Sacred Heart (11-14, 7-5 NEC) at Bryant (8-15, 5-7 NEC)
Thursday, Feb. 14 - 7:00 PM
Chace Athletic Center - Smithfield, R.I.
Setting the Scene... After having its three-game win streak snapped Saturday vs. Mount St. Mary's, Sacred Heart University men's basketball looks to get back on track against NEC-foe Bryant on the road Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m. on NEC Front Row.
All-Time vs. Bryant... The Pioneers lead the all-time series 24-14.
Last Meeting... The Pioneers opened the second-half with four made field goals, extending the lead to 62-30. SHU would extend its lead to as many as 38 points, 81-43 midway through the second-half when Kinnon LaRose drained a three-pointer. Bryant scored 14 unanswered, closing within 81-57 with 5:59 to play. However, the Pioneers held on for the 98-70 win.
Scouting the Bulldogs... Bryant comes into the contest with an 8-15 record and a 5-7 record in NEC-play this season, which is tied for seventh. The Mountaineers are led by junior SeBastian Townes, who is averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Last Time Out... The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team was unable to complete a second-half comeback, as the Pioneers fell to Mount St. Mary's 76-73 at home Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The loss dropped the Pioneers' record to 11-14 overall and 7-5 in league play, while the Mountaineers improved to 6-19 on the year and 3-9 in NEC action.
Trailing 67-52 with 7:50 remaining, the Pioneers went on an 14-2 run to cut the deficit to 69-66 with 1:33 remaining. After Mount St. Mary's built its lead to 73-66, Kinnon LaRose nailed a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 73-69 with 36 seconds left. Sean Hoehn's layup with 15 seconds remaining cut the SHU deficit to 75-73, but the Pioneers couldn't get over the hump and 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 17.4 points per game. Hoehn is shooting 45.8% from the field, 39% from three and 82.7% from the charity stripe this season.
Swat Leader Spellman... Red-shirt junior, Jare'l Spellman is averaging 2.92 blocks per game, which ranks fourth in the nation and is tops in the NEC. Spellman has totaled 73 blocks this season, which ranks fourth in the nation and first in the conference. Spellman's 73 blocks surpassed SHU's team total of 71 from the 2017-18 season.
Passing Parker... Freshman guard Cameron Parker's 6.9 assists per game ranks seventh in the nation. Parker has recorded 10+ assists five 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 St. Francis Brooklyn (2/2), where he tallied 12 assists and only one turnover.
On Their Way... SHU sits at 7-5 through 12 NEC games, surpassing last season's conference win total of five. SHU's 7-5 record has it tied for third with Fairleigh Dickinson.
He Protects the Pitt... In SHU's home win over Wagner (1/21), Jare'l Spellman recorded nine blocks, which set the SHU Div. I program-record.
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 1,228 points in his career, which places him 30th all-time on the program's scoring list.
Point Guard Parker... Cameron Parker is eighth in the nation in total assists (165) and is seventh in the nation in assists per game (6.9)
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 14.5 points per game and 7.9 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 currently boasts 165 assists on the season, which surpassed the previous the SHU freshman program assist-record of 129 set by Phil Gaetano during the 2011-12 season.
Off to the Races... Racine, Wisconsin-product, Koreem Ozier is averaging 14.3 points per game, on 38% shooting from the field, 79% from the charity stripe and is knocking down 2.0 threes per game in 16 games played this season. Ozier has scored in double-figures in 11 of the 16 games he has appeared in and 20+ points in three contests.
Not in His House... Jare'l Spellman tallied a career-high nine blocks in the Pioneers' win over Wagner. The nine blocks were the most by an NEC player in nearly five years. St. Francis Brooklyn's Andy Fall rejected 10 shots against Bryant on February 27, 2014. Spellman's nine rejections is tied for the second-most in the nation this season.
Protecting the Ball... The Pioneers are averaging 14.72 assists per game and have a 0.99 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranks first and third in the NEC respectively.
