Nick McAneney

February 13, 2013
Sports
Men’s Basketball Recap
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On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Sacred Heart Pioneers men’s basketball team
defeated the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights 77-70.
Shane Gibson led all scorers with 27 points, and Steve Glowiak and Louis
Montes added 14 and 13 points respectively, as Sacred Heart was able to hold on for
the victory. The win puts their season record at 9-13 and 7-4 in NEC play. They are
now only two games behind the Bryant Bulldogs for the conference lead with seven
games to play.
Sacred Heart opened the game on a 16-6 run, and flirted with a double-digit
lead through most of the first half. They were able to hold Fairleigh Dickinson to
38.7 percent shooting in the first half while forcing eight turnovers. Sacred Heart
also held Kinu Rochford in check throughout the first half. He was leading the
conference in field goal percentage and was second in rebounding coming into the
game, and finished two for six from the field and had only two rebounds at the
break.
“I thought we slowed them down, which was important,” said head coach
Dave Bike, “when Mostafa went up and played him a little bit it made it a little bit
more difficult for him.”

The star of the first half for Sacred Heart was R-sophomore guard Steve
Glowiak, who led all scorers with 12 points on five of seven shooting, was two of
four from three, and also had two steals on the defensive end.
“I just went with the flow of the game, it just came to me,” said Glowiak. “The
points just come along with that.” Sacred Heart led at halftime by a score of 36-28.
Sacred Heart started the second half with turnovers on two of their first
three possessions, but still managed to maintain a confortable nine-point lead when
Gibson hit a three with 18:17 remaining. Dickinson then started to make a comeback
by gathering in many offensive rebounds, outrebounding Sacred Heart 16 to 9 on
the offensive glass in the game. By the 15:44 point, Dickinson had made it a threepoint game.
Sacred Heart maintained a slim lead until the nine-minute mark, where
Fairleigh Dickinson took their first lead of the game 52-51 on a pair of free throws
by Melquan Bolding. “I don’t think there was any panic. We kept playing,” said Bike.
Those statements proved true because on the next possession Gibson drained a two
point shot that sparked the Pioneers on a 6-0 run to retake the lead 57-52.
Dickinson continued to claw their way back into the game, making it a fourpoint game with just 3:38 remaining. Gibson was then on the receiving end of a
beautiful pass from Phil Gaetano for a layup to give the Pioneers a four-point lead
with 1:10 left in the contest. “We made enough plays to win. We stole some layups
and made some key foul shots at the end of the game,” said Bike.
Sacred Heart went 17-22 from the charity stripe in the second half, which
allowed them to keep and maintain their slim lead as time expired. Mustafaa Jones

hit a three for Dickinson with 28 seconds left, but that was as close as they got for
the rest of the game. Gibson, Gaetano, and Montes each hit two free throws to seal
the victory for Sacred Heart 77-70. “We’ve been playing with a lot of confidence.
We’ve been playing with a lot of spunk,” said Bike, “but every game is different. We
got a tough test ahead of us in Bryant.”
Bolding, who had a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and
Rochford who also contributed 20 points and nine rebounds led Fairleigh Dickinson.
Trevor Charles also had 12 points.
The Pioneers’ next game was supposed to be Saturday Feb. 9 at Bryant, but
was postponed until Feb. 10 due to Winter Storm Nemo. It was then postponed
again until Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The next home game for the Pioneers will be Thursday
Feb. 14 against St. Francis (PA).

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Interviewed Dave Bike, Steve Glowiak
Bryant game was postponed twice.