FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- E.J. Anosike poured in a career-high 27 points to help Sacred Heart hold off St. Francis Brooklyn 71-62 on Saturday.
Anosike sank 8 of 13 shots, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Pioneers (10-13, 6-4 Northeast Conference). Jare'l Spellman grabbed 12 rebounds and freshman Cameron Parker, who came into the game with 141 assists -- eighth best in the nation -- had 12 against the Terriers.
The Terriers (13-10, 5-5) and Pioneers began the day in a four-way tie for second place in the NEC.
St. Francis led 32-17 with 1:38 left in the first half, but Koreem Ozier hit two 3s and Anosike added another one in a 9-0 run to pull Sacred Heart within 32-26 at halftime. The Pioneers pulled even at 40 on Spellman's layup with 15 minutes left to play. Sacred Heart trailed by two when Aaron Clarke hit a 3 at the 13:09 mark followed by a jumper and Kinnon LaRose and Anosike connected from beyond the arc in an 11-0 spurt that gave the Pioneers the lead for good.
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