Pioneers’ Winning Streak Snapped In Final Seconds At LIU Brooklyn

Pioneers’ Winning Streak Snapped In Final Seconds At LIU Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Steinberg Wellness Center, dropping a hard-fought 83-82 game to the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds.

De'von Barnett and Joseph Lopez led the Pioneers in scoring with 18 points each. Lopez added a game-high 14 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. Chris Robinson made four three-pointers on his way to a season-high 16 points. Quincy MicKnight added 11 points and five rebounds.

 

FIRST HALF
- LIU Brooklyn (18-11, 11-5 NEC) and Sacred Heart (13-16, 8-8 NEC) traded baskets early, playing to a 6-6 tie in the first 3:23.

- McKnight broke the tie with a three-pointer at the 15:03 mark, but four straight points from the Blackbirds gave LIU Brooklyn a 10-9 lead with 13:30 to play.

- Robinson made his first four three-point attempts in the half. He made back-to-back threes 0:37 apart to give SHU an 18-13 lead with 11:25 left in the half. His fourth three, followed by a Lopez layup that he assisted, put the Pioneers ahead 25-18 at the 9:06 mark.

- Shawn Montague's first career three-pointer with 5:25 to play put the Pioneers ahead 36-28.

- A Julius van Sauers three-pointer sparked a 10-2 LIU Brooklyn run that put the Blackbirds ahead 47-44 with 0:54 left in the half.

- SHU shot 58.1% from the field in the first half and made 6-of-10 three-pointers.

 

SECOND HALF

- LIU Brooklyn used a quick 5-0 run to take a 54-50 lead at the 16:48 mark.

- SHU responded with a 7-2 run over the next 1:21, as a Barnett fast break layup gave the Pioneers a 59-58 lead with 13:44 to go.

- The Blackbirds came back with a 9-0 run, capped off by an Iverson Fleming three, to take a 67-59 lead with 11:17 remaining.

- Trailing 78-72, Montague's second three of the game sparked a 7-2 run to get the Pioneers within one, 80-79, with 2:05 to play.

- SHU had a chance to tie the game at 83-83 with 0:05 left, but McKnight split a pair of free throws and the Pioneers couldn't get another shot off.

 

The Pioneers shot 55.2% from the field Saturday, holding LIU Brooklyn to 44.8%. The Blackbirds outrebounded SHU 38-34 and forced 21 turnovers while only committing 12. Fleming led all scorers with 24 points. Raiquan Clark had 17 points off the bench.

SHU hits the road for the final week of NEC play, taking on Saint Francis U on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.