Sacred Heart (6-10, 2-1 NEC) vs. Bryant (5-9, 2-1 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 12 - 2:00 PM
Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.
Setting the Scene... After falling to Wagner in its last time out, Sacred Heart University men's basketball plays host to NEC-foe Bryant on Saturday Jan. 12 at 2:00 p.m. All-Time Vs. Wagner... The Pioneers lead the all-time series 23-14
Last Meeting... Behind a career-high 31 points from junior guard Sean Hoehn, the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team scored a season-high 94 points in a
94-84 win over the Bryant Bulldogs at Chace Athletic Center. After trailing most of the first half, Bryant went on a 12-5 run late in the first half to take a 46-45 lead with 2:23 to play. SHU closed the half on a 9-2 run, as Sean Hoehn's buzzer-beating jumper gave the Pioneers' a 54-48 halftime lead. The Pioneers opened the second half with a 14-4 run to go up by 16, 68-52. Bryant got as close as five in the second half, but six straight points from Hoehn capped a 9-2 SHU run to put the lead back at 12, 79-67, with 7:57 to play.
Scouting the Bulldogs... Bryant comes into the contest with a 5-9 record and sits at 2-1 through three NEC contests. The Bulldogs are led by SaBastian Townes who has scored 20+ points in four of Bryant's last six contests.
Last Time Out... Sacred Heart University men's basketball had its two-game win streak snapped as the Pioneers fell to Wagner, 76-73, on the road Thursday evening at Spirto Sports Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 6-10 and 2-1 in the NEC on the year, while the Seahawks improve to 7-7 and 2-1 in the NEC.
The Pioneers had three players score in double-figures with Koreem Ozier leading the way with 19 points. E.J. Anosike added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Jare'l Spellman chipped in 10 points and three blocks in a losing effort.
The Pioneers used the opening 4:15 of the second half to go on a 7-2 run to cut the deficit to 48-39 with 15:45 left in the half. After Wagner pushed its lead to 56-44 with 12:46 remaining, the Pioneers went on a 10-3 run to cut the deficit to 59-54 with 8:47 to go in the half. The Pioneers were able to cut the deficit to 73-69 with 31 seconds remaining, but they were unable to overcome the hurdle as SHU fell 76-73.
Oh Captain, Our Captain... The Pioneers' leading scorer from last season, Sean Hoehn, is currently third in the NEC in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game. Hoehn is shooting 44.9% from the field and 39.2% from three so far this season.
Swat Leader Spellman... Red-shirt junior, Jare'l Spellman is averaging 2.56 blocks per game, which ranks 14th in the nation and is tops in the NEC. Spellman has totaled 41 blocks this season, which ranks 9th in the nation and 1st in the conference. Spellman has led SHU in blocks in 15 of the 16 contests this season and has recorded three or more blocks in eight contests this season.
Passing Parker... Freshman guard Cameron Parker's 7.1 assists per game ranks seventh in the nation and is tops among all freshmen in the nation. Parker has recorded 10+ assists three times this season, including a career-high 14-assist performance against Western New England on Nov. 12
Off to a Great Start... SHU's wins over defending NEC-champs LIU Brooklyn and Central Connecticut to open NEC-play marked the first time the Pioneers opened confer-ence-play at 2-0 since the 2012-13 season. The Pioneers currently sit at 2-1 in NEC-play.
Count on E.J... E.J. Anosike's team-high 19 points helped push SHU past LIU Brooklyn to open league-play. Anosike made a career-high three three-pointers including the go-ahead three to put SHU up 77-75 with 59 seconds left
Mr. 1,000... In the December 19th loss at Seton Hall, Sean Hoehn became the 42nd player in pro-gram-history to score 1,000 career points. Hoehn achieved the feat after he made a free-throw with 13:56 remaining in the second half. Ironically, Hoehn scored the first point of his career at the free-throw line as well. Coming into the contest, Hoehn has scored 1,070 points in his career, which sits at 36th all-time in program-history.
Point Guard Parker... Cameron Parker is 10th in the nation in total assists (106) and is seventh in the nation in assists per game (7.1)
Sicko Mode... E.J. Anosike recorded his third double-dou-ble of the season after tallying 20 points and 14 rebounds in win over CCSU. The double-double brought Anosike's season-total to three and career-total to five. Anosike is averaging a career-best 13.7 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Busy Beaver... Beaverton, Ore. product Cameron Parker has lived up to his billing as a gifted passer so far during his first-year campaign. Parker recorded his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 10 assists in a win over Hartford. Parker is the first Pioneer with a points-assists double-double since Phil Gaetano recorded 15 points and 10 assists on Feb. 28, 2015
Off to the Races... Racine, Wisconsin-product, Koreem Ozier is averaging 18.3 points per game, on 44.3% shooting from the field and 40% shooting from beyond the arc in seven games played this season. Ozier has scored 20+ points in three of the seven contests he's appeared in.
