Pioneers Seek Season Sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday

Sacred Heart (4-23, 1-11 NEC) at Fairleigh Dickinson (9-17, 5-7 NEC) Game 28

February 22nd, 2014 - 3:00 pm -  Stratis Arena 

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Setting the Scene... The Pioneers travel to Hackensack, New Jersey Saturday afternoon looking to defeat the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights for the second time this season. Sacred Heart defeated FDU on February 11th for its lone conference win of the season. Louis Montes scored a team-high 15 points for Sacred Heart. Since then, SHU has lost ten consecutive games and are now 1-11 in the conference. FDU comes into this game fresh off a much needed 63-52 win at second place Bryant on Thursday night. The Knights had lost five consecutive games before the victory in Smithfield.

Last Time Out...  The Wagner Seahawks closed out the first half on a 17-3 run and never looked back Thursday night, defeating the Sacred Heart Pioneers, 74-62, at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island. Louis Montes led the way for the Pioneers, scoring a game-high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Evan Kelley and Steve Glowiak each chipped in with 12 points apiece. Tevin Falzon tied a career-high with ten rebounds.

SHU vs. Fairleigh Dickinson Series Notes... Today is the 24th meeting between Sacred Heart and FDU.
- The Pioneers hold a slim 13-10 edge in the all-time series.
-  Sacred won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 71-67, on January 11th.  The two teams combined to shoot 37.1 percent (43-of-116) from the floor in the first match-up.
- The Pioneers are 4-3 against the Knights in their last seven meetings.
- All 23 meetings have taken place since the Pioneers joined the NEC in 1999-00.

Pioneers in the NEC...  Sacred Heart is in its 15th season of play in the Northeast Conference in 2013-14.  
- SHU is 107-163
 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.

Balanced Scoring... Sacred Heart has five players averaging double figures in scoring through 14 games this season. Louis Montes leads the Pioneers with 13.5 points per game. Evan Kelley is scoring 12.8 points per game, while Chris Evans is putting up 11.3. Off the bench, Steve Glowiak is averaging 11.4 points per game. Freshman De'Von Barnett is now averaging 9.6 points per game.

Offensive Struggles...  Over their last five games, the Pioneers are averaging 62.6 points per game, while shooting 38.1 percent from the field (112-for-294). The Pioneers are now shooting a NEC worst 41.1 percent from the floor for the season.

Thursday VS. Saturday.. Louis Montes has been excellent in Thursday night NEC games this season, averaging 24.5 points per game, while shooting 58.3% (35-of-60) from the floor. In Saturday games Montes is averaging 9.25 points per game, shooting a dismal 20.5% (8-of-39) from the floor.

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 516 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 6.1 dimes per game.

Tough Starts... Sacred Heart has been outscored by 168 points in the first half of games this season, while being outscored by just 37 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.

Up Next... Sacred Heart will host LIU Brooklyn on Tuesday night, a game that was postponed due to snow.