Men's Basketball Earns Third-Straight Win, Defeats Fairleigh Dickinson 69-63

Men's Basketball Earns Third-Straight Win, Defeats Fairleigh Dickinson 69-63

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team was able to hold off a second-half Fairleigh Dickinson comeback, as the Pioneers defeated the Knights 69-63 at home Thursday evening at the Pitt Center. The win improves the Pioneers' record to 11-13 overall and 7-4 in league play, while the Knights drop to 11-12 on the year and and 6-5 in NEC action.

Kinnon LaRose led the way for the Pioneers with 16 points off the bench, while Koreem Ozier tallied 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals in the victory.

SCORE  

SHU 69 / Fairleigh Dickinson 63

RECORDS

SHU (11-13) (7-4 NEC) | Fairleigh Dickinson (11-12) (6-5 NEC)

LOCATION

Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center / Fairfield, Conn.

PIONEERS STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Points: LaRose 16, Ozier 14, Anosike 12, Hoehn 11

  • Rebounds: Ozier 9, Anosike 7, Spellman 6

  • Assists: Parker 6

  • Steals: Ozier 4

  • Blocks: Spellman 4

FIRST HALF

  • Trailing 10-7, the Pioneers went on a 18-7 run to take a 25-17 lead with 6:49 remaining in the half

  • The Knights responded with a 6-0 run to cut the SHU lead to 25-23 with 2:31 remaining in the half

  • SHU outscored the Knights 4-2 to close the half, going into the break with a 29-25 lead

  • Aaron Clarke led the Pioneers with eight first-half points off the bench

  • The Pioneers shot 38.7% from the field and held FDU to 23.5% shooting from the field

SECOND HALF

  • After Fairleigh Dickinson cut the SHU lead to 31-29, the Pioneers went on an 8-2 run to push its lead to 39-31 with 15:48 left in the half

  • After SHU took a 47-39 lead, the Knights went on a 6-0 run to cut the SHU lead to 47-45 with 10:38 remaining

  • The Pioneers responded with an 8-3 run to extend its lead to 55-48 with 9:01 remaining

  • FDU battled back with a 7-0 run of its own to tie the game at 55-55 with 5:48 remaining

  • With the contest tied at 59-59, Koreem Ozier made a contested layup in the lane to give SHU a 61-59 lead with 1:18 remaining

  • The Pioneers held on for the 69-63 win

NOTES

  • The win was No. 11 on the season for the Pioneers, surpassing last season's total of 10

  • The win improved the Pioneers to 6-0 at home in NEC-play

  • The Pioneers' five home conference wins ties their total number of NEC wins from last season

  • The win was the third-straight for the Pios, their longest of the season

  • The win snapped Fairleigh Dickinson's five-game win streak

  • The Pioneers had four players score in double-figures (LaRose 16, Ozier 14, Anosike 12, Hoehn 11)

  • Kinnon LaRose led the way for the Pioneers with 16 points off the bench

  • LaRose scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half

  • Koreem Ozier added 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals in the win

  • Ozier's nine rebounds tied a career-high and his four steals set a new career-high

  • Ozier has scored in double-figures in 10 of the 15 games he has appeared in

  • E.J. Anosike totaled 12 points and seven rebounds

  • Anosike has scored in double-figures in 14 of SHU's last 17 contests

  • Sean Hoehn added 11 points in the win

  • Hoehn has reached double-figure scoring in 21 of SHU's 24 games

  • Hoehn has totaled 1,204 career points, which places him 30th all-time on the program's scoring list

  • Jare'l Spellman led SHU with four blocks in the win

  • Spellman has recorded three or more blocks in 11 contests this year

UPCOMING GAME

Sacred Heart will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 9, when the Pioneers play host to NEC-foe Mount St. Mary's at 3:00 p.m.