Pioneers Head to Wagner Looking to Snap Losing Streak

Sacred Heart (4-22, 1-10 NEC) at Wagner (13-11, 7-4 NEC) Game 27

February 20th, 2014 - 7:00 pm -  Spiro Sports Center

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Setting the Scene...  The Sacred Heart Pioneers will look to snap a nine game losing streak Thursday night when they take on the Wagner Seahawks at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island. The Pioneers have not won a game since January 11th when they defeated Fairleigh Dickinson at the William H. Pitt Center. Unlike SHU, Wagner is on the rise after winning three straight, including a 73-60 win over Bryant on Saturday afternoon.

Last Time Out... The Pioneers lost their ninth game in a row Saturday afternoon at Central Connecticut State by the score of a 74-69. The Pioneers led by one at halftime and by as many as 11 in the second half. The CCSU bench outscored the Pioneers' 58-0, and used a 16-0 second half run to take control of the game. Steve Glowiak lit it up in his hometown of New Britain, scoring a game-high 27 points. The sharpshooter knocked down seven three-pointers. Freshman De'Von Barnett scored 15 points for SHU, while Evan Kelley chipped in with 14.

SHU vs. Wagner Series Notes... Thursday marks the 30th meeting between Sacred Heart and Wagner on the hardwood.
- The Seahawks leading the all-time series, 17-12.
- This is the second game between SHU and Wagner in a 12 day span, with the Seahawks winning the first match-up, 62-55.
- 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 107-162
 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.

Where's the Bench?... For the first time this season, the Pioneers did not receive any production from the bench against CCSU on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers were outscored 58-0 by the Blue Devil's reserves. The 69 points from the SHU starting five is the second highest total of the season (76 pts against Holy Cross).

Offensive Struggles...  Over their last four games, the Pioneers are averaging 62.75 points per game, while shooting 39.1 percent from the field (91-for-233). The Pioneers are now shooting a NEC worst 41.4 percent from the floor for the season.

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 513 career dimes.

First for Phil... For the the first time in his college career, Gaetano did not register an assist in Sacred Heart's loss to Wagner on February 8th. The junior point guard had dished out atleast one assist in 74 consecutive games. Gaetano was second in the country last season, averaging 7.9 assists per game. This season, Gaetano ranks tenth in country,  averaging 6.2 dimes per game.

Tough Starts... Sacred Heart has been outscored by 161 points in the first half of games this season, while being outscored by just 32 points the rest of the game.  

Home (Not So) Sweet Home... Sacred Heart is 1-8 at home this season. The Pioneers' lone win came against Fairleigh Dickinson on January 11th. SHU is shooting 40.8 percent (222-of-544) from the floor at the Pitt Center with a minus 7.5 scoring margin. The Pioneers shot  26.2 percent from the floor (lowest at home this season) on Saturday afternoon against Wagner.

Barnett Back on Track...After three games of averaging an uncharacteristic 5.7 points per game, freshman Barnett has averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in Sacred Heart's last four games. Barnetthas been named NEC Rookie of the Week twice this season after missing the Pioneers' first nine games due to a leg injury.

Up Next... Sacred Heart hits the road again to take on the only team the Pioneers have beaten in the NEC this season, the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights.