Jan. 2, 2010
TEANECK, NJ - Senior Sean Baptiste poured in 24 points, helping Fairleigh Dickinson recover from a 20-point deficit and come back to defeat visiting Sacred Heart University 88-85 in a Northeast Conference men's basketball game Saturday night. The win snapped a 10-game losing streak for FDU and moved it to 2-12 overall and 1-1 in the NEC.
The Pioneers, 8-5, opened their biggest lead of the first half at 30-23 with 5:00 remaining, but a three-point play by Terence Grier with 3:42 had it cut to just two, 30-28. Baptiste muscled a layup in with 2:59 to go that tied it, but Chauncey Hardy answered quickly for the Pioneers to give them the lead back. SHU used that bucket to take a 36-33 lead into the intermission.
FDU held the Pioneers to just 43 percent shooting in the half, including just 1-10 from three-point range. Senior Liam Potter led the Pioneers with eight points and eight boards in the half.
A three by Hardy with 17:48 to play in the game opened up the biggest lead of the game for the Pioneers at 43-35. Hassan extended that to nine with his first trey of the game with 16:58 remaining. The Pioneers took their first double digit lead on a Hardy three with 14:30 left to play.
Senior center Liam Potter picked up his fourth foul with 13:42 to play and went to the bench. Despite that, the Pioneer offense began to click and Hardy canned another three to make it 61-43 with 12:30 left. An FDU turnover and Hassan layup made it an even 20 points with 12:14 to go.
FDU wasn't ready to go away and a Mike Scott three-point play with 8:21 left cut the Pioneer lead to 70-61. Baptiste made it a seven-point game with 8:00 remaining after a Pioneer turnover. Another SHU miscue and a Grier layup made it 70-65 with 7:19 left.
Jerrell Thompson was finally able to stop the bleeding with a running layup with just over seven minutes left. Another Grier layup with 6:18 left had the Knights back within two, but Hassan canned a three to make it 75-70 with 6:00 left.
A layup by Alvin Mofunanya with 4:15 left tied the game at 77-77. A hardy free throw gave the Pioneers a slim 78-77 lead with 2:58 but Mofunanya gave the Knights the lead with a layup with 2:40 left. Litke drained a three with 1:55 left to put SHU back up 81-79. Dockery put the Knights back up 82-81 with a three of his own with 1:20 to play.
Litke was fouled grabbing an offensive rebound with :57 left and hit one of two free throws to tie the game 82-82. Mofunanya hit a layup over Potter with :36 left to give FDU the 84-82 lead and the Pioneers turned it over on the ensuing possession. The Pioneers fouled Mike Scott on the inbound pass and he hit both free throws to give FDU a four-point lead. Litke missed a three on the next SHU possession and Scott was fouled on the rebound. He drained both to make it a six-point lead.
Corey Hassan hit a three with :08 to play made it a three-point game. The Pioneers fouled Dockery on the inbound pass. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving SHU one last shot. Litke got a wide open look at a three at the buzzer but the shot rimmed the basket and fell off, giving FDU the win.
Mofunanya finished the game with 20 points and five rebounds, after missing the previous six games with an injury.
Hardy led the Pioneers with 20 points, while Hassan finished with 18.