Pioneers at Quinnipiac Saturday Afternoon
SACRED HEART (4-10, 2-1 NEC) AT QUINNIPIAC (5-9, 1-2 NEC)
Game 15 * Sat., January 12, 2013 * Hamden, CT * TD Bank Sports Center
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart stays in state and heads to Northeast Conference rival Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers saw a 10-point second half lead disappear in falling at Central Connecticut Thursday night, 82-78. SHU got matching 22-point games from junior Shane Gibson and r-sophomore Steve Glowiak but the Blue Devils scored 56 points and shot 51.5 percent (17-33) in the second half for the comeback win. The Bobcats are looking to bounce back after suffering a 103-95 loss at Bryant on Thursday. QU is 2-5 at home in the TD Bank Sports Center this season.
Series Notes... This is the 62nd meeting between the Pioneers and Bobcats in a series that dates back to the Division II era for both teams.
- Sacred Heart holds the all-time edge, 39-22.
- Since joining the NEC in 1999-00, Quinnipiac holds a 14-13 edge in the series.
- SHU ended a five-game QU winning streak in the series by sweeping both meetings last year. SHU won 68-55 in Hamden and 78-75 in the re-match in Fairfield.
- The two teams have met just once in the NEC Tournament, an 83-69 semifinal SHU win at home in 2006-07.
Pioneers in the NEC... Sacred Heart begins its 14th season of play in the Northeast Conference in 2012-13.
- SHU is 100-141 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 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. Tom Moore (Boston University '87) is in his sixth season as the head coach at Quinnipiac University. Moore owns a 98-74 record in his time at Quinnipiac. He led the Bobcats to a share of the 2009-10 NEC regular season title and was named the NEC's Coach of the Year that season. Prior to becoming the Bobcat's head coach, he was an assistant coach at UConn from 1994 through 2007. He was the head coach at Worcester State College for five seasons where he compiled a 76-59 mark.
Up Next... Sacred Heart heads out to western Pennsylvania for a pair of games next week. SHU takes on Robert Morris on Thursday night and faced Saint Francis (PA) live on Fox College Sports and ESPN3 on Saturday.