Jan. 21, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore guard Luke Granato (Rocky Hill, CT) poured in a career-high 25 points, canning seven of ten three-pointers, to lead the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team to a 65-54 win over visiting St. Francis University in a Northeast Conference tilt Saturday afternoon. The win was the third straight overall for the Pioneers and sixth straight at home.
Sacred Heart, 9-8 overall and 6-2 in the NEC, used a 15-0 run to take a 19-10 lead with 5:43 left in the first half. During that stretch, Granato hit three of his treys and the Pioneers held the Red Flash scoreless for 10:11. Freshman guard Marquis Ford broke the string for St. Francis with a three-point play, but the Pioneers still held on to a 25- 18 lead at the intermission.
The Pioneers extended that lead to 31-20 after a dunk by junior forward Jarrid Frye just 1:30 into the second half. The Red Flash, 3-15 overall and 1-7 in the conference, used an 8-0 run that was capped by another three-point play by Ford, to get within one at 31-30 with 14:16 left in the game.
A pair of free throws by sophomore forward Brice Brooks (Silverdale, WA), followed by three straight threes by Granato put the Pioneers back on top 42-32 with 10:50 remaining.
The Red Flash managed to get back within five at 54-49 with 3:27 to go when senior guard Rahsaan Benton nailed a three. Granato answer for SHU with a layup and then a steal by Frye and a pair of free throws gave the Pioneers a 58-49 lead with 2:53 left and St. Francis would not threaten again.
Senior center Kibwe Trim (San Juan, Trinidad), who played just 26 minutes because of foul trouble, was the only other Pioneer in double figures in scoring with 16. Junior guard Tavio Hobson (Seattle, WA) had a game-high seven assists.
Benton led the Red Flash with 11 points, while Ford finished with ten.
The Pioneers will play at defending NEC champion Fairleigh Dickinson University on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.