FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Shane Gibson scored 26 points and Sacred Heart shot a season-high 60 percent from the field to defeat Bryant 87-76 Thursday night, snapping the Northeast Conference-leading Bulldogs' eight-game winning streak.
The Pioneers (7-11, 5-2) made 33 of 55 field goals to post their highest point total of the season. Sacred Heart erased an early eight-point deficit to lead 44-39 at intermission, then shot 62.5 percent from the field in the second half (15 of 24) compared to Bryant's 41.9 percent (13 of 31).
The Pioneers pushed the lead into double figures for good with 17:14 left and had a 20-point cushion with 5:25 remaining.
Dyami Starks scored 28 points, hitting 5 of 10 3-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs (13-5, 6-1), whose eight-game winning streak had been a program best.
Shooting guard Jaylen Nowell, ranked No. 45 in the ESPN 100, chose the Washington Huskies on Wednesday over California. As a junior he led Garfield Heights to a state championship and was named MVP of the tournament.
Donnie Tyndall has filed an appeal to reverse the 10-year show cause penalty he received from the NCAA in April for violations that occurred while he was coaching Southern Mississippi.
Top-50 prospect Jaylen Nowell committed to Washington on Wednesday. Nowell, a shooting guard, is No. 45 on the ESPN 100.