SACRED HEART vs. BOSTON COLLEGE
Game 14 * December 21, 2011 * Conte Forum * Chestnut Hill, MA * 7:00 pm
All-Time Series: BC leads, 5-0 / Last Meeting: 12/31/08 - BC, 89-76
The Storyline... Sacred Heart heads to Boston College Wednesday night looking to shake off their worst loss of the year, a 106-65 defeat at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Pioneers are in the middle of a three-game road swing over the holidays to wrap-up non-conference play. SHU senior guard Shane Gibson heads into this game needing just 11 points to become the 33rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Boston College is 4-7 on the year but welcome the Pioneers to the Conte Forum off of two-straight wins.
Sacred Heart - Boston College All-Time Series... Wednesday night's game marks the sixth meeting between the two schools with Boston College winning all five previous meetings. Boston College won the first meeting, 72-70, in Boston during the 2003-04 season, the only meeting between the two teams when BC was still a member of the Big East. SHU fell the following season to an #8 ranked Eagles team, 77-66. SHU and BC met for four-straight seasons from 2005 through 2008.
The Coaches... Dave Bike (Sacred Heart '69) is in his 34th year as the head coach of Sacred Heart. He has a career record of 512-468, ranking him 20th among active coaches. Only Jim Boheim of Syracuse has spent more time coaching at one institution. He led the Pioneers to eight NCAA Division II tournaments and his 1985-86 team won the national championship while finishing 30-4. Bike was named the national Coach of the Year by the NABC following the title game. Steve Donahue (Urinus '84) is in his second season on the bench at Boston College. Donahue led the Eagles to a 21-13 record and 9-7 finish in the ACC and berth in the NIT in his first season. Prior to becoming the Eagles head coach, Donahue spent the previous 10 seasons at Cornell where he led the Big Red to three-straight Ivy League Championships (2008, 2009, 2010) and the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16.
Up Next... The Pioneers will be off for the holidays until Thursday, December 29th when they close out the non-conference portion of the schedule at New Hampshire.
- Junior Shane Gibson is just 11 points away from reaching the 1,000 point plateau for his career. He will become the 33rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. He will be the ninth player to reach the goal in the Division I era (1999-present).
- SHU's 106-65 loss at Notre Dame on Monday marked their largest defeat of the season. The last 40-point loss was also the last time the Pioneers allowed 100 points in a game, a 105-65 loss at Xavier on Nov. 21, 2009.
- The Pioneers end the year winless against the Big East and are now 0-16 against the conference all-time.
- The Pioneers ended an eight-day layoff facing Notre Dame. SHU will take eight days off again between facing Boston College and their trip to New Hampshire.
- Junior Shane Gibson collected his fifth 20-point game of the season and 18th of his career with 22 against Notre Dame.
Last Meeting with Boston College... Boston College guard Rakim Sanders led five players in double figures with 20 points to lead the Eagles past Sacred Heart, 89-76, on New Year's Eve 2008. The Eagles shot 41.7% (30-72) but got it done at the free throw line, making 24-of-28. The Pioneers shot 45.8% (33-72) but made just two-of-13 from three and were eight-of-15 at the line in the loss. SHU's Joey Henley finished with 18 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Guard Chauncey Hardy hit six-of-10 for 14 points while Corey Hassan and Stan Dulaire came off the SHU bench to score 12 and 10 points, respectively. BC's Tyrese Rice scored 18 points and dished eight assists with seven rebounds. Josh Southern just missed out on a double double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Reggie Jackson and Tyler Roche came off the bench for 12 and 10 points apiece.
Pioneers vs. the ACC... The Pioneers are 0-6 all-time against schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference. SHU has faced Boston College more than any other school, going 0-4 against the Eagles as a member of the league. The Pioneers also lost once to BC when the Eagles were still a member of the Big East in 2003-04. Sacred Heart is 0-1 against North Carolina, losing to the #2 Tar Heels in the Preseason NIT. SHU is also 0-1 against the University of Miami.
Scouting the BC Eagles... After a 2-7 start to their season, the Boston College Eagles come in winners of two-straight at home. The Eagles are coming off a 66-51 win over Stony Brook followed up by a 75-55 win over the NEC's Bryant. BC's roster has 12 new faces and sports nine freshmen this season under second year head coach Steve Donahue. Rookie Patrick Heckmann is the team's leading scorer, averaging 11.8 points per game. Heckmann is also the team's top free throw shooter, making 44 of 54 at the charity stripe (.815). Fellow freshman Lonnie Jackson was named this week's ACC Rookie of the Week after netting 26 points in the win over Bryant and is the team's top three-point threat. Jackson has knocked down 20-of-42 from downtown and averages 6.6 points per game. The Eagles were picked 12th in ACC Preseason Poll.