Sacred Heart (0-1) vs Western New England (1-1)
Monday, Nov. 12 - 7:30 PM
Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.
Setting the Scene... After opening the season with a road loss at Holy Cross, the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team will be partnering with Take Back the Night in its home-opener against Western New England on Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Catch the Game... Monday's game will be live-streamed on NEC Front Row.
Last Time Out… The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team opened the 2018-19 season with a 93-81 road loss against Holy Cross on Tuesday evening at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.
With the loss, SHU fell to 0-1 to open the season for the third year in a row. Sean Hoehn led the way for the Pioneers with 25 points, including 16 in the second half. Koreem Ozier added 23 points in his collegiate debut, while Jare'l Spellman scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in his Pioneer debut.
All-Time Vs. Western New England... This will be the first meeting between the Pioneers and Golden Bears.
Take Back The Night... Sacred Heart University men's basketball is partnering with Take Back the Night for its home-opener. Take Back The Night represents the earliest worldwide stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women.
The mission as a charitable 501(c)3 Foundation is to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. The foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. People of all backgrounds around the world are taking back their voices by speaking out against these crimes and taking a stand through Take Back The Night. Take Back The Night Events have been documented in over 36 countries, in over 800 communities, with more locations taking a stand every year. They have reached over 30 million people with a message of strength and support, and their commitment to ending sexual violence.
Scouting Western New England... Western New England comes into the contest with a 1-1 record and averaging 77.5 points per game as a team. The Golden Bears are led by senior guard Mikey Pettway, who averages 33.5 points per game on 53.1% shooting. The Bridgeport, Connecticut native scored a career-high 39 points in Western New England's 71-68 win over Emmanuel College on Saturday evening.
Sizzlin' Sean... The Pioneers' leading scorer from last season, Sean Hoehn, opened the season with a team-high 25 points on 9-for-11 shooting and 5-for-6 from beyond the arc. Hoehn's 25 points were six shy of tying his career-high of 31 points, which he scored in a 94-84 win over Bryant (2/22/18)
Welcome to College... The Pioneers had four players make their collegiate debuts against Holy Cross on 11/6. Koreem Ozier and Cameron Parker started in the backcourt, while Aaron Clarke and Zach Pfaffenberger contributed minutes off the bench for the Pioneers
Off to the Races... Racine, Wisconsin product, Koreem Ozier scored 23 points in his collegiate debut against Holy Cross on Nov. 6. Ozier is the first SHU freshman to score at least 20 points in a game since Cane Broome scored 23 points in a 91-85 loss against Bryant on Mar. 4, 2015
Familiar Faces... SHU returns seven letter-winners from last season's team, including team captain and leading scorer Sean Hoehn. The Pioneers also return Kinnon LaRose, E.J. Anosike, Anthony Boateng, Alex Watson, Zach Radz and Jare'l Spellman.
The Young and the Restless... The Pioneers also added seven new players to the roster, all being freshmen.
New Face...Kinda... Despite being on the 2017-18 roster, Jare'l Spellman did not see time as he had sit out as a redshirt due to transferring from Florida Southern. In his two years at Florida Southern, he was third in all of Division II in blocks and left as the program's all-time leader in blocks. In 2017, Spellman was named the Sunshine State Conference Defensive player of the Year after leading the league with 104 blocks.
Oh Captain, Our Captain... Second-year captain Sean Hoehn returns as SHU's leading scorer from last season after averaging 13.1 points per game. Hoehn, knocked down at least three or more three-pointers in seven games and led SHU with 4.2 assists per game.
Swiper, No Swiping... Sean Hoehn recorded a career-high seven steals in SHU's 87-80 win over UMass Lowell (11/29).
Shooters, Shoot... Kinnon LaRose led SHU in three-pointing percentage (34.1%) and 1.9 made three-pointers a game. He scored a career-high 24 points on a career-high six made three-pointers in a 66-65 win over FDU (12/31).
Big on the Boards... E.J. Anosike had three double-digit rebound performances and registered two double-doubles as a freshman last season. Anosike registered a double-double on a career-high 14 points and 16 rebounds in an 87-60 win over Mitchell College (11/22). He scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in a 69-68 win over Maine (11/19). Anosike registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 92-52 win over St. Francis Brooklyn (1/13)
Cleaning Up On The Glass... The Pioneers were one of the top teams in the NEC in rebounding. SHU averaged 39.9 rebounds per game as a team, which led the NEC. The Pioneers also held opponents to 32.5 rebounds per game, which ranked second in the NEC. However, SHU's +7.5 rebounding margin was tops in the NEC last season. The Pioneers also led the NEC in defensive rebounds per game (27.90) and defensive rebounding percentage (77.4%).
Freshmen Orientation... Head coach Anthony Latina will look for experience to be the best teacher, as he expects freshmen guards Aaron Clarke, Koreem Ozier and Cameron Parker to aide Sean Hoehn in the backcourt this season.
The Jersey Product... Aaron Clarke was a well-decorated guard that Latina was able to add from Pope John high school. Clarke graduated as Pope John's all-time leading scorer with 1,565 points. Clarke was named the N.J. Herald Player of the Year in 2017, Sportszone Player of the Year in 2017 and Sportszone Co-Player of the Year in 2018.
Scoring is a Habit... Freshman guard Koreem Ozier was touted as a gifted scorer during his recruitment. Ozier was the first player to average 30 points per game in his county as a senior. The Racine product led the state of Wisconsin in scoring for two years straight and set the all-time scoring record at Case high school with 1,405 points.
Busy Beaver... Freshman guard Cameron Parker filled the stat-sheet offensively in high school. The Beaverton, Oregon product averaged 25.5 points and 6.1 assists per game as a senior at Jesuit high school and graduated scoring 1,451 career points. In his post-grad year at Tilton, Parker set the program-record for most assists in a game and most assists in a single-season.
Preseason Prognostication... SHU men's basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Northeast Conference. Saint Francis U is this season's preseason favorite, garnering eight first-place votes. Fairleigh Dickinson was second choice and received a first place vote, followed by reigning NEC champions LIU Brooklyn in third with the final first-place vote. Wagner and Robert Morris rounded out the top-five, with Central Connecticut State and St. Francis Brooklyn in sixth and seventh. Bryant, the Pioneers and Mount St. Mary's rounded out the remaining NEC teams.
- NEC Preseason Poll:
1. Saint Francis U (8 first-place votes)
2. Fairleigh Dickinson (1 first-place vote)
3. LIU Brooklyn (1 first-place vote)
5. Robert Morris
6. Central Connecticut
7. St. Francis Brooklyn
9. Sacred Heart
10. Mount St. Mary's
NEC Men's Basketball Preseason All-NEC Team
G – Jamaal King, Saint Francis U
G – Keith Braxton, Saint Francis U
G/F – Tyler Kohl, Central Conn.
G/F – Raiquan Clark, LIU Brooklyn
F – Mike Holloway, FDU