Saint Francis U Red Flash (10-8, 4-3 NEC) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (7-13, 2-5 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 18 - 1:00 PM
Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.
Setting the Scene... SHU looks to get back in the win column Saturday when Saint Francis U comes to the Pitt Center.
Catch the Game... Thursday's game will be available on NEC Front Row, with Freddie Coleman and Chris Smith on the call.
Last Time Out... SHU fell behind early against Robert Morris and did not recover in a 74-60 loss to the first-place Colonials at the Pitt Center Thursday night. The Pioneers shot 41.1% from the field, but was just 2-for-14 from the three-point arc. Joseph Lopez led SHU with 18 points and 10 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season. Zach Radz tied a career-high with 17 points and seven rebounds. Dachon Burke led Robert Morris with 19 points.
Board Up... The Pioneers lead the NEC in rebound margin at +7.3. SHU was outrebounded for only the third time in 20 games this season Thursday night when Robert Morris had 39 boards to SHU's 35. Despite that, the Pioneers' rebound margin in conference games is +9.6. Saturday's game features the top two rebounders in the NEC in Saint Francis U's Keith Braxton (9.4/game) and SHU's Joseph Lopez (8.9/game).
Lopez Double-Doubles Up... Senior foward Joseph Lopez posted his seventh double-double of the season against Robert Morris Thursday night, leading SHU with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Lopez leads SHU in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. In his last six games, Lopez is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.1% from the floor.
Radz Ties Career-Highs Against RMU... Sophomore guard Zach Radz tied career-highs with 17 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench Thursday night. He last scored 17 points in SHU's win over Dartmouth on Dec. 5 and had seven boards against Binghamton on Dec. 17. Radz has scored in double figures in four of the last seven games.
Hoehn Distributing... Sean Hoehn had seven assists for the second time in three games Thursday night against Robert Morris. He has had at least five assists in a game 10 times so far this season, and six times in the last eight games. Hoehn is fourth in the NEC in assists, averaging 4.35 per game. He has scored in double figures in each of the last four games, averaging 13.3 points per game over that stretch.
All-Time Vs. Saint Francis U... The Red Flash leads the all-time series against the Pioneers 16-13. The two sides have split the 14 previous games at the Pitt Center. Saint Francis U swept last season's series, and has won seven of the last eight meetings.
Last Meeting... SHU jumped out to a 14-2 lead at Saint Francis U on Feb. 23, 2017, but the Red Flash used a 17-0 run midway through the first half to take a 27-20 lead and go on to win 73-64. Saint Francis U shot 44.1% from the field, holding SHU to 33.9%. Joseph Lopez had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Randall Gaskins, Jr. led five Red Flash players in double figures with 13 points.
Scouting Saint Francis U... The Red Flash are 4-3 in the NEC after a 73-64 loss at Wagner Thursday night. Saint Francis U led by seven at halftime 32-25, but the Seahawks shot 57% from the field in the second half to pull away for the win. The Red Flash leads the NEC in scoring, averaging 82.5 points per game. Sophomore Keith Braxton leads the Red Flash in scoring and rebounding at 17.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.