Men's Basketball Hosts Bryant Thursday For CBS Sports Network Game

Aaron Clarke scored a season-best 19 points in the Pioneers last outing. (Photos: Steve McLaughlin)
Aaron Clarke scored a season-best 19 points in the Pioneers last outing. (Photos: Steve McLaughlin)

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team plays concludes a three-game homestand on Thursday as it hosts Bryant University for the first meeting of the two programs this season. The Pioneers have lost back-to-back games, falling to 7-5 in league play and fourth in the standings. The Bulldogs have won consecutive games and are in a two-team tie for eighth-place in NEC play. Thursday's game will air on CBS Sports Network with Dave Popkin (PxP), Tim Capstraw (analyst) and John Schmeelk (sideline) on the call.

Quick Hitters (Rankings through 2/9)

  • The Pioneers ranked 12th in the nation in total rebounds, with 1,000
  • E.J. Anosike has scored 969 points and is 31 from becoming the 44th Pioneer in program history to reach the millennium mark
  • E.J. Anosike is 11th nationally at 10.9 rpg and 8th with 13 double-doubles
  • Aaron Clarke scored a season-best 19 points, including 9-9 at the line, versus RMU on 2/8
  • Cameron Parker hasn't played since 4:00 of action on 1/18 remains 21st nationally and first in the NEC in total assists (141)
  • Jare'l Spellman is averaging 3.0 bpg the last four games

Within NEC Play

  • Bryant surpassed SHU on Saturday and is now the top rebounding team in league-games, with 38.3 a game, compared to SHU at 37.8
  • The Pioneers are a league-best +6.4 in rebounding margin
  • The Pioneers are fourth in NEC action at +3.8 scoring margin
  • SHU is third in field goal percentage defense, allowing NEC foes to shoot 41.8% and are holding opponents to 31.9% from three; fourth in the league
  • Koreem Ozier and E.J. Anosike are tied for seventh in league games, averaging 14.8 against NEC opponents
  • Anosike is second in the NEC at 11.1 RPG
  • Jare'l Spellman has a league-best 30 blocked shots in league play
  • The Pioneers are shooting 43.5 percent from the field 36.1 percent from behind the arc and 68.1 percent from the line against league foes
  • With the win over the Mount, SHU now holds tiebreakers over CCSU, the Mount and Wagner in NEC standings, while SFU and RMU hold tiebreakers over the Pioneers

Notable Numbers (rankings through 2/9)

  • E.J. Anosike has scored 969 career points for his career and is on pace to become the 44th Pioneer to reach 1,000
  • Kinnon LaRose needs one points to reach 800 and eight field goals to hit 300 for his time at SHU
  • The Pioneers are 12-0 when scoring 73 or more points; winning with 58 against Mount and 66 at home versus CCSU
  • Jare'l Spellman has 160 career blocks, five shy of Keith Johnson for second all-time, and owns the top two single-season block totals in SHU Division I history, 96 and 64 
  • Anosike's next steal is his 50th
  • Aaron Clarke is 11 points shy of 500 for his career
  • Spellman is seven 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