Pioneers Explode in Second Half to Take Out Stony Brook, 78-70

Dec. 21, 2009

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, CT - Senior Corey Hassan (Merrimack, NH) scored a game-high 23 points, while senior Liam Potter (Lincolnshire, England) had his first career double-double with career bests of 18 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team erase a 16-point second half deficit and come back to take a 78-70 decision over Stony Brook Monday afternoon.

Sacred Heart, 6-4, trailed the Seawolves 55-39 with 12:03 remaining after a pair of free throws by Chris Martin. The Pioneers then went on a 13-0 run over the next three minutes, capped by a Stan Dulaire (Bloomfield, CT) dunk, to cut the gap to three.

A Chauncey Hardy (Middletown, CT) three with 5:31 to play cut the Stony Brook lead to one at 61-60. After a missed jumper by Martin, Potter was fouled at the other end and hit both free throws to give SHU its first lead since it lead 19-18 with eight minutes left in the first half.

A pair of free throws by Dallis Joyner gave the Seawolves the lead one last time at 65-64. SHU scored 14 of the next 16 points to open up an 11-point lead at 78-67.

The Pioneer comeback was even more improbable with guards Hardy and Ryan Litke both playing with four fouls in the final 12 minutes of the game. SHU coach Dave Bike kept the tandem in the game, despite the foul trouble. "We were down at the time but that combination was working," he said. "I felt we needed to give them a chance to win it."

Stony Brook, 7-4, used 16 first-half points by senior Muhammed El-Amin to hold a 33-32 lead at the intermission. He finished the game with 21 points. The Pioneers had a 19-14 lead midway through the half but a 10-0 run by the Seawolves gave them control of the half.

Hassan, who is sixth in the nation in scoring, had been held to ten points in the first 32 minutes of the game. Hassan poured in 13 in the final eight, none bigger than a steal and a layup with :46 left that put the Pioneers up 73-67.

"Teams are playing him tougher now defensively and one of the things we talked about is that he needs to let the game come to him and not try to force things," Bike said.

Hardy finished the game with 14 points for the Pioneers, while senior Ryan Litke (Windsor, CT) had ten.

Joyner finished with 15 points and 11 boards for Stony Brook. Martin finished with 14 points.