Men's Basketball Closes Road Trip At CCSU Thursday Night

The Pioneers finish a three-game road swing at CCSU on Thursday night. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
The Pioneers finish a three-game road swing at CCSU on Thursday night. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team closes out a three-game road trip at in-state NEC rival, Central Connecticut State University. The Pioneers enter the game having lost back-to-back games, while the Blue Devils are in search of their first NEC victory of the year. The game is available to viewers, for free, on NEC Front Row, with Bruce Biel and Marc Robbins on the call.

The Pioneers and Blue Devils are meeting for the 65th time in men's basketball, with the Blue Devils holding a 37-28 record in the series. The Pioneers have won nine straight meetings, including a 66-55 win at the Pitt Center eight days ago.

Quick Hitters

  • The Pioneers are averaging 62 ppg in the last three outings, after averaging 73.3 ppg in the first 16 games of the season
  • SHU ranks 19th in the nation (through 1/20) at 40.95 rebounds per game
  • Tonight's game marks the third straight road game and the fifth game on the road out of six
  • E.J. Anosike has 10 double-doubles, fifth straight, this season, which ranks 10th nationally (through 1/20) and is the only player in the NEC averaging a double-double for the season
  • Tyler Thomas made his first career start at Robert Morris
  • The Pioneers have five double-doubles in the last three games
  • Jare'l Spellman has made 14 consecutive free throws

Within The NEC

  • SHU is leading the league, in conference action in rebounding margin (+7.5) and offensive rebounds (14.5)
  • E.J. Anosike has a league-best 13.5 rpg against conference opponents, and has led the team in rebounding in all six games
  • Jare'l Spellman is second in conference play with 14 blocked shots
  • The Pioneers are shooting 41.8 percent from the field 33.3 percent from behind the arc and 65.5 percent from the line against league foes
  • Seven Pioneers are scoring 7.0 or more in league play, led by the 15.3 points per game of E.J. Anosike

Notable Numbers (rankings through 1/20)

  • E.J. Anosike needs 16 points to each 900 for his career
  • SHU recorded 51 rebounds against CCSU, its third game with half a century on the boards; also reaching the mark at Binghamton (53) and versus Pine Manor (50)
  • The next Pioneers NEC win will be the 50th for head coach Anthony Latina
  • Jare'l Spellman now owns the first and third-best single-season block totals in SHU Division I history, with 96 last season and 48 this year 
  • E.J. Anosike is third in the country in offensive rebounds (4.47/game) and is seventh in rebounds per game (11.6/game)
  • Anosike needs six rebounds to reach 600 for his career
  • SHU has had 40 or more rebounds 10 times this season and leads the NEC and 14th nationally with 778 total rebounds
  • Jare'l Spellman needs 13 boards to reach 400 at SHU