December 22, 2009

Men's Basketball Defeats Holy Cross, 82-79

Dec. 22, 2009

Final Stats

WORCESTER, MA - Senior Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) scored 19 points and Liam Potter (Lincolnshire, England) had his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Sacred Heart men's basketball team came back to defeat Holy Cross on the road, 82-79. The win lifted the Pioneers to 7-4 while Holy Cross dropped to 2-9.

It was the second straight game the Pioneers had to recover from a double digit deficit in the second half. A night after coming back from 16 down to defeat Stony Brook, SHU found itself trailing Holy Cross by 11, 58-47, with 11:50 to play.

A 9-0 Pioneer run, capped by a steal and layup by senior Corey Hassan (Merrimack, NH) cut the Cross lead to 58-56 with 9:44 to go. The Pioneers took the lead on a steal by Chauncey Hardy (Middletown, CT) who hit a cutting Hassan for a 66-65 SHU edge with 5:50 to go.

The two teams swapped the lead back and forth the next few possessions until a hook by Potter in the Lane gave the Pioneers a 68-67 lead. Sophomore Stan Dulaire (Bloomfield, CT) stole the ball on the next Crusader trip and raced in for a layup to give SHU a three-point edge.

A three by Devin Brown, who finished with 19 points, with 2:07 left had the Crusaders within a point, but Hassan quickly answered. Jerrell Thompson (Plainfield, NJ) helped the Pioneers to a 76-74 lead with 1:00 left.

After a missed jumper by Phil Beans for Holy Cross, Litke was fouled and drained both tries to make it a two possession game with :32 left and the Crusaders were unable to mount a challenge the rest of the way.

Holy Cross led 44-39 at the intermission, on the strength of 58 percent shooting in the period (15-26).

SHU used full court pressure in the second half, forcing Holy Cross into 23 turnovers in the game which the Pioneers converted into 32 points.

Hassan finished the game with 18 points. Hardy also finished in doubles with 13.

R.J. Evans led the Crusaders with 20 points. Eric Meister finished with a double-double for Holy Cross with 14 points and 16 rebounds.