Sacred Heart (3-5) at Lafayette (2-4)
Sunday, Dec. 2 - 2:00 PM
Kirby Sports Center - Easton, Pa.
Setting the Scene... After falling to Boston College 81-73 on the road Thursday, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team hits the road to take on Lafayette on Sunday, Dec. 2. at 2 p.m. at Kirby Sports Center in Easton, Pa.
All-Time Vs. Lafayette... Through eight contests played, SHU and LaFayette each own four wins apiece.
Last Meeting... De'von Barnett, Joseph Lopez, and Sean Hoehn each scored a game-high 15 points as the Sacred Heart men's basketball team defeated the Lafayette Leopards 62-50 at the Pitt Center. The two teams traded baskets to start the game, with an Alex Petrie jumper getting Lafayette within two, 15-13, at the 11:02 mark. SHU then held the Leopards scoreless for the next 7:12, expanding the lead to nine, 22-13. The Pioneers led by as much as 11 on a Sean Hoehn layup at the 2:17 mark and held a 27-19 lead at the half.
Lafayette closed the gap to four in the second half. A 7-2 Leopards run, capped by a pair of E.J. Stephens free throws, made the score 37-33 with 10:39 to go. An Alex Watson jumper sparked an 11-2 SHU run over the next 6:11, with a De'von Barnett layup putting the Pioneers ahead 48-35 with 4:28 to go.
Scouting Lafayette... The Leopards come into the contest at 2-4, having lost two of its last three contests. Alex Petrie and Justin Jaworski leads Lafayette, averaging 15 points per game apiece.
Last Time Out... The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team fell to Boston College, 81-73, on the road Thursday evening at the Conte Forum. E.J. Anosike led the Pioneers with a career-high 22 points and grabbed nine boards, while Sean Hoehn added 19 points in the loss. Cameron Parker contributed seven points, six rebounds and 13 assists.
B.C. used the opening 11 minutes of the game to go on a 20-4 run. Trailing 28-11, Cameron Parker nailed a three-pointer with 4:13 to cut the deficit to 14 and sparked a Pioneer 13-6 run to close the half down 34-24
After the Pioneers cut the deficit to 38-29, B.C. responded with a 13-6 run over 4:27 to push its lead to 51-35. SHU immediately responded with a 10-5 run of its own to cut the deficit to 56-45, with Sean Hoehn and Anosike combining to score all 10 points for the Pioneers. Trailing 65-51, the Pioneers went on a 14-6 run over 3:21 to cut the deficit to 71-63 with 1:48 left in regulation. SHU was able to cut the deficit to as close as 79-73, but B.C. held on for the
Oh Captain, Our Captain... The Pioneers' leading scorer from last season, Sean Hoehn, is currently second in the NEC in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game. Hoehn is shooting 49.6% from the field and 42.9% from three so far this season.
Closing in on 1,000... Sean Hoehn has recorded 965 career points, 35 points away from 1,000 for his career
Swat Leader Spellman... Red-shirt junior, Jare'l Spellman is averaging 2.8 blocks per game, which ranks seventh in the nation and is tops in the NEC. Spellman has totaled 23 blocks this season, which ranks forth in the nation. Spellman has led SHU in blocks in all eight 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 8.3 assists per game ranks third in the nation and is tops among all freshmen in the nation. Parker has recorded 10+ assists three times this season, including a 14-assist performance against Western New England on Nov. 12
Point Guard Parker... Cameron Parker is second in the nation in total assists (58) and is third in the nation in assists per game (8.3)
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 13.5 points per game and recorded a career-high 22 points against Boston College on Nov. 29
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 11.6 points per game and has been able to do it from all levels. Clarke is shooting 45.2% from the field, 33.3% from three and 82.4% from the free-throw line. Clarke has scored in double-figures in five of the Pioneers' eight 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 8.0 rebounds per game, which leads the team and is third in the NEC. Anosike's 4.25 offensive rebounds per game is tops in the NEC and seventh in the nation.
Protecting the Ball... The Pioneers are averaging 17.38 assists per game and have a 1.34 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 8.3 assists a game ranks first, while Hoehn's 3.38 a game ranks seventh. Parker's 2.42 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the NEC, while Hoehn's 1.13 ranks 10th.
Let it Fly... Through eight games, the Pioneers have remained hot beyond the arc. SHU is shooting 37% from three so far this season, which ranks fourth in the NEC.
Shooters Shoot... Sean Hoehn, Kinnon LaRose and Aaron Clarke are among the top three-point marksmen in the NEC. Hoehn is averaging 3.38 made three-pointers a game which ranks third in the conference. Clarke is averaging 1.6 three-point makes a game and LaRose is knocking down 1.5 threes per game.
Efficiency is Everything... The Pioneers have three players ranked in the top-10 in the NEC in field goal percentage. Jare'l Spellman ranks third in the NEC, shooting 56.5% from the field. Sean Hoehn's 49.6% ranks eighth, while E.J. Anosike's 48.7% ranks 10th in the conference.
Where the Pioneers' Rank in the Nation... The Pioneers have totaled 139 assists this season, which ranks 10th in the nation, while its 17.4 assists per game ranks 28th in the nation. SHU's 311 total rebounds places them 28th in the nation. The Pioneers' average 85.6 points per game, which is 30th in the nation.
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.
Sean the Scoring Machine... Sean Hoehn is the only Pioneer to score in double-figures in all eight games this season, leading the team in scoring and dropping at least 20 points in five of the eight 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.
Heating Up... Kinnon LaRose has scored in double-figures in three of the last four contests, including a 20-point performance against UMass Lowell.
Swiper, No Swiping... Sean Hoehn is averaging 1.88 steals a game which is ranks fourth in the conference. Hoehn has recorded multiple steals in four of the Pioneers' eight games and has recorded at least three steals in a game three times.
Second-Half Team... Through eight games, the Pioneers are being outscored by 1.5 points per game in the first half, but are outscoring opponents by 3.75 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.
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)
5. Robert Morris
6. Central Connecticut
7. St. Francis Brooklyn
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