Sacred Heart (11-13, 7-4 NEC) vs. Mount St. Mary's (5-19, 2-9 NEC)
Saturday, Feb. 9 - 3:00 PM
Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center - Fairfield, Conn.
Setting the Scene... After defeating Fairleigh Dickinson to earn its third-straight win in its last time out, Sacred Heart University men's basketball plays host to NEC-foe Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN+.
All-Time vs. Mount St. Mary's... The Mountaineers lead the all-time series 26-11.
Last Meeting... With the score tied at 57-57, the Pioneers went on a 10-3 run to take a 67-63 lead with 7:38 remaining in regulation. After Mount St. Mary's cut the SHU lead to 70-66 with 5:58 remaining, the Pioneers went on an 11-6 run to take a 78-70 lead with 3:26 remaining in regulation. The Mountaineers cut it as close as 83-79, but it wasn't enough as the Pioneers held on for the 87-79 win
Scouting the Mountaineers... Mount St. Mary's comes into the contest with a 5-19 record and a 2-9 record in NEC-play this season. The Mountaineers are led by freshman Vado Morse who is averaging 13.6 points per game. Sophomore Jalen Gibbs is averaging 13.3 points and five rebounds per game.
Last Time Out... The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team was able to hold off a second-half Fairleigh Dickinson comeback, as the Pioneers defeated the Knights 69-63 at home Thursday evening at the Pitt Center. The win improved the Pioneers' record to 11-13 overall and 7-4 in league play, while the Knights dropped to 11-12 on the year and 6-5 in NEC action.
After SHU took a 47-39 lead, the Knights went on a 6-0 run to cut the SHU lead to 47-45 with 10:38 remaining. The Pioneers responded with an 8-3 run to extend its lead to 55-48 with 9:01 remaining. With the contest tied at 59-59, Koreem Ozier made a contested layup in the lane to give SHU a 61-59 lead with 1:18 remaining.
Oh Captain, Our Captain... The Pioneers' leading scorer from last season, Sean Hoehn, is currently fourth in the NEC in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game. Hoehn is shooting 44.8% from the field, 39% from three and 82.4% from the charity stripe this season.
Swat Leader Spellman... Red-shirt junior, Jare'l Spellman is averaging 2.95 blocks per game, which ranks fourth in the nation and is tops in the NEC. Spellman has totaled 71 blocks this season, which ranks fourth in the nation and first in the conference. Spellman's 71 blocks ties SHU's team total of 71 from the 2017-18 season.
Passing Parker... Freshman guard Cameron Parker's 6.91 assists per game ranks seventh in the nation. Parker has recorded 10+ assists five times this season, including a career-high 14-assist performance against Western New England (11/12). Parker most recently registered 10+ assists in a win over St. Francis Brooklyn (2/2), where he tallied 12 assists and only one turnover.
On Their Way... SHU sits at 7-4 through 11 NEC games, surpassing last season's conference win total of five. SHU's 7-4 record has it tied for second with St. Francis U.
He Protects the Pitt... In SHU's home win over Wagner (1/21), Jare'l Spellman recorded nine blocks, which set the SHU Div. I program-record.
Mr. 1,000... In the December 19th loss at Seton Hall, Sean Hoehn became the 42nd player in program-history to score 1,000 career points. Hoehn achieved the feat after he made a free-throw with 13:56 remaining in the second half. Ironically, Hoehn scored the first point of his career at the free-throw line as well. Coming into the contest, Hoehn has scored 1,204 points in his career, which places him 30th all-time on the program's scoring list.
Point Guard Parker... Cameron Parker is eighth in the nation in total assists (159) and is seventh in the nation in assists per game (6.9)
Sicko Mode... E.J. Anosike recorded his fourth double-double of the season after tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds in loss at St. Francis Brooklyn. The double-double brought Anosike's season-total to four and career-total to six. Anosike is averaging a career-best 14.5 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game.
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 currently boasts 159 assists on the season, which surpassed the previous the SHU freshman program assist-record of 129 set by Phil Gaetano during the 2011-12 season.
Off to the Races... Racine, Wisconsin-product, Koreem Ozier is averaging 14 points per game, on 38% shooting from the field 81% from the charity stripe and is knocking down 2.0 threes per game in 15 games played this season. Ozier has scored in double-figures in 10 of the 15 games he has appeared in and 20+ points in three contests.
Not in His House... Jare'l Spellman tallied a career-high nine blocks in the Pioneers' win over Wagner. The nine blocks were the most by an NEC player in nearly five years. St. Francis Brooklyn's Andy Fall rejected 10 shots against Bryant on February 27, 2014. Spellman's nine rejections is tied for the second-most in the nation this season.
Protecting the Ball... The Pioneers are averaging 14.88 assists per game and have a 1.01 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranks first and second in the NEC respectively.
