December 22, 2009

Men's Basketball Back in Action Tonight at Holy Cross

Dec. 22, 2009

FAIRFIELD, CT -

Setting The Scene: The Sacred Heart men’s basketball team plays its final game before the Christmas break when it travels to Worcester to take on the Crusaders of Holy Cross on Tuesday night. The Pioneers are coming off a a 78-70 win over Stony Brook on Monday afternoon.

Series: This is the sixth meeting between the two schools and Holy Cross holds a 3-2 advantage.

Last Ten Meetings: (*road game)

  • 11/14/08 Holy Cross 67 SHU 58*
  • 12/30/07 SHU 61 Holy Cross 58
  • 1/3/01 SHU 66 Holy Cross 61
  • 1/6/00 Holy Cross 63 SHU 48*
  • 1/3/99 Holy Cross 55 SHU 52*

SHU vs. the Patriot League: This marks the 17th game the Pioneers have played against a Patriot League opponent and the series is even at 8-8. SHU is 1-0 against Lafayette, 2-2 against Lehigh, 3-3 against Army and 2-3 against Holy Cross.

Scouting the Opponent: Holy Cross has been off for 13 days and comes into the game with a 2-8 record. The Crusaders have lost two straight, most recently a 73-54 decision at Fairfield, despite a double-double by sophomore guard R.J. Evans with 21 points and ten rebounds. Evans leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game. Sophomore Mike Cavataio is next at 11.5, while junior forward Andrew Keister is at 10.9. Keister leads the team in rebounding at 7.7 per game. Despite their record, Holy Cross is outrebounding its opponents by and average of 2.2 per game.

This Date in SHU Men’s Basketball History: On December 22, 2002, the Pioneers defeated Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in the final game of the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico, snapping an 0-7 start to the season. Maurice Bailey, who was very quiet in the first half for the Pioneers, scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. Omar Wellington finished with 15 points. Sophomore James Samuels had 11 points in the second half and finished with 14, a game-high 11 rebounds, and a career-high seven steals.

Perhaps the biggest spark of the second half, however, was provided by freshman Patrick Eanotti of Ansonia who joined the team just a week prior to the trip to Puerto Rico. The 6’6 rookie was inserted into the game early in the second half and had four big rebounds and four points in six minutes.

Double Plays: Senior Corey Hassan has recorded three of the four Pioneer double-doubles of the 2009-10 season. He has five in his career. Senior Liam Potter got his first career double dip on December 21 in a win over Stony Brook.

2009-10 Double-Doubles:

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