SHU Opens Home Slate Against Hofstra Tuesday Night

SHU Opens Home Slate Against Hofstra Tuesday Night

Game Notes | NEC Front Row 

Hofstra (1-0) vs. Sacred Heart (0-1)

Tuesday, Nov. 15 - 7 PM

Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.

Setting the Scene... The Pioneers hit the home floor for the first time this season when Hofstra comes to Coach Bike Court at the William H. Pitt Center Tuesday night.

Last Time Out... SHU opened the 2016-17 season last Friday with an 85-63 loss to crosstown rival Fairfield at Webster Bank Arena. The Stags shot 52.2% from the field while holding to Pioneers under 40%. Quincy McKnight led the Pioneers with 25 points, adding nine rebounds and four steals. He scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half. De'von Barnett added 12 points and five rebounds in his first game action since the 2014-15 season. Junior forward Joseph Lopez had a game-high 14 rebounds.

All-Time vs. Hofstra... The Pride leads the series against Sacred Heart 5-2. Hofstra won last season's meeting on Long Island 80-73. The Pioneers last beat Hofstra on Dec. 4, 2013 73-59 at Hofstra.

Last Meeting... Sacred Heart dropped its final tuneup before Northeast Conference play at Hofstra 80-73 on Dec. 28, 2015. The Pioneers led 41-37 at halftime after shooting 56.3% from the field, but shot just 39.3% in the second half as the Pride rallied back to win by nine. Cane Broome led all players with 25 points, adding eight rebounds. Eyimofe Edukugho added 17 points off the bench. Hofstra's Juan'ya Green led the Pride with 22 points and six assists. Rokas Gustys had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. 

No Place Like Home... Sacred Heart has posted a winning record on Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center in each of the last two seasons. The Pioneers were 6-5 last season at home, winning five of their last six regular-season home contests to solidify a second-place finish. Sacred Heart averaged 77 points per game at home last season, almost five points more than in their road games. In 2014-15, SHU was 9-5 at the Pitt Center. 

The Quincy Quotient... Sophomore guard Quincy McKnight opened 2016-17 in a big way Friday night, scoring a career-high 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. He added nine rebounds and four steals. It was his first career game of over 20 points. McKnight averaged 11.4 points per game last season on his way to a spot on the NEC All-Rookie Team. He was also third on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game. McKnight was named NEC Rookie of the Week five times last season, twice in the last four weeks of the regular season.

Boards by Joe... Joseph Lopez made quite the first impression Friday night at Fairfield, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds while adding eight points. There were only two games last season when a Pioneer had at least 14 rebounds.  

Sparks Off The Bench... Juniors Chris Robinson and Mario Matasovic combined for 13 points off the bench against Fairfield. Robinson had six points and three rebounds in 25 minutes. Matasovic played 21 minutes in his first appearance as a Pioneer, scoring seven points with four rebounds and a blocked shot.

 

Scouting the Pride... Hofstra won its season-opener Friday night 74-72 over Coppin State. Freshman Eli Pemberton led the Pride with 20 points as Rokas Gustys had 10 points and 23 boards. Last season, Hofstra won 24 games and the CAA regular-season championship. This season's team was picked to finish sixth in the CAA.