Sacred Heart beats St. Francis, NY 71-51

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP)—Chauncey Hardy scored 19 points, all in the first half, as Sacred Heart cruised to a 71-51 victory over St. Francis, N.Y., on Thursday night.

Joey Henley added 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Pioneers (9-11,6-4 Northeast Conference) won their third straight.

Jamaal Womack led St. Francis (6-14, 4-6) with 11 points.

Sacred Heart led by double digits most of the first half, as St.Francis missed its first nine 3-point attempts. The Pioneers held the Terriers to 37 percent shooting in the half and led 38-24 at the break.

St. Francis pulled within 40-31 with 17:31 left in the second half on a 3-pointer by Womack, but Corey Hassan answered with three successive 3-pointers to reestablish Sacred Heart?s double-digit lead. Hassan finished with 12 points, and Ryon Howard added 10.

Sacred Heart out-rebounded St. Francis 39-25.

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