LIU Gameday Preview – NEC Tournament Quarterfinals – Sacred Heart

Opponent: Sacred Heart

Record: 12-17, 11-7 NEC – 3-seed
Tip: 7:00 PM
Where: Pitt Center – Fairfield, CT

Broadcast: MSG, FCS, NEC Front Row
Live Stats: 

About the Opponent

Meetings this season: Jan. 27 – Sacred Heart 84 LIU Brooklyn 92; Feb. 6 – LIU Brooklyn 90 Sacred Heart 98
KenPom Rank: 288
Meeting History: 32nd all-time meeting. LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 20-11. Second NEC tournament meeting. Last meeting: 2012, #1 LIU Brooklyn 80 #8 Sacred Heart 68.

High Scorer: Cane Broome, Guard, So., 22.7 ppg – Led NEC in scoring

High Rebounder: Tevin Falzon, Forward, Sr., 8.3 rpg

High Assist man: Cane Broome, Guard, So., 3.0 apg

Starting Probables


LIU Brooklyn:

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

Sacred Heart:

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

Sacred Heart Scouting Report

The Sacred Heart Pioneers finished the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the NEC. They finished their season 9-3 in their last twelve games including winner four of their last five games to climb all the way up the conference standings and finish with the three-seed.

Sacred Heart battled with injuries during the early portion of their schedule and couldn’t gain any traction. Once they got healthy, their season took off to their hot finish.

The Pioneers, are of course, led by the newly-minted Northeast Conference Player of the Year, sophomore guard Cane Broome, who led the NEC in scoring at 22.7 points per game. In his two games against LIU this season, Broome went off for a then career-high 38 points in a loss at LIU and scored 19 points in a win at Sacred Heart. Broome has scored in double figures in all both one game (which was at UConn) this season. He has twelve games this season of at least 25 points or more. He is shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from three while also leading Sacred Heart in assists and fourth on the team in rebounds.

Freshman Quincy McKnight missed the first meeting between the two teams due to suspension but played in the second meeting at Sacred Heart, he had eight points in 11 minutes. He has started all 26 games played for Sacred Heart. He is second on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game while also second in assists and third in rebounding. Made 42.6 percent of his shots this season and was 10 for 38 from three.

One surprise player who gave a lot of grief to LIU was freshman Sean Hoehm. He scored a career-high 19 points in their first meeting and then followed it up with a 13-point performance in their win at home. Since that second meeting, he has not scored in double digits and only scored in double figures three times this season with two of them coming against LIU. He has started the last 20 games for the Pioneers. Sacred Heart has gone 11-9 since his insertion into the starting lineup.

Sacred Heart’s senior front court of Jordan Allen and Tevin Falzon has had a solid season around their young back court counterparts. Falzon is third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game and grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. Falzon is only shooting 37.2 percent as a front line player and is a 30 percent shooter from three. Allen has started every game this season for Sacred Heart. Allen shoots 54.3 percent this season, putting much exclusively from around the paint area. He had one of his best NEC games this season against LIU on February 6th when he finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Sacred Heart is third in the NEC in scoring offense at 73.8 points per game right behind LIU Brooklyn. The Pioneers finished eighth in scoring defense allowing opponents 77.7 points per game. They are second in the NEC in field goal shooting at 43.7 percent and held teams to 44.6 percent shooting against them.


How did LIU get here

  • LIU Brooklyn finished their season 15-14 overall and 9-9 in the NEC after a 88-83 loss at home to Bryant Saturday afternoon.
  • LIU Brooklyn did finished the season with a 5-3 month of Febraury including winning four of their last six games.
  • Jerome Frink and Martin Hermannsson were both named on to the All-NEC First Team on Tuesday.
  • Frink led LIU in scoring and rebounding with 16.9 points and 9.1 rebound per game.
  • Hermannsson led LIU in assists (4.7 apg) and finished second on the team in scoring (16.5 ppg).
  • LIU finished with four players in double figures scoring with Frink, Hermannsson, Aakim Saintil (13.1 ppg) and Joel Hernandez (11.7 ppg).
  • LIU finished the regular season second in the NEC in scoring with 76.3 points per game and allowed 76.9 points per game.
  • LIU lead the NEC in free throw shooting percentage at 72.1 percent.
  • LIU shot 48.9 percent from two-point range while shooting just 30 percent from three.

KenPom Prediction: Sacred Heart, 83-79

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