Sacred Heart (12-14, 8-5 NEC) at LIU Brooklyn (11-14, 5-8 NEC)
Saturday, Feb. 16 - 2:00 PM
Steinberg Wellness Center - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Setting the Scene... After defeating Bryant on the road Thursday, Sacred Heart University men's basketball will look to secure the season-sweep against NEC-foe LIU Brooklyn on the road Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2:00 p.m. on NEC Front Row.
All-Time vs. Bryant... The Blackbirds lead the all-time series 25-12, but the Pioneers won the last contest at home, 79-70.
Last Meeting... After LIU Brooklyn pushed its lead to 67-63 with 6:43 remaining, the Pioneers answered with a 7-4 run to take a 70-67 lead with 4:49 left. After an E.J. Anosike dunk put SHU up 74-70, the Blackbirds battled to take a 75-74 lead with 1:25 remaining in regulation. The Pioneers took the lead for good after Anosike nailed a corner three-pointer to give SHU a 77-75 lead with 59 seconds left.
Scouting the Blackbirds... LIU Brooklyn comes into the contest with an 11-14 record and a 5-8 record in NEC-play this season, which is tied for seventh. The Blackbirds are led by Raiquan Clarke, whose 20.2 points per game leads the conference.
Last Time Out... The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team was able to overcome a 16-point second-half deficit, as the Pioneers defeated Bryant 105-104 on the road Thursday evening at the Chace Athletic Center. The win improved the Pioneers' record to 12-14 overall and 8-5 in league play, while the Bulldogs fell to 8-16 on the year and 5-8 in NEC action.
Five Pioneers scored in double-figures with Sean Hoehn's 33 points leading the way for SHU. Kinnon LaRose provided 19 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Cameron Parker added a career-high 15 points in the win.
The Bulldogs used the first 5:03 of the second half to go on a 20-10 run to push its lead to 74-58 with 14:27 remaining in the half. The Pioneers responded with a 14-3 run to cut the deficit to 77-72 with 11:01 remaining in the contest. With SHU trailing 97-92, the Pioneers used the final 44 seconds of regulation to steal a 105-104 win over Bryant.
Oh Captain, Our Captain... The Pioneers' leading scorer from last season, Sean Hoehn, is currently third in the NEC in scoring, averaging 18 points per game. Hoehn is shooting 46.5% from the field, 40.9% from three and 83.6% from the charity stripe this season.
Swat Leader Spellman... Red-shirt junior, Jare'l Spellman is averaging 2.88 blocks per game, which ranks fifth in the nation and is tops in the NEC. Spellman has totaled 75 blocks this season, which ranks fourth in the nation and first in the conference. Spellman's 75 blocks surpassed SHU's team total of 71 from the 2017-18 season.
Passing Parker... Freshman guard Cameron Parker's 6.68 assists per game ranks 10th 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 8-5 through 13 NEC games, surpassing last season's conference win total of five. SHU's 8-5 record has it tied for second with Robert Morris.
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 1,261 career points, which places him 27th all-time on the program's scoring list.
Chasing History... Cameron Parker is ninth in the nation in total assists (167). Parker is just 14 assists shy of eclipsing Jason Brickman's NEC freshman record of 180 assists back in the 2010-11 season
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 points per game and 7.7 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 167 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 13.7 points per game, on 37.5% shooting from the field, 79% from the charity stripe and is knocking down 1.9 threes per game in 17 games played this season. Ozier has scored in double-figures in 11 of the 17 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 14.81 assists per game and have a 1.02 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranks first and second in the NEC respectively.
Keep Up If You Can... The Pioneers are scoring 78.2 points per game per game in NEC games this season, which ranks first in the conference. The Pioneers' +5.4 scoring margin is tops in the league, as the next closest margin is +3.5
Charity-Stripe Champs... Through 13 NEC games, the Pioneers lead the conference in free-throw shooting percentage, knocking down 80.5% of shots from the charity stripe.
Locking-Up... SHU is holding NEC-opponents to 42.4% shooting from the floor and 37.8% from beyond the arc, which both rank third in the NEC.
