SACRED HEART (2-8) AT GEORGE WASHINGTON (5-6)
Game 11 * December 30, 2012 * Smith Center * 2:00 pm
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart will finish the non-conference portion of their schedule with a trip to George Washington University on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers are in the midst of a six-game losing streak after a 100-71 loss at La Salle on December 22nd. SHU's last six-game losing streak came during the 2007-08 season when they opened the year 0-6. Senior Shane Gibson and sophomore Steve Glowiak were the only Pioneers in double figures in the loss to La Salle. Gibson went for 19 points in the loss while Glowiak came off the bench for a season-high 15 points on five three's. The Colonials are 5-6 on the season and coming off a 76-67 win over VMI that ended a three-game slide. GW is looking to avenge an early season loss to the NEC on Sunday, having lost at home to Mount St. Mary's, 65-56, back in November.
Series Notes... Saturday will be the first meeting between SHU and George Washington University.
Pioneers vs. the Atlantic-10... Sacred Heart is 0-9 against the Atlantic-10
- SHU is coming off a 100-71 loss last time out at La Salle and close non-conference play at George Washington.
- The Pioneers have faced Fordham more than any other team from the league, going 0-3 against the Rams.
- SHU is 0-1 against Duquesne, La Salle, UMass, Richmond, Rhode Island and Xavier.
- Sacred Heart lost at Richmond last season, 83-58, as part of the Cancun Challenge.
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 522-487. 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. Mike Lonergan (Catholic '88) is in his second season on the bench at George Washington. Lonergan is closing in on his 400th career victory, coming into Sunday's match-up with a 392-183 record in 20 seasons. Prior to GW, Lonergan spent six seasons at Vermont where he led his teams three America East regular season championships. His coaching career started at Catholic University where he won a DIII National Championship in 2000-01.
Up Next... Sacred Heart moves on to the 18-game Northeast Conference schedule starting on Thursday night, January 3rd hosting defending league champion LIU Brooklyn. The Pioneers host St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday, December 5th before playing four-straight on the road.