Men's Basketball Heads To Bobcats Invitational

Kinnon LaRose (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Kinnon LaRose (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team travels up I-95 to Quinnipiac University for the three-game, three-day Bobcats Invitational. The Pioneers will play Presbyterian on Friday, Albany on Saturday and the host Bobcats on Sunday.

Scouting the Blue Hose... Presbyterian enters the weekend with a 1-3 record, defeating VMI, 80-77 in overtime for its first win. The Blue Hose have dropped games to Clemson, Morehead State and Notre Dame. Cory Hightower is the leading scorer, averaging 12.5 points per game. Ben Drake is also in double figures, at 11.3 points a game, and is the teams leading rebounder at 7.3 per game. The Blue Hose shoot 40.9 percent from the field as a team thus far, and have hit 31 percent from behind the arc. Through four games, the team is minutes 3.2 in rebounding margin and are minus-15 in turnover margin. The Blue Hose went 20-16 last season and played in the CIT, winning two games.

Scouting the Great Danes... Albany enters the weekend at 2-2, with a win over SUNY Postdam to open the Bobcats Invitational and a win over Canisius. Albany's losses have been to Lehigh and Manhattan. The Great Danes have two players in double figures, led by the 16.3 of Cameron Healy and Ahmad Clark, at 12.8. Malachi de Sousa leads the team at 6.3 rebounds and the Great Danes are 4.4 boards to the positive in rebounding margin, averaging 38.2 a game. Albany shoots 41.0 percent from the field this season, with a 31.6 percent clip from behind the three-point line.

Scouting the Bobcats... Quinnipiac begins the weekend at 0-2, having fallen on the road to Brown and Miami. Three Bobcats are in double-figures in scoring, led by the 11.5 average of Matt Balanc, who is shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Kevin Marfo is the leading rebounder, pulling down 13.5 a game, to go along with four blocks.

The Series With Presbyterian

  • SHU and Presbyterian are meeting for the first time in men's basketball

The Series With Albany

  • SHU leads the series with Albany, 8-6, since the first meeting, January 7, 1996
  • The squads last met December 20, 2008, at the Pitt Center, a game that Albany won, 60-59
  • The Pioneers last victory was a 90-71 win on November 21, 2006 at the Pitt Center
  • SHU has the longest series win streak, three, in the first three meetings of the series
  • Albany has won the last two games in the series

The Series With Quinnipiac

  • SHU and Quinnipiac, former Northeast Conference foes, are meeting for the 66th time
  • The Pioneers are 41-24 in the series and 4-1 in the last five meetings
  • The last meeting, as part of the Connecticut 6, was a Pioneer win, 76-64 November 13, 2015

Last Time Out... Koreem Ozier scored a career-high equaling 26 points as the Pioneers earned a convincing 84-63 win over Brown in the home opener. With the game tied, 43-43 early in the second-half, Aaron Clarke converted a four-point play, jump-starting a 10-0 run and SHU's lead would never dip below seven points the rest of the way. Five Pioneers finished in double figures, with E.J. Anosike recorded his 10th career double-double, finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Pioneers shot 50 percent from the field and were good on 8-20 from behind the arc.

Quick Hitters

  • The Pioneers made 22 free throws in the win over Brown, the second time this season they have made at least that many
  • The Pioneers had a season-best 14 assists and 10 steals in the win over Brown
  • The Pioneers have 29 fast break points in the last two games, after scoring just three in the first two
  • Jare'l Spellman became the first Division I player in Pioneer history to reach 100 career blocks at Binghamton on Saturday and is the Division I leader in the category
  • The Pioneers had a season-low 14 turnovers at BinghamtonSHU is now 1-0 at home this season after going 10-2 last season