Men's Basketball Falls to Saint Francis University on the Road, 79-78

Men's Basketball Falls to Saint Francis University on the Road, 79-78

LORETTO, Pa. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team blew a 14-point lead in the second-half, falling to St. Francis University, 79-78, Saturday evening at DeGol Arena. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 8-13 overall and 4-4 in league play, while the Red Flash improve to 8-11 on the year and and 4-4 in NEC action.

The Pioneers were led by Koreem Ozier, who tallied 20 points and eight rebounds for the Pioneers, while Jare'l Spellman added 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a losing effort.


SFU 79 / SHU 78


SHU (8-13) (4-4 NEC) | St. Francis U. (8-11) (4-4 NEC)


DeGol Arena / Loretto, Pa.


  • Points: Ozier 20, Spellman 16, Anosike 15, Hoehn 11

  • Rebounds: Spellman 10, Ozier 8, Anosike 5

  • Assists: Parker 6

  • Steals: Parker 1, Hoehn 1, Clarke 1

  • Blocks: Spellman 5


  • With SHU trailing 5-4, the Pioneers went on an 8-2 run to take a 12-7 lead with 15:31 remaining in the first half

  • The Red Flash responded with a 5-2 run to tie the contest at 14-14 with 11:50 remaining in the half

  • The Pioneers used the remaining 9:27 of the half to go on a 26-12 run, taking a 42-28 lead into the half

  • The Pioneers held St. Francis to 4-14 shooting during the run

  • E.J. Anosike led the way with 12 points at the half

  • Jare'l Spellman totaled eight points, six rebounds and three blocks in the half


  • The Red Flash used the opening 7:22 of the half to outscore the Pioneers 12-6, cutting SHU's lead to 48-40 before a Spellman layup halted the run

  • With SHU leading 48-40, the Red Flash went on a 12-4 run to cut the Pioneers lead ti 54-52 with 8:21 remaining in the half

  • The Pioneers responded with an 11-3 run to push its lead to 65-55 with 5:37 left in the half

  • Eight of the the Pioneers' 11 points came from the free-throw line

  • The Red Flash responded by using the final 5:34 to go on a 24-13 run to defeat the Pioneers 79-78


  • The Pioneers led by 14 at the half, making it the largest halftime lead the Pioneers have blown in a loss this season

  • The Pioneers are 8-3 when leading at the half this season

  • The Pioneers had four players score in double-figures (Ozier 20, Anosike 15, Spellman 14, Hoehn 11)

  • Koreem Ozier led the Pioneers with 20 points and eight rebounds, scoring 11 in the second half

  • In 12 games played, Ozier has reached double-figure scoring in eight games, scoring 20+ points in four of them

  • Anosike scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half

  • Anosike has reached double-figure scoring in eight of SHU's last nine contests

  • Jare'l Spellman totaled 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season

  • Spellman also added five blocks in the win. He has recorded three or more blocks in 10 games this season

  • Spellman has recorded five or more blocks in two of the last three games

  • Sean Hoehn scored 11 points in a losing effort

  • Hoehn has reached double-figure scoring in 19 of the Pioneers' 21 games

  • Hoehn has 1,155 career points, which places him 34th all-time in program-history


Sacred Heart will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 31 when the Pioneers travel to take on NEC-foe Mount St. Mary's at 7 p.m.