Men's Basketball Hots FDU Saturday At 3:30 PM

Alex Watson and the Pioneers look for their second straight win, and a season sweep of FDU, when the Knights visit the Pitt Center at 3:30 pm on Saturday. (Photo: Steve McLaughlin)
Alex Watson and the Pioneers look for their second straight win, and a season sweep of FDU, when the Knights visit the Pitt Center at 3:30 pm on Saturday. (Photo: Steve McLaughlin)

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team returns home for the first of consecutive home games, as it hosts FDU Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers snapped a two-game losing streak Thursday night, while the Knights fell in double-overtime and has lost four of five, beginning 16 days ago when SHU won in Teaneck. The game will be available on NEC Front Row, with Randy Brochu and Freddie Coleman on the call.

The Pioneers and Knights are meeting for the 36th time in the series, dating back to January 15, 2000. The Pioneers hold a 21-14 mark in the series, including six of the last eight games. The teams have split the season series the past two seasons, with each team winning at home. The Pioneers won in Teaneck, 77-75, 16 days ago, on Cameron Parker free throws in the final second.

Quick Hitters

  • The Pioneers 82 points Thursday night at CCSU is the most they have scored in NEC play, while the 54 points they allowed is the fewest they have given up this season in a game
  • The Pioneers are 10-0 when reaching 73 points
  • E.J. Anosike has six straight double-doubles and his 11 for the season is sixth in the NCAA (through 1/23)
  • Anosike ranks third in offensive rebounds (4.4), fifth in total rebounds (232) and sixth in rebounds per game (11.6)
  • SHU shot over 80 percent (81.8) from the line for the ninth time this season at CCSU, and for the first-time in league play

Within The NEC

  • SHU is leading the league, in conference action, in rebounding margin (+8.4) and offensive rebounds (13.9)
  • E.J. Anosike is the only player averaging a double-double in league-play, leading the league at 13.3 rebounds and eighth at 15.4 points and has led the team in rebounding in all six games
    Jare'l Spellman has a league-best 17 blocked shots and is second at 2.43 blocks per NEC game
  • The Pioneers are shooting 42.7 percent from the field 35.8 percent from behind the arc and 67.7 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 1/23)

  • E.J. Anosike finished Thursday's game exactly at 900eeds 16 points to each 900 for his career and is 100 away from becoming the 44th Pioneer to reach 1,000
  • Kinnon LaRose ended Thursday's game at 750 points in his 83 games at SHU
  • Koreem Ozier needs two baskets to reach 200 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 January 23 win over CCSU gave Anthony Latina 50 NEC victories
  • Jare'l Spellman now owns the first and third-best single-season block totals in SHU Division I history, with 96 last season and 51 this year and needs three for 150 for his career
  • Anosike surpassed 600 boards at CCSU and enters play with 606
  • SHU has had 40 or more rebounds 11 times this season and leads the NEC and 10th nationally with 820 total rebounds
  • Jare'l Spellman needs two boards to reach 400 at SHU
  • Cameron Parker dished out an NCAA Division I record 24 assists in the Pioneers win over Pine Manor
  • The effort surpassed the old mark of 22 by Avery Johnson, Sherman Douglas, Trae Young and Tony Fairley
  • SHU assisted on 33 of 42 made field goals vs. Pine Manor, a team single-game mark (30 vs. LIU 2/7/09)
  • Koreem Ozier needs two made field goals to reach 200 for his career