January 22, 2005

Men's Basketball Defeats Quinnipiac, 67-60

Jan. 22, 2005

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore forward Joey Henley scored a career-high 26 points, including 14 of 15 from the free throw line, to lead Sacred Heart University to a 67-60 win over visiting Quinnipiac University in a Northeast Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon, breaking a school-record 12-game losing streak for the Pioneers.

Quinnipiac, 7-8 overall and 3-3 in the NEC, jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes on threes by Kevin Jolley and Karl Anderson. The Pioneers would finally get on the board on a layup by senior Mike Queenan three minutes in. That layup was the start of a 17-3 run that saw the Pioneers build a 17-9 lead midway through the first half.

In fact, the last lead the Bobcats would hold in the game was at 6-5 with 16:05 left in the first. A pair of free throws by Brice Brooks, who was fouled on a three-point attempt, gave the Pioneers the lead at 7-6 with 15:14 to play.

Sacred Heart, 2-13 overall and 1-5 in the conference, led by as much as nine in the half at 35-26 with 1:58 to play after a jumper by sophomore Jarrid Frye, who would finish with ten points. Some sloppy Pioneer play and a pair of threes by senior Rob Monroe for Quinnipiac cut the SHU lead to 35-32 at the intermission.

The Pioneers held Quinnipiac scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half and built the lead back up to 43-32. Quinnipiac then went on a 9-0 run to close within a bucket a 43-41 with 11:26 to play. Nicholas Tipson capped the run with a three-pointer.

Sacred Heart dug in and built the lead back up to five at 48-43 on a layup by Kibwe Trim, a Henley free throw and a jumper by freshman Eugene Pettway. Craig Benson got hot for the Bobcats and a three-pointer with 4:49 left had QU back within 54-52, and he tied it at 54-54 after a Henley turnover with a basket with 2:55 to play.

Freshman Ryon Howard had the biggest shot of the game for the Pioneers with 2:12 left on the clock, when he buried a three from the left side to put SHU back up 57-54. Monroe was fouled on the next trip down for Quinnipiac and hit both tries. Frye answered with a layup at the other end for the Pioneers with 1:34 remaining to make it 59-56.

Monroe, who led Quinnipiac with 19 points, missed a three next time down for the Bobcats and Frye was fouled on the rebound. He missed both free throws, but Henley grabbed the offensive board, stepped back and made a five-footer and was fouled by Anderson. He sank the free throw to put the Pioneers up 62-56 with 1:21 left and put Quinnipiac away.

Freshman guard Drew Shubik played an incredible defensive game for the Pioneers, collecting a career-high seven steals and grabbing seven rebounds. He was also the primary shadow for Quinnipiac's Monroe, who stop just five of 19 from the field.