PROVIDENCE, RI (November 20, 2010) - Sacred Heart r-sophomore guard Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) 17 points while r-sophomore forward Femi Akinpetide (Sydney, Australia) came off the bench for 14 points but the Pioneers came up short, 81-67, at Brown Saturday night. The Pioneers had their best offensive game of the early season, shooting 51.0% (25-49) but allowed the Bears to shoot 63.2% (24-38) from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from three in falling to 0-4 on the year.
Brown's (2-1) Peter Sullivan finished with a game-high 26 points making 12-of-12 at the free throw line. The Bears went to the charity stripe 30 times making 25 in the win. Brown put up 40 points in the first half, making 66.7% (12-18) from the field including five-of-10 from three.
The two teams traded the lead four times over the game's first five minutes before the Bears opened up a nine point lead, 21-11, thanks to a 10-0 run fueled by three's from Sean McGonagill and Sullivan. Brown took their biggest lead of the first half at the 9:43 mark as Adrian Williams buried a three to put the Bears up 26-14.
SHU put together a run of their own over the next eight minutes as an Akinpetide lay-in and one started a 17-6 rally. Junior Stan Dulaire (Bloomfield, CT) capped the run with a dunk off a feed from fellow junior Steve Zazuri (Monroe, CT) to trail by one, 32-31, with 1:43 to go before the break.
Brown responded right back with an 8-0 spurt but SHU bounded into the locker room thanks to an incredible 75-foot heave at the horn by freshman Evan Kelley (Norwalk, CT). Brown's Tyler Ponticelli completed a three-point play with a second left before Kelley took the inbounds pass and fired a shot the length of the court, banking it in for some momentum into the locker room with the team down six, 40-34.
The Bears kept up their hot shooting in the second half, making 12-of-20 from the field and 14-of-17 at the line on their way to building a double digit lead they would not relinquish by the 10 minute mark. SHU came out of the break with a spark as a pair of Nick Greenbacker (Coventry, CT) jumpers and two Gibson free throws had the Pioneers down just a bucket, 42-40, just over two minutes in.
A Sullivan three at 14:07 put Brown up 52-42 but the Pioneers would make one last run offensively as a Greenbacker lay-in was followed by a freshman Chris Evans (Stamford, CT) dunk off a steal to cut it to six. From there, Brown put the game away as a Williams three at 11:33 gave his team in front 58-46 and the lead never dipped below double digits the rest of the way.
Williams came off the bench for 12 points, all on three-point makes, for Brown. Tucker Halpern finished with 14 points in the win.
Evans scored 11 points for the Pioneers while also collecting a pair of steals and a block. Akinpetide grabbed five rebounds to lead all Pioneers.
SHU returns to the William H. Pitt Center on Tuesday night for their 2010-11 home opener. The Pioneers will play host to the New Hampshire Wildcats at 7:00 pm.