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LaRose Nets 17 For Sharp Shooting SHU

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team had six players reach double-figures in scoring as it defeated host Quinnipiac University, 97-80, in the final game of the Bobcats Invitational in Hamden, Conn., Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Pioneers to 3-4 on the year and drops the Bobcats to 2-3 on the season.

Kinnon LaRose moves toward the lane in Sunday's win over Quinnipiac. (Monica LaRose Photo)

Cameron Parker handed out a career-high 16 assists, and recorded a double-double with 16 points. First-year Tyler Thomas and fifth-year senior Kinnon LaRose of Ogdensburg both scored 17 points to pace the Pioneers.

The Pioneers return to action on Sunday, December 1 when they host Pine Manor as part of the Bobcats Invitational. All youth in a basketball jersey will be admitted for $1 and those 12 and under can participate in a postgame shootaround on Coach Bike Court. In addition, the first 100 fans at the game will receive FREE Garden Catering.

The Turning Point

Over a 7:51 stretch in the second-half, SHU shot 8-11, while holding Quinnipiac to 1-11 and ballooned a five-point lead to 25

The Bobcats would never close within single-digits the remainder of the game

Parker shot 5-8 from the field, hitting 3-5 from behind the line and 3-4 at the charity stripe

The Thomas scoring total, a career-best, came on5-8 shooting and a 4-4 effort from the line

Jare'l Spellman scored 15 on 7-9 shooting from the field, and he led the team with eight rebounds. E.J. Anosike was 6-7 from the field, for 13 points, the same point total that Koreem Ozier provided.

LaRose was 7-13 from the field, with three three-pointers, and corralled six rebounds

By the Numbers

The Pioneers shot a season-best 60 percent from the field, and reached 50 percent or better in three of its last four games

SHU out rebounded Quinnipiac 34-31 in the game

The Pioneers assisted on 26 of 36 field goals on Sunday, with the 26 being a season-best

The Pioneers converted 13-27 from behind the arc, a single-game best this season

The 12 turnovers the Pioneers committed is a season-low

The Pioneers have on three of its last four games

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