Men's Basketball Hosts CCSU Wednesday Night

The Pioneers look for their third consecutive win on Wednesday when they host CCSU.
The Pioneers look for their third consecutive win on Wednesday when they host CCSU.

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team makes a one-game stop on Coach Bike Court, to host Central Connecticut State on Wednesday evening. The Pioneers have won back-to-back games and are in fourth place in the league standings at 2-1, while the Blue Devils are 0-4 in conference play. The game will air on NEC Front Row, with Randy Brochu and Ted Woodward on the call.

SHU students that attend the game and check-in using the SHU Crew app will be eligible to win $500 towards books at the SHU Bookstore.

The Pioneers and Blue Devils are meeting for the 65th time in men's basketball, with the Blue Devils holding a 37-27 record in the series. The Pioneers have won eight straight meetings between the two squads, with a 73-61 win at the Pitt Center last January and an 80-66 win in New Britain in February.

Quick Hitters

  • Jare'l Spellman and Koreem Ozier were tabbed NEC Prime Performers on Monday, for their efforts in the Pioneers thrilling win at FDU
  • The Pioneers are 17th nationally (as of 1/12) in rebounding, at 41.25 and are 18th nationally in free throw percentage, at 77.2 percent
  • Cameron Parker has five double-digit assists games and has four of the top-24 single-game efforts in the NCAA this season - including the top two performances
  • Parker is fourth in the country at 8.1 assists per game, while E.J. Anosike ranks 9th in rebounding at 11.1 per game
  • Anosike has seven double-doubles this season, good for 27th in the nation, while Parker and Jare'l Spellman are tied for third in the NEC, with four double-doubles apiece

Within The NEC

  • The Pioneers are +10 in rebounding margin through the first three NEC games, 38.0-28.0
  • SHU is shooting 45.9 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from behind the arc against league foes
  • Koreem Ozier is scoring 18.3 points per game, fifth in the NEC, against league foes
  • E.J. Anosike is collecting 12.7 boards per game against league foes, first in the rankings, and is one of two players averaging a double-double in league play 

Notable Numbers

  • Koreem Ozier eclipsed 550 career points, in his 39th game, at FDU, and enters play this evening with 572 points
  • SHU has had 40 or more rebounds nine times this season and leads the NEC with 660 total rebounds
  • Kinnon LaRose went over 700 points as a Pioneer at FDU, and has 704 for his career
  • The Pioneers recorded a season-high 53 rebounds at Binghamton, and also reached 50 against Pine Manor

Keep An Eye

  • E.J. Anosike's needs 12 made field goals to reach 300
  • Kinnon LaRose's second three pointer will be the 125th for his career
  • Koreem Ozier needs seven made field goals to reach 200 for his career
  • Cameron Parker's seventh rebound will be the 200th of his career
  • Aaron Clarke's second three-pointer made will give him 50 for his career