Men's Basketball Hosts RMU Saturday Afternoon

Koreem Ozier enters Saturday ranked fifth in NEC play in scoring (Photo: Steve McLaughlin)
Koreem Ozier enters Saturday ranked fifth in NEC play in scoring (Photo: Steve McLaughlin)

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team plays the middle game of a three-game homestand, welcoming NEC foe Robert Morris University to the Pitt Center. The Pioneers saw a four-game win streak snapped on Thursday night, while the Colonials edged Wagner for their fourth consecutive win. The Pioneers are two games back of RMU in the league standings, where the Colonials are currently atop the postseason seeding rankings, behind only Merrimack in the standings. The game will air on NEC Front Row, with Randy Brochu and Freddie Coleman on the call.

The Pioneers and Colonials are meeting in men's basketball for the 38th time, with Robert Morris holding a 26-11 series lead. The Pioneers defeated the Colonials 87-63 at the Pitt Center on February 28, 2019, to snap a six-game series losing streak. RMU earned a win in the first meeting of the two teams this season, January 20, 66-55. The series began with an RMU win on February 12, 2000, 86-50 in Moon Township. The Pioneers first win in the series came a year later, February 1, 83-78, at home.

Quick Hitters (Rankings through 2/6)

  • The Pioneers ranked 10th in the nation in total rebounds, with 964
  • E.J. Anosike is 8th nationally at 11.1 rpg and 6th with 13 double-doubles
  • Kinnon LaRose has hit a season-best four three-pointers in each of the last two games
  • Anosike handed out a career-high six assists Thursday night
  • Cameron Parker hasn't played since 4:00 of action on 1/18 and is still 17th in the nation in total assists
  • Aaron Clarke has 16 assists and just five turnovers in the last four games  (35.5 mpg)
  • The Pioneers are 12-0 when scoring 73 or more points; winning with 58 against Mount and 66 at home versus CCSU

Within NEC Play

  • SHU leads the NEC in rebounding, 38/game, rebounding defense, 31.5/game, and rebound margin, +6.5
  • The Pioneers are fourth in NEC action at +4.4 scoring margin
  • SHU is third in field goal percentage defense, allowing NEC foes to shoot 41.8% and are holding opponents to 31.3% from three
  • Koreem Ozier ranks fifth in the league in scoring, while E.J. Anosike is tied for 8th
  • Anosike is tops in the NEC at 11.6 RPG
  • Jare'l Spellman has a league-best 27 blocked shots in league play
  • The Pioneers are shooting 44.2 percent from the field 35.9 percent from behind the arc and 66.7 percent from the line against league foes
  • Four Pioneers are in double-figures against league foes, led by Ozier's 15.6 a game
  • With the win over the Mount, SHU now holds tiebreakers over CCSU, the Mount and Wagner in NEC standings, while SFU hold the tiebreaker in that series

Notable Numbers (rankings through 2/6)

  • E.J. Anosike has scored 955 career points for his career and is on pace to become the 44th Pioneer to reach 1,000
  • Kinnon LaRose needs four points to reach 800 and two rebounds to reach 400 for his Pioneer career
  • LaRose as made 291 field goals during his SHU career
  • Jare'l Spellman has 157 career blocks and owns the top two single-season block totals in SHU Division I history, 96 and 61 
  • Anosike's next steal is his 50th
  • Aaron Clarke is 30 points shy of 500 for his career
  • LaRose needs nine baskets to reach 300 FGM and Spellman is 10 field goals shy of 200 for his Pioneer 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)
  • SHU has had 40 or more rebounds 12 times this season
  • 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)