January 30, 2010

Men's Basketball Loses in Final Seconds at Wagner, 74-73

Jan. 30, 2010

Final Stats

STATEN ISLAND, NY - Chris Martin hit a runner in the lane with :06 left to lift the Wagner Seahawks to a 74-73 upset of visiting Sacred Heart in a Northeast Conference men's basketball game Saturday. The game featured 11 ties and nine lead changes.

Martin finished with 28 points for the Seahawks, now 4-19 overall and 2-8 in the NEC. He battled all afternoon with SHU senior Corey Hassan, who finished with a career-high 36 and poured in a school record ten three pointers. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 12-9 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

Hassan finished an impressive 10-12 from three-point range, but was unable to get a final three off from the top of the circle with a man in his face as the clock expired to give the Seahawks the win.

SHU held a 67-61 lead with 6:55 left after a Hassan trey. A pair of free throws by Tyler Murray, followed by a Michael Orock layup cut the gap to two. After a Pioneer turnover, Danny Mudweiler buried his fourth three of the game to give the Seahawks a 68-67 lead.

Ryan Litke gave the Pioneers the lead back with a three with 4:21 left, but Martin tied it with a jumper at the 2:52 mark. Jerrell Thompson buried a three from the top of the key with 1:34 to go that gave SHU a 73-70 lead.

An Orock layup with :55 to go cut the lead to one. On the next Pioneer possession, Mehmet Sahan was called for an illegal screen with :32 on the clock, giving the ball back to Wagner and setting up Martin's winning floater from five feet out in the paint.

The Pioneers finished the game just 4-15 from the free throw line.