Yale (3-4) at Sacred Heart (4-5)
Thursday, Dec. 8 - 8 PM
Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.
Setting the Scene... Winners of three of their last four games, the Pioneers close out their three-game homestand Thursday night against Yale.
Last Time Out... SHU scored a season-high 91 points in a 91-82 win over UMass Lowell Tuesday night at the Pitt Center. The Pioneers shot a season-high 55.4% from the field and made 23 of 27 free throws. Sophomore guard Quincy McKnight scored a career-high 34 points, adding nine rebounds and five assists. Charles Tucker added a season-high 13 points with five assists and four steals. Joseph Lopez had 11 points and seven boards.
All-Time vs. Yale... The Bulldogs lead the series with SHU 10-5, with the two teams playing every season since 2001. Yale defeated the Pioneers 99-77 at John J. Lee Amphitheater last season. SHU last won against Yale on Nov. 10, 2012, an 85-82 overtime win in the Connecticut 6.
Last Meeting... SHU shot 53.1% from the field but could not overcome 20 turnovers in a 99-77 loss to Yale at Lee Amphitheater on Nov. 16, 2015. Cane Broome led all scorers with 32 points, adding five assists. Justin Sears led Yale with 27 points. Makai Mason had 21 points and five assists. Yale shot 53.3% from the field in the first half on its way to a 51-33 halftime lead.
Quincy's Career Night... Quincy McKnight scored over 30 points for the first time in his career Tuesday night, putting up 34 in SHU's win over UMass Lowell. McKnight was 11-for-21 from the field and 11-for-13 at the free throw line. He also had a team-high nine rebounds and five assists. After starting the game 4-for-11 from the field, McKnight was 7-for-10 from the field in the second half and scored 21 points. McKnight was named NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Nov. 21 after averaging 25 points per game in matchups with Hofstra and #9 Arizona. Earlier this season, McKnight became the first Pioneer since Corey Hassan in 2009-10 to score at least 20 points in each of his first four games after scoring 20 at Santa Clara on Nov. 21.
Lopez Earns Two Weekly Honors... Joseph Lopez was named the NEC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday. It's his first NEC weekly honor. On Tuesday, Lopez was named the Co-D-I Men's Player of the Week by the Met Basketball Writers Association. Lopez shot 93.8% from the field last week in games against Fordham and Hartford, making 15 of 16 shots from the floor. In his last three games, Lopez is shooting 90.5% (19-21) from the field and 83.3% (10-12) at the free throw line. He is averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game during that stretch.
Sweet Charity... For the third consecutive game, SHU shot over 70% from the foul line Tuesday night. The Pioneers made 23 of 27 foul shots against UMass Lowell for 85.2%. SHU has shot over 80% from the charity stripe in three of its four wins this season. The Pioneers lead the NEC in free throw percentage at 73.3%. Junior guard Charles Tucker Jr. is second in the NEC individually at 88.9%.
Cha-Cha Dimes... Junior guard Charles Tucker Jr. had five assists and a season-high 13 points and four steals in Tuesday's win over UMass Lowell. In the last four games, Tucker is averaging eight points and 4.5 assists per game.
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Scouting the Bulldogs... Picked third in the Ivy League preseason poll, Yale is 3-4 on the season after a 59-55 win over Albany on Saturday. Anthony Dallier and Alex Copeland each scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Great Danes. Yale assisted on 15 of 22 made baskets and made 11 three-pointers. Sam Downey leads Yale with 13.3 points per game. Both Miye Oni and Alex Copeland average 12.7 points per game. Blake Reynolds leads Yale in rebounding at 5.6 per game.