Sacred Heart vs St. Francis (Pa.)

Sacred Heart 71, St. Francis (Pa.) 68

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LORETTO, Pa. (AP) - Shane Gibson scored 26 points, hitting four free throws in the final 26 seconds, as Sacred Heart held off St. Francis (Pa.) 71-68 Thursday night to snap a three-game Northeast Conference skid.

The Pioneers (8-10, 2-3) shot a season-high 56.1 percent (23 of 41) to overcome 22 turnovers.

Gibson made 9 of 12 field goals and also had five of Sacred Heart's season-high 12 steals.

The Pioneers led by eight in the first half, but only 35-34 at halftime.

After the Red Flash (3-13, 2-3) used a 6-0 spurt to lead 50-45 with 14:32 remaining, Sacred Heart pulled ahead 61-53.

But the Pioneers didn't make a basket for the next 5:29 and St. Francis tied it at 62 with 2:28 left.

Phil Gaetano's 3-pointer and six free throws allowed Sacred Heart to hold on despite a pair of 3s by Anthony Ervin, who led the Red Flash with 14 points.

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C. Evans, F332-53-43308
L. Montes, F142-30-03045
J. Swidowski, C41-20-02012
S. Gibson, G399-125-651326
P. Gaetano, G311-36-72919
S. Glowiak264-81-142211
S. Dulaire252-50-04014
N. Greenbacker211-22-22144
F. Akinpetide71-10-00012
Totals 23-4117-2027161771
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S. Eatherton, F374-93-491311
K. Ritter, F323-60-04426
J. Taylor, F275-83-370113
A. Ervin, G352-78-1016214
S. Whyatt, G334-90-02428
O. Jackson152-81-22037
T. Peters123-51-22017
E. Brown60-00-01100
S. Stanley31-20-10002
Totals 24-5416-2229161468
 44.4%72.7% 
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LIU-Brooklyn8-1112-18255
Wagner8-1110-20294
F. Dickinson3-158-21312
CCSU3-155-26342
 
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