Sacred Heart Pioneers (6-11, 1-3 NEC) at Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (8-9, 2-2 NEC)
Thursday, Jan. 11 - 7:00 PM
Knott Arena - Emmitsburg, Md.
Setting the Scene... SHU opens a road conference weekend at defending NEC champion Mount St. Mary's Thursday.
Catch the Game... Thursday's game will be available on NEC Front Row.
Last Time Out... With the game tied 71-71 with 2:47 to play, Bryant closed last Saturday's game at the Pitt Center with an 8-3 run to win 79-74 over the Pioneers. Joseph Lopez led SHU with 20 points and eight rebounds. De'von Barnett added 17 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Joe Goes For 20... Senior foward Joseph Lopez had his third 20-point game of the season last Saturday against Bryant, posting a team-high 20 points and eight rebounds. In his last three games, Lopez is averaging 15 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He leads the Pioneers this season with 13.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Cha-Cha Dimes... Charles Tucker Jr. tied a career-high on Jan. 6 with nine assists against Bryant, turning the ball over just once. He also had a career-high eight rebounds. Tucker had just eight assists in his last three games combined prior to the Bryant game.
Barnett's March To 1,000... With his season-high 17 points on Jan. 6 at Bryant, redshirt-senior De'von Barnett upped his career scoring total to 905 points. Barnett is now 95 points away from 1,000 for his career. He also has 457 career rebounds.
All-Time Vs. Mount St. Mary's... The Mountaineers lead the all-time series against the Pioneers 24-12. Mount St. Mary's holds a 13-4 edge in Emmitsburg, with SHU's last win there coming on Feb. 12, 2015. The Mountaineers have won the last four meetings in the series.
Last Meeting... The Pioneers took Mount St. Mary's took the brink in the quarterfinals of last season's NEC Tournament, but the Mountaineers came away with a 76-73 win at Knott Arena on March 1, 2017. Junior Robinson led all scorers with 22 points. De'von Barnett had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Joseph Lopez added 17 points and seven rebounds.
Scouting Mount St. Mary's... Picked to finish fourth in the NEC in the preseason, the Mountaineers moved to 2-2 in the NEC with a 78-51 win over Central Connecticut last Saturday. It was Mount St. Mary's fifth win in its last seven games. Junior Robinson led all scorers with 27 points. Jonah Antonio made six threes for his 18 points. Robinson leads Mount St. Mary's in scoring at 21.9 points per game, which is also the highest average in the NEC.