Dec. 13, 2009
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Anthony Johnson scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Fairfield University men's basketball team defeat Sacred Heart 93-77 in a non-confernce game Sunday afternoon.
The loss ended Sacred Heart's three-game winning streak and dropped them to 5-4. Fairfield won their fourth straight game and improved to 8-2.
The Stags jumped out to a 14-7 lead after a three by Ryan Olander with just under five minutes into the game. The Pioneers got back within three at 16-13 after a Ryan Litke trey, but Fairfield stretched the lead back to seven at 25-18 on a Mike Evanovich three midway through the half.
A layup by sophomore Stan Dulaire had the Pioneers down just 27-24 with 6:44 left in the half but Fairfield controlled the play the rest of the period and built a 41-31 lead it took into the intermission.
A Jerrell Thompson three two minutes into the second half cut the Fairfield lead to six at 43-37. It was as close as the Pioneers would get the rest of the game.
By the ten-minute mark Fairfield had built the lead to 15 at 66-51. Down 75-60 with 5:30 left, the Pioneers tried to make one last run. Back-to-back threes by senior Chanucey Hardy had SHU down just eight at 77-69 with 3:53 remaining. The Pioneers had a chance to cut it closer when Fairfield turned it over on its next possession, but SHU returned the favor with a turnover of its own and would get no closer.
Sacred Heart turned the ball over 22 times in the game and the Stags turned them into 23 points.
SHU had four players in double figures, led by 16 from Hardy. Corey Hassan had 15 and recorded his third double-double of the year with 12 rebounds. Litke also finished with 15 points.
Freshman point guard Derek Needham had a huge game for the Stags, scoring 19 points and dishing out 14 assists. Yorel Hawkins had 17 points and was a perfect 7-7 from the line. Fairfield went to the line 37 times in the game, compared to just 14 for the visiting Pioneers.