SACRED HEART (2-5) VS. LAFAYETTE (3-8)
Game 08 * Easton, PA * Kirby Sports Center * 2:00 pm
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart will head to Lafayette College on Sunday afternoon looking to snap a three-game slide as they take on the Leopards of the Patriot League. SHU will play their final game before an eight-day lay-off for final exams. The Pioneers are now 0-2 this season against the Patriot League after falling to Holy Cross at home Wednesday night, 83-78. The Pioneers erased a 17-point deficit to tie the game at 72-72 late but never took the lead as the Crusaders pulled away for the win. Senior Shane Gibson led four Pioneers in double figures with 24 points in the loss. The Lafayette Leopards come in off an 82-80 loss Friday night at Fairleigh Dickinson. The Leopards tied the game at 80-80 with 20 seconds left but lost on a tip-in by the Knights to beat the buzzer. The Leopards host the Pioneers to close a stretch of four-straight games against Northeast Conference teams. Lafayette is 2-4 against the NEC this season, beating LIU Brooklyn and Saint Francis (PA) at home.
Series Notes... Sunday will be the fourth meeting between SHU and Lafayette.
- The Pioneers lead the series, 2-1.
- SHU is 2-0 at home against the Leopards, winning in 2009-10, 81-70, and last season, 84-79.
- Lafayette's lone win came in 2010-11 in the Kirby Sports Center, 76-71.
Pioneers vs. the Patriot League... This is the Pioneers 24th meeting with a Patriot League opponent.
- SHU is 12-11 against the league and has lost three of their last four meetings.
- This is the third match-up against the conference this season with the Pioneers looking for their first win. SHU fell at home to Lehigh, 91-77, and Holy Cross, 83-78.
- The Pioneers have faced Army (3-3), Holy Cross (4-5), Lafayette (2-1) and Lehigh (3-2).
The Head Coaches... Dave Bike (Sacred Heart '69) begins his 35th year as the head coach of Sacred Heart University where he owns a career record of 522-484. Only Jim Boheim of Syracuse has spent more time coaching at one institution. He led the Pioneers to eight NCAA Division II tournaments and his 1985-86 team won the national championship while finishing 30-4. Bike was named the national Coach of the Year by the NABC following the title game. Fran O'Hanlon (Villanova '90) is in his 18th season on the bench at Lafayette College. O'Hanlon is the longest tenured coach in the Patriot League and has won three conference titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. He is a three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year honoree.
Up Next... SHU will be off for the next eight days for final exams. The Pioneers are back in action on Tuesday, December 18th hosting Stony Brook. The two teams met on Novmeber 18th at Stony Brook with Sacred Heart erasing a 12-point Seawolf lead with just over five minute to play to win 64-62.