Men's Basketball Saturday Game At Wagner Airs on SNY

The Pioneers are at Wagner on Saturday night, with the 7:00 pm game on SNY. (Photo: Steve McLaughlin)
The Pioneers are at Wagner on Saturday night, with the 7:00 pm game on SNY. (Photo: Steve McLaughlin)

 

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team travels to Staten Island, N.Y. for its first Northeast Conference road game of the season, at Wagner. The Pioneers are 7-7 on the year, while the Seahawks are 4-8. Saturday's game will air on SNY and NECFrontRow, with Paul Dottino and Dave Calloway on the call.

Quick Hitters

  • Jare'l Spellman's next blocked shot will be his 132nd and tie him for third all-time at SHU, with Theodore Gadsden
  • Tyler Thomas scored a career-best 18 points in his NEC debut on Thursday, and led the team in scoring for the second time
  • E.J Anosike had 16 boards on Thursday and leads the league at 11.1 per game
  • Jare'l Spellman is third in the league at 55.4 percent from the floor and the Pioneers rank third in the league as a team, shooting 43.8 percent
  • The Pioneers are shooting a league-best 78.5 percent from the free throw line, with four players ranked in the top-10 individually
  • Cameron Parker earned NEC Prime Performer recognition following a 16-point, eight-rebound, and seven-assist effort against Lafayette
  • The Merrimack game marked the fourth consecutive season that SHU opened league play at the Pitt Center
  • SHU is 7-0 when scoring over 73 points

The Pioneers and Seahawks are meeting for the 41st time, with SHU winning 15 times and Wagner 25. The Pioneers won the last meeting, January 21, 2019, by a 62-38 margin - tying the program record for fewest points allowed in a contest. That snapped a five-game Wagner win streak. SHU last won in Staten Island on January 24, 2016, with a 67-58 victory.

Board Talk

  • The Pioneers are averaging an NEC leading 42.07 rebounds per game, good for 12th in the nation through 1/2/20
  • SHU has had 40 or more rebounds nine times this season, including the last three games
  • SHU also leads the league in total rebounds (589) which is good for 13th in the nation, offensive rebounds (12.86/game) and defensive rebounds (29.21)
  • SHU enters play with a +4.6 rebound margin, tops in the league
  • E.J. Anosike is ninth in the nation at 11.1 boards per game, first in the league, while Jare'l Spellman is fifth in the conference at 8.1 boards per contest
  • Anosike also leads the league in offensive rebounds per game and total rebounds
  • The Pioneers recorded a season-high 53 rebounds at Binghamton, and also reached 50 against Pine Manor

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