Men's Basketball Hosts Central Connecticut Tonight

Jan. 21, 2010

FAIRFIELD, CT - ting The Scene: The Sacred Heart men's basketball team looks for revenge against Central Connecticut State University on Thursday night at 7:45 pm, as second part of a doubleheader with the women's team. The Blue Devils defeated the Pioneers 88-65 on Saturday.

Series: This rivalry goes back to the Division II days for both schools. CCSU leads the series 28-17 and has won 18 of 26 meetings since the Pioneers turned Division I. The Pioneers defeated Central three times last year, including a game in the first round of the NEC Tournament.

Scouting the Opponent: Central Connecticut comes into the game with a 5-12 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the NEC.

The Blue Devils have played their last two games without their leading scorer Robby Ptacek and his availablility for this game is in question as well. Ptacek is averaging 13.4 points per game this season. Shemik Thompson is the only other Blue Devil scoring in double figures at 11.8 per game. David Simmons is the leading rebounder at 7.7 per contest.

The Blue Devils are shooting 39 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line.

This Date in SHU Men's Basketball History: On January 21, 2006 the Pioneers defeated Saint Francis (PA) 65-54 in the Pitt Center. Sophomore guard Luke Granato poured in a career-high 25 points, canning seven of ten three-pointers, to lead the Pioneers. Senior center Kibwe Trim, who played just 26 minutes because of foul trouble, was the only other Pioneer in double figures in scoring with 16. Junior guard Tavio Hobson (Seattle, WA) had a game-high seven assists.

The Pioneers would finish that season 11-17 and fall in the first round of the NEC Tournament to CCSU.

SHU Against Connecticut Opponents: Sacred Heart has a 185-133 record all-time against schools from the Nutmeg State. The Pioneers have a 64-65 record against schools that are currently Division I in the state, with 35 of those wins coming against Quinnipiac. The Pioneers have a high of 39 wins against the University of Bridgeport during the SHU Division II years.

Litke Lights it Up: Senior Ryan Litke scored a career-high 25 points in the win over Wagner on January 7. The SHU sharpshooter came in the game a little earlier than usual, when starting guard Chauncey Hardy picked up two fouls four minutes into the game. Litke responded by draining a career-best seven three-pointers.

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