Keep Up If You Can... The Pioneers are scoring 76 points per game and are allowing 70.2 points per game in NEC games this season, which ranks second and fourth respectively in conference. The +5.8 scoring margin is tops in the league, as the next closest margin is +3.6
Charity-Stripe Champs... Through 12 NEC games, the Pioneers lead the conference in free-throw shooting percentage, knocking down 79.7% of shots from the charity stripe.
Locking-Up... SHU is holding NEC-opponents to 40.5% shooting from the floor and 32.5% from beyond the arc, which ranks first and third respectively in the NEC.
Rebounding Machines... SHU is averaging 37.9 rebounds per game and are allowing opponents to grab 34.3 boards per game in NEC-play, which ranks first and fourth in the conference. SHU's +3.6 rebounding margin is also tops in conference-play.
Taking Care of the Rock... The Pioneers are averaging 13.67 assists per game through 12 NEC games, which is tied for third in the conference. SHU's 0.92 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth in the conference.
Anosike's Party... E.J. Anosike has performed at an All-League level since conference play has started. Through 12 NEC games, Anosike is averaging 15.3 points (11th) and 7.8 rebounds (4th) per game, while shooting 56.8% (5th) from the field and 44.4% (5th) from three.
A League of His Own... The Pioneers are averaging 4.17 blocks per game as a team and has totaled 50 blocks in NEC-play, which ranks second. Jare'l Spellman is averaging 3.33 blocks per game and has totaled 40 blocks in NEC-play, which is more than six teams in the NEC.
Pick Your Poison... The Pioneers have three players that rank in the top-30 in NEC-games in scoring. Sean Hoehn's 16.1 points per game is seventh, while E.J. Anosike's 15.3 points per game ranks 11th. Koreem Ozier is averaging 12.2 points per game, which is tied for 19th.
Renowned Rebounders... SHU has three players that rank in the top-20 in NEC games in rebounding. E.J. Anosike is averaging 7.8 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth, while Jare'l Spellman's 7.6 rebounds per game is fifth. Koreem Ozier is averaging 5.3 rebounds per game, which is tied for 19th in the NEC.
Freshmen on the Boards... Koreem Ozier and Cameron Parker are among the top rebounding freshmen in the NEC in conference play. Through 12 NEC games, Ozier is second among NEC freshmen with 5.3 rebounds per game, while Parker's 4.3 rebounds per game are third among freshmen.
Assist Leader... Freshman point guard Cameron Parker leads the conference in assists through 12 NEC games. Parker is averaging 6.33 assists per game and has totaled 76 assists, both leading the NEC. Parker's 1.62 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fifth in conference.
Clarke's Consistency... Freshman guard Aaron Clarke is averaging 7.2 points off the bench for the Pioneers through 12 NEC games. Clarke has registered double-figure points off the bench in five of the 12 conference games and has done so in five of the last nine games.
Three's Company... Through 12 NEC games, the Pioneers have three players that rank in the top-15 in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Kinnon LaRose leads the conference in three-point shooting at 52.9%, while E.J. Anosike trails in fifth at 44.4%. Sean Hoehn's 37.8% mark rounds out the group, ranking 14th in the NEC.
Protectors of the Pitt... The Pioneers are 6-1 at home in the NEC this season. In the seven games, SHU is outscoring opponents by 11.4 points and holding teams to 37.4% shooting from the floor.
Home Sick... The Pioneers are 1-4 in road games in NEC-play so far this season. The Pioneers are being outscored by 2.2 points per game and are allowing opponents to shoot 45% from the floor.
Defensive Showing... The Pioneers defeated Wagner 62-38 on Jan. 21, 2019. Wagner's 38-point total tied the SHU program-record for least points allowed in a contest which was originally set on Dec. 29, 1987 when the Pioneers held Franklin Pierce to 38 points.
First-Half Clamps... The Pioneers held Wagner to 15 first-half points in the win over the Seahawks (1/21). The 15 points are the least amount of points the Pioneers have allowed in any half this season.
