Men's Basketball Heads To LIU Saturday

The Pioneers begin a three-game road trip on Saturday, with a 4:30 pm game at LIU in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
The Pioneers begin a three-game road trip on Saturday, with a 4:30 pm game at LIU in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

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The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team begins a three-game road swing on Saturday, when it travels to Long Island University. The Pioneers returned to the win column with a victory on Thursday night, while the Sharks have won back-to-back games. The Pioneers are in fourth place in the NEC standings, while the Sharks are a game behind in the win column - and tied in the loss column. The game will be available on NEC Front Row, with Pat Boyle and Keith Raad on the call.

The NEC announced on Tuesday that the Pioneers February 21 game at Merrimack has been selected as the league's wild card game. The game will now be played at 5:00 pm and will air on CBS Sports Network. It marks the third CBS SN game of the year for the Pioneers and the 15th nationally or regionally televised game.

Quick Hitters (Rankings through 2/13)

  • E.J. Anosike is 17 points (983) from becoming the 44th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points
  • The Pioneers rank 5th in the nation in total rebounds, with 1,048
  • The Pioneers have won nine games away from the Pitt Center this season
  • Anosike is 11th in the country at 10.8 rebounds per game
  • Zach Pfaffenberger scored a season-best 12 points in the Bryant win
  • The Pioneers have hit 81.8% from the stripe the last two games (36-44)
  • Jare'l Spellman is 12th in the NCAA with 66 blocks
  • The Pioneers have now had a positive A-TO ratio in 12 games
  • SHU had just nine TO's versus Bryant, their fifth game in single-digits

Within NEC Play

  • SHU is the third stingiest defense in NEC play, allowing 65.2 points per game and field goal percentage defense, 41.4% 
  • The Pioneers are a league-best +6.1 in rebounding margin
  • E.J. Anosike (14.7) and Koreem Ozier (14.2) rank 8th and 9th in scoring against NEC foes
  • Anosike is second in the NEC at 11.0 RPG
  • Jare'l Spellman has a league-best 32 blocked shots in league play
  • The Pioneers are shooting 42.8 percent from the field 35.3 percent from behind the arc and 69 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