EMMITSBURG, Md. – The SHU men's basketball team was within four points of Mount St. Mary's with less than five minutes remaining Thursday night at Knott Arena, but it was the Mountaineers' free throw shooting that allowed them to pull away with an 81-75 win.
Sacred Heart – 6-12, 1-4 NEC
Mount St. Mary's – 9-9, 3-2 NEC
The Turning Point
SHU led 6-3 with 16:50 to go in the opening half when Kinnon LaRose fouled Mount St. Mary's Junior Robinson on a fast break. The officials deemed it intentional, giving Robinson two free throws which he made. On the ensuing inbounds, Greg Alexander made a three to start a 19-2 run over the next 4:50 that gave the Mountaineers a 22-8 lead. The Pioneers got as close as nine at the end of the half, going on an 11-0 run to make the score 39-30 with 0:57 left but a Jonah Antonio triple gave the Mountaineers a 42-30 halftime advantage.
The Pioneers trailed by as much as 17 in the second half, but rallied to get within four. A Zach Radz three with 11:34 to play sparked a 13-0 run for SHU over the next 7:37, with a De'von Barnett layup making the score 62-58 with 5:45 to play. Mount St. Mary's responded with seven of the next 10 points to go back ahead by eight, 69-61.
- Mount St. Mary's made three consecutive three-pointers to highlight a 13-0 run that put the Mountaineers up 16-6 with 14:10 to go.
- Radz made SHU's first three-pointer of the game with 12:47 remaining.
- Mount St. Mary's made nine threes in the first half and shot 46.4% from the field. SHU shot 44.4% from the field, but was only 2-for-10 from the three-point arc.
- SHU had 10 turnovers in the first half, after having just eight in the entire game against Bryant on Jan. 6.
- The Mountaineers' largest lead in the second half was 17 points, when an Omar Habwe free throw made the score 62-45 with 12:25 to go.
- SHU held The Mount to 0-for-7 from the field during its 13-0 run to get within four. Five different Pioneers scored in that run.
- The Pioneers held Mount St. Mary's to 2-for-11 from the field in the final 12:00. However, the Mountaineers made 15-of-21 foul shots to close the game.
- Barnett and Radz combined to score 20 of SHU's 45 points in the second half. The duo was a combined 9-for-14 from the field.
Key Stats and Notes
- Barnett led SHU with a season-high 19 points. The redshirt-senior forward was 8-of-11 from the field in 30 minutes off the bench.
- Sean Hoehn had 17 points and a game-high seven assists.
- Matasovic had his second double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. He had 19 points and 10 rebounds against Mitchell on Nov. 22.
- Mount St. Mary's shot 45.8% from the three-point line, while SHU shot 23.8% from long distance.
- Robinson led all scorers with 23 points, with 14 coming at the foul line.
SHU travels to St. Francis Brooklyn for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 13.