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Hofstra can't stop Sacred Heart on three-pointers in loss

Hofstra's Zeke Upshaw drives the lane against Sacred

Hofstra's Zeke Upshaw drives the lane against Sacred Heart in the first half. (Dec. 4, 2013) Credit: George A. Faella

Steve Glowiak had all day -- time to catch the ball, get his feet set and maybe even grab a latte at Starbucks out on Hempstead Turnpike.

The Sacred Heart sharpshooter buried Hofstra with a wide-open late three-pointer, a scene that was hardly unusual in the Pride's 73-59 loss to the Pioneers last night at Mack Sports Complex.

"I don't know if he got easier shots in warm-ups," Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said. "I didn't watch warm-ups -- I bet he didn't get easier shots in warm-ups."

Glowiak was 6-for-9 on three-pointers, finishing with 18 points. As a team, Sacred Heart (2-6) shot 12-for-24 from beyond the arc.

Sacred Heart's big blow came with 5:32 left. Hofstra (2-6) cut its deficit to 62-57 on a jumper by Zeke Upshaw but then left Glowiak unimpeded in the corner. The nearest Pride defender seemed closer to the softball stadium than the shooter. Glowiak knocked down the shot and Sacred Heart coasted.

"We just scored, too," Mihalich said. "When you score, you have a couple extra seconds to get your defense set up. That's exasperating."

Hofstra looked like it was ready to make a run when it got within 55-51 on an Upshaw floater with 10:36 left, but the Pride couldn't get stops. Hofstra was down 66-59 after an Upshaw basket with 4:32 left -- and then didn't score again.

"As a team we have to collect a sense of urgency," said Upshaw, a grad student transfer from Illinois State. " . . . I don't know if that's experience or what that is."

Mihalich said he could feel from the pregame meal that his players didn't have the right vibe to play. "It's like concentrated orange juice," the coach said. "You get 31 games a year, 62 hours. That's it. It's precious. It's sacred time."

Upshaw led Hofstra with 16 points, freshman Jamall Robinson had 14 and junior Jordan Allen added 10. For Sacred Heart, Evan Kelley had 14 points, Chris Evans had 13 and Phil Gaetano had 11 assists.

Hofstra is still playing without point guard Dion Nesmith (13.5 ppg), who is sidelined with a leg injury. Allen, a 6-6 forward, is filling his role.

"When Dion went down, we didn't just lose a player, but a position," Mihalich said. "We don't have a point guard. We're trying to stick the Band-Aid on there."

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