Men's Basketball Defeats FDU 77-60 For Second Straight Win

Koreem Ozier tallied 16 in the Pioneers win over FDU (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Koreem Ozier tallied 16 in the Pioneers win over FDU (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team defeated visiting Northeast Conference rival Fairleigh Dickinson, 77-60, Saturday at the Pitt Center. The Pioneers improve to 12-9 on the season and 5-3 in league play, while the Knights fall to 4-15 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

E.J. Anosike recorded his seventh consecutive double-double, finishing with a 14 point and a game-best 10 rebounds. Koreem Ozier scored a game-high 16 for the Pioneers, while Aaron Clarke tallied 13 points and six assists.

The Pioneers are home again on Thursday, January 30 when they host Mount St. Mary's. The game, a Kids Day Out, will tip-off at 12:00 pm.

Turning Point

  • Koreem Ozier made a free throw with :39 remaining in the first-half, ending a 14-4 FDU run that brought the Knights within four, 36-32
  • Kinnon LaRose drained a three at the buzzer, and SHU sandwiched halftime with a a 9-0 run that ballooned the lead into double digit, 45-32, where it would remain the rest of the way

Pioneer Points

  • Along with his double-double, Anosike handed out five assists on the afternoon
  • Clarke's six assists mark a career-high and was against just one turnover
  • Ozier hit 6-10 from the field, with eight boards, three steals and two assists on his line
  • Tyler Thomas scored all 11 of his points in the first-half, and finished 4-7 from the field
  • LaRose also tallied 11 points on the afternoon, with six rebounds and three assists

By the Numbers

  • Xzavier Malone-Key led FDU with 14 points, hitting 6-11 from the floor, while corralling a team-best five rebounds
  • Kaleb Bishop scored 13 for FDU, while Brandon Powell tallied 10 points
  • The Pioneers shot 50.9 percent from the field for the game and hit nine three-pointers
  • SHU finished with a 40-25 edge in rebounds
  • The Knights were 24-55 from the field and hit 3-12 from behind the arc
  • The Pioneers had 17 assists, while FDU had 12

First-Half

  • Clarke made a free throw, before play began, for an administrative technical assessed on FDU
  • Thomas made the first field goal, a three and then answered an FDU basket with another triple, for a 7-2 lead at the 18:11 mark
  • Larose drained his first triple at 17:38 and Clarke followed on the next possession with a basket in the paint for a 12-4 advantage for a run that made the score 17-6 on a Thomas three at the 15:48 mark
  • FDU would rally back to within six points, on a Xzavier Malone-Key jumper at the 10:37 mark, 22-16
  • Zach Pfaffenberger hit a short jumper at the 9:52 mark, that was followed by three pointers from Clarke and LaRose, to push the SHU advantage to 30-16 at the 7:57 mark
  • Anosike beat the shot clock with a midrange jumper, making the score 32-18 with 5:54 to play in the half
  • FDU closed within four points twice in the final minutes of the first-half, the last time at 36-32 with 96 seconds left
  • Ozier converted a free throw with 39 seconds left and after a defensive stop, LaRose hit from downtown at the buzzer, sending the Pioneers to the locker room ahead 40-32

Second-Half

  • Anosike knocked down a three 43 seconds into the second-half and Spellman made a pair of free throws at 17:58 to start the period on a 5-0 run
  • The Pioneers scored eight of the first nine of the half, for a 48-33 lead when Ozier made his second of two free throws at the 14:24 mark
  • The Knights were able to claw back to within 10, three times, the last at 68-58 with 3:44 to play, on Devon Dunn free throws
  • Ozier made back-to-back driving layups to push the Pioneers to a 9-2 game ending run