Game Notes | TV: Pac-12 Network
Sacred Heart (1-1) at #9/10 Arizona (2-0)
Friday, Nov. 18 - 10 PM
McKale Center - Tucson, Ariz.
Setting the Scene... The Pioneers open a five-game road swing Friday night against #9/10 Arizona in SHU's first game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
Last Time Out... SHU rallied from a nine-point deficit with 4:05 remaining to take down the Hofstra Pride 90-86 Tuesday night at the William H. Pitt Center. Sean Hoehn scored eight straight points in 0:51 to give SHU an 86-85 lead with 0:24 to play. For the second straight game, sophomore guard Quincy McKnight set a new career-high in scoring with 28 points. McKnight was 11-for-20 from the field and added four rebounds and four assists. Four other Pioneers scored in double figures. Joseph Lopez and Matej Buovac both had 14 points while Hoehn and Charles Tucker Jr. both had 12.
All-Time vs. Arizona... This is the first meeting between the Pioneers and Wildcats. SHU last faced a Pac-12 opponent on Dec. 22, 2004 when the Pioneers lost at Washington 114-53.
Anatomy of a Comeback... Sacred Heart trailed Hofstra 83-74 with 4:05 to play Tuesday night and came back to win 90-86. Here's how...
- The Pioneers held Hofstra to just one field goal over the last 4:05 and forced three turnovers.
- On the flip side, SHU finished the game 3-for-6 from the field and making eight consecutive free throws.
- Sean Hoehn scored eight straight points on back-to-back threes and a pair of free throws in 0:51 to give SHU an 86-85 lead.
- All told, SHU finished the game on a 16-3 run with Hoehn and Quincy McKnight scoring the last 14 points.
The Quincy Quotient... For the second straight game, sophomore guard Quincy McKnight set a new career-high in scoring with a game-high 28 points in the win over Hofstra Tuesday night. He opened 2016-17 in a big way last Friday, scoring a career-high 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting. He added nine rebounds and four steals. He has scored over 20 points twice in the first two games this season, something he didn't do all of last season. 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.
Hoehn's Run Leads To Win Over Hofstra... Sean Hoehn scored eight straight points over a span of 0:51 late in Tuesday's game against Hofstra, giving SHU the 86-85 lead with 0:24 left. He finished the game with 12 points and a game-high three steals. Hoehn finished his freshman season in a flourish, averaging 7.7 points per game over his last 10 regular season games. He scored a career-high 19 points at LIU Brooklyn on Jan. 27, 2016. Hoehn shot 50% from the three-point line, making a triple in nine of the 10 games. He also had a 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio, dishing out nine assists on Feb. 6, 2016 in SHU's 98-90 win over LIU Brooklyn.
Mighty Matej, Off The Bench... Fifth-Year forward Matej Buovac is SHU's leading returning three-point shooter after making 36 three-pointers last season. Buovac shot 33.6% from the arc and hit at least one three in 13 of the last 15 regular season games in 2015-16. In his first action of the season Tuesday, Buovac made three three-pointers in 25 minutes off the bench for 14 points.
Scouting the Wildcats... Arizona is 2-0 on the season after a 78-66 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday. The Wildcats led the Roadrunners 44-26 at halftime after shooting 56.5% from the floor. Lauri Markkanen led Arizona with 26 points and eight rebounds Tuesday night. Arizona overcame an early 15-point deficit in its season opener against Michigan State in the Armed Forces Classic, defeating the Spartans 65-63 on a last-second basket by Kadeem Allen. Arizona was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 behind Oregon.