Men's Basketball Powers Past Western New England in Home Opener, 114-72

Men's Basketball Powers Past Western New England in Home Opener, 114-72

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team bounced back from its season-opening loss at Holy Cross to defeat Western New England, 114-72, at Coach Bike Court in the Pitt Center for the 2018-19 home-opener

The Pioneers had five players score in double-figures with Koreem Ozier leading the way with 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while fellow freshman Cameron Parker tallied six points, 14 assists and seven rebounds. E.J. Anosike scored a career-high 18 points in the victory.


SHU 114 / Western New England 74


SHU (1-1) (0-0 NEC) | Western New England (1-1) (0-0 CCC)


Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center / Fairfield, Conn.


  • Points: Ozier 26, Anosike 18, Clarke 16, Hoehn 14

  • Rebounds: Spellman 9, Anosike 7, Ozier 7

  • Assists: Parker 14, Ozier 3

  • Steals: Four tied with one

  • Blocks: Spellman 4, Anosike 1, Cephas 1


  • The 42-point win was SHU's largest margin of victory since defeating St. Francis Brooklyn, 92-52 on Jan. 13, 2018

  • Prior to tonight, the last time SHU scored at least 100 points in a contest was in its 112-110 triple-overtime victory over Bryant on Jan, 14, 2017

  • The Pioneers had five players score in double-figures (Ozier 26, Clarke 16, Anosike 18, Hoehn 14, Pfaffenberger 10).

  • The last time SHU had at least five players score in double-figures was in the Pioneers 94-84 win over Bryant on Feb. 22, 2018

  • Koreem Ozier led the Pioneers with a career-high 26 points

  • Ozier has tallied at least 20 points in back-to-back contests to begin his collegiate career

  • Ozier is the first Pioneer freshman to score at least 20 points in back-to-back games

since since Cane Broome did so during the 2014-15 season

  • Ozier added seven rebounds and shot 9-12 from the field and 6-8 from beyond the arc

  • Freshman Cameron Parker totaled 14 assists in the win and seven rebounds in the win

  • Parker is the first Pioneer to register at least 10 assists in a game since Phil Gaetano dished out 10 against LIU Brooklyn on Feb. 28, 2015

  • E.J. Anosike added a career-high 18 points and seven rebounds in the win

  • Jare'l Spellman narrowly missed recording a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds

  • Spellman added four blocks in the contest, making it the second-straight game where he recorded at least three blocks

  • Zach Pfaffenberger scored a career-high 10 points in the win

  • Freshman Aaron Clarke totaled a career-high 16 points

  • The Pioneers used the opening 13:15 of the contest to go on a 44-11 run

  • Koreem Ozier led the way, scoring all 17 of his first-half points during the run

  • Ozier went 6-6, including 5-5 from beyond the arc in the first half

  • When Ozier checked out the game with 7:05 remaining in the first half, he had outscored the Golden Bears 17-10

  • SHU led 56-34 at the half, with E.J. Anosike being the only other Pioneer outside of Ozier to register double-digit points with 10

  • The Pioneers outscored the Golden Bears 58-38 in the second half

  • All 10 Pioneers that played recorded a field goal in the contest

  • The Pioneers shot 55.8% from the field and 44% from three

  • The Pioneers outscored Western New England 54-14 in the pain


Sacred Heart will be back in action when the Pioneers travel to Providence, R.I. to take part in the Brown Bears Tipoff from Friday Nov. 16 - Nov. 18.