SACRED HEART (3-9, 1-0 NEC) VS. ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN (5-7, 1-0 NEC)
Game 13 * Sat., January 5, 2013 * Fairfield, CT * William H. Pitt Center
Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart men's basketball team welcomes the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers to the William H. Pitt Center Saturday afternoon for the first home Northeast Conference double header of the season. The Pioneers are fresh off a 77-73 win over LIU Brooklyn on Thursday night, a win that ended a season-long seven-game losing streak for SHU. Junior Louis Montes led the Pioneers to their best-offensive game of the season with a career-high 35 points in the win. Montes buried 13-of-17 shots en route to his first career 30-point game. SHU shot a season-best 53.7 percent (29-54) in snapping a five-game losing streak to the defending champion Blackbirds. The SFC Terriers come in off an impressive 63-61 road win at Quinnipiac on Thursday. Sophomore guard Brent Jones had a steal and lay-up for the go-ahead points with just nine seconds left in the win.
Series Notes... This is the 23rd meeting between SHU and St. Francis Brooklyn.
- The Terriers hold a 14-8 edge in the all-time series
- SFC has won three-straight over the Pioneers after sweeping both games last year.
- The Terriers won 58-56 at home and 99-84 in Fairfield
- SHU had won four-straight and six of seven prior to SFC recent run.
- SHU is 5-5 at home all-time vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
Pioneers in the NEC... Sacred Heart begins its 14th season of play in the Northeast Conference in 2012-13.
- SHU is 99-140 in conference play since joining the league in 1999-2000.
- The Pioneers best finish in the league was second, a feat they accomplished twice, in 2006-07 and 2008-09.
- SHU has qualified for the Northeast Conference Tournament six times.
- SHU has made two NEC Championship game appearances, falling to Central Connecticut State in 2007 and losing to Mount St. Mary's at home in 2008.
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 523-487. 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. Glenn Braica (Queens College '89) is in his third season as head coach at St. Francis Brooklyn. Braica led his Terriers to the NEC Tournament in each of his first two seasons on the bench. He owns a 35-37 record as a head coach. Braica was named the school's 17th head coach after spending the previous seven years as an assistant at St. John's. He spent 15 years as an assistant and associate head coach at St. Francis (NY).
Up Next... SHU will open up a four-game road swing next Thursday night with a trip up to New Britain to take on the Central Connecticut Blue Devils. The Pioneers take on CCSU, Quinnipiac, Saint Francis U and Robert Morris on the road trip.