Rebounding Machines... SHU is averaging 37 rebounds per game and are allowing opponents to grab 33.8 boards per game in NEC-play, which ranks first and second in the conference. SHU's +3.2 rebounding margin is also tops in conference-play.
Taking Care of the Rock... The Pioneers are averaging 13.92 assists per game through 13 NEC games, which ranks third in the conference. SHU's 0.98 assist-to-turnover ratio also ranks third in the conference.
Anosike's Party... E.J. Anosike has performed at an All-League level since conference play has started. Through 13 NEC games, Anosike is averaging 15.1 points (11th) and 7.6 rebounds (4th) per game, while shooting 55.6% (6th) from the field .
A League of His Own... The Pioneers are averaging 4.08 blocks per game as a team and has totaled 50 blocks in NEC-play, which ranks second. Jare'l Spellman is averaging 3.23 blocks per game and has totaled 42 blocks in NEC-play, which is more than five teams in the NEC.
Renowned Rebounders... SHU has three players that rank in the top-20 in NEC games in rebounding. E.J. Anosike is averaging 7.6 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth, while Jare'l Spellman's 7.2 rebounds per game is sixth in the NEC.
Freshman on the Boards... Koreem Ozier ranks among the top rebounding freshmen in the NEC in conference play. Through 13 NEC games, Ozier is second among NEC freshmen with 5.1 rebounds per game.
Heartbreakers... SHU overcame a 16-point second half deficit to defeat Bryant 105-104 on Feb. 14. It tied the largest deficit the Pioneers overcame in a win this season, as SHU overcame a 16-point deficit in a 71-62 win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Feb. 2.
Assist Leader... Freshman point guard Cameron Parker leads the conference in assists through 13 NEC games. Parker is averaging six assists per game and has totaled 78 assists, both leading the NEC. Parker's 1.59 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fifth in conference.
Clarke's Consistency... Freshman guard Aaron Clarke is averaging 7.5 points off the bench for the Pioneers through 13 NEC games. Clarke has registered double-figure points off the bench in six of the 13 conference games and has done so in six of the last 10 games.
Three's Company... Through 13 NEC games, the Pioneers have two players that rank in the top-10 in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Kinnon LaRose leads the conference in three-point shooting at 55.3%, while Sean Hoehn's 43.5% mark ranks sixth 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 2-4 in road games in NEC-play so far this season. The Pioneers are being outscored by 1.7 points per game and are allowing opponents to shoot 48.7% 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. Anosike's 7.7 rebounds per game ranks second in the NEC, while Spellman's 7.6 ranks third. Anosike's 3.23 offensive rebounds per game is tops in the NEC and 25th in the nation, while Spellman's 2.19 offensive rebounds per game is sixth 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 6.68 assists a game ranks first, while his 1.76 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth in the NEC.
Efficiency is Everything... The Pioneers have three players ranked in the in the top-10 of the NEC in field goal percentage. Kinnon LaRose ranks fourth, shooting 52.7% from the field, while Jare'l Spellman's 52.4 ranks fifth. E.J. Anosike rounds out the group at sixth, shooting 51.2% from the field.
Sean the Scoring Machine... Sean Hoehn scored a game-high 33 points in the 105-104 win over Bryant on Feb. 14. Hoehn has scored in double-figures in 23 of the Pioneers' 26 games, leading the team in scoring in 12 games and dropping at least 20 points in 10 of the 23 contests.
Kinnon the Conqueror... Red-shirt junior co-captain Kinnon LaRose is averaging 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and currently leads the NEC in three-point shooting percentage, knocking down 55.3% of shots behind the arc in league games. LaRose's 140.0 offensive rating ranks first in the NEC and seventh 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 26 games, the Pioneers are averaging 36.5 points per game in the first half of games and are being outscored by one point per game by opponents.
Second-Half Team... Through 26 games, the Pioneers are averaging 43.5 points per game in the second half of games and are outscoring opponents by 2.7 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.