Ozier's Career-High Pushes Men's Basketball To Win

Koreem Ozier scored a career-high 21 points in the Pioneers win over Presbyterian. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Koreem Ozier scored a career-high 21 points in the Pioneers win over Presbyterian. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team earned an 84-63 win over Brown University, Tuesday night at the Pitt Center. The Pioneers improve to 1-3 on the year with the win, while the Bears fall to 3-1.

The Pioneers had five players score in double-digits, led by the career-high effort of Koreem Ozier, who tallied 28 points. SHU shot 50 percent from the field for the game and were good on 40 percent from behind the arc. 

The Pioneers travel to the Bobcat Classic, hosted by Quinnipiac, beginning Friday. SHU opens the three-day, three-game tournament versus Presbyterian at 6:00 pm, November 22.

The Turning Point

  • With the score tied 43-43, Aaron Clarke drained a three from the elbow and was fouled in the act
  • He converted the free throw and started a 10-0 run that gave SHU a 53-43 advantage with 15:06 to play
  • The Pioneers would never lead by less than seven the remainder of the way

Pioneer Points

  • Ozier shot 9-15 and 4-6 from behind the arc to surpass the mark he set (26) against Western New England in his home debut as a rookie last season
  • The sophomore also added eight boards, four assists and three steals
  • E.J. Anosike recorded his 10th career double-double, with 16 points and 13 rebounds – seven of which were on the offensive glass
  • Kinnon LaRose knocked down 5-9 from the field and scored 14, his fourth consecutive double-digit game to open the season
  • Cameron Parker and Aaron Clarke both added 11 points in the effort

By the Numbers

  • The Pioneers hit 14-24 in the first-half, including 6-13 from behind the arc
  • SHU held Brown to 25 points on 10-33 shooting in the second-half
  • The Pioneers had fewer turnovers than an opponent for the first time this season
  • SHU out rebounded Brown 37-34
  • Anosike and Ozier each had three steals, as the Pioneers finished with 10 on the night
  • Jaylan Gainey finished with 14 points, leading four Bears in double figures
  • SHU led for 35:11, in a game that had five lead changes and three ties

First-Half

  • Brown opened with a 4-0 run, and a Parker three at 18:34 put the Pioneers on the board
  • That began an 11-0 run over 2:13 of action that saw Jare'l Spellman, Ozier and LaRose all score
  • The run continued through an Ozier basket in the paint with 11:56 to play in the half, gave SHU a 20-10 advantage
  • A Clarke three-pointer at the 8:58 mark pushed the SHU lead back to nine-points, but Brown would begin to chip-away
  • Joshua Howard sank two free throws 18 seconds later to start a 7-0 Brown run that brought the Bears within a pair, 25-23, when Brandon Anderson scored with 7:43 to play before the break
  • After two Ozier free throws, Tamenang Choh made a free throw and Anderson drained a three to tie the game, 27-27 at the 6:25 mark
  • Matt DeWolf made the first of two free throws, to give Brown its first advantage, 28-27, since the 4-0 open
  • Ozier answered with a three-pointer on the next possession, which was answered by a Choh three two possessions after that, for a 31-30 Brown lead (4:41)
  • LaRose converted a three-point play at 4:15 and then ended a 2:00 drought for both teams with a hoop at the 2:16 mark, to give SHU a 25-31 advantage
  • An Ozier fast break basket gave SHU a 39-34 advantage with 72 seconds left, before Brown scored four-straight to end the half

SECOND HALF

  • Ozier opened the second-half scoring, to which Brown scored five of the next seven, knotting the game 43-43 at the 16:36 mark
  • Clarke converted the four-point play 31 seconds later and the Pioneers were off to the races
  • Brown closed within seven points twice the rest of the way, the final time on a Howard layup, making it 68-61 with 6:32 to play
  • The Pioneers defense clamped down there, not allowing a Brown point for the next 5:33
  • Brown went 0-6 from the field with four turnovers during that stretch
  • Meanwhile, SHU went 8-10 from the line, with three made field goals, to open an 82-61 lead