• davesheasports

LaRose Scores 14; But SH Loses In Final Seconds

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team fell 70-68 to visiting Northeast Conference foe Saint Francis University, Thursday night at the Pitt Center. The loss drops the Pioneers to 14-10 on the season and 7-4 in league play, while the Red Flash improve to 15-8 on the season and 8-4 in NEC play.

Keith Braxton drove the lane and put the ball high off the glass and through the basket, with 1.6 seconds left, to break a 68-68 tie. The Pioneers ensuing inbound pass was tipped by a Red Flash defender and SFU earned the victory.

E.J. Anosike had his 13th double-double and Koreem Ozier scored in double figures for the 17th time to pace the Pioneers. Ogdensburg's Kinnon LaRose enjoyed an outstanding shooting night going 4-6 from 3-point range in a 14-point, 3-rebound outing where committed only one turnover in 33 minutes.

The Pioneers are home again on Saturday afternoon, hosting Robert Morris University at 3 pm.

Turning Point

Aaron Clarke drained a corner three with 31 seconds to play, tying the score at 68-68. After a Pioneer timeout, Braxton dribbled the clock down and drove the right side of the paint, laying the ball high off the glass for the win

Pioneer Points

Ozier was 3-6 from behind the arc on Thursday, as he tallied a team-best 15 pointsThe sophomore also handed out four assists and collected four rebounds. Anosike recorded 12 points and a game-high 11 boards, to go along with six assists. Kinnon LaRose hit 4-6 from behind the arc on his way to a 14-point effort.

Jare'l Spellman shot 4-5 from the field and finished with eight pointsClarke tallied nine points, four boards and three assists 

By the Numbers

Braxton led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 10-17 from the fieldIsaiah Blackmon was the only other Red Flash player in double-figures, hitting 5-16 for his 14 pointsMyles Thompson tallied nine points and a team-best nine reboundsSFU shot 10-11 from the free throw line on the night, while SHU went 7-12The Red Flash had a 36-32 rebounding edge and a 14-9 advantage on the offensive glassThe Pioneers handed out 16 assists in the game


Ramiir Dixon-Conover scored on a fast break and made the free throw, to open the scoring at 19:33Spellman put SHU on the board, with a put back dunk, corralling a rebound in midair and slamming it homeNeither team converted a point for nearly 3:00 before Mark Flagg laid the ball in for SFU for a 5-2 advantage.

After an Ansosike answer, the Red Flash scored five straight, with Braxton jumper make the score 10-5 8:01 in the gameThe Pioneers clawed back, within two, on a Pfaffenberger dunk at 10:28, 14-12.

Blackmon scored exactly midway through the half and followed with a three 27 seconds later to account for five of a 7-0 Red Flash run, that pushed the lead to 21-12Thomas hit from behind the arc at the 8:31 mark and Pfaffenberger followed with a short jumper to close to 21-17.

Blackmon and Braxton scored back-to-back to push the lead back to eight, 25-71 with 7:01 to play before the breakThe SHU defense forced four turnovers over the next 3:07 and the Pioneers scored seven unanswered to close to within a point, 25-24 Myles Thompson and Deivydas Kuzavas scored 39 seconds apart, pushing the lead back to five, 29-24Ozier drained his third three of the game at 2:42 and Anosike made a free throw at 2:07 to cut the deficit to 29-28Braxton made it 31-28 with a lay-up at the rim and LaRose answered 40 second later in the paint to bring SHU within a point.

Anosike persevered at the rim, and laid in his third look, giving SHU a 32-31 lead with 32.1 seconds to play in the half


The Red Flash scored eight straight to start the half, with four from Dixon-Conover from to take a 38-32 advantageSpellman hit with his back to the basket at 18:24 to stop the runBraxton responded with a three to give the Red Flash their largest lead, 41-34, 2:05 into the half.

A Spellman jumper from the foul line started a 7-0 SHU answer, that included a three from LaRose and ended with an Anosike basket at 16:07 and the score tied 41-41The squads traded three-point field goals over the next several possessions, with Anosike beating the shot clock and LaRose connecting as well for the Pioneers, making the score 47-47After a Pfaffenberger basket at the 12:05 mark tied the score 50-50, Braxton scored six straight points for his team, over 2:14 of action, to give the Red Flash a 56-52 advantage. Clarke hit from behind the arc at 9:41 to make the score 56-55 and a pair of Ozier free throws at 8:29 put SHU on top 57-56Thompson and Kuzavas scored four points to build a 60-57 advantage, that Ozier at 6:45 on a fast break and then Spellman at 4:26 erased, putting SHU back in front 61-60.

That would be the last Pioneer lead, though they would draw even twice in the final 1:54 of playA Blackmon free throw and a Flagg basket with ":47 to play put the Red Flash in front by three, 68-65. Anosike found Clarke in the far corner, tying the score, before Braxton made the game-winner

Ogdensburg's Kinnon LaRose went 4-6 from 3-point range scoring 14 points in Thursday's game.

34 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

OBGC, OFA Coaches To Host Biddy Basketball

The Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club and the Ogdensburg Free Academy Basketball Coaching Staff has announced that it will be conducting the Biddy Basketball Program focusing on skills and drills beginn

© 2019 by Old School Sports Journal. Proudly created with

  • White Facebook Icon

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

This site is dedicated to the memory of Chuck Kelly, longtime editor of The Journal and Advance News in Ogdensburg and the greatest newsman in the history of Northern New York.