Hibachi Anosike... E.J. Anosike scored a career-high 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from three in a win over St. Francis Brooklyn (2/2)
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
KO With the Quick Hands... Koreem Ozier recorded a career-high and game-high four-steals in SHU's 69-63 win over Fairleigh Dickinson (2/7).
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... Jare'l Spellman tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds and five blocks against St. Francis U for the third double-double of his career. It was the eighth time a Pioneers' player recorded a double-double with points and rebounds this season as Spellman has done so three times, E.J. Anosike four times 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. Spellman and Anosike are both tied for second in the NEC, averaging 7.8 rebounds per game. Anosike's 3.2 offensive rebounds per game is tops in the NEC and 27th in the nation, while Spellman's 2.28 offensive rebounds per game is 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 6.9 assists a game ranks first, while his 1.77 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fifth in the NEC.
Efficiency is Everything... The Pioneers have three players ranked in the in the top-15 of the NEC in field goal percentage. Jare'l Spellman ranks fourth, shooting 52.7% from the field, while E.J. Anosike's 51.7% ranks fifth in the conference. Sean Hoehn rounds out the group at 15th, shooting 45.8%.
Sean the Scoring Machine... Sean Hoehn has scored in double-figures in 22 of the Pioneers' 25 games, leading the team in scoring in 11 games and dropping at least 20 points in nine of the 22 contests. Hoehn topped his previous career-high of 31 points, by tallying 35 points against Binghamton on Nov. 24, including a career-high seven made three-pointers.
Kinnon the Conqueror... Red-shirt junior co-captain Kinnon LaRose is averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and currently leads the NEC with a 52.9 shooting from three-point range in league games. LaRose's 136.1 offensive rating ranks first in the NEC and 11th in the nation.
Hold The Lead... In its 12 games where the Pioneers held the lead at halftime, they are 9-3.
First-Half Struggles... Through 25 games, the Pioneers are averaging 36 points per game in the first half of games and are being outscored by 0.8 points per game by opponents.
Second-Half Team... Through 25 games, the Pioneers are averaging 43 points per game in the second half of games and are outscoring opponents by 2.6 points per game.
Protect the Pitt... In its nine games played at home, the Pioneers are 8-2 and are outscoring opponents on average by 12.2 points per game.
Road Blues... The Pioneers are 2-11 on the road so far this season and are being outscored by 6.5 points per game away from the Pitt.
75 Points or Less... SHU is 8-1 in games 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 1.6 steals a game which is fifth in the conference. Hoehn has recorded multiple steals in 10 of the Pioneers' 24 games and has tallied at least three steals in a game eight times.
Captain Closer... Senior-captain Sean Hoehn is averaging a team-high 10.1 points per game in the second-half of games this season.
He Will Find You... In 24 games played, Cameron Parker has led SHU in assists in 23 of those contests.
Let it Fly... Through 25 games, the Pioneers lead the conference in scoring with 79.3 points per game. SHU is shooting 45.6% from the field, which is second in the NEC and 35.7% from beyond the arc, which ranks second in the conference.
Radical Radz... Zach Radz scored a team-high and season-high 17 points in a loss at Robert Morris (1/24). The 17 points tied his career high, which he has now done three times.
Shooters Shoot... Sean Hoehn, Kinnon LaRose and Koreem Ozier and are among the top three-point marksmen in the NEC. Hoehn is averaging 1.92 made three-pointers a game which is 11th in the conference. LaRose is knocking down 1.4 threes per game, while Ozier rounds out the squad with 2.0 three-point makes per game in 16 games played.
Captain Snipers... Co-captains Sean Hoehn and Kinnon LaRose both rank in the top-10 in the conference in three-point field-goal percentage. LaRose sits at sixth, shooting 41.4% from deep, while Hoehn is shooting 39% from beyond the arc which ranks eighth.
Scoring is a Habit... Freshman guard Aaron Clarke is averaging 8.8 points per game and has been able to do it from multiple levels. Clarke is shooting 40.6% from the field and 82.4% from the free-throw line. Clarke has scored in double-figures in 12 of the Pioneers' 25 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.