Jan. 22, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT -
Setting The Scene: The Sacred Heart men’s basketball team looks make it two wins in a row for the first time in 2010 when it welcomes Bryant University to the Pitt Center on Saturday at 3:30 as the second half of a doubleheader with the women’s team. The Pioneers are coming off a 71-53 win over Central Connecticut on Thursday.
Series: This is the 19th meeting between the two schools and SHU leads it, 11-8. The Pioneers have beaten the Bulldogs three times in Division I. Prior to that, the two teams hadn’t met since the 1997-98 season when SHU defeated Bryant 83-67 in the Pitt Center in the final game of the season.
Last Ten Meetings: (*road game)
- 1/14/10 SHU 72 Bryant 60
- 2/28/09 SHU 90 Bryant 60
- 1/14/09 SHU 73 Bryant 64*
- 2/16/98 SHU 83 Bryant 67
- 12/20/96 Bryant 91 SHU 86*
- 12/5/92 SHU 68 Bryant 68
- 1/5/92 SHU 96 Bryant 54*
- 11/23/91 SHU 95 Bryant 87
- 12/28/84 SHU 78 Bryant 67
- 2/2/81 Bryant 93 SHU 80
Scouting the Opponent: Bryant comes into the game with an 0-19 overall mark and 0-7 record in the Northeast Conference. The Bulldogs are coming off an 84-59 loss to Quinnipiac on Thursday.
The Bulldogs suffered a huge blow when senior Cecil Gresham was lost for the season with an injury, after playing just eight games. He was averagine 14.5 points per game before his injury. Freshman forward Vladyslav Kondratyev is the top active scorer for Bryant, averaging 7.4 points per game. Michael Chroney is the top rebounder at 4.6 per contest.
1,000 points, Two Schools: Senior forward Corey Hassan has 1,302 points between his Sacred Heart career and a year spent at Boston University. He scored 332 points his freshman season at BU. To score 1,000 points just at SHU, Hassan needs to score just 30 more.
Out of the Gate: The 11-7 start this season is the best ever for the Pioneers in Division I. The previous best after 18 games was 10-8 during the 2006-07 season. To find the last time a Pioneer team had 11 or more wins in 18 games, you have to go back to the 1985-86 season when SHU was 15-3, finishing 30-4 and winning the Division II national title.