December 12, 2008

Men's Basketball Closes Early NEC Slate Saturday At Wagner

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-3, 1-0 NEC) at

Wagner College Seahawks (5-2, 0-0 NEC)

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 – 7 p.m.

Spiro Sports Center – Staten Island, N.Y.

Early Conference Slate Concludes

The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team plays the second, and final, game of the early portion of the Northeast Conference schedule when it travels to Wagner Saturday. The Bobcats defeated Monmouth, 65-51, Dec. 6 to open the NEC schedule on a positive note. Wagner has yet to play a league game this season, going an NEC-best 5-2 in non-conference play to open the 2008-09 slate. Most recently, the Seahawks downed Yale, 83-74, Dec. 6 at the Spiro Sports Center. Wagner owns the all-time series lead, 13-8, including wins in the last two meetings.

Scouting the Wagner Seahawks

The Seahawks feature a balanced attack, with four players in the top 30 of the NEC in scoring average. Four seniors - guard Joey Mundweiler (13.4), forward Joey Mundweiler (13.1), forward Llewchean Radford (12.9) and wing Justin Drummond (9.9) lead Wagner in scoring. Radford is the team's leading rebounder at 8.7 per game (2nd-NEC), while also taking away a team-best 1.6 steals per game (T-5th-NEC). Drummond has dished out a team-high 3.7 assists per game (5th-NEC). The Seahawks are ranked among the top 5 in the NEC in 17 of 19 categories. They lead the league in scoring margin (+4.4), field-goal percentage (.474), field-goal percentage defense (.410) and steals (7.3). Freshman guard Chris Martin and Mundweiler have been deadly accurate from long range, hitting on 55.6 (2nd-NEC) and 41.2 percent (14th-NEC), respectively. Mundweiler's 21 three-point field goals made ranks second in the league.

On The Air

Saturday's game can be heard live on the Bobcats Radio Network. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bob Tipson on color.

Last Time Against Wagner

Despite 27 points from DeMario Anderson, the Bobcats fell, 77-68, in Staten Island. The Seahawk seniors were too much on the team's senior day, as Mark Porter (24 points, 10 assists) and Durell Vinson (21 points, 11 rebounds) both posted double-doubles. James Ulrich also contributed 13 points. Justin Rutty (11 points) and Evann Baker (10 points) made strong contributions for the Bobcats.

Last Time Out Against Monmouth

Justin Rutty was dominant inside with 20 points and 16 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass, as the Bobcats defeated Monmouth, 65-51. James Johnson just missed a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. James Feldeine also contributed 18 points and eight rebounds as the Bobcats outrebounded the Hawks, 49-22.

Downright Offensive

The Bobcats outrebounded Monmouth, 49-22, Dec. 6. 20 of the 49 rebounds came on the offensive glass, including nine of Justin Rutty's career-high 16 boards. The 20 offensive rebounds led to 28 second-chance points for the Bobcats. Rutty's 4.6 offensive rebounds per game average is first in the NEC by 1.3 boards.

Rutty Reels In 20 and 16

In scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, Dec. 6 against Monmouth, Justin Rutty became just the third Quinnipiac player to score at least 20 points and grab at total at least 15 rebounds in a single game since the Bobcats jumped to Division I in 1998-99. Rutty joined Victor Akinyanju (20 pts, 21 reb, Feb. 3, 2007 vs. Mount St. Mary's) and Jeremy Bishop (20 points, 16 rebounds, Jan. 19, 2002 vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)) in the illustrious group.

Near Triple-Double For Number Three

James Johnson came just one rebound shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Dec. 6, against Monmouth. With another board, Johnson would've joined Kason Mims (18 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, March 1, 2004 vs. LIU) and Nate Pondexter (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, Jan. 16, 1999 vs. Robert Morris) as the only Bobcats to compile triple-doubles at the Division I level. Just six Northeast Conference players have earned triple-doubles since 1997-98.

Giveth, But You Can't Taketh Away

James Johnson is the Northeast Conference's leader in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.95. He's dished out 37 assists (5.3 apg, 3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 19 times.

Winning the League Opener

With the Dec. 6 win against Monmouth, the Bobcats are now 6-5 in league openers since joining the NEC in 1998-99. The Bobcats have won their first two league games just twice. They won five straight to open the NEC slate in 1999-2000, while the Bobcats won two straight in Tom Moore's inaugural season of 2007-08.

Sittin' On Top of the League

At 15.3 points (6th-NEC) and 7.7 rebounds (5th-NEC) per game, Justin Rutty is the only player in the conference currently ranked in the top six in both categories.

Feldeine Fillin' In Up

While the Bobcats lost DeMario Anderson to graduation and his personal double-digit points streak ended at 48 games, James Feldeine has taken over Anderson's role as a consistent double-figure scorer. Feldeine has reached a 10th point in each of the Bobcats' seven games this season.

Robinson Provides Relief

Seeing added minutes due to injuries, walk-on Steve Robinson filled in admirably against Monmouth on Dec. 6. His three-pointer with seven seconds left in the first half gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game, a one-point advantage heading into the locker room for halftime.

On the Rebound

The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.0 per game – 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 30.9 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +8.6 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).

Fine To Be Feldeine

James Feldeine currently ranks among the Northeast Conference's best in several categories. He's third in scoring at 16.3 points per game and 12th in rebounds (6.7). His 5.0 defensive rebounds per game rank 8th and .765 free-throw percentage is 12th.

Regular For Rutty

Justin Rutty has shot 68.7 percent (46-for-67) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.

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 has since averaged 11.6 points, 6.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals, while shooting 50.0 percent (6-12) from three-point range. He's started his first seven collegiate games, becoming just the fifth Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.

On Deck

The Bobcats return to action Wednesday, when they travel to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Leede Arena.