Scores

Final

Sacred Heart 55

(18-13, 13-5 NEC)

Wagner 49

(23-8, 15-3 NEC)

    7:00 PM ET, March 9, 2008

    Spiro Sports Center, Staten Island, New York

    1 2 T
    SHU 26 2955
    WAG 15 3449

    Top Performers

    Sacred Heart: D. Shubik 13 Pts, 14 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Wagner: D. Vinson 9 Pts, 14 Reb

    Sacred Heart 55, Wagner 49

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Ryan Litke and Drew Shubik each scored 13 points, leading Sacred Heart to its second straight Northeast Conference championship game appearance with a 55-49 victory over Wagner on Sunday night.

    Sacred Heart (18-13), the tournament's No. 3 seed will host fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary's (17-14) for the title Wednesday night. The Mountaineers upset top-seeded Robert Morris 83-65 earlier Sunday.

    Shubik added 14 rebounds and Chauncey Hardy had 12 points for the Pioneers, who never trailed but had to withstand a late comeback attempt by the Seahawks (23-8).

    Trailing 39-29 after Hardy's layup with 9:48 left in the game, Wagner went on an 18-10 run to close within 49-47 with 4:53 remaining.

    The Pioneers then outscored the Seahawks 6-2 the rest of the way, with Litke making a jumper and Shubik and Hardy each making two free throws.

    Mark Porter had 13 points to lead the Seahawks, who were behind 26-15 at halftime and as much as 31-15 early in the second half. Jamal Smith added 10 points and Durrell Vinson had 14 rebounds.

    Ryon Howard's 3-pointer opened the game and Litke made a pair of 3s as the Pioneers took an 18-4 lead at 10:45.

    Smith's layup cut the deficit to 18-9 with 6:36 left. Sacred Heart then hit three straight jumpers, the last by Bryce Brooks with 2:55 remaining, to account for largest of the half 24-9.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SHU
    WAG
    Points 55 49
    FG Made-Attempted 21-53 (.396) 16-53 (.302)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-24 (.292) 5-24 (.208)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-10 (.600) 12-21 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 0

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