Five Pioneers In Double Figure In Win At CCSU

E.J. Anosike recorded his sixth consecutive double-double in the Pioneers win at CCSU Thursday night. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
E.J. Anosike recorded his sixth consecutive double-double in the Pioneers win at CCSU Thursday night. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team defeated Northeast Conference host Central Connecticut State, 82-54, Thursday night in New Britain, Conn. The win improves the Pioneers to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in league play, while the Blue Devils fall to 1-20 on the year and 0-8 in conference play.

E.J. Anosike led the Pioneers as he recorded his sixth-straight double-double, with 16 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes of action. The Pioneers had five score in double figures and all nine dressed players tallied points and at least one rebound.

The Pioneers return home on Saturday to host Fairleigh Dickinson. The second game of a double-header with the women's team, the game is scheduled for 3:30 pm

Turning Point

  • CCSU made 4-5 from the field to open the game and led 9-7 3:00 into the contest
  • SHU didn't allow another Blue Devil field goal until the 3:31 mark and held the Blue Devils to 2-21 from the field in the final 17 minutes of the half
  • The Pioneers built a 37-16 lead during the stretch and led 45-18 at intermission

Pioneer Points

  • Anosike shot 7-12 for the game, with a three-pointer, two assists and a steal
  • Kinnon LaRose scored eight of his 13 in the second-half, and was 3-6 from behind the arc
  • Aaron Clarke finished with 10 points, hitting 3-5 overall and both of his three-point attempts
  • Alex Watson reached double-figures for the first time as a Pioneer, scoring 11
  • First-year Tyler Thomas also tallied double-digits, scoring 14, and recorded a game-best three steals
  • Jare'l Spellman collected 11 rebounds, his seventh double-digit rebound game, to go along with seven points and three blocks
  • Zach Pfaffenberger scored four and had four rebounds

By The Numbers

  • SHU finished the game shooting 48.2 percent from the field, and 10-20 from behind the arc
  • CCSU shot 32.1 percent for the game and was led by the 13 points of Xavier Wilson
  • SHU scored 82 points, its most point in an NEC game this season, while holding CCSU to 54 points, its best defensive effort of the year
  • The Pioneers had a 42-28 advantage in rebounds

First-Half

  • Thomas scored the Pioneers first five points, with a three (19:16) and a step back from the win (18:16) to give the Pioneers a 5-4 lead
  • Clarke pulled up from the top of the key at the 16:26 mark and knocked down a triple, for a 10-9 advantage
  • The Pioneers scored 13 straight points, six from Anosike, to open a 20-9 advantage at the 12:03 mark
  • CCSU ended its drought at the 11:48 mark, with Thai Segwai jumper 
  • A Zach Pfaffenberger block led to a second-chance basket for Spellman and gave SHU a 23-11 lead midway in the half
  • After another stop, Alex Watson drained a three from the win to give SHU the 26-11 edge with 9:43 remaining in the half and cap a 19-2 Pioneer run
  • Greg Outlaw made 1-2 from the line for CCSU at the 8:15 mark, the Blue Devils first points since 11:48
  • A Spellman dunk at gave SHU its largest lead of the half, 33-12 at the 5:56 mark
  • Xavier Wilson made a layup at the 3:31 mark, the Blue Devils first field goal since the 17:00 mark, a stretch of 13:29
  • The Pioneers scored the final seven points of the half, taking a 45-18 lead into the break

Second-Half

  • Wilson made a free throw to open the half and then the Pioneers scored seven-straight
  • Spellman hit a fade-away that LaRose followed with a three from the far win
  • Anosike laid it in with his left hand at 18:07 for the 52-19 advantage
  • Wilson hit from the paint at 17:15 to end the SHU run
  • An Anosike three at 16:51 was answered by five straight CCSU points, as the Blue Devils closed to 55-26
  • LaRose mounted his own run, scoring five straight, with a three pointer and a fast break layup at the 14:06 mark to make the score, 60-26
  • Greg Outlaw converted a conventional three-point play, to make the deficit 67-37
  • Thomas reached double-figures with a corner three with 10:20 to play pushing the lead to 67-33; the largest lead of the game