Sacred Heart (4-20, 1-8 NEC) vs. Wagner (11-11, 5-4 NEC) Game 25
February 8th, 2014 - 2:00 pm - William H. Pitt Center
Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart plays its fourth home game in a row Saturday afternoon against the Wagner Seahawks, looking to snap a seven game losing streak. SHU is coming off a 73-60 loss to Mount St. Mary's on Thursday night. Wagner is looking for a second consecutive victory after a 75-68 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday night.
Last Time Out... In front of a red hot Pitt Center crowd of 1,369 fans, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team shot an ice cold 36.8 percent from the floor on their way to a 73-60 loss to Mount St. Mary's Thursday night. The 60 points is the third lowest for the Pioneers this season. Louis Montes led the way for SHU, notching his third double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Steve Glowiak chipped in with 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting. On top of 36.8 percent from the floor, the Pioneers made just 3 of 18 from beyond the three-point line. Evan Kelley (Norwalk, CT) shot 3-of-13 from the floor for six points.
SHU vs. Wagner Series Notes... Saturday marks the 29th meeting between Sacred Heart and Wagner on the hardwood.
- The Seahawks leading the all-time series, 16-12.
- Wagner won the only meeting last season, 84-78, in overtime.
- Sacred Heart and Wagner will play each other twice in a 12 day span.
- The Pioneers and Seahawks have played twice in the postseason with the Pioneers winning both games. Sacred Heart knocked out Wagner in the opening round of the 2007 tournament, 100-66 and won in Staten Island, 55-49, in the 2008 NEC Semifinals.
Pioneers in the NEC... Sacred Heart is in its 15th season of play in the Northeast Conference in 2013-14.
- SHU is 107-160 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.
Two Man Show... Steve Glowiak and Louis Montes have combined for 74 points in Sacred Heart's last two games. The duo combined for 38 of Pioneers' 44 second half points against Bryant and scored 31 of SHU's 60 total points on Saturday. The rest of the Pioneers have combined for 53 points during that span.
Phil 500 ... Point guard Phil Gaetano dished out his 500th career assist on February 2nd against Bryant. Gaetano is now sixth all-time on the Sacred Heart assists list with 507 career dimes. After finishing last season second in the country with 7.9 assists per game, junior the connecticut-native is averaging 6.5 dimes per game this year, good for 2nd in the NEC and 9th in the country. In his last five games, Gaetano is averaging 7.2 assists per game.
Tough Starts... Sacred Heart has been outscored by 151 points in the first half of games this season, while being outscored by just 22 points the rest of the game. Atypically, the Pioneers were actually tied at halftime on Thursday night before falling by 13 to the Mount.
Home (Not So) Sweet Home... Sacred Heart is 1-7 at home this season. The Pioneers' lone win came against Fairleigh Dickinson on January 11th. SHU is shooting 42.6 percent (206-of-483) from the floor at the Pitt Center with a minus 7.75 scoring margin. The Pioneers shot 36.8 percent from the floor, including 3-of-18 from three-point land against the Mount on Thursday.
Getting to the Line...Although Chris Evans has struggled from the floor of late, shooting% (12-of-41), from the floor in his last three games, he gets to the foul line more than any other Pioneer. Evans has shot 49 more free throws than any other SHU player this season, and accounts for 29.7 percent (105 makes) of Sacred Heart's total made free throws.
Barnett Back on Track...After three games of averaging an uncharacteristic 5.7 points per game, freshman Barnett has averaged 11points and 6 rebounds in Sacred Heart's last four games.
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 2.4 boards per contest.
Up Next... Sacred Heart wraps up a five game home stand Thursday night when the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds come to town for a 7:00 tip.