BRONX, NY – The Sacred Heart men's basketball team delivered Head Coach Anthony Latina his first career victory Saturday afternoon, defeating the Fordham Rams 85-73 at Rose Hill Gymnasium in the Bronx.
Senior Louis Montes (Brockton, MA) and sophomore Tevin Falzon (Newton, MA) both scored a team-high 16 points and notched double-doubles. Montes snagged a season high 13 boards, while Falzon grabbed 10. Junior Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, CT) added 14 points and six assists, while Evan Kelley (Norwalk, CT) contributed 12 points.
It was the Jon Severe show to open up the game for the Rams. The freshman scored Fordham's first 11 points on the way to taking a 13-4 lead minutes into the game. Sacred Heart was able to weather the early first half barrage and even take the lead on an Evan Kelley transition lay-up to give SHU a 32-31 lead with 2:18 remaining in the first half. Sacred Heart and Fordham traded a couple baskets each to end the first half with SHU on top 37-35. The Pioneers ended the first half on a 17-6 run.
The second half began with a fast pace in which both teams traded several baskets. Phil Gaetano knocked down a deep three from the left side to give SHU a 44-41 lead with 18:17 remaining. Fordham reclaimed the lead on a couple Jon Severe free throws to take a 55-54 lead with 12:50 remaining. Louis Montes hit a lay-up to give SHU a 60-55 lead with 11:10 remaining. Fordham responded with a 10-2 run to take its final lead of the afternoon 65-62 with 8:37 remaining. The Pioneers finally took control of the game with four minutes to play. Sacred Heart ended the game on a 16-5 run, including knocking down nine free throws. Up 77-73 with 54 seconds left, Chris Evans snagged a big offensive rebound off a Falzon missed free throw to seal the victory.
Notes: It is Sacred Heart's first ever win over an A-10 opponent. SHU outrebounded Fordham by 14. Coming into this afternoon, the Pioneers were being outrebounded by an average of 12 per game.
Sacred Heart continues its five game road swing with a trip to Boston College on Tuesday night.