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Sacred Heart tops Central Connecticut State 71-53

Jan 22, 2010 - 4:52 AM FAIRFIELD, Conn.(AP) -- Corey Hassan scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Liam Potter added 13 points and 10 boards to lead the Sacred Heart past Central Connecticut State 71-53 on Thursday night.

The Pioneers (11-7, 4-3 Northeast Conference) won the second meeting in five days between the teams, with the Blue Devils (5-13, 2-5) winning at home 88-65 on Saturday.

The lead changed six times in the first 12 minutes. The Blue Devils led 23-17 with 7:03 to play in the first half on consecutive baskets by Shemik Thompson. Sacred Heart built a 33-28 lead and took a 36-34 lead into intermission thanks to a three-point play by Ryan Litke.

Sacred Heart used a 7-1 run in the second half to lead 50-42, then each team scored only one basket in the next 5 minutes. Thompson hit another 3 to pull within six, but the Blue Devils could get no closer.

Markeys Deans led the Blue Devils with 18 points.