Sacred Heart Pioneers (7-14, 2-6 NEC) at Robert Morris Colonials (12-9, 6-2 NEC)
Friday, Jan. 25 - 7:00 PM
PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh, Pa.
Setting the Scene... SHU travels to Pittsburgh for a rare Friday night NEC game against Robert Morris.
Catch the Game... Friday's game will be available on NEC Front Row.
Last Time Out... With the game tied 55-55 with 8:25 remaining last Saturday, Saint Francis U closed the game on an 18-5 run to defeat SHU at the Pitt Center 73-60. De'von Barnett and Kinnon LaRose each led the Pioneers with 12 points. Joseph Lopez had his second straight double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Jamaal King led the Red Flash, and all scorers, with 21 points.
You Again... In an odd schedule anomaly, SHU is taking on the same two opponents it played the week prior when it travels to Robert Morris and Saint Francis U this weekend. The Pioneers have taken on a conference opponent in back-to-back games five times since 2000, but this is the first time they're playing the same two teams in consecutive weeks. In 2005, SHU finished the season with four of its last five games against Robert Morris and Saint Francis U.
Lopez Double-Doubles Up... Senior foward Joseph Lopez posted his eighth double-double of the season on Jan. 20 with 10 points and 14 rebounds against Saint Francis U. It was his second double-double in as many games. Lopez is second in the NEC in rebounding, averaging 9.2 boards per game. He's also second in double-doubles with eight. Lopez leads SHU in scoring at 13 points per game.
Barnett's March To 1,000... Redshirt-Senior De'von Barnett led SHU with 12 points against Saint Francis U on Jan. 20. He enters this weekend with 954 career points, putting him 46 away from 1,000 for his career. Barnett has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, with a season-high 19 points at Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 11. During that stretch, he has averaged 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting 62.2% from the field.
All-Time Vs. Robert Morris... The Colonials lead the series with SHU 23-10. Robert Morris is 13-3 against the Pioneers all-time on its home floor. SHU has won at Robert Morris just once since 2009, a 69-65 win on Jan. 2, 2016.
Last Meeting... The Pioneers moved to 2-5 in the NEC with a 74-60 loss to Robert Morris at the Pitt Center on Jan. 18. The Colonials opened the game on a 14-0 run in the first 7:01, and took a 42-20 lead at halftime. Joseph Lopez led the Pioneers with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Radz tied career-highs with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Scouting Robert Morris... After winning at SHU last Thursday, the Colonials wound up with a split of the weekend when it lost 62-49 at Wagner on Jan. 20. The Seahawks shot 54.2% in the first half to take a 32-25 halftime lead. Koby Thomas led Robert Morris with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Dachon Burke added 12 points and nine rebounds. Burke leads Robert Morris in scoring this season at 17 points per game. The Colonials lead the NEC in turnover margin (+2.95) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.306).