Sacred Heart scores 76-64 win over Central Conn.

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP)—Chauncey Hardy scored 22 points to lead Sacred Heart over Central Connecticut State 76-64 in the Northeast Conference quarterfinals on Thursday.

Joey Henley added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the third-seeded Pioneers (17-13). Junior Corey Hassan chipped in with 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Ryon Howard had nine points and 10 rebounds.

SHU led 33-25 at half, but sixth-seeded Central cut the lead to 39-35 with 16:56 left in the game. The Pioneers responded with a 13-4 run to take a 52-39 lead with 13:56 remaining and their advantage would not dip below nine points the rest of the way.

Robby Ptacek scored 15 points to lead the Blue Devils (13-17). Ken Horton and David Simmons each added 12 points.

SHU will play Mount St. Mary’s in the semifinals on Sunday.

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 Top Performers
 Central Conn. St.
Ken Horton Ken Horton
4-7,  12 Pts
3 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Sacred Heart
Chauncey Hardy Chauncey Hardy
7-14,  22 Pts
2 Rebs, 3 Assists

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