Men's Basketball Plays Host To Army In Home Opener Monday
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-0) vs.
United States Military Academy Black Knights (1-0)
Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
Moore's Men Battle Army
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team faces Army in the Bobcats' home opener, Monday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats and Black Knights both earned wins in their first games of the season. Quinnipiac won a thriller at the University of Hartford, 63-62, Friday night. Army cruised past Dartmouth, 63-48, Saturday afternoon at West Point. The Bobcats own the all-time series lead, 4-1, including a 58-54 victory last Dec. 9 at Army's Christl Arena.
Scouting the Army Black Knights
The Black Knights return eight of their top nine scorers from a team that reached the Patriot League semifinals a year ago. However, All-Patriot League selection and top scorer Jarell Brown (18.2 ppg.) has graduated. The next leading scorer was Josh Miller, who contributed at an 8.4 points per game clip to go along with 4.0 assists per game. Sophomore guard Nathan Hedgecock emerged in Army's victory against Dartmouth, scoring a team-high 15 points. Junior guards Cleveland Richard and Marcus Nelson contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, respectively.
On The Air
Monday's game can be seen live on Bobcat Channel, Quinnipiac's online on-demand video source. To access Bobcat Channel, please visit quinnipiacbobcats.com and click on the appropriate links to the right of the page. The game can also be heard on the Bobcats Radio Network. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bill Mecca on color.
Last Time Against Army
The Bobcats defeated Army, 58-54, Dec. 9, 2007, at West Point. Bryan Geffen had a team-high 16 points for the Bobcats, who scored the game's final eight points after trailing by four with less than three minutes remaining.
Last Time Out Against Hartford
Quinnipiac outlasted Hartford, 63-62, Friday night at Chase Arena. After trailing for the first 18 minutes of the second half, Bryan Geffen's three-pointer with 1:54 remaining gave the Bobcats their first lead of the stanza. The Hawks tied the game on their next trip, but freshman DeAndre' Bynum answered with a clutch three-pointer with 58 seconds remaining to snap a 60-60 tie. Down one with the ball and seven seconds remaining, the Hawks isolated All-Conference star Joe Zeglinski on the Bobcats' Justin Rutty. Zeglinski put up a shot from short range as time expired, but Rutty rejected the offering to end the game. Rutty (13 points, 11 rebounds) and James Feldeine (18 points, 10 rebounds) each posted a double-double to pace the Bobcats. Rutty's double-double was the first of his collegiate career.
Double-Double Déjà Vu
With 18 points and 10 rebounds Nov. 14 at Hartford, James Feldeine became the first Quinnipiac player in the school's Division I history to compile a double-double in consecutive season openers. Feldeine burned the Hawks for 19 points and 10 rebounds in last season's first game. C.J. Vick 05 previously came closest to the feat. Vick fell a rebound short of a double-double in the 2002-03 opener at UConn prior to an 11-point, 10-rebound performance in the first game of the 2003-04 season against Montana State.
Speaking of Double-Doubles...
Feldeine and Rutty became the first Bobcats teammates to compile double-doubles in the same game since Chris Wehye and Karl Anderson both reached double-figures in points and rebounds, Nov. 15, 2006, against Division II Concordia (N.Y.).
Johnson Joins Elite Company
James Johnson became just the eighth freshman in Quinnipiac Division I history to start his collegiate debut. Every player to start his first game and complete four years with the Bobcats has scored over 1,000 points. Rob Monroe 05, Bill Romano 02 and Jared Grasso 02 started their first games and rank first, second and fifth, respectively, on the Bobcats D-I scoring list. Johnson joined teammates Justin Rutty and Evann Baker as current players who started their debuts, while Job Casimir and Casey Cosgrove were in the starting line-up for their initial contests, but transferred prior to completion of four seasons in Hamden.
Saying "No" To Joe
The Quinnipiac defense clamped down on one of the most potent scorers in the America East, Nov. 14, at Hartford. The Bobcats held the Hawks' Joe Zeglinski, a First-Team All-Conference selection in 2007-08, to just two points on 1-for-10 shooting. Zeglinski, whose career scoring average was 14.6 points entering the contest, reached double-figures in 34 of his previous 37 games. The two points tied Zeglinski's career low, a mark set during his freshman season, Feb. 3, 2007, at Boston University.
Moore of the Same
Head Coach Tom Moore won his season opener for the second time in as many chances at QU. Prior to Moore's arrival in Hamden, no Quinnipiac team had won its first game of the season during the school's Division I era. Teams that have had Moore serving on the coaching staff have won nine consecutive season openers. The last time one of Moore's teams didn't win its first game was Nov. 11, 1999, when defending National Champion and top-ranked UConn was upset by Iowa in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty shot 60.0 percent (6-for-10) in the season opener at Hartford, a tick above his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
Louis Brookins scored an entirely efficient eight points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field and added seven rebounds in the season opener against Hartford.
The Bobcats return to action Nov. 17, when they begin play in the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic. Quinnipiac plays former Northeast Conference foe Maryland-Baltimore County, before a date in either the consolation or championship game against host Columbia or future NEC challenger Bryant on Nov. 18. The opening tip of Friday's game is scheduled for 2 p.m. while Saturday's contest will be played at either 6 or 8 p.m.