Keep Up If You Can... The Pioneers are scoring 76.3 points per game and are allowing 69.7 points per game in NEC games this season, which ranks second and fourth respectively in conference. The +6.5 scoring margin is tops in the league, as the next closest margin is +4.7
Charity-Stripe Champs... Through 11 NEC games, the Pioneers lead the conference in free-throw shooting percentage, knocking down 79% of shots from the charity stripe.
Locking-Up... SHU is holding NEC-opponents to 39.5% shooting from the floor and 31.4% from beyond the arc, which ranks first and third respectively in the NEC.
Rebounding Machines... SHU is averaging 38.8 rebounds per game and are allowing opponents to grab 34.5 boards per game in NEC-play, which ranks first and fourth in the conference. SHU's +4.3 rebounding margin is also tops in conference-play.
Taking Care of the Rock... The Pioneers are averaging 13.91 assists per game through 11 NEC games, which ranks third. SHU's 0.94 assist-to-turnover ratio is tied for third in the conference.
Anosike's Party... E.J. Anosike has performed at an All-League level since conference play has started. Through 11 NEC games, Anosike is averaging 16.2 points (6th) and 7.9 rebounds (5th) per game, while shooting 58.1% (5th) from the field and 46.2% (3rd) from three.
A League of His Own... The Pioneers are averaging 4.27 blocks per game as a team and has totaled 47 blocks in NEC-play, which ranks second. Jare'l Spellman is averaging 3.45 blocks per game and has totaled 38 blocks in NEC-play, which is more than six teams in the NEC.
Pick Your Poison... The Pioneers have three players that rank in the top-30 in NEC-games in scoring. E.J. Anosike's 16.2 points per game is sixth, while Sean Hoehn's 15.4 points per game ranks ninth. Koreem Ozier is averaging 11.6 points per game, which places him 29th.
Renowned Rebounders... SHU has three players that rank in the top-20 in NEC games in rebounding. Jare'l Spellman is averaging eight rebounds per game, which ranks fourth, while E.J. Anosike's 7.9 rebounds per game is fifth. Koreem Ozier is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game, which is tied for 16th in the NEC.
Freshmen on the Boards... Koreem Ozier and Cameron Parker are among the top rebounding freshmen in the NEC in conference play. Through 11 NEC games, Ozier is tied for first among NEC freshmen with 5.6 rebounds per game, while Parker's 4.6 rebounds per game are third among freshman.
Assist Leader... Freshman point guard Cameron Parker leads the conference in assists through 11 NEC games. Parker is averaging 6.36 assists per game and has totaled 70 assists, both leading the NEC. Parker's 1.75 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fourth in conference.
Clarke's Consistency... Freshman guard Aaron Clarke is averaging 7.8 points off the bench for the Pioneers through 11 NEC games. Clarke has registered double-figure points off the bench in five of the 11 conference games and has done so in five of the last eight games.
Three's Company... Through 11 NEC games, the Pioneers have three players that rank in the top-15 in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. Kinnon LaRose leads the conference in three-point shooting at 53.3%, while E.J. Anosike trails in third at 46.2%. Sean Hoehn's 37.1% mark rounds out the group, ranking 14th in the NEC.
Protectors of the Pitt... The Pioneers are 6-0 at home in the NEC this season. In the six games, SHU is outscoring opponents by 13.8 points and holding teams to 35.2% shooting from the floor.
Home Sick... The Pioneers are 1-4 in road games in NEC-play so far this season. The Pioneers are being outscored by 2.2 points per game and are allowing opponents to shoot 45% from the floor.
Defensive Showing... The Pioneers defeated Wagner 62-38 on Jan. 21, 2019. Wagner's 38-point total tied the SHU program-record for least points allowed in a contest which was originally set on Dec. 29, 1987 when the Pioneers held Franklin Pierce to 38 points.
First-Half Clamps... The Pioneers held Wagner to 15 first-half points in the win over the Seahawks (1/21). The 15 points are the least amount of points the Pioneers have allowed in any half this season.
Hibachi Anosike... E.J. Anosike scored a career-high 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from three in a win over St. Francis Brooklyn (2/2)
Count on E.J... E.J. Anosike's team-high 19 points helped push SHU past LIU Brooklyn to open league-play. Anosike made a career-high three three-pointers including the go-ahead three to put SHU up 77-75 with 59 seconds left
KO With the Quick Hands... Koreem Ozier recorded a career-high and game-high four-steals in SHU's 69-63 win over Fairleigh Dickinson (2/7).
Double-Double Galore... In the win over Bryant (1/12) Cameron Parker (11 pts, 12 asts) and Jare'l Spellman (13 pts, 13 rebs) became the first Pioneer teammates to record a double-double in the same game since Kinnon LaRose and Mario Matasovic did so against Mount St. Mary's on Feb. 17, 2018.
Player of the Week... E.J. Anosike was named the NEC Player of the Week on Jan. 7, after averaging 19.5 points and 10 rebounds per game in SHU's first two games in NEC-play.
Everybody Eats... Jare'l Spellman tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds and five blocks against St. Francis U for the third double-double of his career. It was the eighth time a Pioneers' player recorded a double-double with points and rebounds this season as Spellman has done so three times, E.J. Anosike four times and Kinnon LaRose did it once this season as well.
Big on the Boards... E.J. Anosike and Jare'l Spellman have been big contributers for the Pioneers on the boards. Spellman is second in the NEC with eight rebounds a game, while Anosike's 7.8 rebounds a game are third in the league. Anosike's 3.29 offensive rebounds per game is tops in the NEC and 24th in the nation, while Spellman's 2.33 offensive rebounds per game is fourth in the NEC.
Good in His Hands... Cameron Parker ranks in the top-5 in the NEC in both assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. Parker's 6.91 assists a game ranks first, while his 1.85 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks fifth in the NEC
Efficiency is Everything... The Pioneers have two players ranked in the top-5 in the NEC in field goal percentage. Jare'l Spellman ranks fourth in the NEC, shooting 53.3% from the field, while E.J. Anosike's 52.2% ranks fifth in the conference.
Sean the Scoring Machine... Sean Hoehn has scored in double-figures in 21 of the Pioneers' 24 games, leading the team in scoring in 10 games and dropping at least 20 points in eight of the 20 contests. Hoehn topped his previous career-high of 31 points, by tallying 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.=
Hold The Lead... In its 12 games where the Pioneers held the lead at halftime, they are 9-3..
First-Half Struggles... Through 24 games, the Pioneers are averaging 36.3 points per game in the first half of games and are being outscored by 0.54 points per game by opponents.
Second-Half Team... Through 24 games, the Pioneers are averaging 42.9 points per game in the second half of games and are outscoring opponents by 2.5 points per game.
Protect the Pitt... In its eight games played at home, the Pioneers are 8-1 and are outscoring opponents on average by 13.9 points per game.
Road Blues... The Pioneers are 2-11 on the road so far this season and are being outscored by 6.5 points per game away from the Pitt.
75 Points or Less... SHU is 8-1 in games this season when holding opponents to 75 points or less
Have a Day Jare'l... Jare'l Spellman had a career day in SHU's 64-62 win over Lafayette. Along with scoring the game-winner, Spellman tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, which were all career-highs for the big man at the time.
Swiper, No Swiping... Sean Hoehn is averaging 1.54 steals a game which is fifth in the conference. Hoehn has recorded multiple steals in nine of the Pioneers' 23 games and has tallied at least three steals in a game seven times.
Captain Closer... Senior-captain Sean Hoehn is averaging a team-high 9.9 points per game in the second-half of games this season.
He Will Find You... In 23 games played, Cameron Parker has led SHU in assists in 22 of those contests.
Let it Fly... Through 24 games, the Pioneers lead the conference in scoring with 79.6 points per game. SHU is shooting 45.7% from the field, which is second in the NEC and 35.8% from beyond the arc, which ranks second in the conference.
Radical Radz... Zach Radz scored a team-high and season-high 17 points in a loss at Robert Morris (1/24). The 17 points tied his career high, which he has now done three times.
Shooters Shoot... Sean Hoehn, Kinnon LaRose and Koreem Ozier and are among the top three-point marksmen in the NEC. Hoehn is averaging 1.96 made three-pointers a game which is 11th in the conference. LaRose is knocking down 1.4 threes per game, while Ozier rounds out the squad with 2.0 three-point makes per game in 15 games played.
Captain Snipers... Co-captains Sean Hoehn and Kinnon LaRose both rank in the top-10 in the conference in three-point field-goal percentage. LaRose sits at fifth, shooting 41% from deep, while Hoehn is shooting 3.8% from beyond the arc which ranks ninth.
Scoring is a Habit... Freshman guard Aaron Clarke is averaging 9.1 points per game and has been able to do it from multiple levels. Clarke is shooting 41.5% from the field and 82.4% from the free-throw line. Clarke has scored in double-figures in 12 of the Pioneers' 24 games, leading the Pioneers' in scoring with 17 points in a loss at Seton Hall and dropping a career-high 24 points against Army West Point on 9-for-12 shooting and 4-for-6 from three.
Co-Captain Kinnon... It was announced from head coach Anthony Latina on Tuesday, January 8th, that red-shirt junior Kinnon LaRose was named as co-captain of the team. LaRose joins senior captain Sean Hoehn as the team captains for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
Familiar Faces... SHU returns six letter-winners from last season's team, including team captain Sean Hoehn. The Pioneers also return Kinnon LaRose, E.J. Anosike, 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
Another One... Freshman guard Cameron Parker was named the Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday, Dec. 17, making it the second time this season Parker earned the honor.
Parker came off the bench to dish for a team-best seven assists, to go along with six points, three rebounds and a pair of steals in a setback at Dartmouth.