Sacred Heart (7-11, 3-2 NEC) vs. Wagner (8-8, 3-2 NEC)
Monday, Jan. 21 - 3:30 PM
Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.
Setting the Scene... After falling to St. Francis Brooklyn in its last time out, Sacred Heart University men's basketball plays host to NEC-foe Wagner on Monday, Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. on NEC Front Row.
All-Time vs. Wagner... The Seahawks lead the all-time series 25-14
Last Meeting... SHU 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 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 regulation. 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.
Scouting the Seahawks... Wagner comes into the contest with an 8-8 record and a 3-2 record through NEC-play so far this season. The Seahawks are led by Romone Saunders who leads the team with 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.75 assists and 1.25 steals per game.
Last Time Out... The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team was unable to complete its second-half comeback, as the Pioneers fell to St. Francis Brooklyn on the road, 92-85, Saturday afternoon at the Pope Physical Education Center. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 7-11 overall and 3-2 in league play, while the Terriers improved to 11-7 on the year and 3-2 in NEC action.
The Pioneers had four players score in double-figures, with Sean Hoehn's 25 points leading the way. E.J. Anosike recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
With the score tied at 79-79, Cameron Parker found E.J. Anosike for the layup at the basket to give SHU an 81-79 lead with two minutes to go. The Terriers used the remaining 1:40 to close the game on a 13-4 run to hold on for the 92-85 win.
Oh Captain, Our Captain... The Pioneers' leading scorer from last season, Sean Hoehn, is currently third in the NEC in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game. Hoehn is shooting 45.9% from the field and 39.6% from three so far this season.
Swat Leader Spellman... Red-shirt junior, Jare'l Spellman is averaging 2.56 blocks per game, which ranks 12th in the nation and is tops in the NEC. Spellman has totaled 46 blocks this season, which ranks 11th in the nation and 1st in the conference. Spellman has led SHU in blocks in 17 of the 18 contests this season and has recorded three or more blocks in eight contests this season. The last time Spellman had three or more blocks was in a win over Bryant (1/12), when he tallied four blocks.
Passing Parker... Freshman guard Cameron Parker's 7.2 assists per game ranks sixth in the nation and is second among all freshmen in the nation. Parker has recorded 10+ assists four times this season, including a career-high 14-assist performance against Western New England (11/12). Parker most recently registered 10+ assists in a win over Bryant (1/12), where he tallied 12 assists and only one turnover.
Off to a Good Start... SHU's 3-2 start in NEC-play has the Pioneers tied for second with four other teams in the conference standings.
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 program-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 1,118 points in his career, which sits at 36th all-time in program-history.
Point Guard Parker... Cameron Parker is ninth in the nation in total assists (123) and is sixth in the nation in assists per game (7.2)
Sicko Mode... E.J. Anosike recorded his fourth double-double of the season after tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds in loss at St. Francis Brooklyn. The double-double brought Anosike's season-total to four and career-total to six. Anosike is averaging a career-best 13.9 points per game and 8.3 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 has recorded two points-assists double-doubles this season, with the most recent one being an 11-point, 12-assist performance in a win over Bryant (1/12). 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 16.7 points per game, on 41.8% shooting from the field, 82.4% from the charity stripe and 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc in nine games played this season. Ozier has scored 20+ points in three of the nine 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 15.39 assists per game and have a 1.05 assist-to-turnover ratio, which both rank first in the NEC.
Double-Double Galore... In the win over Bryant (1/12) Cameron Parker (11 pts, 12 asts) and Jare'l Spellman (13 pts, 13 rebs) became the first Pioneer teammates to record a double-double in the same game since Kinnon LaRose and Mario Matasovic did so against Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 17, 2018.
Player of the Week... E.J. Anosike was named the NEC Player of the Week on Jan. 7, after averaging 19.5 points and 10 rebounds per game in SHU's first two games in NEC-play.
Everybody Eats... E.J. Anosike tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn for the sixth double-double of his career. It was the seventh time a Pioneers' player recorded a double-double with points and rebounds this season as Anosike has done so four times, Jare'l Spellman twice and Kinnon LaRose did it once this season as well.
