Pioneers Snap Losing Streak With 67-54 Win Over CCSU

Pioneers Snap Losing Streak With 67-54 Win Over CCSU


FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Led by 16 points apiece from Sean Hoehn and Mario Matasovic, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team defeated the Central Connecticut Blue Devils 67-54 at Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center Saturday afternoon.



Central Connecticut – 12-13, 5-7 NEC

Sacred Heart – 8-17, 3-9 NEC


The Turning Point

SHU opened the second half on a 9-0 run, erasing CCSU's 30-27 lead and taking a 36-30 advantage with 14:33 to go. The Blue Devils closed the gap to two, 45-43, on a Joe Hugley three-pointer at the 9:08 mark. The Pioneers them went on a 13-2 run over the next 5:08, with a pair of Mario Matasovic free throws giving SHU a 58-45 lead with 4:00 to go. Matasovic and Joseph Lopez combined for 10 of the Pioneers' 13 points over that stretch. CCSU would only get as close as nine the rest of the way.


First Half

- There were eight lead changes in the first half.

- A LaRose three-pointer and Hoehn layup put SHU ahead 12-9 with 11:32 to go. The Pioneers would lead for the next 7:03 before a Joe Hugley three gave CCSU a 23-21 lead.

- The Blue Devils scored seven of the last 10 points of the half, as Tyler Kohl's buzzer-beating three-pointer gave CCSU a 30-27 halftime lead.

- SHU made five three-pointers in the first half after having just four in the whole game against LIU Brooklyn Thursday night.

Second Half

- Lopez, Kinnon LaRose, and Sean Hoehn scored all nine points of SHU's opening run in the second half. The Pioneers held CCSU to 0-for-4 from the field to start the half, including 0-for-3 from the three-point line, and two turnovers.

- SHU used a 13-2 run to take a 58-45 lead with 4:00 left. Lopez and Matasovic had 10 of the 13 points, with Hoehn adding a three-pointer. The Pioneers were 5-for-7 from the field over a stretch of 5:08, holding CCSU to 1-for-6.

- The Pioneers shot 64% from the field in the second half, holding CCSU to 39.1%.


Key Stats and Notes

- SHU's win snapped a five-game losing streak, the Pioneers' longest since 2015. It was also SHU's fifth straight win over CCSU.

- Matasovic recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

- Hoehn also scored 16 points, adding a game-high six assists and four steals.

- The Pioneers had 18 assists to 10 turnovers Saturday, a season-high for assists. SHU also forced 16 Blue Devil turnovers.

- SHU shot 50% from the field for the game, the Pioneers' highest mark since Jan. 13 at St. Francis Brooklyn.

- Kohl led all players with 25 points and 11 rebounds.


Next Game

SHU travels to Fairleigh Dickinson for a pivotal NEC showdown on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

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