Anosike's Career-High 27 Points Leads Men's Basketball Past St. Francis Brooklyn, 71-62

Anosike's Career-High 27 Points Leads Men's Basketball Past St. Francis Brooklyn, 71-62

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team was able to complete a 16-point comeback, defeating St. Francis Brooklyn 71-62, at home Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The win improves the Pioneers' record to 10-13 overall and 6-4 in league play, while the Terriers drop to 13-10 on the year and and 5-5 in NEC action.

E.J. Anosike tallied a career-high 27 points, knocking down a career-high four three-pointers in the victory. Aaron Clarke provided 10 points off the bench in the win for the Pioneers.

SCORE  

SHU 71 / St. Francis Brooklyn 62

RECORDS

SHU (10-13) (6-4 NEC) | St. Francis Brooklyn (13-10) (5-5 NEC)

LOCATION

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

PIONEERS STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Points: Anosike 27, Clarke 10

  • Rebounds: Spellman 12, Anosike 8

  • Assists: Parker 12

  • Steals: Parker 3, Anosike 2

  • Blocks: Spellman 2

FIRST HALF

  • Trailing 3-2, the Terriers went on a 6-2 run to take a 9-5 lead with 14:39 remaining in the first half

  • After SHU cut the deficit to 9-7, St. Francis Brooklyn went on an 19-5 run to push its lead to 28-12 with 5:27 left in the half

  • The Pioneers used the remaining 5:27 of the half to go on a 14-4 run to cut the deficit to 32-26 at the half

  • E.J. Anosike led SHU with 10 points in the first half

  • SHU shot 29% (9-for-31) in the half

  • The 26 points was the second lowest scoring output in a half by the Pioneers this season

SECOND HALF

  • After falling behind 35-28, the Pioneers went on an 14-5 run to take a 42-40 lead with 14:19 remaining in the half

  • After the Terriers took a 44-42 lead, the Pioneers went on an 11-0 run to take a 53-44 lead with 11:24 remaining in the second half

  • With SHU leading 55-46 with 10:53 remaining, the Terriers went on a 6-0 run to trim SHU's lead to 55-52 with 8:11 remaining in regulation

  • After the Pioneers pushed the lead to 59-52, the Terriers went on a 7-2 run to cut the SHU lead to 61-59 with 4:47 remaining in the game

  • The Pioneers responded with a swift 5-0 run, capped by an E.J. Anosike three-pointer to push its lead to 66-59 with three minutes remaining in the half

  • The Terriers battled back to cut the contest to as close as 66-62 with 1:35 remaining, but the Pioneers held on for the 71-62 win

NOTES

  • The win was SHU's sixth conference win of the season, surpassing last season's NEC total

  • The Pioneers moved to 7-1 at home this season with the win. SHU won only five home contests last season.

  • The 16-point deficit is the largest the Pioneers have come back to win in a contest this season

  • E.J. Anosike tallied a game-high 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals

  • Anosike's 27 points set a new career-high, surpassing his previous career-high of 22 points, which he scored against Boston College on Nov. 29, 2018

  • Anosike went 8-for-13 from the field, knocked down a career-high four three-pointers and went 5-for-6 from the charity-stripe

  • Anosike has scored in double-figures in 13 of SHU's last 16 contests

  • Aaron Clarke was the only other Pioneer to reach double-figure scoring with 10 points off the bench

  • Clarke scored eight of his 10 points in the second half

  • Clarke has scored in double-figures in five of the last seven games

  • Cameron Parker dished out 12 assists in the win'

  • Parker has recorded 10+ assists in five contests this season

  • Jare'l Spellman grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for his seventh double-digit rebounding performance of the season

UPCOMING GAME

Sacred Heart will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 7, when the Pioneers play host to NEC-foe Fairleigh Dickinson at 6:00 p.m.