Anosike, Parker Double-Doubles Leads Pioneers To 79-62 Win At Hartford

E.J. Anosike had a career-high 18 rebounds, to go along with 22 points, in the Pioneers win at Hartford on December 8, 2019. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
E.J. Anosike had a career-high 18 rebounds, to go along with 22 points, in the Pioneers win at Hartford on December 8, 2019. (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team won for the fourth consecutive time, defeating intrastate foe, University of Hartford, 79-62, Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers improve to 6-4 on the year, while the Hawks fall to 4-7.

The Pioneers trailed 57-56 with 8:53 to play in the game, after Michael Dunne drained a three-point field goal. The Pioneers scored the next 21 pints, taking a 77-57 lead on a Kinnon LaRose basket with 97 ticks remaining and leading 77-57.

E.J. Anosike recorded his fourth double-double in seven games, scoring a team-best 22 points and collected a career-high 18 rebounds. Cameron Parker had a second consecutive double-double, with 16 points and 12 rebounds

The Pioneers are off for the next week for final exams, and return to action next Sunday at Central Florida. That game is scheduled for 2:00 pm and will air on ESPN3.

Turning Point:

  • The Pioneers opened the second-half with a 13-2 run over 2:29, to turn a halftime deficit into a 44-43 advantage
  • The Hawks would retake the lead and build it to five, 51-45 at the 13:40 mark 
  • The Pioneers went on a 20-6 run over the next 7:30 to build a 65-57 advantage and pushed that to 77-57 to complete the 21-0 run
  • The Pioneers allowed just 11 points to the Hawks in the final 13:39 of play

Pioneer Points:

  • SHU had five players finish in double figures and shot 48.1 percent as a team
  • Aaron Clarke tallied a season-best 16 points
  • Koreem Ozier and Kinnon LaRose both scored 10 points
  • Parker handed out a dozen assists for the fourth consecutive game
  • The Pioneers were good on 20-24 from the free throw line, with Anosike going 10-11 and Parker hitting 6-6
  • SHU had a 44-31 advantage in rebounds
  • Jare'l Spellman blocked four shots and scored five pints

By The Numbers:

  • The Pioneers have won six of seven games and are now 2-0 against Connecticut based teams
  • Hartford was led by Malik Ellison, who scored 18 points and had five rebounds
  • Parker has reached double figures in assists in four straight games and is averaging 16 a game in that stretch
  • The game featured seven lead changes, two ties and Hartford leading for 28:16

First Half:

  • Moses Flowers opened the scoring for the Hawks, draining a three-pointer 15 seconds into the game
  • The Hawks scored the first six points of the game and SHU didn't get on the board until an Anosike basket at the 16:15 mark
  • The Hawk lead reached a many as six, including 12-6 with 13:35 to play in the half
  • The Pioneers scored eight unanswered, in 65 seconds, to take their first lead, 14-12, when Clarke scored in the point at the 12:16 mark
  • Hartford scored nine straight pints from 9:02 through 7:09 to balloon a one-point advantage to double-digits, 26-16
  • The Pioneers were able to cut that deficit to two points, 30-28, when Parker drained a three, with 3:27 to pay before the half
  • Hartford answered with five unanswered and were able to take a 41-34 lead into the intermission

Second Half:

  • The Pioneers opened the second-half without missing a shot over the first 2:29 and used that run to take a 44-43 advantage
  • Traci Carter ended the Pioneers run in the paint at 17:05 and started a 6-0 run that put the Hawks back up five, 49-44 with 14:32 to play
  • The Pioneers chipped away and took the lead at 55-54 on a Parker three and a Clarke free throw with 9:23 to play made the Pioneer lead 56-54
  • Dunne drained a three for the Hawks with 8:53 to play and gave Hartford its final lead of the game, 57-56
  • SHU held Hartford to 0-7 and forced three turnovers, over the ensuing 7:22 of action
  • Ozier's basket in the paint and free throw at the 7:44 mark put SHU in front 59-57
  • Clarke drained a three on the next possession and Anosike followed with a three to push the lead to 65-57
  • Clarke and Anosike both made threes in the second-half of the run and Parker drained a pair of free throws to push the lead to 75-57
  • The run ended with LaRose scoring a basket for Parker's 12 assist and a 20-point advantage, 77-57