Men's Basketball Set for Brown Bears Classic Over the Weekend

Men's Basketball Set for Brown Bears Classic Over the Weekend

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Sacred Heart (1-1) vs Army West Point (1-1)

Friday, Nov. 16 - 5:00 PM

Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center - Providence, R.I.

 

Sacred Heart (1-1) at Brown (0-2)

Saturday, Nov. 17 - 6:00 PM

Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center - Providence, R.I.

 

Sacred Heart (1-1) vs UMass Lowell (1-2)

Sunday, Nov. 17 - 1:30 PM

Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center - Providence, R.I.

Setting the Scene... After defeating Western New England in the home-opener 114-72 on Monday, the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team will look to build on its last outing in a three-game weekend at the Brown Bear Classic in Providence, Rhode Island.

Catch the Game... All three of the games this weekend will be streamed on ESPN+ and the Watch ESPN app.

Last Time Out... 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 added a career-high 18 points in the victory.

Scouting Army West Point... The Black Knights come into the contest with a 1-1 record and fell to No. 4 Duke, 94-82 in its last contest. Army West Point has three players that average double-digit points in Matt Wilson, Tommy Funk and Jordan Fox.

Wilson leads the Black Knights, averaging 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Funk is averaging 13.5 points and eights assists per game. Through two games, Funk is shooting 50% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.

Scouting Brown... Brown comes into the weekend at 0-2 and fell to NJIT 63-60 in its last contest. Through its two losses, Brown's average scoring margin is -2.5. Brown currently has four players averaging double-digit points in Tamenang Choh, Brandon Anderson, Obi Okolie and Desmond Cambridge.

Choh leads Brown with 13 points and nine rebounds per game, while both Anderson and Okolie both average 12 points per game.

Scouting UMass Lowell... UMass Lowell comes into the weekend with a 1-2 record and fell to SHU in-state conference rival 86-74 in its last contest. The Riverhawks have five players averaging double-figure points in Christian Lutete, Alex Rivera, Obadiah Noel, Joey Glynn and Josh Gantz.

Lutete leads UMass Lowell with 14 points and nine rebounds a game. Rivera averages 13 points per game, while Noel and Glynn each average 12.3 points per game. Gantz rounds out the squad, averaging 11.3 points per game.

Oh Captain, Our Captain... The Pioneers' leading scorer from last season, Sean Hoehn, is currently sixth in the NEC in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game. Hoehn is shooting 60.9% from the field and 53.3% from three so far this season.

Off to the Races... Racine, Wisconsin product, Koreem Ozier has averaged 24.5 points per game to begin his collegiate career. Ozier's 24.5 points per game ranks fourth in the nation for freshman scoring, behind Duke's R.J. Barrett (28 ppg) and Zion Williamson (27.5 ppg), Detroit Mercy's Antoine Davis (27.3 ppg) and tied with Cal State Northridge's Lamine Diane (24.5 ppg).

Scoring is a Habit... Freshman guard Koreem Ozier currently sits in second in the NEC in scoring, averaging 24.5 points per game on 64.5% shooting from the field and 53.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Touted as a gifted scorer during his recruitment. Ozier was the first player to average 30 points per game in his county as a senior. The Racine product led the state of Wisconsin in scoring for two years straight and set the all-time scoring record at Case high school with 1,405 points.

Swat Leader Spellman... Red-shirt junior, Jare'l Spellman is averaging 3.5 blocks per game, which is tied for sixth in the nation and is tops in the NEC. Prior to transferring to Sacred Heart, Spellman spent two seasons at Florida Southern, where he was third in all of Division II in blocks and left as the program's all-time leader in blocks. In 2017, Spellman was named the Sunshine State Conference Defensive player of the Year after leading the league with 104 blocks.

Busy Beaver... Freshman guard Cameron Parker recorded a career-high 14 assists in the Pioneers 114-72 win over Western New England on Nov. 6. Parker was the first Pioneer player to record at least 10 assists in a game since Phil Gaetano recorded 10 against LIU Brooklyn (2/28/15)

The Beaverton, Oregon product was touted as a gifted passer during his recruitment, as Parker set the Tilton program-record for most assists in a game and most assists in a single-season.

Sicko Mode... E.J. Anosike scored a career-high 18 points in SHU's home-opening win over Western New England. Through two games, Anosike is averaging a career-best 13.5 points per game and his average of three offensive rebounds a game is tied for third in the NEC.

Shooters, Shoot... Kinnon LaRose led SHU in three-pointing percentage (34.1%) and 1.9 made three-pointers a game. He scored a career-high 24 points on a career-high six made three-pointers in a 66-65 win over FDU (12/31).

Familiar Faces... SHU returns seven letter-winners from last season's team, including team captain and leading scorer Sean Hoehn. The Pioneers also return Kinnon LaRose, E.J. Anosike, Anthony Boateng, Alex Watson, Zach Radz and Jare'l Spellman.

The Young and the Restless... The Pioneers also added seven new players to the roster, all being freshmen.

Welcome to College... The Pioneers had four players make their collegiate debuts against Holy Cross on 11/6. Koreem Ozier and Cameron Parker started in the backcourt, while Aaron Clarke and Zach Pfaffenberger contributed minutes off the bench for the Pioneers

Big on the Boards... E.J. Anosike had three double-digit rebound performances and registered two double-doubles as a freshman last season. Anosike registered a double-double on a career-high 14 points and 16 rebounds in an 87-60 win over Mitchell College (11/22). He scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in a 69-68 win over Maine (11/19). Anosike registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 92-52 win over St. Francis Brooklyn (1/13)

Cleaning Up On The Glass... The Pioneers were one of the top teams in the NEC in rebounding in the 2017-18 season. SHU averaged 39.9 rebounds per game as a team, which led the NEC. The Pioneers also held opponents to 32.5 rebounds per game, which ranked second in the NEC. However, SHU's +7.5 rebounding margin was tops in the NEC last season. The Pioneers also led the NEC in defensive rebounds per game (27.90) and defensive rebounding percentage (77.4%).

Preseason Prognostication... SHU men's basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Northeast Conference. Saint Francis U is this season's preseason favorite, garnering eight first-place votes. Fairleigh Dickinson was second choice and received a first place vote, followed by reigning NEC champions LIU Brooklyn in third with the final first-place vote. Wagner and Robert Morris rounded out the top-five, with Central Connecticut State and St. Francis Brooklyn in sixth and seventh. Bryant, the Pioneers and Mount St. Mary's rounded out the remaining NEC teams.

NEC Preseason Poll:

1. Saint Francis U (8 first-place votes)

2. Fairleigh Dickinson (1 first-place vote)

3. LIU Brooklyn (1 first-place vote)

4. Wagner

5. Robert Morris

6. Central Connecticut

7. St. Francis Brooklyn

8. Bryant

9. Sacred Heart

10. Mount St. Mary's

NEC Men's Basketball Preseason All-NEC Team

G – Jamaal King, Saint Francis U

G – Keith Braxton, Saint Francis U

G/F – Tyler Kohl, Central Conn.

G/F – Raiquan Clark, LIU Brooklyn

F – Mike Holloway, FDU