FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University men's basketball sophomore E.J. Anosike was named the Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. The award is Anosike's first NEC weekly honor and the fourth of the season for the team.
Anosike comes off the finest week of his blossoming career, sparking the Pioneers to their first 2-0 start in NEC play since the 2012-13 campaign. The sophomore averaged a double-double with 19.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg. He hit at a 52.2 percent clip from the field, converted 66.7 percent on 4-6 shooting from three-point land and was a near perfect 91.7 percent from the line.
Anosike converted the go-ahead triple with 59 seconds remaining in Thursday's 79-75 win over LIU, one of his career-high three trifectas on the evening. Anosike paced the Pios with 19 points, and added six boards. Looking for a weekend sweep, the East Orange, NJ native posted his third double-double of the year with 20 points and 14 rebounds in a 73-61 win over CCSU. He snared eight of those rebounds on the offensive end. Anosike is third in the nation and leads the NEC in offensive rebounding (4.1) and is the league's third overall glass sweeper (8.1). He ranks second on SHU with 13.6 ppg.
The Pioneers will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 10, when the Pioneers travel to take on Wagner at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.