Sacred Heart (4-25, 1-13 NEC) at Mount St. Mary's (12-15, 8-6 NEC) Game 30
February 27th, 2014 - 7:00 pm - Knott Arena
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart continues the final week of the regular season with a Thursday night match-up against Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg. The Pioneers are coming off an 80-75 setback to LIU Brooklyn on Tuesday night, their 12th consecutive loss. Mount St. Mary's is sitting in fourth place in the NEC after a convincing 88-73 win over Bryant on Monday night. Earlier this season, The Mount defeated Sacred Heart, 73-60, at the William H. Pitt Center.
Last Time Out... Sacred Heart held a halftime lead for the second consecutive game, but LIU Brooklyn used a hot-shooting second half to derail the Pioneers, 80-75, at the William H. Pitt Center. The Pioneers had four players score in double-figures, led by Evan Kelley's 15 points off the bench. Mostafa Abdel Latif and Phil Gaetano each scored 11 points. Abdel Latif had a team-high nine rebounds, Gaetano had nine assists. De'von Barnett had 10 points and two steals. LIU Brooklyn shot 71.4 percent (15-of-21) in the second half, while also making 15-of-18 free throws.
SHU vs. Mount St. Mary's Series Notes... Thursday night marks the 28th meeting between SHU and the Mount.
- Mount St. Mary's holds a 20-7 edge in the all-time series.
- The Mount has won nine consecutive against SHU, with the Pioneers' last win coming on Dec. 4th, 2008.
- The Pioneers and Mountaineers have played twice in the postseason with Mount St. Mary's winning both meetings. The Mount knocked the Pioneers out of the 2009 tournament with a 68-63 win at home in the semifinals. They also met in the 2008 NEC Championship with the Pioneers falling at home, 68-55.
Pioneers in the NEC... Sacred Heart is in its 15th season of play in the Northeast Conference in 2013-14.
- SHU is 107-165 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, reaching the championship game twice.
Monster Montes... Senior Louis Montes has been on an absolute tear in his last six games. Montes is averaging 17.7 points per game and 6 rebounds in Sacred Heart's last six games. Montes is now 11th in the league in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game.
Phil 500 ... Point guard Phil Gaetano dished out his 500th career assist on February 2nd against Bryant. Gaetano is now sixth all-time on the Sacred Heart assists list with 532 career dimes.
First for Phil... For the the first time in his college career, Gaetano did not register an assist in Sacred Heart's loss to Wagner on February 8th. The junior point guard had dished out atleast one assist in 74 consecutive games. Gaetano was second in the country last season, averaging 7.9 assists per game. This season, Gaetano ranks tenth in country, averaging 6.1 dimes per game.
Tough Starts... Sacred Heart has been outscored by 163 points in the first half of games this season, while being outscored by just 54 points the rest of the game. Atypically, SHU has led at the half in its last two games.
Thursday VS. Saturday.. Louis Montes has been excellent in Thursday night NEC games this season, averaging 24.5 points per game, while shooting 58.3% (35-of-60) from the floor. Before Saturday, Montes was averaging 9.25 points per game, shooting a dismal 20.5% (8-of-39) from the floor on Saturday games. Montes scored a team-high 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting against FDU on Saturday afternoon.
Barnett Back on Track...After three games of averaging an uncharacteristic 5.7 points per game, freshman Barnett has averaged 11.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in Sacred Heart's last eight games. Barnett scored a career-high 18 points against FDU on Saturday, and is now averaging 10 points per game.
Up Next... The Pioneers finish their regular season on Saturday afternoon as the CCSU Blue Devils come to town. SHU will celebrate senior day, as well as honor former head coach Dave Bike at halftime. The Pitt Center Court will be named "Coach Bike Court."