MONTREAL – The Sacred Heart men's basketball team wrapped up its Montreal trip Friday night with a perfect 5-0 record, defeating the Concordia Stingers 83-70. The Pioneers shot 54% from the field in the win, assisting on 17 of their 34 made baskets.
Evan Kelley (Norwalk, Conn.) led Sacred Heart in scoring for the second straight night, scoring a game-high 24 points while adding five rebounds. Louis Montes (Brockton, Mass.) added 12 points as Chris Evans (Stamford, Conn.) had 11 points and five rebounds off the bench.
The Pioneers got out to a fast 6-0 lead on three-pointers by Kelley and Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, Conn.). Concordia came back with a 10-5 run midway through the opening quarter to tie the game 11-11. Neither team led by more than three points for the rest of the first, as a Tevin Falzon (Newton, Mass.) triple gave Sacred Heart a 23-22 lead at the end of the opening period. The Stingers opened the second quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 31-25 lead with 8:05 to play in the half. The Pioneers answered with an 8-2 run on baskets by Montes, Kelley, and Evans to tie the game 33-33 with 6:05 left in the quarter. A Kelley three-point play sparked a 7-0 run late in the quarter to put Sacred Heart ahead 42-35, but Concordia cut the Pioneers' lead to two by halftime, 42-40.
Sacred Heart dominated the third quarter, outscoring Concordia 20-11. The Pioneers opened the half on a 13-2 run, taking a 55-42 lead with 4:21 to play in the quarter. The Stingers did not make a field goal until the 3:05 mark of the period, and made just three baskets in the period. Sacred Heart took its largest lead of the game with 1:28 left in the third when a Jordan Gleason (Watervliet, N.Y.) jumper gave the Pioneers' an 18-point advantage, 62-44. Concordia would only get as close as eight points the rest of the way.
The Pioneers forced 24 Concordia turnovers, 11 of which came on steals. Concordia, however, outrebounded Sacred Heart 35-31. Sacred Heart made 7-of-16 three-point attempts.