Men's Basketball Falls 67-66 In Non-Conference Finale

Cameron Parker flirted with a triple-double in the Pioneers game with Lafayette, tallying 16 points, eight boards and seven assists. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Cameron Parker flirted with a triple-double in the Pioneers game with Lafayette, tallying 16 points, eight boards and seven assists. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team dropped its non-conference finale 67-66 to visiting Lafayette College on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers fall to 7-6 on the year, while the Leopards improve to 8-3.

Cameron Parker flirted with a triple-double, tallying 16 points, collecting eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists for the Pioneers. Koreem Ozier led the team in scoring with 17 points

The Pioneers open Northeast Conference play, and the New Year, at home on January 2 versus Merrimack. The game, set for 7:30, is part of a doubleheader with the Pioneer women's basketball team, tipping off versus Merrimack at 5:00 pm.

Turning Point

  • E.J. Anosike missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 15 seconds remaining and the Pioneers in front, 66-63
  • Justin Jaworski scored on the next possession to bring Lafayette within a point 
  • After a SHU inbounding turnover, Tyrone Perry was fouled on the rebound of a teammates missed and drained both free throws, with 1.9 to play, to give Lafayette the win

Pioneer Points

  • Anosike scored 11 points and collected eight rebounds
  • SHU finished with five blocks, three from Jare'l Spellman and two from Kinnon LaRose
  • Spellman also had five points and nine rebounds, to lead the team
  • Tyler Thomas notched four points and handed out six rebounds
  • Aaron Clarke scored eight in the game, with 3-4 from the stripe
  • SHU finished 12-17 from the free throw line, 4-6 in the second-half

By the Numbers

  • SHU finished the game shooting 37.3 percent from the field
  • Both teams struggled from behind the arc, with Lafayette hitting 5-27 and SHU going 4-25 and combined for only two three-pointers made in the second-half
  • E.J. Stephens led the Leopards with 17 points
  • Myles Cherry scored 12 and had a game-best 10 boards, while Justin Jaworski also added 12 points and four boards
  • The Leopards finished with a 47-42 edge in rebounds
  • Lafayette shot 38.6 percent from the floor

First Half

  • The Leopards scored the first four points of the game, as Lukas Jarrett connected twice in the paint in the first 92 seconds
  • The Pioneers scored the next 12 points, started by a Parker three pointer at the 18:10 mark, to take the largest lead of the game, 12-4 on an Anosike fast break layup at the 16:33 mark
  • Cherry capped a 7-0 Leopard run with a layup in the paint at 14:39 to bring Lafayette within a point, 12-11
  • Leo O'Boyle hit his second of two free throws at the 13:17 mark to knot the score 15-15
  • Anosike answered at 12:28, before Perry drained a three-pointer with 12:15 to play before the half, to put Lafayette in front 18-17
  • Clarke drained a three-pointer at 11:20 to put the Pioneer back in front, as SHU built its advantage back to five, 24-19, on a Spellman jumper midway through the half
  • Lafayette scored five unanswered, capped with a E.J. Stephens three -pointer to tie the score at 24-24
  • After an Anosike basket gave SHU a brief lead, Lafayette scored eight unanswered to build a 32-26 advantage, with 4:12 to play before the break
  • The Pioneers were able to close within a point on a pair of Clarke free throws, 35-34, with 81 seconds left in the first-half
  • Lafayette scored four points in 21 seconds to push its lead to 39-34, before the Pioneers closed the final 22 seconds with 3-4 from the line

Second Half

  • The Pioneers opened the half with a 5-0 run, with a Spellman three-point play at 19:23 and Parker fast break basket at 16:05, to give SHU a 42-39 advantage
  • The Leopards broke through at 15:50 with a basket from Myles Cherry
  • That basket fueled a 10-2 Leopards run that was capped by a Kyle Stout basket in the pat with 12:05 to play and the Leopards in front, 49-45
  • An Aaron Clarke free throw (12:00) was followed by a Parker three (11:28) and a Zack Pfaffenberer jumper (10:50) to propel the Pioneers back in front, 50-49
  • Justin Jaworski hit three free throws at the 10:37 mark to put Lafayette in front, 52-50
  • SHU scored the next 10 points, with five baskets from different players, to build a 60-52 advantage with 7:13 to play in the period
  • A Cherry layup in the paint with 2:12 to play brought Lafayette with in a pair, 62-60
  • Parker scored his final basket with 1:45 to play, giving SHU a four-point edge once again
  • Jaworski drained a three pointer with 35 seconds left, to make the SHU lead 64-63
  • Ozier knocked down a pair of free throws five ticks later, for the 66-63 advantage
  • Jaworski hit in the paint with eight seconds remaining
  • The ensuing SHU inbound was stolen by Terry, who was fouled collecting the rebound on a three-pointer
  • Perry hit both free throws with 1.9 remaining
  • The Pioneers final inbound was deflected at mid court as time expired