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Fairfield, CT - Wednesday night at the William H. Pitt Center, the Sacred Heart men’s basketball teams’ season came to a screeching halt after losing on the NEC Quarterfinal to LIU Brooklyn 84-76. This game gave Sacred Heart their first loss at home in the playoffs in the program history, after going 3-0 the previous years. This loss left a similar bitter taste in my mouth, after last years double-overtime buzzer-beater heart break at Bryant in the semi’s.
I watched the whole game in the upper bleachers as part of the band. We wait all year for these games, when the entire student body finally comes out to support the team, unlike the regular season home games. The game started off slow, and continued the pace of LIU beating their own drum. But I know my team, I play at all their games with the same enthusiasm, win or loss. So when the team was down by 20 in the first half, I wasn’t worried. Ok I’m lying, I was worried. But, I know how much this team loves comebacks. With 13 minutes left in the second half, I look at my friend Frankie and said, “watch Cane, he’s gonna go off,” and he did.
Down by 17. Down by 13. Down by 9. Cane is going OFF. For the first time in a while, the crowd is explosive. And I’m gonna tell you, there is no better feeling than ripping 7-Nation Army in front of a packed college stadium losing their shit. We’re down by 7. Cane nails a 3. After a ‘You can’t guard him!” chant, Cane does the “Steph Curry-like” unthinkable, and hits a 3 from about 34 feet out. You can’t make this stuff up guys.
Cane Broome dropped 35 points last night. The team should not be kicking themselves. They were projected to finish last in the NEC this year, and found themselves in the quarterfinals in the playoffs. They also have the NEC player of the year in, you guessed it, Cane Broome. Broome leads the NEC and ranks 10th in the country (yes, 10th in the entire country for D1), averaging 22.7 points per game. The sophomore is the league’s active leading scorer with 1,122 career points, and his 24.4 points per game in conference play are 7.1 more than the next closest player.
I have high hopes for this team. The future is bright.
– M. Fritz