Spellman Ties Division I Block Record In Season Opener

Jare'l Spellman tied the Pioneers Division I career block record in the season opener at Providence (Photo: Norm Harnick)
Jare'l Spellman tied the Pioneers Division I career block record in the season opener at Providence (Photo: Norm Harnick)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team opened the 2019-20 campaign with a 106-60 loss at Big East member Providence College, Tuesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Pioneers fall to 0-1 on the year, while the Friars improve to 1-0.

Jare'l Spellman blocked two shots, giving him 98 for his career, and tying the Pioneers Division I career mark in that category.

Providence had seven players reach double-figures on the night, shooting 51.3 percent from the field. The Friars were also 16-34 from behind the arc. SHU had three players reach double-figures, led by the 20 points of E.J. Anosike.

The Pioneers return to action on Friday when they travel to UConn. The game will be played at Gampel Pavilion at 7:00 pm and air on SNY.

Turning Point

  • Providence broke open a 9-7 game with a 29-5 run over 7:55 in the middle of the first-half, including 16-straight to cap it, to open a 38-12 advantage
  • The Friars hit on 10-14 over the first 8:26 of play and shot 10-20 from behind the arc in the opening period

Pioneer Notes

  • Aaron Clarke scored a dozen for the Pioneers, hitting 3-6 from behind the arc
  • Anosike scored in double figures for the 29th time as a Pioneer and reached 20 for the fifth time
  • LaRose reached double figures for the 23rd time with his 11 points
  • Cameron Parker handed out five assists, to go along with five points and four boards
  • Spellman scored seven, with eight rebounds

First Half

  • Providence opened the game with four straight points and built a 7-2 advantage
  • Ozier beat the shot clock with a three from the far win at 16:23 to bring SHU to within 9-7
  • PC scored nine of the next 11, capped by a three from Emmitt Holt to push the advantage to 18-9
  • Cam Parker put a temporary stop to the run, making the deficit seven, at the first media timeout, 18-11
  • Anosike made a free throw with 12:21 to play in the half that made the score 22-12
  • The lead reached as many as 27, 42-15, on a pair of Holt free throws with 6:36 to play in the first-half
  • Kinnon LaRose scored five straight points, with a three-pointer and a backdoor layup from a Parker pass, to make the score 40-22, with 4:34 to play before intermission
  • After a Spellman free throw made the score 44-21, Providence answered with consecutive three pointers to push its lead to 50-21 with 3:42 to play in the half
  • LaRose and Aaron Clarke sandwiched three pointers around a PC jumper for a 6-2 Pioneer run
  • The final five points, 3-2 in favor of the Pioneers, of the half came at free throw line, and Providence took a 59-30 lead into the intermission

Second Half

  • Anosike scored on the Pioneers first possession of the second-half and the Pioneers first eight points of the half
  • The Friars continued their hot shooting, hitting 6-10 to open the half and used an 11-0 run over a 93 second stretch to open a 79-37 lead
  • Parker snapped the scoreless drought with a conventional three-point play at the 12:30 mark

 By The Numbers

  • Providence opened 15-24 from the floor (62.5 percent) and hit 7-11 from behind the arc to open
  • SHU finished with a 14-11 edge in second chance points, finishing with 14 offensive rebounds
  • The Friars held a 43-24 edge in the paint, where both teams shot 40 percent for the game
  • Alpha Diallo led all players with 19 points and 14 rebounds
  • David Duke had eight assists, against zero turnovers, for the Friars
  • Providence had 31 assists on 39 made field goals