Feb. 27, 2010
W. LONG BRANCH, NJ - Senior Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) led five players in double figures with 16 points to help the Sacred Heart men's basketball team defeat Monmouth 68-63 Saturday night in the season finale. The Pioneers played the game without their leading scorer. Senior Corey Hassan (Merrimack, NH) wasn't able to suit up with a sore back.
The Pioneers finish the season 14-15 overall and 7-11 in the Northeast Conference. Monmouth heads to the NEC Tournament next week with a 12-18 overall mark and a 8-10 conference record.
Sacred Heart took a 25-17 lead after a Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) trey, but Monmouth used an 8-0 run to tie the game with 6:27 left. The Pioneers led 38-30 at the intermission thanks to 12 points from Litke. Sophomore Travis Taylor led all scorers for Monmouth with 16.
Monmouth started the second half with an 11-2 spurt that gave the Hawks a 41-40 lead with 16:07 to play.
Justin Sofman three with 7:30 to go gave the Hawks their largest lead, 54-51. A Jerrell Thompson three-point play with 4:29 to play tied the game at 56-56, but the Hawks quickly answered with a Sofman layup at the other end.
With the shot clock winding down, Hardy tied the game once again at 58-58 with a running floater. Taylor made one of two free throws with 2:55 left to make it 59-58, Monmouth., but Liam Potter gave the Pioneers the lead with a layup with 2:36 to play. Thompson stretched the Pioneer lead with 2:17 to go after a Monmouth turnover. Josh Marshall made it 64-59 with a layup with 1:45 to go.
A Taylor layup with :24 to go got the Hawks back within one, 64-63. Chauncey Hardy (Middletown, CT) got a dunk on a touchdown pass from Thompson after the inbound pass to give the Pioneers the three-point lead.
After a Whitney Coleman three-point miss, Thompson got the rebound and was fouled. Monmouth still wasn't over the limit, so the Pioneers got the ball out of bounds again. On the next inbound play, Marshall was fouled and missed the front end of the one-and-one but Hardy got the rebound for the Pioneers to put the game away.
Hardy finished the game with 14 points, while Thompson, Potter and Marshall had 12 apiece.