneers pushed the lead back to 23-16 after a Nick Greenbacker floater in the lane with 8:50 left in the half. Another Litke trey with 8:06 remaining gave SHU its largest lead, 26-16. He hit a couple more before the break to finish with 19 points and give his team a 40-26 edge at the intermission.
Litke's sixth three of the game with 12:30 left gave SHU a 57-40 lead. "We look at him (Litke) as a finisher," said head coach Dave Bike. "It's nice to have a weapon like that."
A Liam Potter three-point play with 12:05 to play made it an even twenty at 60-40 and the Seahawks never threatened again. Potter finished with his fourth double-double in the last five games with 13 points and ten rebounds.
Corey Hassan finished with 12 points for the Pioneers, all of them coming from the free throw line. He also collected nine rebounds.
Michael Orock led the Seahawks with 19 points and ten rebounds, while Josh Thompson finished with ten points. After giving up 55 in the second half in a loss to FDU on Saturday, the Pioneer coach was pleased with his team's performance tonight.
"I think we improved a little on our defense but we still have a long way to go," said Bike. "I think it starts by being a little more sensitive to it and I think we did that tonight."