Sacred Heart Wraps Up Road Trip With ESPN3 Showdown at Saint Francis
Sacred Heart (4-16, 1-4 NEC) at Saint Francis U. (3-15, 1-4 NEC) Game 21
January 25th, 2014 - 12:00 pm - DeGol Arena (3,500)
Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart Pioneers wrap up a four game road trip Saturday afternoon with a match-up against the Saint Francis Red Flash. Both the Pioneers and Red Flash are looking to snap three game losing streaks and earn their second NEC victory of the season. Saint Francis University is coming off a 83-77 loss to Mount St. Mary's, while Sacred Heart was dropped 91-65 at Robert Morris Thursday night.
It's Showtime... The Pioneers and Red Flash will be broadcasted live on Fox College Sports, ESPN3, and Comcast SporsNet. This will be the first of three TV broadcasts for Sacred Heart. SHU's home contests against St. Francis Brooklyn and Mount St. Mary's will also be on television.
Last Time Out... For the second time in 15 days, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team fell short against the first place Robert Morris Colonials. This time, RMU defeated Sacred Heart, 91-56, Thursday night at the Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa. Louis Montes led the way for SHU, pouring in 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Steve Glowiak chipped in with 14 points off the bench.For the second game in a row, point guard Phil Gaetano dished out double-digit assists, recording a game-high 10 dimes. SHU hung around for about the first 12 minutes or so, but it was all Robert Morris from there.
Sacred Heart vs. Saint Francis Series Notes... Saturday is the 23rd meeting all-time between SHU and SFU.
- SHU leads the all-time series 12-10.
- The Pioneers have won two out of the last three against Saint Francis after splitting with the Red Flash last season.
- SHU has won 10 of the last 13 meetings in a series that dates back to the Pioneers' first year in the Northeast Conference in 1999-2000.
- The Pioneers are 6-5 all-time at Saint Francis University.
Pioneers in the NEC... Sacred Heart is in its 15th season of play in the Northeast Conference in 2013-14.
- SHU is 107-156 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, reaching the championship game twice.
Slumping Evans... Over the last eight games, junior guard Chris Evans is shooting an icy 28.4% (21-of-74) from the field. The Connecticut native is 3-of-13 from beyond the three-point arc during that span. Evans was 1-of-6 from the field in the Pioneers' loss to RMU on Thursday.
Thursday Night Montes... Senior Louis Montes is averaging 20.7 points in NEC Thursday night games this season, while averaging just 9.5 in conference games on Saturday.
From Negative to Positive...The Pioneers were outrebound by an average of 3.8 boards per game in their first 15 non-conference games of the season. Since then, Sacred Heart has outrebounded NEC opponents by an average of 3.2 boards per contest.
Same Old Story... After finishing last season second in the country with 7.9 assists per game, junior Phil Gaetano is averaging 6.5 dimes per game this year, good for 2nd in the NEC and 13th in the NCAA. In his last five games, Gaetano is averaging 8.4 per contest. The junior point has dished out double digit assists in two consecutive games.
Tough Starts... Sacred Heart has been outscored by 122 points in the first half of games this season, while being outscored by just 21 points the rest of the game. The Pioneers were down by 15 at the half against Robert Morris on Thursday night.
Freshman Wall... After scoring in double digits for four consecutive games, freshman De'Von Barnett has not reached the plateau in three straight. Barnett is shooting 41.2 percent (7-of-17) during the three game span. Barnett has been NEC Rookie of the Week twice so far this season.
Home Sweet Home... On January 11th, the Pioneers earned their first victory of the season at the William H. Pitt Center. Sacred Heart had lost its previous seven games at home, dating back to February 7th of last season.
Montes 1,000.... Senior Louis Montes scored his 1,000th career points on December 18th in a Pioneers' 70-61 loss at Santa Clara. The senior forward now has 1,130 career points in 108 career games. Montes becomes the 37th Pioneer to eclipse 1,000 points in a career and the 190th player in Northeast Conference history. Most recently, Montes scored 23 points at Robert Morris Thursdau night. Montes has scored in double digits in 51 career games.
He's Back...The Pioneers' leading scorer Evan Kelley returned Thursday night after missing the previous six games with a shoulder injury.
Up Next... The Pioneers return home after four games on the road to play host to the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers on Wednesday night. The Pioneers lost 74-71 to the Terriers in Brooklyn on January 18th.