MOON TOWNSHIP, Penn – For the second time in 15 days, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team fell short against the first place Robert Morris Colonials. This time, RMU defeated Sacred Heart, 91-56, Thursday night at the Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa. The Pioneers have dropped three games in a row, and fall to 1-4 in the Northeast Conference this season.
For the second game in a row, point guard Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, CT) dished out double-digit assists, recording a game-high 10 dimes.
Robert Morris had six different scorers in double digits, including Lucky Jones who led the way with a team-high 18 points. Karvel Anderson, who scored 36 in this season's previous matchup against Sacred Heart, chipped in with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. RMU shot 53.6 percent (30-of-56) from the field.
It was all Montes and Glowiak to start for Sacred Heart, as they accounted for the Pioneers' first 13 points. Montes started the game with the first five, while Glowiak knocked down two threes and was fouled on another to score Sacred Heart's next eight. Over halfway through the first half, it was Mostafa Abdel Latif (Alexandria, Egypt) who was the first Pioneer other than Montes and Glowiak to score, making a lay-up to cut into RMU's lead 23-17.
The Pioneers hung around for the first 12 minutes or so behind Montes and Glowiak, but Sacred Heart could not stop a balanced Robert Morris offense that ended the half on a 23-12 run. The Colonials shot a red hot 56.7 percent (17-of-30) from the field in the first, taking a 15 point lead into halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half as Robert Morris seemed to score at will, with the Pioneers unable to counter at the other end. Robert Morris' lead inflated all the way up to 32 points in the second half before ending at the final margin of 26.
Louis Montes attempted to keep SHU in the game, scoring the first seven points of the second half. Montes showed off a nice hook shot, followed by a three-ball and a lay-up. Freshman De'Von Barnett (Waldorf, MD) was the first Pioneer to score other than Montes, making a lay-up with 14:18 left in the 2nd.
Glowiak drilled back-to-back contested three pointers to briefly cut into the Robert Morris lead at 70-48, but the Pioneers just couldn't stop the high-speed, efficient, RMU offense. Following Glowiak's three-pointers, Anthony Myers Pate responded with a lay-up, a quick steal and nice dish for a Kavon Stewart lay-up. Two free throws from Myers Pate gave RMU their biggest lead, 86-54 with 5:14 left.
The Pioneers finish their Pennsylvania swing with a matchup against the Saint Francis Red Flash on Saturday afternoon. The game will be broadcasted live on Fox College Sports and ESPN3.
Notes: Sacred Heart has been outscored by 122 points in the first half of games this season. The 91 points allowed by SHU is the third highest in a game this season. Sacred Heart's leading scorer Evan Kelley (Norwalk, CT) returned to the Pioneers lineup after missing the previous six games with a shoulder injury.