LaRose's Season Shooting Night Key In Historic SHU Win
Ogdensburg's Kinnon LaRose delivered a season best shooting night as the the Sacred Heart University men's basketball team secured the third-seed in the upcoming Northeast Conference Tournament, with 73-63 victory over visitor St. Francis College. The win improves the Pioneers to 18-12 on the year and 11-6 in NEC play, while the Terriers fall to 12-17 overall and 6-11 in conference action.
The 18th win gives the Pioneers a Division I program record win total. SHU teams in 2006-07 and 2007-08 both posted 18-14 records.
The Pioneers close out the regular season on Saturday when they host Long Island University. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 3:30 and will be preceded by a senior day ceremony honoring Kinnon LaRose and Jare'l Spellman
St. Francis used a 14-4 run over a 3:46 stretch in the second-half, to turn an eight-point deficit into a 53-51 lead with 9:50 to playThe Pioneers scored six points, in 73 seconds of play, with baskets from Tyler Thomas, E.J. Anosike and Aaron Clarke, to retake a 57-53 lead, with 8:03 to play, that it would not relinquish
E.J. Anosike recorded his 16th double-double of the season, leading the Pioneers with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Kinnon LaRose scored a season-best 21 points, hitting 7-10 from the field and 4-5 from behind the arc and grabbing seven defensive rebounds. Clarke finished with 10 points and five assists, while Koreem Ozier tallied four assists.
Jare'l Spellman collected 11 boards, eight points and five blocked shotsLaRose added seven reboundsAll eight Pioneers that played scored and had a rebound in the game
By the Numbers
Chauncey Hawkins scored 16 points to lead the Terriers, as well as handing out a team-best four assistsDeniz Celen hit 3-8 from behind the arc to tally 15 pointsUnique McLean led the Terriers with 11 reboundsSHU had a 48-37 edge in reboundsThe Terriers only turned the ball over nine times on the evening
Anosike scored on the first possessionThe Terriers answered with five points in 40 seconds to take a 5-2 lead on a Celen three pointer 81 seconds into the gameOzier hit from the top of the key at 17:50, tying the game, and Anosike hit from the foul line on the next possession for a 7-5 advantageJust over a minute later, Clarke found LaRose on a backdoor cut to give SHU a 9-6 advantage. Ozier found LaRose at the top of the key for a three-pointer, to give the Pioneers a 19-10 edge with 11:50 to play in the halfThe Terriers scored the next five points, and 11 of 15, capped by consecutive Hawkins baskets at 8:26 and 7:48 to close within a pair, 23-12, with 7:48 to playClarke hit a pull up jumper just inside the foul line at the 6:51 markThat basket started a 56 second span that saw SHU score seven straight, with a Spellman put back and a LaRose triple from the corner, for the 30-21 advantage,
Milija Cosic ended that run with a triple of his own with 4:50 to play before the break, making the deficit six, 30-24Clarke answered with a three at the 3:22 mark, to make the lead nine againAnosike scored with 85 seconds left for the 35-26 edge and after Spellman hit a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left to make the lead 37-28. Celen hit a three as time expired, to send the teams to the locker room, with the Pioneer in front 37-31
Anosike opened the scoring in the second-half with a pair of free throws 1:12 into the half, making the lead 41-33The Terriers closed within four points, 41-37 on a Hawkins fast break basket with 16:38 to play. SHU answered with 6-2 run, that finished with a Tyler Thomas steal, at the top of the key and on the fast break layup that followed, he was fouled and made the bonus, for a 47-39 lead.
YaYa Evens drained a three at the 14:04 mark to start a 10-1 Terrier run that brought St. Francis within one, 4948, when Celen knocked down a three at the 11:53 mark.
A pair of Ozier free throws pushed the lead back to three, but Evans converted an and- one with 11:01 left, tying the score 51-51.
Hawkins hit from outside the paint at the 9:50 mark, to give the Terriers a leadThomas score on the Pioneers next possession, to bring SHU level, 53-53, and start a 6-0 run that put SHU in front for goodThe Terriers were able to close within a pair three times the rest of the way, the last time with 5:35 to play and the Pioneers leading 61-59Anosike scored in the paint at 4:59, opening a game-ending 12-4 run for SHU.