November 24, 2008

Men's Basketball Visits Maine Tuesday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-2) vs.

University of Maine Black Bears (3-1)

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 – 7:30 p.m.

Alfond Arena – Orono, Maine

Pre-Thanksgiving Tip-Off

The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team travels to Orono, Maine, Tuesday to take on the University of Maine. The Bobcats and Black Bears have met just once in the programs' histories. The meeting came last Nov. 20, when Maine defeated Quinnipiac, 64-59, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Black Bears have gotten off to a 3-1 start, defeating Northern Illinois, Kennesaw State and Princeton to open the season before falling last time out at Providence. The Bobcats are coming off consecutive losses to UMBC and Bryant at the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic.

Scouting the Maine Black Bears

The Black Bears have spread their production around, with Mark Socoby leading the way in both points (11.8) and rebounds (5.0). Gerald McLemore has added 10.8 points per game and a team-high 10 steals while shooting 44 percent (11-25) from long range. Junior Bernal has been an all-around contributor at 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Maine has shot 47.5 percent from the floor in 2008-09.

On The Air

Tuesday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Greg Ott on color.

Last Time Against Maine

Maine defeated Quinnipiac, 64-59, Nov. 20, 2007 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats and Black Bears' top three scorers matched each other. DeMario Anderson (QU) and Mark Socoby (Maine) each scored 29 points, while Louis Brookins (QU) and Junior Bernal (Maine) scored 14 points apiece. Finally, Justin Rutty (QU) and Brian Andre (Maine) had eight points each. Quinnipiac got scoring contributions from just six players, while seven Maine players scored.

Last Time Out Against Bryant

James Feldeine scored 15 points and added nine rebounds, but the Bobcats were defeated by Bryant, 59-50, in the consolation game of the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic. Justin Rutty (13) and James Johnson (11) also finished in double figures, while Jeremy Baker contributed eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. The Bobcats controlled the offensive glass, grabbing 16 offensive caroms to the Bulldogs' four, but scored just five second-chance points.

If At First You Don't Succeed, Try Again

The Bobcats' 14.5 offensive rebounds per game (1st-NEC) have resulted in a 58-31 advantage in second-chance points. The Bobcats' top three scorers are also their top three rebounders. James Rutty (10.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg) has a team-high 15 offensive boards to pace the Bobcats, while James Feldeine (16.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Jeremy Baker (12.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg) are close behind with 10 and nine, respectively.

Floor General Johnson

James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. After posting modest statistics while playing a key role in Quinnipiac's 2-0 start, Johnson's stat line of 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting and six assists against UMBC emphasized his contributions. For the season, he's posted 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

Rebounding Defense

The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess has resulted in a Northeast Conference best 29.0 rebounding defense. Quinnipiac's +9.2 rebounding margin ranks second.

Regular For Rutty

Justin Rutty has shot 62.1 percent (18-for-29) this season, besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.

Welcome To The Family

Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore recently secured written commitments from a pair of student-athletes for the 2009-10 academic year. Jamee Jackson (North Providence, R.I.) is a 6-8 forward who plays for St. Anthony's (N.J.), the top-ranked high-school team in the country last season. Dave Johnson (Holwell, N.J.) is a 5-9 guard who plays for regional power St. Mark's (Mass.). ESPN.com ranked Jackson the No. 79 power forward recruit in this year's class, while Johnson was rated the 58th-best point guard prospect.

On Deck

The Bobcats return home for the first of a two-game homestand, Monday, Dec. 1, against Binghamton. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.