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LaRose Tallies Efficient 11 As SHU Loss To Friars

The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team opened the 2019-20 campaign with a 106-60 loss at Big East member Providence College, Tuesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The Pioneers fall to 0-1 on the year, while the Friars improve to 1-0.

Jare'l Spellman blocked two shots, giving him 98 for his career, and tying the Pioneers Division I career mark in that category.

Providence had seven players reach double-figures on the night, shooting 51.3 percent from the field. The Friars were also 16-34 from behind the arc. SHU had three players reach double-figures, led by the 20 points of E.J. Anosike. Ogdensburg's Kinnon LaRose resumed his high efficiency shooting scoring 11 points on 4-6 shooting and hitting two of three-point attempts.

The Pioneers return to action on Friday when they travel to UConn. The game will be played at Gampel Pavilion at 7:00 pm and air on SNY television (channel 29).

Turning Point

Providence broke open a 9-7 game with a 29-5 run over 7:55 in the middle of the first-half, including 16-straight to cap it, to open a 38-12 advantage

The Friars hit on 10-14 over the first 8:26 of play and shot 10-20 from behind the arc in the opening period

Pioneer Notes

Aaron Clarke scored a dozen for the Pioneers, hitting 3-6 from behind the arc

Anosike scored in double figures for the 29th time as a Pioneer and reached 20 for the fifth time

LaRose reached double figures for the 23rd time of his career with his 11 points

Cameron Parker handed out five assists, to go along with five points and four boards

Spellman scored seven, with eight rebounds

First Half

Providence opened the game with four straight points and built a 7-2 advantage

Ozier beat the shot clock with a three from the far win at 16:23 to bring SHU to within 9-7

PC scored nine of the next 11, capped by a three from Emmitt Holt to push the advantage to 18-9

Cam Parker put a temporary stop to the run, making the deficit seven, at the first media timeout, 18-11

Anosike made a free throw with 12:21 to play in the half that made the score 22-12

The lead reached as many as 27, 42-15, on a pair of Holt free throws with 6:36 to play in the first-half

Kinnon LaRose scored five straight points, with a three-pointer and a backdoor layup from a Parker pass, to make the score 40-22, with 4:34 to play before intermission

After a Spellman free throw made the score 44-21, Providence answered with consecutive three pointers to push its lead to 50-21 with 3:42 to play in the half

LaRose and Aaron Clarke sandwiched three pointers around a PC jumper for a 6-2 Pioneer run

The final five points, 3-2 in favor of the Pioneers, of the half came at free throw line, and Providence took a 59-30 lead into the intermission

Second Half

Anosike scored on the Pioneers first possession of the second-half and the Pioneers first eight points of the half

The Friars continued their hot shooting, hitting 6-10 to open the half and used an 11-0 run over a 93 second stretch to open a 79-37 lead

Parker snapped the scoreless drought with a conventional three-point play at the 12:30 mark

By The Numbers

Providence opened 15-24 from the floor (62.5 percent) and hit 7-11 from behind the arc to open

SHU finished with a 14-11 edge in second chance points, finishing with 14 offensive rebounds

The Friars held a 43-24 edge in the paint, where both teams shot 40 percent for the game

Alpha Diallo led all players with 19 points and 14 rebounds

David Duke had eight assists, against zero turnovers, for the Friars

Providence had 31 assists on 39 made field goals

Jarel'l Spellman had a big offensive and defensive night for Sacred Heart in Pioneers loss to Providence.

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