January 29, 2010

Men's Basketball Faces Wagner Saturday at Noon

Jan. 29, 2010

STATEN ISLAND, NY - Setting The Scene: The Sacred Heart men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track when it travels to Staten Island to face Wagner at noon on Saturday. The Pioneers are coming off a 64-52 loss at The Mount on Thursday.

Series: Wagner leads the all-time series between these two schools, 12-11, but the Pioneers have won five of the last seven meetings, including a 75-59 decision on January 7.

Scouting the Opponent: Wagner comes into the game with a 3-19 record and a 1-8 mark in the Northeast Conference. The Seahawks have lost two straight and 10 of the last 11. The lone win in that stretch was 65-59 overtime decision at LIU. Wagner is coming off a 66-57 loss to Quinnipiac on Thursday night.

The Seahawks are led by Chris Martin who is averaging 12.2 points per game and has canned a team-high 50 three-pointers. Michael Orock is the only other Wagner player scoring in double figures at 11.7, and he leads the team in rebounding at 7.1 per game.

Wagner is shooting 39 percent from the field and just 61 percent from the free throw line.

Upcoming Games: The Pioneers will return home to host Quinnipiac on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as the second part of a doubleheader with the women's team. In an odd scheduling quirk, they will turn aorund and face the Bobcats again two days later in Hamden.

Power Outage: The 52 points the Pioneers scored at Mount St. Mary's on January 28 was a season low. The previous low had been 60 on November 30 against Columbia in a 60-55 victory. The last time a Pioneer team had been held under was January 3, 2009 at Monmouth when they scored 56. The last time a SHU team was held under 50 points was November 20, 2007 at St. John's when it scored 49.

Hassan Honored Three Times: Senior Corey Hassan was neamed the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week for the third time this season on January 25 after averaging 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in a 2-0 week. He is the only player in the league to win the award three times.

Hassan won his second NEC Player of the Week on December 14 after averaging 22 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in a 1-1 week. His week included setting a new school record for three's in a game with nine against Hartford.

He pulled in the first weekly award for the Pioneers this season when he was named NEC Player of the Week on November 16. Hassan averaged 25.5 points, seven rebounds, and three assists a game, while shooting 61 percent from the floor, 55 percent from three (6-11) and 88 percent from the line (7-8).

1,000 points, Two Schools: Senior forward Corey Hassan has 1,349 points between his Sacred Heart career and a year spent at Boston University. He scored 332 points his freshman season at BU. He notched his 1,000th SHU point on January 28 at Mount St. Mary's.

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