November 26, 2013

Pioneers Force Overtime, Come Up Short 75-67 at Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (Nov. 26, 2013) – After leading by seven at halftime Tuesday night at Conte Forum, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team had a chance to beat  the Boston Colege Eagles in regulation but Chris Evans' (Stamford, Conn.) three-pointer with two seconds left went off the mark. Boston College jumped out to a six-point lead early in overtime and won the game 75-67.

Evans led the Pioneers in scoring with 18 points, adding four rebounds while going 6-for-7 at the free throw line. Phil Gaetano set a new career-high in scoring for the second consecutive game, putting up 16 points with four assists. Steve Glowiak (New Britain, Conn.) scored 15 points off the bench with a team-high seven rebounds.

Sacred Heart (1-5) jumped out to a 10-6 lead 2:55 into the game on the strength of two Gaetano three-pointers. The Pioneers grew the advantage to six, 15-9, with 15:29 to play in the first half as Evans scored five straight points. Boston College (3-4) got as close as three points before two Evans' free throws kickstarted a 7-0 Pioneer run that put Sacred Heart ahead 24-14 with 11:26 to play in the half. Sacred Heart took its largest lead of the game with 8:15 left in the first as Gaetano's third three of the half put the Pioneers up 11, 31-20. The Eagles cut the Pioneers' lead to seven before halftime, getting baskets from Ryan Anderson and Garland Owens to make the score 34-27 at halftime.

Boston College opened the second half on a 9-2 run, with an Olivier Hanlan three giving the Eagles a 37-36 lead with 16:15 to play in regulation. That was Boston College's first lead of the game and it was quickly erased when Tevin Falzon (Newton, Mass.) put in a layup 28 seconds later to put Sacred Heart ahead 38-37. The two sides traded the lead until the 11:13 mark when a Glowick knocked in a jumper to start a 6-0 Sacred Heart run, giving the Pioneers a 47-43 lead with 10:03 to play. Boston College came back to tie the game 50-50, but an Evans' three-point play and a Gaetano triple put Sacred Heart up 56-52 at the 6:16 mark.

The Eagles then got two Hanlan free throws and a Joe Rahon three to go up 57-56, only to have Glowiak make three straight free throws to put Sacred Heart back in front 59-57. The Eagles scored four straight points to take a 61-59 lead with 3:03 left in regulation. Falzon tied the game 61-61 with 2:48 to play in the half, with neither team scoring the last two minutes to force overtime. Boston College opened the scoring in the second half with a Lonnie Jackson three which was answered by an Evans layup. The Eagles then went on a 7-0 run, highlighted by five Rahon points, to take a 71-63 lead with 1:23 left in overtime to put the game away.

Sacred Heart shot 40% from the field on Tuesday night as Boston College shot 45.8%. The Eagles were 26-for-31 at the free throw line while the Pioneers were 15-of-21. Boston College also outrebounded Sacred Heart 33-29. Anderson led all players with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Rahon added 19 points, 14 of which came in the second half and overtime

The Pioneers are back in action on Sunday, Dec. 1 with a 2 p.m. game at Lehigh.