Jan. 23, 2006
TEANECK, NJ - Senior guard Chad Timberlake threw in a career-high 32 points, leading four players in double figures, to lead Fairleigh Dickinson University to an 81-73 win over Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference men's basketball game Monday night.
The Pioneers took a quick 4-0 lead in the game, but the Knights regrouped and built a 25-15 lead midway through the first half. The Pioneers cut the gap to 27-23 but, again, FDU ran their lead back up to ten at 35-25. A basket by Jarrid Frye for the Pioneers with :30 left had SHU within six, but a desperation heave at the buzzer by Chad Timberlake for FDU gave the Knights a 37-29 lead at the intermission. Timberlake and Frye led their teams with 14 points in the half.
Sacred Heart, 9-9 overall and 6-3 in the NEC, scored the first four points of the second half to get within 37-33 before Andrea Crosariol answered for FDU. A Frye layup with 17:50 left in the game put the Pioneers within two at 39-37, forcing FDU head coach Tom Green to call a timeout to regroup.
After the break, A Bernell Murray three extended the FDU lead back to five. A Michael Peeples three-point play with 15:00 left had the Knights up 47-41, but Tavio Hobson drained the first three of the night for the Pioneers to cut the lead back to three.
A three-pointer by Eric Hazard with 12:25 left in the game extended the FDU lead to nine at 55-46. Timberlake hit another Knight three with 10:30 to go to keep the lead at nine at 59-50 and Murray gave FDU its biggest lead of the game, 61-50, with a layup with 10:00 to play.
Three Jarrid Frye free throws helped Sacred Heart crawl back within eight at 63-55, but a layup by Peeples, followed by a jumper by Timberlake put the Knights up 67-55 with 5:57 to play. Timberlake gave his team their biggest lead at 70-57 lead with 5:30 left with a three-point play on a drive to the basket.
Drew Shubik nailed a three for SHU and Frye hit a layup after an FDU turnover to give the Pioneers hope and cutting the gap to 70-62 with 4:15 left.
Another Frye layup with 1:29 left in the game cut the FDU lead to 74-70. After FDU missed a pair of free throws, Frye grabbed the rebound but turned it over. Timberlake picked it up and dunked the ball to give FDU a six-point lead. The Pioneers then threw away the inbound pass to Gordon Klaiber, who was fouled driving to the basket. He made one of two free throws to put the game away.
Frye finished with a career-high 29 points for the Pioneers. Senior center Kibwe Trim recorded his ninth double-double of the season for SHU with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Shubik finished with 12 points, while sophomore Ryon Howard added ten.
The Pioneers will play again on Thursday night at Long Island University at 7:00 p.m.