Feb. 15, 2007
FAIRFIELD, CT - Junior Brice Brooks (Silverdale, WA) scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while freshman Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) added 13 to lead the Sacred Heart University (13-13, 9-6) men's basketball team to a 79-51 win over visiting Mount St. Mary's (9-17, 8-7) Thursday night in a Northeast Conference game.
The win set a new Pioneer record for wins at the Division I level and Northeast Conference victories. SHU turned Division I in the 1999-2000 season. The win put Sacred Heart in third place in the NEC.
Freshman Jeremy Goode gave The Mount a 3-0 lead with an opening trey, but it was the last lead his team would have. A dunk by freshman Chauncey Hardy (Middletown, CT) off a pass from Drew Shubik put the Pioneers up 17-7 seven minutes into the game, and SHU would build it to a 41-23 lead at the intermission. Hardy finished the game with 11 points.
A 19-7 run to start the second half helped the Pioneers double up the Mountaineers 60-30 with 11:30 left in the game. The Pioneers finished the game 19-21 from the free throw line, making the first 17 in a row.
"It's not easy to hold a lead the whole game because what does the other team have to hold back," said head coach Dave Bike. "We hit our free throws and make the early lay-ups to start a run."
Senior Gus Durr led the Mountaineers with 13 points, while Goode finished with 11.
Sophomore Liam Potter (Lincolnshire, UK) finished with six points, six rebounds and six blocks for the Pioneers, who will next play at Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday.
"We stepped up defensively and we needed to come up big," said Potter. "I just need to be a presence inside."