Spellman Sets Block Record; Records Double-Double At UConn

Jare'l Spellman set the Division I blocks record and had a double-double at UConn Friday night. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Jare'l Spellman set the Division I blocks record and had a double-double at UConn Friday night. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team fell 89-67 to host UConn Friday night in Storrs, Conn. The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-2 on the season, while the Huskies improve to 1-0.

Jare'l Spellman became the program's Division I all-time blocks leader and recorded a double-double, that included a career-high 15 rebounds. He was one of four Pioneers in double figures on the night, with first-year Tyler Thomas scoring 10 points, for his first career double-digit scoring effort.

UConn had five players reach double-figures, with Josh Carlton leading the way with 18 points.

The Pioneers travel to Binghamton on Saturday, November 16, for the last of three road games to open the season.

Turning Point

  • Carlton scored the first eight points of the second-half for UConn
  • The points came in a 94 second stretch, to extend a three-point halftime lead to 11, 48-37
  • The Pioneers would get within 11 points late with 7:20 to play, but no closer

Pioneer Points

  • Jare'l Spellman blocked Josh Carlton's layup attempt, 29 seconds into the second-half, to take sole possession of the Division I career blocks record, with 99
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  • Tyler Thomas scored his first career points, finishing with 10
  • E.J. Anosike reached double figures for the 30th time in his career, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds
  • Kinnon LaRose scored 15 points, his second double-figure game of the season

By The Numbers

  • The Pioneers shot 25-26 from the free throw line, led by an 8-8 from Cameron Parker
  • UConn opened 3-6 from the free throw line, and finished 16-22, 72.7 percent
  • The Huskies recorded 16 assists on 34 made baskets
  • Christian Vital finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven steals

First-Half

  • Spellman netted the first-field goal of the game, at 17:50, tying the score, 2-2
  • SHU held UConn scoreless from the field until the 3:51 mark
  • The Huskies reached the bonus 4:32 into the half
  • A pair of E.J. Anosike free throws at 13:50 cut the deficit to 7-6
  • After four unanswered UConn points, an Anosike put back and a Larose conventional three-point play, tied the score 11-11, at the 11:46 mark
  • After a Tyler Polley basket, Koreem Ozier knocked down a three-pointer to give the Pioneers their first lead, 14-13, with 11:17 to play in the half
  • LaRose put the Pioneers back in front, 18-17, at the 9:21 mark, connecting on both ends of a 1-and-1
  • Tyler Thomas' first career-basket came at 8:21, from behind the arc and tied the game, 21-21
  • Polley scored four-straight, two at the line in 18 seconds to put the Huskies in front, 25-21
  • Thomas knocked down a second straight three-attempt at 7:08 to draw back within one, 25-24
  • UConn used a 7-2 run over the next 80 seconds to open a 32-26 lead and force a Pioneer timeout
  • LaRose ended a 2:21 Pioneer drought with a put back off the glass at 3:25
  • Trailing by six, LaRose hit a three from the corner, to make the score 36-33, with 98 seconds remaining in the half
  • After an AKok Akok dunk, and missed free throw, Anosike was fouled and went to the line and hit two free throws to close within a possession, 38-35
  • Cameron Parker made two free throws for the final points of the first-half and the Pioneers went to the break within three, 40-37

Second-Half

  • Spellman set the Division I SHU block record on a block of Josh Carlton 29 seconds into the half
  • Carlton scored eight straight points to open the second-half, building the Huskies lead to 48-37 at the 18:13 mark
  • Anosike free throws at 17:46 snapped the Pioneers drought, before back-to-back Christian Vital three-pointers made the UConn led, 54-39
  • UConn opened a 20-point lead, on a Sidney Wilson basket with 10:41 to play
  • A LaRose layup started a 9-2 Pioneer run, that spanned 1:50 of game action
  • Thomas, Parker free throws and a Spellman three-point play were part of the run, that closed SHU within 13, 67-54
  • A Spellman layup in the paint with 7:20 to play drew the Pioneers within 11, 69-58
  • UConn scored the next 10 points to push the lead back to 21, 79-58