Sacred Heart 70, Hartford 50

Justin Swidowski scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed seven

rebounds in his Sacred Heart debut, a 70-50 victory Friday in both

teams’ season opener.

Swidowski, a 6-foot-9 transfer forward, hit 7 of 10 shots from

the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. Guard Shane Gibson scored 15

points as Sacred Heart started slowly but finished strong. The

Pioneers went on a 15-2 run – including 11 unanswered points –

midway through the first half to lead 20-6. Seven different players

scored during that stretch, climaxed by Gibson’s 3-pointer. Sacred

Heart led 26-15 at halftime.

Hartford shot 27.3 percent from the field (18 for 66), hitting

just 5 for 30 from the 3-point arc. Although Evan Kelley’s

3-pointer got Hartford within 50-43 with 4:13 left, Sacred Heart

closed with a 13-0 run.

Yolonzo Moore II led Hartford with 12 points. Jamie Schneck

scored 11 and had seven rebounds.