Big on the Boards... E.J. Anosike and Jare'l Spellman have been big contributers for the Pioneers on the boards. Anosike is second in the NEC with 8.3 rebounds a game, while Spellman's 7.8 rebounds a game are third in the league. Anosike's 3.83 offensive rebounds per game is tops in the NEC and seventh in the nation, while Spellman's 2.44 offensive rebounds per game ranks fourth in the NEC.
Good in His Hands... Cameron Parker ranks in the top-5 in the NEC in both assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. Parker's 7.2 assists a game ranks first, while his 1.89 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth 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 53.9% from the field, while E.J. Anosike's 50.6% ranks sixth in the conference.
Sean the Scoring Machine... Sean Hoehn has scored in double-figures in 16 of the Pioneers' 18 games, leading the team in scoring in nine games and dropping at least 20 points in seven of the 18 contests. Hoehn topped his previous career-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 nine games where the Pioneers held the lead at halftime, they are 7-2.
First-Half Struggles... Through 18 games, the Pioneers are averaging 37.4 points per game in the first half of games and are being outscored by two points per game by opponents.
Second-Half Team... Through 18 games, the Pioneers are averaging 44.3 points per game in the second half of games and are outscoring opponents by 2.45 points per game.
Protect the Pitt... In its six games played at home, the Pioneers are 5-1 and are outscoring opponents on average by 14.3 points per game.
Road Blues... The Pioneers are 1-9 on the road so far this season and are being outscored by 8.3 points per game away from the Pitt.
75 Points or Less... SHU is 5-0 this season when holding opponents to 75 points or less
Have a Day Jare'l... Jare'l Spellman 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 1.72 steals a game which is ranks sixth in the conference. Hoehn has recorded multiple steals in eight of the Pioneers' 18 games and has recorded at least three steals in a game six times.
Captain Closer... Senior-captain Sean Hoehn is averaging a team-high 10.7 points per game in the second-half of games this season.
He Will Find You... In 17 games played, Cameron Parker has led SHU in assists in 16 of those contests.
Let it Fly... Through 18 games, the Pioneers lead the conference in scoring with 82.2 points per game. SHU is shooting 46.5% from the field, which is tops in the NEC and 35.2% 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 second-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 2.33 made three-pointers a game which is tied for sixth in the conference. LaRose is knocking down 1.5 threes per game, while Ozier rounds out the squad with 2.2 three-point makes per game in nine games played.
Scoring is a Habit... Freshman guard Aaron Clarke is averaging 9.4 points per game and has been able to do it from multiple levels. Clarke is shooting 41.3% from the field and 81.4% from the free-throw line. Clarke has scored in double-figures in nine of the Pioneers' 18 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.
Co-Captain Kinnon... It was announced from head coach Anthony Latina on Tuesday, January 8th, that red-shirt junior Kinnon LaRose was named as co-captain of the team. LaRose joins senior captain Sean Hoehn as the team captains for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
Familiar Faces... SHU returns six letter-winners from last season's team, including team captain 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.
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
Another One... Freshman guard Cameron Parker was named the Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday, Dec. 17, making it the second time this season Parker earned the honor.
Parker came off the bench to dish for a team-best seven assists, to go along with six points, three rebounds and a pair of steals in a setback at Dartmouth last Monday. Parker, who hit 3-5 from the floor, sparked SHU's second half comeback, assisting on four buckets in a 3:30 span that help the Pioneers slice a 14-point deficit to six with 3:31 to play the game.
NEC Rookie of the Week... Freshman guard Koreem Ozier was named the Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week on Monday, Nov. 12.
Ozier came off a stellar collegiate debut for the Pioneers with a 23-point effort at Holy Cross to open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 6. It was the highest scoring game by an NEC freshman in his first outing since Robert Morris' Marcquise Reed went for 24 against North Carolina on November 16, 2014. Ozier also became the first SHU freshman to score at least 20 in a game since Cane Broome dropped 23 against Bryant on March 4, 2015.
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.