Robert Morris Colonials (11-8, 5-1 NEC) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (7-12, 2-4 NEC)
Thursday, Jan. 18 - 6:00 PM
Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.
Setting The Scene... SHU opens its last homestand in January Thursday night, hosting first-place Robert Morris.
Catch The Game... Thursday's game will be available on NEC Front Row, with Randy Brochu and Chris Smith on the call.
Last Time Out... SHU set season-highs in points, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, and free throw percentage in a dominant 92-52 win at St. Francis Brooklyn on Jan. 13. De'von Barnett, Mario Matasovic, and Sean Hoehn each had a game-high 14 points. Barnett also had a game-high 12 rebounds for a double-double. E.J. Anosike had a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 10 boards. SHU shot 56.4% from the field and 53.3% from the three-point arc.
Light It Up... SHU set season-highs last Saturday at St. Francis Brooklyn in points, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. The Pioneers scored a season-high 92 points by shooting 56.4% from the field, 53.3% from the three-point arc, and 84.6% from the foul line. SHU had six players score in double figures at St. Francis Brooklyn. The last time the Pioneers had six players score at least 10 points in a game was Dec. 11, 2016 at Lafayette.
Board Up... The Pioneers lead the NEC in rebound margin at +7.9. SHU posted its highest rebound margin of the season at St. Francis Brooklyn on Jan. 13, outrebounding the Terriers by 31 51-20. De'von Barnett and E.J. Anosike combined for 22 rebounds last Saturday. SHU has a +11.8 rebound margin in conference games this season.
Barnett's March To 1,000... Redshirt-Senior De'von Barnett is now 62 points away from 1,000 for his career after scoring 14 at St. Francis Brooklyn on Jan. 13. He also had a game-high 12 rebounds to tie a career high and post his first double-double of the season. In the last seven games, Barnett is averaging 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 60% from the field.
Threes From LaRose... Redshirt-Sophomore guard Kinnon LaRose was 4-for-4 from the three-point arc in the second half last Saturday at St. Francis Brooklyn, scoring all 12 of his points in the second half of SHU's win over the Terriers. LaRose had six threes in the Pioneers' win over FDU on Dec. 31. The redshirt-sophomore guard is shooting 37.8% from long distance in NEC play.
All-Time Vs. Robert Morris... Robert Morris holds a 22-10 lead in the series between the Pioneers and Colonials. The Colonials won both meetings last season, and have won 10 of the last 12 games between the two schools overall.
Last Meeting... SHU closed the 2016-17 regular season with a 79-72 loss at Robert Morris on Feb. 25, 2017. The Pioneers led 36-35 at halftime, but the Colonials shot 55% from the field and was 6-of-9 from long distance to pull away in the second for a seven-point win. Isaiah Still led all players with 28 points. Joseph Lopez had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Scouting Robert Morris... The Colonials lead the NEC at 5-1 after winning 81-75 at FDU Saturday. Dachon Burke led Robert Morris with 25 points and seven rebounds. Burke is seventh in the NEC in scoring at 17.2 points per game. The Colonials lead the NEC in turnover margin at +2.89.