Not in His House... Jare'l Spellman tallied a career-high five blocks in the Pioneers' win over Lafayette. Spellman's five blocks marked the first time a Pioneer player recorded five or more blocks in a game since Tevin Falzon recorded five blocks against Bryant on Jan. 24, 2015.
Protecting the Ball... The Pioneers are averaging 15.6 assists per game and have a 1.03 assist-to-turnover ratio, which both rank first in the NEC.
Player of the Week... E.J. Anosike was named the NEC Player of the Week after averaging 1 9.5 p oints and 10 rebounds per game in SHU's first two games in NEC-play.
Everybody Eats... E.J. Anosike tallied 20 points and 14 rebounds against CCSU for the fifth dou-ble-double of his career. It was the fifth time a Pioneers' player recorded a double-double with points and rebounds this season as Anosike has done so three times this season and Kinnon LaRose and Jare'l Spellman each did so once earlier this season.
Big on the Boards... E.J. Anosike and Jare'l Spellman have been big contributers for the Pioneers on the boards. Anosike's 8.1 rebounds per game ranks second and Spellman's 7.8 ranks third in the NEC. Anosike's 3.94 offensive rebounds per game is tops in the NEC and sixth in the nation, while Spellman's 2.44 offensive rebounds per game ranks fifth in the NEC.
Good in His Hands... Cameron Parker ranks in the top-3 in the NEC in both assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. Parker's 7.1 assists a game ranks first, while his 1.80 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks third in the NEC
Efficiency is Everything... The Pioneers have two players ranked in the top-10 in the NEC in field goal percentage. Jare'l Spellman ranks third in the NEC, shooting 53.4% from the field, while E.J. Anosike's 48.4% ranks seventh in the conference.
Sean the Scoring Machine... Sean Hoehn has scored in double-figures in 14 of the Pioneers' 16 games, leading the team in scoring in seven games and dropping at least 20 points in five of the 14 contests. Hoehn topped his previous ca-reer-high of 31 points, by dropping 35 points against Binghamton on Nov. 24, including a career-high seven made three-pointers.
Kinnon the Conqueror... Red-shirt junior Kinnon LaRose has recorded two double-figure rebound games in his career. Ironically, both performances resulted in double-doubles for LaRose, most recently at Binghamton (11/24) where he tallied 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the loss.
Hold The Lead... In its eight games where the Pioneers held the lead at halftime, they are 6-2.
First-Half Struggles... Through the first 16 games, the Pioneers are averaging 37.3 points per game in the first half of games and are being outscored by 2.3 per game by opponents
Second-Half Team... Through the first 16 games, the Pioneers are averaging 43.6 points per game in the second half of games and are outscoring opponents by 1.73 points per game.
Protect the Pitt... In its five games played at home, the Pioneers are 4-1 and are outscoring opponents on average by 11.6 points per game.
Road Blues... The Pioneers are 1-8 on the road so far this season and are being outscored by 9.1 points per game away from the Pitt.
75 Points or Less... SHU is 4-0 this season when holding opponents to 75 points or less
Have a Day Jare'l... Jare'l Spell-man had a career day in SHU's 64-62 win over Lafayette. Along with scoring the game-winner, Spellman tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, which were all career-highs for the big man at the time.
Swiper, No Swiping... Sean Hoehn is averaging 1.56 steals a game which is ranks sixth in the conference. Hoehn has recorded multiple steals in six of the Pioneers' 16 games and has recorded at least three steals in a game four times.
Captain Closer... Senior-captain Sean Hoehn is averaging a team-high 10.5 points per game in the second-half of games this season.
He Will Find You... In 15 games played, Cameron Parker has led SHU in assists in 14 of those contests.
Let it Fly... Through 16 games, the Pioneers lead the conference in scoring with 81 points per game. SHU is shooting 46.4% from the field, which is tops in the NEC and 35.3% from beyond the arc, which ranks third in the conference.
Radical Radz... In his season-debut, junior Zach Radz scored 12 points, all in the sec-ond-half to aid Sacred Heart to a 79-78 win over Army West Point to open the Brown Bears Classic.
Shooters Shoot... Sean Hoehn, Kinnon LaRose and Koreem Ozier and are among the top three-point marksmen in the NEC. Hoehn is averaging 2.38 made three-pointers a game which ranks fourth in the con-ference. LaRose is knocking down 1.4 threes per game, while Ozier rounds out the squad with 2.6 three-point makes per game in seven games played.
Scoring is a Habit... Freshman guard Aaron Clarke is averag-ing 9.3 points per game and has been able to do it from multiple levels. Clarke is shooting 41.5% from the field and 75% from the free-throw line. Clarke has scored in double-figures in seven of the Pioneers' 16 games, leading the Pioneers' in scoring with 17 points in a loss at Seton Hall and dropping a career-high 24 points against Army West Point on 9-for-12 shooting and 4-for-6 from three.
Familiar Faces... SHU returns six letter-winners from last season's team, including team cap-tain Sean Hoehn. The Pioneers also return Kinnon LaRose, E.J. Anosike, 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.