Men's Basketball Pulls Away From CCSU, 71-53

Jan. 21, 2010

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT - Senior Corey Hassan scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, while Liam Potter also recorded a double-double with 13 points and ten boards to lead the Pioneer men's basketball team to a 71-53 Northeast Conference win over Central Connecticut State University Thursday night.

The Pioneers improve to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the NEC with the win. With the loss the Blue Devils fall to 5-13 overall and 2-5 in Northeast Conference play. The game was the second meeting in the last five days for the two teams. Central won 88-65 at home on Saturday.

The teams traded field goals to start the game and the lead changed six times in the first 12 minutes. The Blue Devils opened a six-point advantage at 23-17 with 7:03 to play in the first half on consecutive baskets by Shemik Thompson.

Back-to-back threes by Jerrell Thompson and Hassan for the Pioners, followed by a Central turnover and a bucket by Josh Marshall gave SHU a 33-28 lead with under two minutes to play. A basket underneath by junior David Simmons and a three by senior Joe Seymore tied the game at 33-33, but the Pioneers took a 36-34 lead into the intermission thanks to a three-point play by senior Ryan Litke.

The Sacred Heart lead reached five early in the second half after a Mehmet Sahan layup, but a three-point play by Markeys Deans cut it to 43-41. The home team answered with a quick 7-1 run, sparked by the first career three-pointer by Sahan, to push the lead to eight, 50-42.

Both teams went almost four minutes without scoring, and a three by Corey Hassan made it 53-44 in favor of the Pioneers with 8:42 on the clock. A quick three from Thompson, his third of the game, cut the lead to six, but Sacred Heart got a jumper from Marshall and a tip-in by Hassan to push it to 57-47 with under eight to play.

Central would get no closer than seven the rest of the way, as the Pioneers effectively ran down the shot clock and held off Central for their 11th win of the season.

After the victory SHU head coach Dave Bike was most pleased about his team's ability to hold the Blue Devils to just 31 percent shooting. "I was very happy that we were able to win in a Blue Devil kind of game," he said. "I think the guys all saw on the film after Saturday how badly they played and had something to prove."

Sahan recorded his second straight strong game, finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds. Litke, getting the start in place of a suspended Chauncey Hardy, finished with 15 points and five rebounds.

Markeys Deans led the Blue Devils on the night with 18 points, just two off his career-high. Thompson added 13 and junior David Simmons had eight.