Sacred Heart (3-4) at Boston College (5-1)
Thursday, Nov. 29 - 7:00 PM
Conte Forum - Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Setting the Scene... After defeating Hartford, 98-89 at home Tuesday, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team hits the road to take on Boston College on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
All-Time Vs. Boston College... The Eagles lead the all-time series against the Pioneers 9-0
Last Meeting... Sacred Heart made its first six shots from the field, taking a 13-5 lead on a Charles Tucker Jr. three-point play on with 16:08 to play in the first half. Boston College used a 10-2 run to take a 15-13 lead at the 11:06 mark. A Joseph Lopez layup sparked a 10-2 Pioneers run of their own, taking a 25-17 lead with 8:04 remaining. SHU was able to take a 31-30 lead at halftime. The Eagles opened the second half on an 11-4 run, as a Ky Bowman jumper gave Boston College a 41-35 lead with 15:43 to go. The Pioneers shot just 23.7% from the field in the second half as the Eagles ran away with the 20-point win.
Scouting B.C... The Eagles come into the contest at 5-1, having won three-consecutive contests. Boston College have four players that average double-figure points and are led by Ky Bowman, who averages 20.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game
Last Time Out... The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team defeated visiting University of Hartford, 98-89, Tuesday night. The victory improved the Pioneers to 3-4 on the year. SHU had six players score in double figures and shot 58.6 percent from the field to earn the win. Sean Hoehn led the Pioneers with a team-high 22 points, while Cameron Parker added 12 points and 10 assists for the first double-double of his collegiate career.
A nip and tuck opening portion of the game saw Hartford hold a 21-18 lead, 9:14 into the game. SHU responded by going on a 17-2 run to take a 35-23 lead with 6:28 remaining in the first half. However, Hartford outscored SHU 18-14 the rest of the half, but SHU took a 49-41 lead into the break
After a Hartford basket cut the Pioneers' lead to 63-57, SHU went on a 13-2 run to increase its lead to 76-59 with 6:17 remaining in the contest. Hartford pushed for a late comeback attempt, cutting the deficit to as close as 92-86 with 41 seconds left in regulation, but the Pioneers went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to close the contest, with Parker going 6-for-6.
Oh Captain, Our Captain... The Pioneers' leading scorer from last season, Sean Hoehn, is currently third in the NEC in scoring, averaging 21.9 points per game. Hoehn is shooting 51.5% from the field and 44.4% from three so far this season.
Swat Leader Spellman... Red-shirt junior, Jare'l Spellman is averaging 3.0 blocks per game, which ranks seventh in the nation and is tops in the NEC. Spellman has totaled 21 blocks this season, which ranks fifth in the nation. Spellman has led SHU in blocks in all seven games played and has twice recorded four blocks in a contest.
Passing Parker... Freshman guard Cameron Parker has lived up to his billing as a gifted passer so far during his first-year campaign. Parker's 7.5 assists per game ranks sixth in the nation and is tops among all freshmen in the nation. Parker has recorded 10+ assists twice this season, including a 14-assist performance against Western New England on Nov. 12
Sicko Mode... E.J. Anosike recorded his first double-double of the season after tallying 17 points and 16 rebounds in an 82-77 loss at Brown. The double-double brought Anosike's career total to three. Anosike is averaging a career-best 12.3 points per game and has twice scored a career-high 18 points this season.
Busy Beaver... Beaverton, Ore. product Cameron Parker has lived up to his billing as a gifted passer so far during his first-year campaign. Parker recorded his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 10 assists in a win over Hartford. Parker is the first Pioneer with a points-assists double-double since Phil Gaetano recorded 15 points and 10 assists on Feb. 28, 2015
Scoring is a Habit... Freshman guard Aaron Clarke is averaging 13.0 points per game and has been able to do it from all levels. Clarke is shooting 48.5% from the field, 36.1% from three and 82.4% from the free-throw line. Clarke has scored in double-figures in five of the Pioneers' seven games, scoring 16 points twice and dropping a career-high 24 points against Army West Point on 9-for-12 shooting and 4-for-6 from three.
