Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-0) vs.
University of Maryland-Baltimore County (1-1)
Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 2 p.m.
Levien Gym New York, N.Y.
Facing A Former Conference Foe
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team plays former Northeast Conference foe Maryland-Baltimore County, Friday afternoon at the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic. The meeting represents the first since UMBC left the NEC for the America East Conference. The Retrievers lead the all-time series, 7-3, including a win in the last match-up, an 80-58 decision, March 1, 2003, in Baltimore. The Bobcats come into the game with a 2-0 record following wins against Hartford and Army.
Scouting the Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers
The Retrievers returned eight of 11 letterwinners, including four starters, from their 2007-08 America East Champion squad. They've split their first two games, a win against Division III Stevenson and a setback against Morgan State. UMBC is led by a pair of 2007-08 First-Team All-America East selections in seniors Darryl Proctor and Jay Greene. Proctor, a 6-4 forward, leads the Retrievers in scoring (19.5 ppg) and rebounding average (8.5). Greene, a 5-8 guard, took over the top spot on UMBC's all-time assists list last time out against Morgan State, pushing his career total to 512. He's averaged 14.0 points and eight assists per game this season. Junior wing Matt Spadafora (11.0 ppg), sophomore forward Rich Flemming (11.0 ppg) and freshman guard Chauncey Gilliam (10.5 ppg) have also contributed double-digit scoring averages in the Retrievers' first two games.
On The Air
Friday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bill Mecca on color.
The Bobcats have won their first two games by a combined three points, including an overtime decision against Army.
Last Time Against UMBC
The Bobcats were defeated by UMBC, 80-58, March 1, 2003, in Baltimore. C.J. Vick paced the Bobcats with 18 points and seven rebounds, but the Retrievers got double-figure scoring efforts from five different players to secure the win.
Last Time Out Against Army
Jeremy Baker's putback with two seconds remaining in overtime gave the Bobcats a 66-64 win against Army. James Feldeine helped the Bobcats jump out to a 15-point first-half lead, hitting his first four shots, all three-pointers. The Black Knights pulled even for the first time since the 10:09 mark of the first half on Nathan Hedgecock's three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining in the second half. Feldeine finished with a game-high 24 points off the bench, while Baker contributed 18 points in his Quinnipiac debut.
Feldeine's Fantastic Flurry
James Feldeine entered the Nov. 17 game against Army at the 15:58 mark of the first half and wasted little time making his presence felt. Feldeine nailed his first of four consecutive three-pointers just three seconds after entering the game. By the 10-minute mark, the junior had connected on all four of his three-point field-goal attempts.
Jeremy Baker scored 18 points on 8-of-11 field goals, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out two assists, blocked a shot and made a steal in his Quinnipiac debut. The transfer from Garden City (Kansas) Community College missed just once from inside the three-point arc and made both his free throws. For good measure, he hit the game-winning shot on a putback with two seconds remaining in overtime.
If At First You Don't Succeed, Try Again
The Bobcats' 14.5 offensive rebounds per game (2nd-NEC) have resulted in a 35-21 advantage in second-chance points through two games this season. Accordingly, the Bobcats top three scorers are also their top three rebounders. James Feldeine (21.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and James Rutty (9.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg) have six offensive boards apiece to pace the Bobcats. Jeremy Baker (18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) had two offensive boards in his first game, including one that resulted the game-winning putback in overtime.
With two consecutive wins to begin the season, the Bobcats are 2-0 for the first time in program Division I history.
In Our Defense...
The Bobcats have the best scoring defense in the Northeast Conference at 63.0 points per game scored by the opposition.
James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just two games with the Bobcats. His stat line displays a modest 7.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, but Johnson has shown the confidence to take the big shot with the game on the line. His 18-foot jumper with 29 seconds remaining in regulation and the Bobcats clinging to a one-point lead against Army put the Bobcats up by three. Johnson also put up a floater in the lane in the waning moments of overtime against Army. The defense collapsed on Johnson, leaving Jeremy Baker open for the offensive rebound and game-winning putback.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 60.0 percent (9-for-15) in the first two games of the season, a tick above his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
The Bobcats will compete in either the championship or consolation game of the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic, Nov. 22. A win would put Quinnipiac in the 8 p.m. championship tilt, while a loss would put the Bobcats in the 6 p.m. consolation game.