Pioneers and Stags Square Off in Arena Today!

Dec. 13, 2009

FAIRFIELD, CT -

Setting The Scene: The Sacred Heart men’s basketball team looks to win its fourth straight game Sunday afternoon when it travels down Park Avenue to face Fairfield University at the Arena at Harbor Yard. SHU is coming off a 76-65 win over Hartford on Friday.

Series: This is the just the third career meeting between the two schools. Fairfield has won the first two.

  • 11/18/08 Fairfield 70 SHU 54
  • 11/18/07 Fairfield 74 SHU 75

Sacred Heart vs. the MAAC: The Pioneers are 19-11 all-time against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Coneference. SHU is 12-1 against Marist and 5-3 against Siena. The Pioneers have also faced Iona (1-1), Duquesne (0-1), Fairfield (0-2) Manhattan (0-1), Loyola (1-0) and Rider (0-2).

Scouting the Opponent: Fairfield has won three straight games and has a 7-2 record. The Stags are coming off a 73-54 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday led by Yorel Hawkins with 22 points and eight rebounds. Hawkins leads the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game. He is shooting a hefty 60 percent from the floor. Freshman Derek Needham has gotten his collegiate career off to a good start, averaging 15.3 points and nearly five assists per game thus far. Senior Anthony Johnson is also scoring in double figures at 12 per game and leads the Stags in rebounding at 9.3 per contest.

This Date in SHU Men’s Basketball History: On December 13, 1981, on the way to impressive 26-6 season, the Pioneers won at Hartwick 81-60. It was the fifth straight win for head coach Dave Bike’s club and moved its record to 5-1. It was a seven-point game at the half, but the Pioneers scored 47 points in the second to pull away.

SHU’s all-time leading scorer Keith Bennett led the way for the Pioneers with 22 points and ten rebounds. Rhonie Wright finished with 18 points and an incredible 18 rebounds as well. Mike Ashley had 15 points, while Herb Camero had ten points and 13 boards.

Upcoming Games: The Pioneers will break for exams before a Dec. 20 home date with Stony Brook.

Raining Three’s: Senior Corey Hassan set a school record for three-pointers in a game when he drained nine of them at the University of Hartford on December 11. He broke the school’s Division I record of 8 set by Luke Granato on 11/14/06 at North Carolina. John Randazzo (1998) and Louis Frye (1996) also hit eight treys in a game during the team’s Division II days. The Pioneers tied the school record for three-point attempts in a game in the same contest, taking 31 of them.

In the National Rankings: Corey Hassan currently ranks sixth in the nation in Division I in scoring at 24.4 points per game. He is second in the country in three’s per game at 4.5 and the Pioneers as a team stand in seventh place as a team in that category at 9.8. Junior Jerrell Thompson is 14th nationally in assists at 6.1.

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