LIU Gameday Preview – Game 20 – Sacred Heart

Game Info

Opponent: Sacred Heart

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 5-14, 4-4 NEC
Tip: 7:00 PM
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY

Broadcast: MSG Network and FOX College Sports


About the Opponent

Previous Game: Win at Wagner, 67-58
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 15-17/9-9
KenPom Rank: 312
Meeting History: 30th all-time meeting. LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 19-10. The two teams split the season series last season. 

High Scorer: Cane Broome, Guard, So., 21.0 ppg

High Rebounder: Jordan Allen, Forward, Sr., 4.8 rpg

High Assist man: Cane Broome, Guard, So., 2.7 apg

Starting Probables

Sacred Heart:

G – Cane Broome
G – Quincy McKnight
G – Sean Hoehn
F – Tevin Falzon
F – Jordan Allen

LIU Brooklyn:

G – Aakim Saintil
G – Martin Hermannsson
G – Joel Hernandez
F – Nura Zanna
F – Jerome Frink

Sacred Heart Scouting Report

The Sacred Heart Pioneers are coming into this game with some momentum. They are winners of two straight and three of their last four games including wins at home against Mount St. Mary’s and on the road against Wagner.

Sacred Heart has been a team battling injuries all season long but has started getting some key players back and are being to take off and become the team many thought they could become before the season started.

The Pios are led by sophomore star guard Cane Broome who has taken his game to the next level a year after being on the NEC All-Rookie team last season. Broome currently leads all NEC players in scoring with his 21 points/game. He has scored in double digits in all but one game this season and has scored over 20 points per game eleven times this season. He scored a career-high 33 points against Robert Morris in the NEC opener this season. Broome is currently making 42.6 percent of his field goals. Also well as leading his team in scoring, he leads the Pioneers in assists and is third in rebounding.

All-NEC rookie team lock and candidate for NEC Rookie of the Year, freshman Quincy McKnight is second on the team in scoring at 11.8 points/game. He is second in scoring among all NEC freshman behind CCSU’s Austin Nehls. McKnight is making nearly 43 percent of his shots this season. Not much of a three-point shooter as he has only taken 30 three-point attempts in 19 games this season, making just eight.

Sacred Heart’s front court are led by two seniors in Jordan Allen and Tevin Falzon. Both players are averaging 10.6 points/game. Allen has started every game this season for Anthony Latina’s team. Mostly a post player, Allen is making 52.5 percent of his shots this season. Falzon missed five games this season due to injuries this season but is coming on in NEC play as he is averaging 12.7 points/game over his last seven games including 20 points vs CCSU and 17 points vs Mount St. Mary’s.

Sacred Heart is third in the NEC in scoring offense at 71 points/game right behind LIU Brooklyn although the Pioneers are dead last in scoring defense allowing opponents this season to score just shy of 80 points/game. They are second in the NEC in field goal shooting just below 43 percent but allow teams to shoot 46.7 percent against them and they are dead last in the NEC in three-point shooting defense at 40 percent.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU Brooklyn suffered their second straight disappointing loss as they were defeated by St. Francis Brooklyn 64-49 in the 41st Battle of Brooklyn at the Steinberg Wellness Center.

– LIU has lost their last four straight games at the Steinberg Wellness Center and four of the their last five home games overall. LIU is 2-4 at the Steinberg Wellness Center this season. LIU has not lost four in a row at the Steinberg Wellness Center since the 2006-07 season, LIU’s first full season at their current on-campus home.

– LIU enters the game vs Sacred Heart in ninth-place in the NEC standings, one game behind a group of four teams with 4-4 record, two games behind a group of three teams in second at 5-3 and three games behind first-place Mount St. Mary’s.

– One game after scoring a season-high 95 points in their loss vs FDU last Thursday, LIU scored only 49 points in their loss on Saturday to St. Francis Brooklyn, a season-low.

– Martin Hermannsson has not scored more than 12 points in his last four games and is averaging 10.7 points/game in that span. Hermannsson is averaging 14.3 points/game this season.

– Joel Hernandez comes into the game with back-to-back double-doubles and is averaging 14.4 points/game over his last five games.

– Jerome Frink has scored in double figures in 13 straight games.

– Trevin Woods, after hitting 11 of his last 17 three-point shots over his last two games and averaging 18.5 points/game, went 0 of 7 from three and 0 of 8 in the game and went scoreless in 24 minutes.

– LIU Brooklyn has not lost more than two in a row at any point this season.

KenPom Prediction: LIU Brooklyn, 80-74

Next Game: Fairleigh Dickinson @ LIU Brooklyn – Saturday, January 30th – The Blackbirds will meet up with the FDU Knights for the second time in just over a week as LIU look to split the season series against them. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00pm following the LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball game at 12:30pm.


  1. Syncere Jenkins says:


  2. David Sack says:

    Nelson is there any way to watch the game online?

  3. What is the status of Julus Van Sauers—he showed promise at the beginning of the year?

    • The last report I got on van Sauers was that they were not sure whether or not he would be returning this season. Seemed like his ankle injury was very slow to heal. He is no longer in his walking boot which is a good sign. Even if he is back to practice now, he missed so much time, it is going to be a while he gets into game shape. My belief is that you will probably see him back before the end of the season.

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