The first battle for NVL supremacy went to — who else? — the defending champions.
Third-ranked Crosby held off Sacred Heart 79-76 before a sold-out crowd of 850 at Alumni Hall. The ballyhooed matchup of phenoms Tyshon Rogers (Crosby) and Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart) was pretty good: Rogers finished with 21 points while Heron, a sophomore who transferred in from Wilbraham & Monson eight days ago, had 23, including some fine dunks. He also had eight turnovers.
Lex Perez led all scorers with 31 points, including two crucial back-to-back three-point shots when Sacred Heart had taken a two-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Sacred Heart is still learning how to play around its new star, a high major prospect seemingly on every Division I college coaches’ radar. Give the Hearts some time. Here is his three-point shot at the end of the first half – from deep.
This is still Crosby’s conference title to lose. When you have dominated as much as the Bulldogs have. the expectations rise. But Sacred Heart will be a contender, make no mistake about it.
Check out some impressive highlights from Monday night’s game: