Men's Basketball Secures Third Seed in NEC Tournament with 94-84 Win Over St. Francis U.

Men's Basketball Secures Third Seed in NEC Tournament with 94-84 Win Over St. Francis U.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team extended its win-streak to three games by defeating NEC-foe St. Francis U., 94-84 at home Thursday evening at the Pitt Center. The win improves the Pioneers' record to 15-16 overall and 11-7 in league play, while the Red Flash drop to 16-13 on the year and 12-6 in NEC action.

The win allowed the Pioneers to secure the third seed in the NEC Tournament, giving the Pioneers a postseason home game for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

The Pioneers had six players score in double-figures, with Koreem Ozier's 19 points leading the way. E.J. Anosike tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.

SCORE  

SHU 94 / St. Francis U. 84

RECORDS

SHU (15-16) (11-7 NEC) | Saint Francis U. (16-13) (12-6 NEC)

LOCATION

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

PIONEERS STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Points: Ozier 19, Anosike 18, Hoehn 14, Parker 12, Clarke 12, Spellman 10

  • Rebounds: Anosike 10, Spellman 8

  • Assists: Hoehn 5, Parker 4, Clarke 4

  • Steals: Hoehn 1, Ozier 1, Anosike 1

  • Blocks: Spellman 3, Anosike 2

FIRST HALF

  • The Pioneers used the opening 3:38 to go on an 11-3 run

  • The Red Flash answered by cutting the SHU lead to 20-13 with 12:01 remaining in the first half

  • SHU responded with a 12-0 run to push its lead to 32-13 with 7:49 left in the first half

  • The Red Flash used an 11-6 run to trim the Pioneer lead to 38-24 with 3:32 remaining in the half

  • The Pioneers outscored the Red Flash 8-7 to take a 46-31 lead into the half

  • Koreem Ozier led all scorers with 10 points at the half

  • The Pioneers held St. Francis to 28.6% shooting from the field in the half

  • SHU shot 63% in the first half

SECOND HALF

  • After St. Francis cut the SHU lead to 52-40, the Pioneers went on a quick 7-0 run to push its lead to 59-40 with 13:54 left in the second half

  • The Red Flash responded with a 9-2 run to cut the SHU lead to 61-49 with 11:32 remaining in the half

  • The Pioneers maintained a 15-point lead through most of the half, until SFU cut the SHU lead to 77-65 with 5:31 to go

  • SFU cut it to as close as 87-78 with 2:24 to go, but the Pioneers held on for the 94-84 win

NOTES

  • With a win the Pioneers clinched the 3rd seed in the NEC Tournament, securing a tournament home game for the first time since the 2015-16 season

  • The Pioneers' three-game win-streak is its longest of the season

  • The Pioneers had six players score in double-figures (Ozier 19, Anosike 18, Hoehn 14, Parker 12, Clarke 12, Spellman 10)

  • Koreem Ozier led the way with a team-high 19 points

  • Ozier has scored in double-figures in 15 of the 22 games he has played in

  • E.J. Anosike totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double

  • The double-double was his seventh of the season and second in as many games

  • Anosike has totaled 10 career double-doubles

  • Jare'l Spellman totaled 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the win

  • Spellman's three blocks gives him 95 career blocks, placing him fourth all-time on the program's Div. I blocks list

  • Sean Hoehn tallied 14 points and five assists in the win

  • Hoehn has scored in double-figures in 27 of the Pioneers' 31 games this season

  • Aaron Clarke added 12 points and four assists off the bench

  • Clarke has tallied double-figure points off the bench in eight NEC games this season

  • Cameron Parker added 12 points and four assists

UPCOMING GAME

Sacred Heart will be back in action on Wednesday Mar. 6, when the Pioneers play host to LIU Brooklyn in the NEC Tournament quarterfinals