Jan. 29, 2004
BROOKLYN, NY - Junior guard Tory Cavalieri had 19 points to lead six St. Francis College (10-8, 7-2) players in double figures, as the Terriers defeated visiting Sacred Heart University (8-10, 4-5) 86-78 in a Northeast Conference men's basketball game Thurday night.
Poor shooting from the field and free throw line plagued Sacred Heart in the first half. The Pioneers shot just 37 percent (10-27) from the field, including five layups, and 56 percent from the line (10-18).
Despite the struggles shooting the ball, the Pioneers were down just 39-32 with 1:30 to go in the half with the Pioneers had the ball and a chance to cut into the St. Francis lead. A missed shot, answered by a John Quintana driving layup for the Terriers extended the lead. Later, a Pioneer turnover by freshman guard Jarrid Frye in the final seconds resulted in another easy St. Francis bucket to give them a 45-32 lead at the intermission.
Despite the late mistake, Frye tried his best to keep the Pioneers in the game, scoring 14 of his career-high 16 points in the half in his first collegiate start.
Foul trouble began to plague St. Francis early in the second half. With two starters and a reserve on the bench with four fouls apiece just five minutes into the half, the Pioneers began to make a run. A three-point play by Kibwe Trim with 12:50 to play in the game got the Pioneers back within eight at 52-44.
Another three-point play on a layup got the Pioneers within six at 55-49 with 11:15 left. Trim blocked a shot on the next Terrier possession, raced down the floor and converted a short jumper to make it 55-51. Another Terrier miss and a Joey Henley layup cut it to two. Another SHU block, this one by Tre Samuels, sent the Pioneers on another break and Omar Wellington was fouled driving to the hoop. He made both free throws to tie the game at 55-55 with 10:00 to play.
A 15-5 run by the Terriers over the next five minutes took the steam out of the Pioneer attack and widened the gap back to ten at 70-60. Cavalieri sparked the run with a pair of threes and two free throws. Sean Dantzler also buried a three during the St. Francis charge.
The Pioneers had one last gasp left. A three by Mo Bailey with :46 left got SHU back within four at 78-74, but were able to get no closer as the Terriers hit their free throws down the stretch.
Bailey would finish the game with 20 points for the Pioneers, the ninth time this season he eclipsed the 20-point mark. Henley finished with his second career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
52 fouls were called in the basketball game, 29 on St. Francis and 23 against SHU. The Pioneers had 31 free throw attempts, making 21, to 34 for the Terriers.