Anosike's Double-Double Powers Men's Basketball Past Central Connecticut, 73-61

Anosike's Double-Double Powers Men's Basketball Past Central Connecticut, 73-61

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team improved to 2-0 in Northeast Conference play, with a 73-61 win over Central Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The win improves the Pioneers to 6-9 overall and 2-0 in league play, while the Blue Devils fall to 6-9 on the season and 0-2 in NEC play.

SHU finished with four players in double figures on the afternoon. E.J. Anosike led the Pioneers with 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Sean Hoehn scored 17 while Jare'l Spellman added 11 and Kinnon LaRose finished with 10. The Pioneers had 14 assists on their 22 made baskets on the day. SHU finished with a 47-31 edge in rebounding.

The Pioneers return to action on Thursday at Wagner for a 7:00pm that will air on ESPN3.

Turning Point

  • SHU opened the second half with a 7-2 run that opened its lead to 12 points and never let CCSU closer than six points the remainder of the game
  • The Pioneers were 6-6 at the free throw line in the final 71 seconds of play to seal the win

First Half

  • The Pioneers jumped out to a 7-0 lead, thanks in part to a conventional three-point play from Anosike
  • The Blue Devils got on the board with a Jamir Coleman three pointer, 2:40 into the contest, and scored 10 of the next 14 points to close within one, 11-10 at the 14:05 mark
  • A Hoehn coast-to-coast basket made it 17-12 and again the Blue Devils came on, closing within two, 20-18 with 8:00 to play in the half
  • SHU scored the next five points, capped by a Jare'l Spellman block that led to a three-pointer from Koreem Ozier at the 7:15 mark
  • After an Anosike layup made gave SHU the 27-19 edge, CCSU scored nine of the next 11, closing within two on a Tyson Batiste basket with 3:15 before the break made it 29-27
  • A Hoehn free throw 17 seconds later started a Pioneers run that he capped with a three-pointer with :58 left in the half and pushed the lead to 28-29
  • CCSU ended the period with a Karrington Wallace layup with 25 sceonds left to take the game to halftime with the Pioneers leading 38-31

Second Half

  • Hoehn knocked down a pair of technical free throws as the Pioneers opened the half with a 7-2 run, to extend their lead to 12, 45-33
  • Coleman scored four straight and Thai Segwai followed with two of his own as CCSU cut the lead in half, 45-3, in 1:57 stretch
  • Anosike knocked down two free throws at 14:17 to stop the run and 27 seconds later Kinnon LaRose drained a three to push the lead back to 11, 50-39
  • The lead reached 13, the largest of the game, when Anosike hit his second of two free throws, with 12:01 to play
  • The Blue Devils used a 9-2 run over the next 1:37 to creep back within six, 56-50
  • Jare'l Spellman ended that run with a free throw with 7:54 to play and Anosike 44 seconds later made two free throws to push the edge to nine
  • Spellman scored in the paint with 5:50 to play for an 11 point advantage for the Pioneers
  • Joe Hugley hit a pair of free throws and Coleman drained a three to get the Pioneers back within six points, 61-55 with 4:59 to play
  • The Pioneers slowly extended the lead, through a pair of Koreem Ozier free throws with 60 seconds left put the advantage back to a dozen for the final time

NOTES

  • Hoehn reached double figures for the 14th time this season, sixth-straight, scoring 10 points in the opening half
  • Anosike had his 10th double-figures outing, of the year, also scoring 10 in the opening half
  • Anosike led the way with a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double
  • It was the third double-double of the season for Anosike and fifth of his career
  • Kinnon LaRose scored in double figures for the sixth time, tallying 10 points
  • The Pioneers shot 41.5 percent from the field
  • SHU finished with a 47-31 advantage on the boards, and a 16-9 edge in second chance points
  • Spellman blocked four shots, to go with 11 points and eight rebounds for SHU
  • Spellman has recorded three or more blocks in seven games this season
  • Coleman led the Blue Devils with 20 points; one of three CCSU players in double figures