Clarke Tallies Season-High In Men's Basketball Loss To RMU

Aaron Clarke equaled his career-high, 17 points, for the second time in three games, on Saturday. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Aaron Clarke equaled his career-high, 17 points, for the second time in three games, on Saturday. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team fell 61-58 to visiting Northeast Conference foe, Robert Morris University, Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 14-11 on the year and 7-5 in league play, while the Colonials improve to 14-11 overall and 10-2 in NEC action. 

The Pioneers had two players score in double-figures, led by a season-high 19 points from Aaron Clarke.

The Pioneers complete a three-game homestand on Thursday when they host Bryant. The 5:00 pm game will air on CBS Sports Network from the Pitt Center.

Turning Point

  • SHU was able to close a 12-point deficit, 49-37 with 6:22 to play, to within a bucket, 55-53, on E.J. Anosike's three-pointer with 41 seconds to play
  • AJ Bramah made two free throws on the other end and then Charles Bain stole the ball cleanly and went the length of the floor for the dunk to make the score 59-53 with 14 seconds left

Pioneer Points

  • Clarke shot 4-8 from the field and hit 9-9 to reach 19 points
  • Anosike rallied 14 points in the loss, to go along with five boards and two assists
  • Koreem Ozier tallied eight points hitting 2-3 from behind the arc, and handing out three assists
  • The Pioneers were 15-17 at the free throw line, 88.2 percent
  • Kinnon LaRose collected a game-best eight rebounds
  • Jare'l Spellman blocked three shots and the Pioneers finished with seven

By the Numbers

  • Charles Bain scored a team-best 16 for RMU, hitting 4-7 from behind the arc
  • Bramah tallied 14 and Yannis Mendy scored a dozen, on 6-7 shooting
  • SHU finished with a 36-31 advantage on the glass, and 8-6 on the offensive end
  • RMU handed out 18 assists on 23 made baskets

First-Half

  • Williams hit a three at 19:23 for RMU to open the scoring
  • LaRose tallied the Pioneers first basket, from behind the arc, at 16:34
  • A Spellman dunk at 13:34 made it 12-7 in favor of the Colonials
  • RMU would score the next five points and 10 of the next 12, taking a 17-9 advantage on a Bramah layup at the 10:49 mark
  • On the next possession, Chaylyn Martin drove for a layup, to start a 10-0 Pioneer run
  • Ozier hit a pair of threes, around another Martin basket in the paint, hitting a triple at 8:19 to put SHU in front 19-17
  • Charles Bain ended a 3:49 RMU drought with a three at the 7:01 mark, putting the Colonials back in front, 20-19
  • Bain hit again at 6:00, from behind the arc, to push the advantage to four as the Colonials scored 10 unanswered to build a 28-19 advantage on a Dante Treacy three-point play at the 2:10 mark
  • Clarke drove the lane on the next possession for his own conventional three-point play, ending a 6:34 Pioneer scoring drought
  • Bramah ended the first-half with a basket in the paint with two ticks left, sending the Colonials to the locker room up 30-22

Second-Half

  • Ozier made two free throws, 12 seconds into the half, to cut the deficit to 30-24
  • The Pioneers did not make a field over the first 6:00 of the second-half, as RMU built a 37-26 lead
  • Anosike drained a three at the 13:50 mark, breaking the drought
  • Martin followed at 12:49 with a basket and then at 11:33 Clarke hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to get SHU within four, 37-33, with 11:33 to play
  • RMU went on a 12-4 run, beginning with a Yannis Mendy hoop at 9:50 and closing on a Bain three-pointer with 6:22 to play and the lead 49-37
  • SHU chipped away from there closing within two when Anosike hit from distance with 41 seconds to play
  • Bramah hit both free throws at the :37 mark and then Bain swiped the ball in stride and went to the rim for a six-point lead, 59-53 with :16 to play
  • Clarke scored four ticks later, and following a Jon Williams free throw with 13 seconds left, Clarke knocked down a three with 0.9 left
  • Williams was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play and the Pioneers last ditch shot was short