Double-Doubles from Parker and Spellman Lead Men's Basketball Past Bryant, 98-70

Double-Doubles from Parker and Spellman Lead Men's Basketball Past Bryant, 98-70

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team improved to 3-1 in Northeast Conference play with a 98-70 win over Bryant University Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The victory improves the Pioneers to 7-10 overall and 3-1 in league play, while the Bulldogs fall to 5-10 on the year and 2-2 in NEC action.

The Pioneers had six players score in double-figures as they shot 53 percent as a team in the victory. Sean Hoehn led the way with 23 points, hitting 6-10 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line.

SCORE  

SHU 98 / Bryant 70

RECORDS

SHU (7-10) (3-1 NEC) | Bryant (5-10) (2-2 NEC)

LOCATION

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

PIONEERS STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Points: Hoehn 23, Ozier 16, Spellman 13, Anosike 12, Parker 11, Clarke 10

  • Rebounds: Spellman 13, Anosike 8

  • Assists: Parker 12

  • Steals: Hoehn 3, Spellman 1, Parker 1

  • Blocks: Spellman 4

TURNING POINT:

  • SHU used a 17-6 early first-half run, breaking a 5-5 tie, on its way to building a 24-point halftime advantage

  • The Pioneers shot 58.6 percent from the field in that opening half, scoring 51 points

FIRST HALF

  • After a Bryant three-pointer to open the game, Koreem Ozier scored five straight, to put the Pioneers in front 5-3

  • The Bulldogs tied the game at 5-5 at the 16:16 mark, before an E.J. Anosike scored four-straight for the Pioneers

  • That opened a 12-2 Pioneer run, capped by Aaron Clarke free throws, that spanned 4:00 and pushed the SHU lead to 17-7

  • That lead extended to 12, 24-12, on a Zach Pfaffenberger layup at the 10:25 mark of the half

  • After a Joe Kasperzyk three cut the Bryant deficit to 11, 28-17, The Pioneers scored seven-straight, capped by an Ozier jumper with 5:50 to play, to make the advantage 35-17

  • Bryant was able to claw back to within 15, 39-24 at the 4:08 mark on a Bryon Hawkins free throw

  • The Pioneers finished the half on a 12-3 run from that point, going 3-5 from the field and 6-6 from the line during the stretch

SECOND HALF

  • The Pioneers opened the second-half with four made field goals, extending the lead to 62-30

  • SHU would extend its lead to as many as 38 points, 81-43 midway through the second-half when Kinnon LaRose drained a three-pointer

  • Bryant scored 14 unanswered, closing within 81-57 with 5:59 to play

NOTES

  • SHU surpassed 90 points for the fifth-time this season and the third-time in the past six games

  • SHU's 98 points marked the first time it surpassed 90 points in NEC-play since its 94-84 win over Bryant on Feb. 22, 2018

  • The Pioneers shot 52.6 percent from the field, and assisted on 19 of 30 baskets

  • SHU committed just eight turnovers; the second lowest total of the season

  • The Pioneers were 14-14 at the free throw line in the first-half

  • The Pioneers had six players score in double-figures with Sean Hoehn's 23 points leading the way

  • It is the first time this season where six players scored in double-figures

  • Hoehn has scored in double-figures in 15 of 17 games this season and has scored 20+ points in six games

  • Cameron Parker recorded his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 assists

  • Parker dished out 12 assists and only committed one turnover

  • Jare'l Spellman recorded 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in the win for a double-double

  • The double-double was the second of the season for Spellman

  • It was the first time that two Pioneer players recorded a double-double in the same game since Kinnon LaRose and Mario Matasovic did so against Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 17, 2018

  • Spellman's 13 rebounds tied his career-high

  • Spellman's four blocks made it the ninth time this season where he has recorded three or more blocks
  • E.J. Anosike had a dozen points for the Pioneers, his fourth-straight double-figures scoring effort

  • Ozier finished with 16 points on the afternoon, while Clarke added 10 off of the bench

UPCOMING GAME

Sacred Heart will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 19 when the Pioneers travel to take on NEC-foe St. Francis Brooklyn at 4 p.m.