January 9, 2010

Men's Basketball Falls to Mount St. Mary's, 69-65

Jan. 9, 2010

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT - Kelly Beidler hit a pair of free throws with :20 left, part of his team-high 16 points, to help Mount St. Mary's survive a furious Pioneer comeback and defeat Sacred Heart 69-65 in a Northeast Conference battle Saturday afternoon.

The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Mountaineers and lifted them to 4-11 overall and 1-3 in the NEC. Sacred Heart dropped to 9-6 and 2-2.

Senior guard Jeremy Goode gave the Mountaineers a seven-point lead at 63-56 with 3:10 to go when he buried a three as the shot clock expired. The Mount led by as much as 11 in the second half.

Chauncey Hardy, who led the Pioneers with 22 points, hit a layup with 2:21 left that cut the Mount lead to three but Will Holland quickly answered for the Mountaineers to make it 65-60 with 2:03 left.

A Corey Hassan tip-in with 1:39 remaining had the Pioneers back within three. After a Mount miss, the Pioneers had the ball with a chance to tie but Ryan Litke turned it over with :38 to play.

Holland tipped in a Goode miss with :28 left that made it 67-62. Hardy quickly answered for SHU by burying a trey to make it a two-point game with :22 remaining. The Pioneers were forced to foul Beidler on the in-bound pass. He hit both tries to dash the Pioneer comeback.

The Mount led 32-28 at the intermission, holding the Pioneers to just 39 percent shooting in the first half.

Liam Potter finished with his fifth double-double of the season for the Pioneers with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Hassan finished with 14, while Litke had 11 to remain two points short of 1,000 in his career.