BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – The SHU men's basketball team shot a season-high 56.4% from the field, running away with a 92-52 win over the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Saturday afternoon at Pope Physical Education Center.
Sacred Heart – 7-12, 2-4 NEC
St. Francis Brooklyn – 6-12, 3-3 NEC
The Turning Point
Leading 8-6 with 16:04 to go in the opening half, SHU scored 18 unanswered points to take a 26-6 lead at the 10:30 mark. Mario Matasovic and Joseph Lopez scored 14 of the 18 as the Pioneers held St. Francis Brooklyn to 0-for-6 from the field with three turnovers in a span of 5:52. Rasheem Dunn got the Terriers back on the board with a three-pointer with 10:19 left, after which SHU scored seven straight points, highlighted by a Sean Hoehn three, that gave the Pioneers a 33-9 lead. SHU led by as much as 27 points in the first half, and led 47-21 at halftime.
- Matasovic's three-point play at the 16:04 mark sparked an 18-0 run over 5:52 that put SHU up 26-6. Matasovic and Lopez scored 14 of the 18 points.
- Rasheem Dunn's three-pointer with 10:19 to go snapped a 6:03 field goal drought for St. Francis Brooklyn.
- SHU outrebounded St. Francis Brooklyn 29-11 in the half. Lopez and De'von Barnett had 17 rebounds combined.
- The Pioneers shot 53.8% from the field in the first half, and made 17 of 20 free throws. SHU's defense held the Terriers to 20.7% from the field and 22.2% from the three-point arc.
- SHU's 47 points in the first half were a season-high.
- E.J. Anosike's tipin with 15:33 to go capped a 7-2 SHU run that put the Pioneers ahead 58-27.
- Kinnon LaRose bookended a SHU 11-0 run with three-pointers, giving the Pioneers a 75-35 lead with 7:50 remaining. LaRose was a perfect 4-for-4 from long distance in the half for all 12 of his points.
- The Pioneers were 6-for-10 from the three-point arc in the second half.
Key Stats and Notes
- The Pioneers had six players score in double figures, led by Matasovic, Barnett, and Hoehn who each had 14 points. Barnett tied a career-high with 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
- LaRose and Anosike each had 12 points off the bench. Anosike also had a double-double with 10 rebounds.
- SHU shot a season-high 56.4% from the field and 53.3% from the three-point arc. The Pioneers also allowed a season-low field goal percentage of 29.1%.
- The Pioneers outrebounded the Terriers by 31, 51-20. That is SHU's highest rebound margin of the season, topping the +20 it had in the season opener against Holy Cross.
The Pioneers host Robert Morris at the Pitt Center on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.