January 8, 2005

Men's Basketball Loses Ninth Straight

Jan. 8, 2005

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT - Junior guard Landy Thompson poured in a game-high 25 points, including 12 in the final five minutes, to lead Mount St. Mary's University to a 67-60 win over Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference men's basketball contest Saturday afternoon.

The loss was the ninth straight overall for Sacred Heart, and the Pioneers are winless in their last seven NEC games. Poor free throw shooting did in the Pioneers this day, missing 14 from the charity stripe and shooting just 57 percent (19-33).

The Mount, now 5-7 overall and 3-0 in the Northeast Conference, led 37-31 at the intermission on the strength of 13 first-half points by Thompson.

The Mountaineers extended their lead to 51-41 with 8:16 to play in the game on a jumper by Jason Epps. The Pioneers then ripped off the next ten points to tie the game at 51 with 6:31 to go. Freshman Ryon Howard canned a three-pointer and a conventional three-point play during the run. Junior Kibwe, who was six of 12 from the line, knotted the score with a pair of free throws.

The Pioneers held Thompson in check in the second half until he buried a three with 4:59 left to give his team a 56-51 lead. With 2:13 to play senior Mike Queenan made a pair of free throws to put Sacred Heart within one at 57-56.

Sacred Heart dug in defensively but Thompson put a dagger in the Pioneer hearts when he drained a three with Mike Parker in his face and the time running down on the shot clock. That bucket gave the Mountaineers a 60-56 lead with 1:40 left. Parker answered quickly for the Pioneers, but that man Thompson did it again for The Mount, swishing another three from the left corner to give the Mountaineers a 63-58 lead with :59 left and effectively put the game away.

"I think we have to continue to play the way we did today," said head coach Dave Bike. "We did a good job of getting to the line today but we've got to make them after we get there. We took 16 more free throws than Mount St. Mary's but made just five more than they did." The Mount finished 14-17 from the line (82.4%).

Sophomore forward Joey Henley led the Pioneers with 13 points, while Trim and Howard each finished with ten.

Gus Durr was the only other Mountaineer finishing in double figures with a career-high ten points, on perfect five-for-five shooting.