SHU Men's Basketball Falls to Holy Cross, 93-81, in Season-Opener

SHU Men's Basketball Falls to Holy Cross, 93-81, in Season-Opener

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team opened the 2018-19 season with a 93-81 road loss against Holy Cross on Tuesday evening at the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex.

With the loss, SHU falls to 0-1 to open the season for the second year in a row. Sean Hoehn led the way for the Pioneers with 25 points, including 16 in the second half. Koreem Ozier added 23 points in his collegiate debut, while Jare'l Spellman scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots in his Pioneer debut.


Holy Cross 93 / SHU 81


SHU (0-1) (0-0 NEC) | Holy Cross (1-0) (0-0 Patriot League)


Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex / Worcester, Massachusetts


  • Points: Hoehn 25, Ozier 23, Two tied with nine

  • Rebounds: Spellman 8, Anosike 4, Ozier 4

  • Assists: Parker 3, Ozier 3

  • Steals: Hoehn 2, Anosike 1, Parker 1

  • Blocks: Spellman 3, Anosike 1


  • Sean Hoehn led the Pioneers with 25 points in the loss

  • Hoehn went 9-for-11 from the field and 5-for-6 from three

  • Hoehn's 25 points is second-highest point total of his career as he netted a career-high 30 points against Bryant on Feb. 22, 2016

  • Hoehn scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half

  • Koreem Ozier added 23 points in his collegiate debut

  • Ozier's 23 points is the most points a freshman has scored in their Pioneer debut since E.J. Anosike scored 13 points in a 69-64 loss against Holy Cross on Nov. 10, 2017

  • Ozier is the first SHU freshman to score at least 20 points in a game since Cane Broome scored 23 points in a 91-85 loss against Bryant on Mar. 4, 2015
  • Ozier went 9-for-16 from the field and added four rebounds and three assists

  • Red-shirt junior Jare'l Spellman tallied nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks in his Pioneer debut

  • Spellman went a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor in the loss

  • The Pioneers shot 67.4% from the floor and 41.2% from beyond the arc

  • Holy Cross opened the game with a 17-8 run that was halted by an Ozier three-pointer

  • With SHU trailing 17-13, Holy Cross went on a 13-2 run to push its lead to 30-15

  • SHU responded with a quick 5-0 run of its own off an Ozier jumper and an Aaron Clarke three-point play to cut the score to 30-20 with 10:34 remaining in the half

  • The Crusaders closed the half on a 21-10 run to lead SHU 51-30 at the half

  • Ozier scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half

  • Holy Cross maintained its distance, leading by 20 for much of the second half

  • Despite trailing 80-59, the Pioneers closed the game with a 22-13 run

  • SHU outscored Holy Cross 51-42 in the second half


Sacred Heart will host Western New England on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center.