Jan. 8, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT -
The Sacred Heart men’s basketball team looks to win its second straight game when it hosts Mount St. Mary’s as the second half of a doubleheader with the women’s team on Saturday afternoon. SHU is coming off a 75-59 win over Wagner on Thursday.
Series: This is the 21st career meeting between these schools and The Mount holds an 13-7 advantage. The teams split a pair of regular season matchups, but the Mount knocked the Pioneers out of the NEC playoffs.
Last Ten Meetings: (*road game)
- 3/8/09 Mount 68 SHU 63*
- 1/17/09 Mount 78 SHU 67*
- 12/4/08 SHU 80 Mount 75
- 3/12/08 Mount 68 SHU 55
- 1/19/08 SHU 67 Mount 59*
- 2/15/07 SHU 79 Mount 51
- 1/8/07 Mount 91 SHU 80*
- 2/9/06 SHU 57 Mount 54
- 1/12/06 Mount 78 SHU 69*
- 1/8/05 Mount 67 SHU 60
Scouting the Opponent: The Mount comes into the game 3-11 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast Conference. The Mountaineers have dropped nine straight, including a 64-63 decision at Quinnipiac on Thursday. Senior guard Jeremy Goode leads three players in double figures in scoring at 15.2 points per game. Jean Cajou is next at 11.9, followed by Kelly Beidler at 10.8. Beidler leads the team in rebound at 7.5 per game and has also canned a team-high 19 three-pointers. The Mountaineers are shooting just 38 percent from the field.
Litke Lights it Up: Senior Ryan Litke scored a career-high 25 points in the win over Wagner on January 7. The SHU sharpshooter came in the game a little earlier than usual, when starting guard Chauncey Hardy picked up two fouls four minutes into the game. Litke responded by draining a career-best seven three-pointers.
1,000 in Sight: Litke’s performance against Wagner leaves him just 13 points short of 1,000 in his career. Corey Hassan is closing in on that milestone as well, with 907 points.
Out of the Gate: The 9-5 start this season is the best ever for the Pioneers in Division I. The previous best after 14 games was 7-7 during the 2006-07 season. To find the last time a Pioneer team had nine wins in 14 games, you have to go back to the 1989-90 season. That team started 9-5 and finished the year 15-14.