Men's Basketball Hosts Mount For Thursday Kids Day Matinee

E.J. Anosike has seven straight double-doubles entering Thursday's Kids Day. (Photos: Steve McLaughlin)
E.J. Anosike has seven straight double-doubles entering Thursday's Kids Day. (Photos: Steve McLaughlin)

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team plays a second consecutive home game as it hosts Mount St. Mary's for Kids Day, Thursday at noon. The Pioneers have won back-to-back games and are half a game-back of The Mount in the NEC standings. A baker's dozen worth of elementary schools are scheduled to attend the game. Those not able to make the contest in person can watch live on NEC Front Row, with Ivey Speight and Joe DeSantis on the call.

The Pioneers and Mountaineers are meeting for the 40th time, with The Mount leading the series 28-11. The squads split the series last season, with each winning on the others home court.  The SHU victory snapped a six-game series losing streak for the Pioneers.

Kids Day is an oppurtunity for local elementary schools to join the celebration of college athletics. Pioneer Partners, including Stamford Ford Lincoln provide complimentary tickets for the youth to attend the game. SHU players and Big Red visit the schools throughout the year and students at the game will be provided worksheets that support academic pursuits and tie into the game day experience. Currently scheduled to attend Thursday's game are students from: Assumption Catholic School, Madison School, Winthrop School, Curiale School Blackham School, Black Rock School, Hallen School, Cross School, Beardsley School, Cesar Batalla, Roosevelt School, Waltersville School, Classical Studies Academy and Geraldine Johnson School. 

Quick Hitters

  • The Pioneers are 11-0 when reaching 73 points
  • E.J. Anosike has seven straight double-doubles and his 12 for the season - which is fifth most in the NCAA through 1/27
  • SHU is 14th in the nation at 40.95 rebounds per game
  • Anosike ranks seventh in the NCAA at 11.5 rebounds per game and is third nationally at 4.38 offensive caroms a contest
  • 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 (+9.2), rebounding (39.2) and rebounding defense (30.0) as well as offensive rebounds (13.9)
  • E.J. Anosike is the only player averaging a double-double in league-play, leading the league at 12.9 rebounds and eighth at 15.3 points
  • Jare'l Spellman has is second with 18 blocks
  • The Pioneers are shooting 43.8 percent from the field 35.6 percent from behind the arc and 66.1 percent from the line against league foes
  • Seven Pioneers are scoring 7.4 or more in league play, with three in double figures

Notable Numbers (rankings through 1/27)

  • E.J. Anosike has scored 914 career points for his career and is on pace to become the 44th Pioneer to reach 1,000
  • Kinnon LaRose ended Thursday's game at 750 points in his 83 games at SHU
  • Koreem Ozier made his 200th career basket in the win over FDU and has 204 FGM and 602 career points
  • 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 52 this year and needs three for 150 for his career
  • Spellman needs two blocks to reach 150 for his career
  • SHU has had 40 or more rebounds 12 times this season and leads the NEC and 11th nationally with 860 total rebounds
  • Jare'l Spellman moved over 400 career rebounds against FDU and now has 406 in his time 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)