Feb. 13, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT - Junior Jerrell Thompson (Plainfield, NJ) finished with 12 points, including a huge three in the final minutes, to help the Sacred Heart men's basketball team hang on for a 62-50 win over visiting St. Francis College in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon.
With the Pioneers leading leading by eight, Thompson drained a straight-on three with 2:35 left to push the SHU edge to 58-47 and dash the Terrier comeback hopes.
The game started sluggishly with neither team scoring for the first three minutes. Corey Hassan (Merrimack, NH) finally got the Pioneers on the board 3:30 in with a 15-footer. He then drained a three to give the Pioneers a 5-0 lead with 15:24 to play in the half.
The Terriers, 10-15 overall and 7-7 in the NEC, then went on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 13-5 lead with 10:47 left.
The Pioneers, 13-12 and 6-8, dug in defensively and used a 21-4 run capped by a pair of Hassan free throws with 2:20 left to make it 26-17. SHU would carry that into a 28-19 advantage at the intermission.
SHU held serve for most of the second half but a Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) three with 6:24 left in the game gave the Pioneers their largest lead at 53-38.
St. Francis tried to mount a challenge and used a 9-0 spurt, finished off by a Ricky Cadell layup, to get back within six at 53-47 with 3:18 to go. Cadell fouled out of the game on the next SHU possession, sending Thompson to the line. He canned by free throws and, after a Liam Potter block at the other end, lined up his three that finished off the Terriers.
Potter finished with his eighth double-double of the season with ten points and ten rebounds, to go along with four blocks. Hassan had 13, including the 200th trey of his career. Junior Mehmet Sahan (Istanbul, Turkey) also finished with ten points.
Akeem Bennett led the Terriers with 13 points. Cadell had ten.