LaRose Aids Pioneers' Dramatic Win Over FD
Cameron Parker made two free throws with 0.8 seconds to play to break the seventh tie of the game and give the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team a 77-75 victory over Northeast Conference host Fairleigh Dickinson, Thursday night. The Pioneers improve to 9-7 on the year and 2-1 in league play, while the Knights fall to 3-11 overall and 1-2 in league play
Four Pioneers, led by 23 points from Koreem Ozier, scored in double figures in the game. E.J. Anosike, 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Jare'l Spellman, 14 points and 10 rebounds, both had double-doubles, while Parker's free throws gave him 10 points on the night.
The Pioneers return to action on Wednesday, January 15, when they host Central Connecticut State at 6:00 p.m.
Trailing 64-59, the Pioneers scored 13 unanswered points in a 3:03 stretch, to build a 72-64 lead, as five different players made baskets during the runAfter FDU rallied to tie the score, 75-75, Parker drained his free throws to give the Pioneers the victory
Ozier led the Pioneers with 23 points, shooting 4-8 from behind the arcAnosike hit 7-8 at the line and collected a dozen rebounds, for his seventh double-double of the seasonSpellman had a season-best five blocks on the night, to go along with his 14 points (on 6-8 shooting) and 10 reboundsParker dished out six assists to complement his 10-point effort.
Ogdensburg's Kinnon Larose had eight points and five rebounds, two assists, two steals and no turnovers in 31 minutes while Alex Watson scored the lone points, three, off of the Pioneers benchSHU shot 46.6 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc
By The Numbers
The Pioneers led by as many as 13 points, 25-12, with 9:36 to play before intermissionFDU shot 7-12 from behind the arc in the first-half, and rallied to take a 41-36 lead at the intermissionJahlil Jenkins led all scorers with 24 points, on 8-16 shooting, for the KnightsThe Pioneers are now 9-0 when scoring 73 or more pointsSHU finished with a 38-30 edge in reboundsThe Pioneers had a 14-10 edge on the offensive glass, leading to a 17-8 edge in second chance pointsWatson was the only bench player, for either team, to score Thursday nightThe game had seven ties and six lead changes
SHU held FDU to 0-3 with four turnovers in the first 4:05 of playThe Pioneers scored the first nine points, five from Anosike, to take a 9-0 lead 2:58 into the gameFDU closed to 9-6 with a basket at 15:01, before SHU unleashed a 16-8 run over the next 5:33 to open a 25-12 advantage. Parker took a loose ball the length of the floor, with 11:07 to play before the break to make the score 22-10.
Alex Watson hit from behind the arc to cap the run, at the 9:36 mark, for a 25-12 SHU leadThe Knights closed within single-digits on a Bishop three at the 7:18 mark of the half, 27-18A pair of Spellman free throws at 6:53 pushed the advantage back to double-digits, 29-18The Knights clawed within six, 29-23, at the 5:41 mark, before a block by Spellman set the stage for a LaRose three at the 5:03 mark and a 32-23 Pioneer advantageFDU scored the next 10 points, over 2:30, to take its first lead, 33-32 on a Bishop layup at 2:28. Parker hit 1-2 from the line 13 seconds later to tie the score, and Spellman put the Pioneers in front, with a put back of his own miss, with 87 seconds remaining, to give the Pioneers a 35-33 advantage with 87 seconds left before the break A three from Bishop with 58 seconds left started a half-ending 8-0 run for the Knights, who took a 41-35 lead into the break
Spellman opened the second-half with a make from the win, and Ozier went coast-to-coast after a steal to make the score, 41-39Anosike knocked down a pair of free throws at 18:35 knotting the score, 41-41Jenkins hit a three on the next possession, to go back in front, 44-41, and FDU pushed its lead to five, 51-46, on a Jenkins basket in the paint at 15:03Back-to-back triples from Ozier brought the Pioneers level, 53-53 with 11:43 to play in the halfAnosike put the Pioneers back in front with two free throws at the 11:06 mark, 55-53, and capped the Pioneers 9-2 runFDU scored the next four points, before Parker and Spellman answered, retying the score, 59-59, with 6:45 remainingMalone-Key scored in the paint at 6:45 and then from behind the arc 28 seconds later to give FDU its final five-point lead, 64-59Parker hit a floater in the paint at 5:21 and after a defensive stop, Ozier drained a second-chance three-pointer, at 4:38, tying the score 64-64.
Kinnon LaRose followed with a three, and after blocking his fifth shot of the night, Spellman dunked with 3:24 to play, to make the Pioneers run 10-0. Anosike beat the shot clock, hitting from behind the arc, to make the score 72-64, with 2:26 to play. Ozier gave the Pioneers an eight-point advantage, 74-66, with a layup a with 1:25 to playA Jenkins three (1:13) began a 9-1 FDU run, that tied the score with 6.9 seconds to play, when Jenkins drove the lane for a basket