February 6, 2013

Pioneers Play Host to Fairleigh Dickinson Thursday Night

SACRED HEART (8-13, 6-4 NEC) VS. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (7-16, 2-8 NEC)

Game 22 * Thurs., February 7, 2013 * Fairfield, CT * William H. Pitt Center

Video * Live Stats

Game Notes

Setting the Scene...  Sacred Heart welcomes Fairleigh Dickinson University to the Pitt Center Thursday night for the only meeting this season between the Pioneers and the Knights.  The Pioneers entered last week's games tied for first with a 6-2 record but after consecutive road losses at Wagner and Mount St. Mary's, SHU is now in a four-way tie for third heading into Thursday night's match-up with FDU.  The Knights are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak after back-to-back home losses to Bryant and CCSU last week.  FDU comes in a 2-8 and tied at the bottom of the standings with Saint Francis U.

Series Notes... Tonight is the 22nd meeting between SHU and FDU and will be the only time the two team play in the regular season this year.

- The Pioneers hold a slim 11-10 edge in the all-time series

- SHU won the only meeting last season, a 66-57 win on the road.

- The Knights have won three of the last five meetings and two-straight in the Pitt Center.

- All 21 meetings have taken place since the Pioneers joined the NEC in 1999-00.

 Pioneers in the NEC...  Sacred Heart is in its 14th season of play in the Northeast Conference in 2012-13. 

- SHU is 104-144 in conference play since joining the league in 1999-2000. 

- The Pioneers best finish in the league was second, a feat they accomplished twice, in 2006-07 and 2008-09.

- SHU has qualified for the Northeast Conference Tournament six times.

- SHU has made two NEC Championship game appearances, falling to Central Connecticut in 2007 and losing to Mount St. Mary's at home in 2008.

The Head Coaches...  Dave Bike (Sacred Heart '69) begins his 35th year as the head coach of Sacred Heart University where he owns a career record of 528-492. 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.  Greg Vetrone (C.W. Post '86) is in his fourth season on the bench at Fairleigh Dickinson.  Vetrone was named the sixth head coach at FDU after serving as the interim coach in 2009-10 and guided the Knights to a 10-8 NEC mark and fifth seed in the league tournament.

Up Next...  Sacred Heart will head to first place Bryant on Saturday afternoon.  The Pioneers dealt the Bulldogs their first NEC loss this season, beating Bryant 87-76 at home on January 24th.

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