February 5, 2010

Men's Basketball Hopes to Snap Three-Game Slide Saturday

Feb. 5, 2010

FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart men's basketball team looks to reverse an 86-71 loss at the hands of Quinnipiac on Thursday in the second game of what has been dubbed "Rivalry Week" by the Northeast Conference.

Series: This is the 57th career meeting between these schools that goes back to the Division II era for both teams. Sacred Heart holds a 37-19 edge all-time. The series is tied at 10-10 in the Division I era. The first meeting between the teams was in 1965, a 100-83 Quinnipiac win.

Scouting the Opponent: Quinnipiac comes into the game with a 15-7 record and an 9-2 mark in the Northeast Conference.

Junior Justin Rutty leads the Bobcats, averaging a double-double this season with 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He had 22 points and ten rebounds against the Pioneers on Thursday. Senior James Feldeine is the leading scorer at 17.9 points per contest, after pouring in 27 against SHU on Thursday.

The Bobcats are the top rebounding team in the NEC, out-boarding their opponents by an average of ten per game.

Upcoming Games: The Pioneers will return to the Pitt Center for a pair of home games against LIU (2/11) and St. Francis- NY (2/13).

This Date in SHU Basketball History: On February 6, 1989 the Pioneers defeated Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, 66-52. Todd Williams led the way with 26 points. Sean Williams finished with 14 points six assists and five steals, while Tony Judkins also finished in double figures with 14 points.

The Pioneers would finish the season 22-10 and make their final appearance in the Division II National Tournament, falling to NC Central in the quarter-finals, 58-57 in Springfield, MA.

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