Feb. 3, 2005
HAMDEN, CT - Senior guard Rob Monroe poured in 40 points, 36 of which came after halftime, to lead the Quinnipiac University Bobcats to an 88-83 overtime-win over visiting Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference men's basketball game Thursday night.
Sophomore guard Jarrid Frye gave the Pioneers a quick 4-0 lead with a couple of quick slashes to the basket. Quinnipiac took the lead at 10-9 with 15:10 left in the half on a layup by C.J. Vick. The Pioneers regained the lead at 24-23 with 6:03 to go in the half on a pair of free throws by junior Mike Parker. SHU extended it to 28-23 with 4:02 left on a tip-in by sophomore forward Joey Henley.
Monroe, who leads the NEC in scoring, didn't score his first points until 3:33 remained in the first half on a layup off an in-bound pass. That was part of a 10-0 run by the Bobcats in the final minutes of the half gave them a 33-28 lead at the intermission.
Monroe got hot at the start of the second half, canning a couple of threes and two free throws to help the Bobcats build a 53-43 lead with 13:00 left in the game. Another Monroe three with 5:15 to play had Quinnipiac up eight before the Pioneers began to chip away.
A three-pointer by freshman Eugene Pettway got the Pioneers back within four at 71-67 with 3:15 left. After a missed Bobcat layup, junior Kibwe Trim cut the QU lead to two with 2:29 to go with a layup. Henley tied the game for SHU at 71-71 with a layup with :57 left.
Monroe missed a jumper for the Bobcats on their next trip and Frye grabbed the rebound to give the Pioneers a chance for the last shot. Freshman Ryon Howard missed a three with :06 left for the Pioneers, Parker grabbed the offensive board in the lane and his floater banged off the front of rim to send the game to overtime.
Parker scored on a layup for the Pioneers off the opening tap in OT, but Da-Shawn Dwight drained a three for Quinnipiac to give the Bobcats a brief 74-73 lead. Howard answered for the Pioneers with a layup off an offensive rebound. Monroe was fouled by Frye driving to the hoop and canned both free throws to put the Bobcats back in the lead. After a Parker turnover, Monroe again was fouled by Frye going to the basket and again hit both shots from the stripe to give the Bobcats a 78-75 advantage.
Henley converted a layup with 2:38 left in the extra frame for the Pioneers to close within one, but Monroe put a stake in the Pioneer's heart with a three at the other end that made it 81-77.
Henley finished with 19 points and ten rebounds for the Pioneers, his third double-double of the season and sixth of his career. Pettway, making his second straight start, finished with a career-high 16 points. Parker also finished in double figures with 14 points, while Howard had ten. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 3-16 overall and 2-8 in the NEC.
Quinnipiac, now 8-11 overall and 4-6 in the NEC, got 14 points from Vick and 12 from Dwight.