Men's Basketball Rallies For 89-86 Win At UMass Lowell

Cameron Parker flirted with a triple-double in the Pioneers game with Lafayette, tallying 16 points, eight boards and seven assists. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Cameron Parker flirted with a triple-double in the Pioneers game with Lafayette, tallying 16 points, eight boards and seven assists. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team came from behind to defeat non-conference host UMass Lowell, 89-86 Wednesday night, to capture a third consecutive victory. The Pioneers improve to 5-4 on the year, while the River Hawks fall to 4-6.

Cameron Parker recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring 13 and handing out 12 assists. E.J. Anosike led five Pioneers in double figures with 21 points

The Pioneers allowed just four points in the final 6:39 of action, with three coming at the buzzer with the game already decided. The SHU defense held Lowell to 0-8 shooting after the River Hawks took an 82-76 lead with 6:40 to play. SHU hit 5-6 from the free throw line in the final 25 seconds of play to extend a one -point lead to six points.

The Pioneers return to action on Sunday, when they travel to Hartford for a 2:00 pm game with the Hawks.

The Turning Point

  • After falling behind by six, 82-76, SHU did not allow a UMass Lowell point for 5:00 of play; scoring eight unanswered to take an 84-82 on a Cameron Parker layup with 3:05 to play

Pioneer Points

  • Kinnon LaRose scored 10 points and led the Pioneers with nine rebounds
  • Jare'l Spellman scored 18 points on the night and was a perfect 7-7 from the field
  • Koreem Ozier tallied 17 points, hitting 3-6 from behind the three-point line
  • Anosike and Spellman both had eight rebounds
  • Anosike (7-7), Aaron Clarke (3-3) and Ozier (2-2) were all flawless at the free throw line
  • Anosike has scored 20 or more in three game this season and in back-to-back games
  • Parker is averaging 17.3 assist per game in the last three outings and a nation-leading 9.3 per game for the season

By the Numbers

  • SHU finished with a 38-37 advantage in rebounds
  • The pioneers shot 48.5 percent from the field for the game and hit 81.8 percent from the line
  • The Pioneers had a season-low nine turnovers
  • Christian Lutete led the River Hawks with 23 points and nine rebounds
  • Obadiah Noel also reached 20, tallying 21
  • Both teams handed out 18 assists
  • The game saw 10 lead changes and six ties, and the Pioneers led for 11:17, while the River Hawks held the lead for 25:40

First-Half

  • Anosike started the scoring with a basket in the paint on the opening possession
  • A LaRose three pointer at the 15:43 mark gave SHU its largest lead of the game, 16-10
  • The Pioneers fended off three Lowell charges to within a point, before Josh Gantz scored on a fast break at the 12:16 mark to put Lowell in front, ,21-20, for the first time
  • That basket was part of a 4-0 run
  • The Pioneers retook the lead on a Tyler Thomas basket at 11:46, 22-21, and an Anosike field goal at 11:02 put SHU back in front, 24-23
  • Lowell mounted an 8-3 run, capped by Gantz in the paint at 8:24, as Lowell built a six-point lead, 32-26
  • SHU scored six of the next seven, drawing even at 33-33 when LaRose scored a pass from Parker with 6:17 to play before the intermission
  • The River Hawks were able to push the advantage to five ,47-42 with 89 seconds left in the half
  • SHU finished the half on a 5-2 run, and trailed 49-47 at the intermission

Second-Half

  • Lowell opened the second-half 5-5 from the field, and 2-2 at the line, to open the largest margin of the game, 62-51, 2:53 into the period
  • SHU answered with six-straight, clawing back to 62-59
  • Lowell pushed the lead to eight, 71-63 and 73-65, but the Pioneers answered each time, to keep the deficit within single digits
  • A D Henderson basket with 7:56 to play gave the River Hawks their final seven-point lead, 77-70
  • A pair of Ozier free throws with 6:53 to play drew SHU within four, 80-76, but was answered by Lutete in the paint at 6:40, setting up the Pioneers game ending run
  • Anosike scored in the paint on a pass from Parker to being the comeback
  • Spellman scored in the paint at 5:03 and Ozier hit a jumper with 4:31 to play, to draw SHU event, 82-82
  • Parker put the Pioneers in front with 3:05 to play, with a layup
  • J Owens hit 1-2 from the line for UMass Lowell with 89 seconds left to make the score 84-83
  • Spellman, with 25 seconds to play, and Anosike, with 10 seconds to play, hit four consecutive free throws to make the lead five, 88-83
  • LaRose iced the game with a make from the line with five seconds left