Men's Basketball Falls to UMass Lowell in OT, 100-91

Men's Basketball Falls to UMass Lowell in OT, 100-91

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University men's basketball closed non-conference play with a loss, as the Pioneers fell to UMass Lowell, 100-91, in overtime at home Saturday afternoon on Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 4-9 on the year, while the Riverhawks improve to 8-7.

The Pioneers had three players score in double-figures with Koreem Ozier leading the way with 20 points. Sean Hoehn added 16 points, while Zach Pffafenberger added a career-high 13 points in a losing effort.


UMass Lowell 100 / SHU 91


SHU (4-9) (0-0 NEC) | UMass Lowell (8-7) (0-0 AE)


Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center / Fairfield, Conn.


  • Points: Ozier 20, Hoehn 16, Pfaffenberger 13

  • Rebounds: Spellman 10, LaRose 6, Parker 6, Anosike 6

  • Assists: Parker 7

  • Steals: Pfaffenberger 2, LaRose 2

  • Blocks: Pffafenberger 2


  • With the score tied at 18-18 with 11:19 remaining in the first half, the Riverhawks went on an 11-6 run to push its lead to 29-24 with 7:02 remaining in the half

  • The Pioneers responded with an 8-2 run, capped by a Zach Pffafenberger layup to give the Pioneers a 32-31 lead with 4:38 remaining in the half

  • With the score tied at 35-35 with 2:31 remaining, the Pioneers outscored the Riverhawks 7-6 to take a 42-41 lead into the half

  • Pffafenberger led all scorers at the half with 11 points

  • SHU shot 53.8% (15-for-34) from the field in the first half


  • With the score tied at 44-44 with 18:52 remaining, the Pioneers went on a 17-7 run to push the lead to 61-51 with 13:14 left in regulation

  • Ozier scored 11 of the 17 points on the run for the Pioneers

  • After SHU pushed its lead to 65-54 with 11:29 remaining in the half, UMass Lowell went on a 7-1 run to cut SHU's lead to 66-61 with 10:03 left in the half

  • SHU responded with a swift 6-0 run to push its lead back to 11 (72-61) with 8:42 to play

  • With SHU leading 81-71 with 4:39 remaining in the half, the Riverhawks closed regulation with an 11-1 run to tie the contest at 82-82 to force overtime


  • UMass Lowell opened the extra period with a 9-0 run to push its lead to 91-82 with 2:14 remaining

  • E.J. Anosike snapped the run with a layup to cut the deficit to 91-84 with 1:56 to go

  • The Riverhawks outscored the Pioneers 9-7 the rest of the way to hold on for the 100-91 win


  • SHU had three players score in double-figures (Ozier 20, Hoehn 16, Pffafenberger 13)

  • Koreem Ozier led the way with a team-high 20 points

  • Ozier has scored 20+ points in three of the four games he has appeared in, with his season-low output being 15 points against St. John's

  • Sean Hoehn's 16 points marks the 12th time in 13 games that he has reached double-figure scoring

  • Zach Pfaffenberger scored a career-high 13 points and blocked two shots, which was also a career-high

  • Pffafenberger scored 11 of his career-high 13 points in the first half.

  • Jare'l Spellman's streak of 12-consecutive games with a block was snapped in the loss

  • Spellman scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 10 boards, narrowly missing a double-double

  • Spellman's 10 rebounds made it four games this season where he grabbed double-figure rebounds


Sacred Heart will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 3 when the Pioneers open NEC play at home against LIU Brooklyn at 6 p.m.