Jan. 15, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT -
Setting The Scene: The Sacred Heart men’s basketball team looks for its second straight win on Saturday at Central Connecticut State as the second half of a doubleheader with the women’s team. The Pioneers are coming off a 72-60 win at Bryant on Thursday.
Series: This rivalry goes back to the Division II days for both schools. CCSU leads the series 28-16 and has won 18 of 25 meetings since the Pioneers turned Division I. The Pioneers defeated Central three times last year, including a game in the first round of the NEC Tournament.
Last Ten Meetings: (*road game)
- 3/5/09 SHU 76 CCSU 64
- 2/19/09 SHU 101 CCSU 67*
- 1/31/09 SHU 77 CCSU 69
- 3/6/08 SHU 84 CCSU 71
- 3/2/08 CCSU 100 SHU 87
- 12/6/07 SHU 68 CCSU 52*
- 3/7/07 CCSU 74 SHU 70*
- 2/12/07 CCSU 80 SHU 68
- 1/27/07 CCSU 103 SHU 96* (OT)
- 3/2/06 CCSU 86 SHU 68*
Scouting the Opponent: Central Connecticut comes into the game with a 4-12 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the NEC. The Blue Devils are coming off a 76-45 loss to Quinnipiac on Thursday, playing without their leading scorer Robby Ptacek.
Ptacek is averaging 13.4 points per game this season and will likely miss this game as well. Shemik Thompson is the only other Blue Devil scoring in double figures at 10.8 per game. David Simmons is the leading rebounder at 7.6 per contest. The Blue Devils are shooting 38 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line.
This Date in SHU Men’s Basketball History: On January 16, 1997 the Pioneers defeated Stony Brook on the road, 66-61 in double overtime. The Pioneers had four players in double figures, led by Roderick Roppin with 19 points. He also had a game-high 14 rebounds. Louis Frye chipped in with 14 points and ten rebounds, while Joe Doyle had 12 points. SHU would finish the season 12-16.