MONTREAL – Powered by a 32-point third quarter, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team rolled past the Citidens of the Universite Du Quebec A Montreal 97-58 in the opening game of the Pioneers' week-long trip to Montreal Sunday afternoon. Sophomore forward Tevin Falzon (Newton, Mass.) led Sacred Heart with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Steve Glowiak (New Britain, Conn.) and freshman De'von Barnett (Waldorf, Md.) each had 15 points for the Pioneers. Barnett was 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-4 at the foul line. Louis Montes (Brockton, Mass.) had 10 points. Every Pioneer that played scored in the game.
Sacred Heart jumped out to a fast 8-2 lead early in the first quarter, but turnovers allowed UQAM back into the game as the Citidens tied the game at 10-10 and 16-16. The Pioneers took control back in the last 1:13 of the opening period when a Barnett dunk sparked a 6-0 run to give SHU a 24-18 lead at the end of the first. SHU grew the lead to as much as eight two minutes into the second quarter on a Glowiak layup. Much like the first, UQAM rallied back to tie the game 31-31 with 5:47 left in the half. As the two teams traded baskets, SHU pulled away for a 42-38 halftime lead on the strength of baskets by Glowiak and Evan Kelley (Norwalk, Conn.).
The Pioneers put it all together in the third quarter, outscoring UQAM 31-9. SHU started the period on a 13-0 run in the first three minutes, capped off by a Glowiak layup in transition, to take a 55-38 lead. The Pioneers led by as much as 28 with 1:32 left in the third quarter on a Jordan Gleason (Watervliet, N.Y.) three-point play. SHU outscored UQAM 26-4 in the paint in the quarter and had 19 points off turnovers.
In the second half, the Pioneers shot 48.8% from the field and 72.2% at the free throw line. SHU's pressure defense was on point in the second half as well, holding UQAM to 20 points and 22.6% from the field while forcing over 20 turnovers in the half as well.
The Pioneers play Brookwood Monday night in their second game of the Montreal tour.