Big on the Boards... E.J. Anosike has been a big contributer for the Pioneers on the boards. Anosike's 7.9 rebounds per game leads the team and is fourth in the NEC. Anosike's 4.14 offensive rebounds per game is tops in the NEC and 10th in the nation.
Protecting the Ball... The Pioneers are averaging 17.14 assists per game and have a 1.33 assist-to-turnover ratio, which both rank first in the NEC. Both Cameron Parker and Sean Hoehn rank in the top-10 in the conference in both assists per game and assist-to-turnover ration. Parker's 7.5 assists a game ranks first, while Hoehn's 3.71 a game ranks sixth. Parker's 2.50 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks third in the NEC, while Hoehn's 1.18 ranks 10th.
Let it Fly... Through seven games, the Pioneers have remained hot beyond the arc. SHU is shooting 37% from three so far this season, which ranks third in the NEC.
Radical Radz... In his season-debut, junior Zach Radz scored 12 points, all in the second-half to aid Sacred Heart to a 79-78 win over Army West Point to open the Brown Bears Tip-Off Classic.
Shooters Shoot... Sean Hoehn, Kinnon LaRose and Aaron Clarke are among the top three-point marksmen in the NEC. Hoehn is averaging 3.43 made three-pointers a game which ranks third in the conference. Clarke is averaging 1.86 three-point makes a game which is 13th in the conference and LaRose is knocking 1.6 threes per game.
Efficiency is Everything... The Pioneers have three players ranked in the top-12 in the NEC in field goal percentage. Jare'l Spellman ranks third in the NEC, shooting 60.7% from the field. Sean Hoehn's 51.5% ranks eighth, while Aaron Clarke's 48.5% ranks 11th in the conference.
Where the Pioneers' Rank in the Nation... The Pioneers are averaging 87.4 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the nation. SHU's 50% field goal percentage ranks 28th in the nation.
Sean the Scoring Machine... Sean Hoehn is the only Pioneer to score in double-figures in all seven games this season, leading the team in scoring and dropping at least 20 points in five of the seven contests. Hoehn topped his previous career-high of 31 points, by dropping 35 points against Binghamton on Nov. 24, including a career-high seven made three-pointers.
Kinnon the Conqueror... Red-shirt junior Kinnon LaRose has recorded two double-figure rebound games in his career. Ironically, both performances resulted in double-doubles for LaRose, most recently at Binghamton (11/24) where he tallied 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the loss.
Getting Hot... Kinnon LaRose has scored in double-figures in three-consecutive contests.
Swiper, No Swiping... Sean Hoehn is averaging 2.00 steals a game which is tied for fourth in the conference. Hoehn has recorded multiple steals in four of the Pioneers' seven games and has recorded at least three steals in a game three times.
Second-Half Team... Through seven games, the Pioneers are being outscored by 0.30 points per game in the first half, but are outscoring opponents by seven points on average in the second-half
Off to the Races... Racine, Wisconsin product, Koreem Ozier has averaged 24.5 points through two games played. Ozier is shooting 64.5% from the field and 53.8% 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.
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
NEC Rookie of the Week... Freshman guard Koreem Ozier was named the Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week on Monday, Nov. 12. Ozier came off a stellar collegiate debut for the Pioneers with a 23-point effort at Holy Cross to open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 6. It was the highest scoring game by an NEC freshman in his first outing since Robert Morris' Marcquise Reed went for 24 against North Carolina on November 16, 2014. Ozier also became the first SHU freshman to score at least 20 in a game since Cane Broome dropped 23 against Bryant on March 4, 2015. Ozier was an efficient 9-16 from the floor, made all four of his shots from the stripe, and added four rebounds and three assists.