WORCESTER, Mass – Evan Kelley (Norwalk, CT) scored a career-high 32 points and Steve Glowiak (New Britain, CT) added a career-high 28 Wednesday night but the Sacred Heart men's basketball team fell in double overtime 122-118 to the Holy Cross Crusaders at the Hart Center.
Kelley was 12-for-24 from the field. Glowiak knocked down seven three-pointers on the way to his career high. Louis Montes (Brockton, Mass.) added 18 points, scoring in double-figures in each of the Pioneers' first two games this season. Holy Cross (1-1) forward Cullen Hamilton paced the Crusaders with 35 points on 11-of-21 shooting and center Dave Dudzinski added 26 points, including the game-tying three-point play with 3.3 seconds left in regulation.
Sacred Heart (0-2) and Holy Cross started the game on a torrid pace with both teams pushing the ball up the court and finishing in transition. Kelley got things started for SHU, scoring the opening bucket of the game off a Holy Cross turnover. Kelley followed that up with two more transition layups to give SHU an early 10-9 lead.
Holy Cross came back with a 13-3 run to take a 22-13 lead with 10:23 left in the first half. Montes answered the Crusader surge with a much needed three to cut the Holy Cross lead to six, 22-16. From there, Sacred Heart clawed back and got within one on a deep Glowiak three to make the score 28-27 with 7:38 left. Freshman guard Leo Vincent (Bensalem, Pa.) completed a three-point play to tie the game 30-30 with 6:53 left in the half. Holy Cross and Sacred Heart traded baskets to end the first half, and the Crusaders took a 49-46 lead into halftime.
The Pioneers opened the second half on an 8-0 run, kickstarted by a Kelley dunk in transition, to take a 54-49 lead. Just as the first half started, Kelley started the second frame with a transition dunk off a Holy Cross turnover to bring SHU within one. Hamilton answered the SHU run with a three pointer to make the score 54-52 Sacred Heart with 17:51 left in the game. Hamilton's three ball propelled Holy Cross to 17-8 run to give the Crusaders a seven point lead with 13:39 left in the game.
With the Pioneers reeling, Glowiak knocked down back-to-back threes to pull Sacred Heart with one at 69-68 with 11:50 remaining. Glowiak drilled one long ball in transition and the other with a defender in his face. Once again down 74-70, Montes pulled SHU up with a personal 7-0 run to give SHU a 77-74 lead with 9:46 left in the game. Kelley added a lay-up and two free throws to give SHU a 81-74 lead with 8:14 left in the second half. Holy Cross battled back with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 83 with 5:43 left in the second.
Kelley nailed a floater in the lane to give SHU a 95-90 lead with 1:58 left in the game. Following two Holy Cross free throws, Kelley once again came up big with a left handed scoop lay-up in traffic to give Sacred Heart a 97-92 lead with 26.2 seconds left. Holy Cross responded with a lay-up on their end to cut the SHU lead to 97-94. Glowiak knocked down one of two free throws to give SHU a 98-94 lead with 13 seconds left. After getting fouled on a lay-up, Holy Cross' Anthony Thompson nailed his first free thow. On free throw number two, Dudzinski muscled his way in for an offensive rebound and a put back lay up with a foul to tie the game at 98 with 3.3 seconds left and send the game into overtime.
To begin overtime, Sacred Heart and Holy Cross exchanged free throws before a Dudzinski basket and a Cullen Hamilton three gave Holy Cross a 105-100 lead.
As he did all game long, Glowiak once again knocked down a clutch three to tie the game at 105. The Pioneers and Crusaders exchanged a couple more free throws to end the first overtime tied at 107.
In double overtime, Glowiak started the scoring with his seventh three pointer of the game. Sacred Heart's final lead came on a Kelley lay-up to give SHU a 112-111 lead with 3:04 left in double overtime. Tied at 113, Hamilton knocked down a back breaking three pointer to put Holy Cross up for the final time with 1:09 left in double overtime.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, November 16th, when they play host Brown at 2:00 pm at the Pitt Center.