Men's Basketball Rolls To 83-57 Win Over Presbyterian

Koreem Ozier scored a career-high 21 points in the Pioneers win over Presbyterian. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Koreem Ozier scored a career-high 21 points in the Pioneers win over Presbyterian. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team earned its second consecutive win, defeating Presbyterian, 83-57, in the opening game of the Bobcats Invitational in Hamden, Conn. The Pioneers improve to 2-3 on the year, while the Blue Hose fall to 1-4 on the year.

Koreem Ozier paced the Pioneers offense with 21 points. SHU finished with four players in double figures. Jare'l Spellman blocked eight shots, and scored 10 points, and Cameron Parker handed out eight assists.

The Pioneers continue play at the Bobcats Invitational on Saturday when they play Albany. Game time is set for 4:00 pm at Peoples United Center in Hamden.

The Turning Point

  • Trailing 4-3 early in the opening period, the Pioneers scored five straight and went on a 17-7 run to open a double-digit lead they would not relinquish

Pioneer Points

  • Spellman nearly had a triple-double, pulling in 11 rebounds to go with his 10 points and eight blocks and assist
  • Ozier shot 7-13 from the field and knocked down three from behind the arc
  • E.J. Anosike had 14 points, shooting 6-9, and recorded nine boards
  • Aaron Clarke scored a season-high 14 points, collected five rebounds and handed out four assists
  • Kinnon LaRose had eight points and eight assists

By the Numbers

  • SHU had a season-best 18 assists
  • The Pioneers led for 39:01 of the contest
  • The Blue Hose shot 34.8 percent from the field and were just 7-24 from behind the arc

First-Half

  • Ozier drained a three, from a LaRose pass, to open scoring on the first possession of the game
  • The Blue Hose scored on their next two possessions to take a 4-3 lead 66 ticks into the game
  • Ozier answered on the next possession and LaRose hit from behind the line at 17:46 for a 5-0 run to give SHU the 8-4 advantage
  • Parker scored a Spellman pass at 16:19, making it 10-6 SHU and starting a 6-0 run that ended with an Anosike basket
  • The run reached 17-7 with a Tyler Thomas basket at the 9:02 mark. Giving the Pioneers a 25-12 advantage
  • Presbyterian scored four unanswered, closing within 11, 25-16, with 7:52 to play before the intermission
  • The lead twice expanded to 17, 39-22, when Anosike drained a three-pointer at the 2:36 mark 
  • The Pioneers shot 50 percent from the floor in the half and led 42-28 at intermission

SECOND HALF

  • The Blue Hose closed the deficit to a dozen, twice early in the second half, including 44-32, 120 seconds into the second half
  • Anosike and LaRose combined to answer with seven straight points, pushing the advantage to 19, 51-32
  • A pair of Spellman free throws at 14:18 made the advantage 23, 57-34