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LaRose Scores 8 In SH's Loss To UCF

Sacred Heart Men's Basketball.com

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team fell 76-65 to non-conference host University of Central Florida Sunday afternoon at Addition Financial Center in Orlando, Fla. The Pioneers fall to 6-5 on the year, while the Knights improve to 8-2.

The Pioneers hit 8-15 to open the second-half, turning a 37-38 halftime deficit into a 45-43 advantage with 12:43 to play in regulation. SHU shot just 5-19 the remainder of the game, as the Knights outscored the Pioneers 33-20 to earn the victory

The Pioneers wrap-up their four-game road trip at Holy Cross on Sunday, December 22. That game, will air on NESN, and is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Turning Point:

The Pioneers opened the second-half hitting 8-15 from the field and took the lead twice, including 45-43 with 13:03 to play in the half. Frank Bertz hit a three at 12:30 and then was fouled on a fast break, that was called a technical. The possession netted UCF six points, and gave the Knights a seven-point advantage that it would not relinquish

Pioneer Points:

SHU had three in double-figures, led by 14 from Jare'l SpellmanHe had his third double-double of the season, with 10 boards, as well as three assists and two blocksCameron Parker finished with 10 points and six assists, while also corralling five reboundsE.J. Anosike tallied a dozen points and had seven boards. Ogdensburg's Kinnon LaRose scored eight points with six rebounds, three assists and no turnovers.

By The Numbers:

The Pioneers were 4-27 from behind the three-point line in the game and shot 38.8 percent from the field as a teamThe Knights shot 43.1 percent for the game. Collin Smith scored 14 points to pace the Knights offense, that had four finish in double figuresSmith also had a team-best 10 rebounds and three assistsUCF had a 44-38 rebound advantage with a 15-12 edge on the offensive boardsSHU committed 12 turnovers, while the Knights had 11The Knights were 14-20 from the strike and SHU 9-20

Kinnon LaRose scored from an Anosike pass at 8:05 to make the score 56-49. .A dunk from Dre Fuller, Jr. gave the Knights their largest lead of the game, 63-51, at 5:19. Out of the timeout, LaRose hit a three to get within nine, but the Knights answered with five straight to push the advantage to 14 points.

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