Men's Basketball Outlasts Bryant, 72-60
Jan. 14, 2010
SMITHFIELD, RI - Senior Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) hit on a game-high 17 points, including the 1000th of his career, to help the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team to a 72-60 Northeast Conference win at Bryant University Thursday night.
Both teams came out firing - Bryant hitting its first five and the Pioneers the first four. Litke scored his 1000th career point with a layup with 15:32 to play in the first half that gave his team a 15-13 lead. He is the 30th player in school history to hit that mark, and seventh in Division I play.
A Litke three with 10:20 to play gave the Pioneers a 23-17 advantage, but Adam Parzych answered for the Bulldogs to cut the SHU lead to three. The senior gave the Pioneers their largest lead at 30-22 with 5:25 left after back-to-back treys. Michael Chroney tried to keep his team in with a pair of buckets that got Bryant back within four.
A pair of runners in the lane by Corey Hassan (Merrimack, NH) in the final minute helped the Pioneers lead 37-30 at the intermission. Litke finished the half with 14 points.
A trey by Jerrell Thompson (Plainfield, NJ) followed by a pair of Bryant turnovers resulting in Hassan baskets, pushed the Pioneer lead to 50-35 with 14:48 to play in the game. After a blocked shot by Mehmet Sahan on Bryant's next possession, Litke canned his fourth three of the game to make it 53-35 with 14:19 left.
An 13-2 run by the Bulldogs over the next five minutes cut the Pioneer lead to 55-48 with 8:10 to play. Vlad Kondratyev had five points in the spurt and Chris Birrell banged home a three. Liam Potter got the first Pioneers points in over five minutes when he hit a pair of free throws with 7:22 left that make it 57-48.
A SHU turnover, followed by a Raphael Jordan layup, made it a five-point game with 6:51 left. Thompson answered for the Pioneers to push it back to 59-52.
A couple of big plays by Chauncey Hardy (Middletown, CT) helped the Pioneers get some breathing room. He took advantage of a Bryant turnover to make a layup off a Litke pass that made it a nine-point game with 5:36 to play. He then took a charge on the next Bryant possession that fouled Kondratyev out of the game.
Thompson put the Bulldogs on ice when he drained a three with 1:48 left to push the Pioneer lead back to ten at 64-54.
Hassan finished the game with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Thompson also finished with 13, a career high.
Parzych led the Bulldogs with 16 points.