Men's Basketball Begins Roadtrip At UMass Lowell Wednesday

Koreem Ozier and Tyler Thomas (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Koreem Ozier and Tyler Thomas (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

Fresh off a record-setting win over Pine Manor, the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team begins a four-game road trip Wednesday night at UMass Lowell. The 7:00 pm game will be played on the Tsongas Center and will air on ESPN3 with Chris Villana and Jim Borodawka on the call.

The Pioneers and River Hawks are longtime foes and are meeting for the 46th time, with SHU leading the series 25-20. The River Hawks won both meetings last year, the first at the Brown Classic, and the second a 100-91 overtime victory at the Pitt Center.

Quick Hitters...

  • Cameron Parker has 40 assists in the past two games, and moved from 54th in assists per game to 2nd in the nation in that span
  • The Pioneers are averaging 99.0 points per game the last two outings and reached 100 for the first time since a 105-104 win over Bryant on 2/14/19
  • Tonight's game is the first of four straight road games for the Pioneers
  • Through December 1, SHU is seventh in the nation with a free throw percentage of 80.5 percent
  • SHU has a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio the last two games, with 59 assists against only 22 turnovers
  • Each of the last two games the Pioneers have lowered their season low for turnovers, 12 vs Quinnipiac and 10 vs Pine Manor
  • The Pioneers are shooting 88.9 percent from the line in the last four games, 48-54
  • Cameron Parker has 72 assists on the year which is the most in the country through December 1
  • Over the last five games E.J. Anosike is averaging a double-double, with 17.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game
  • Kinnon LaRose has scored in double figures in six games this season and is third on the team at 12.1 points per game
  • Koreem Ozier upped his career-best scoring total for the second time, tallying 30 in the win over Pine Manor
  • Jare'l Spellman has 21 blocks, and ranks 20th in the nation, through 12/1, with 2.63 blocks per game

UMass Lowell snapped a three-game losing streak with a 75-63 win over Brown and followed that up with a 73-71 victory over CCSU on Sunday. The River Hawks are 4-5 on the year and 3-3 at home. Leading the way is Christian Lutete, who is scoring 19.4 points a game on 48.4 percent shooting. He is also the teams leading rebounder, pulling in 8.2 a contest. The River Hawks are shooting 43.7 percent as a team, 33.8 percent from behind the line and 69.5 percent at the charity stripe.