Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-4, 2-0 NEC) at
Brown University Bears (4-6, 0-0 Ivy League)
Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 1 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center Providence, R.I.
Monday Matinee on NESN
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team returns to action Monday, when it travels to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown. The 1 p.m. start can be seen live on NESN. The Bobcats look to bounce back from an 84-79 loss to Vermont, Dec. 21. Quinnipiac trailed by 20 with just 6:37 remaining, but stormed back to within three with less than 10 seconds left. Brown lost last time out at Wagner, 78-66, on Dec. 21. Against common opponents, the Bobcats are 3-0 to the Bears' 2-1 mark. Brown leads the all-time series, 4-1, including wins in the last three meetings.
Scouting the Brown Bears
Brown is led by junior forward Matt Mullery, who's averaged a team-high 15.3 points and 1.5 blocks to go along with 5.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Peter Sullivan is close behind at 14.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while sophomore guard Adrian Williams has also scored in double figures at 12.1 points per game. Senior forward Chris Skrelja has posted 8.1 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
On The Air
Monday's game can be seen live on NESN-TV. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bill Mecca on color and Rich Coppola providing sideline reports.
Last Time Against Brown
DeMario Anderson scored 22 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds, but the Bobcats were defeated, 86-79, in overtime, Dec. 3, 2007, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Evann Baker, James Feldeine and Justin Rutty each totaled 10 points for the Bobcats. Mark McAndrew led all five Brown starters in double figures with 21 points. Damon Huffman added 18 points.
Last Time Out Against Vermont
The Bobcats stormed back from down 20 points with 6:37 remaining in regulation to cut the deficit to three with less than 10 seconds remaining, but fell, 84-79, to Vermont. James Feldeine scored a game-high 26 points, while Justin Rutty posted a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. James Johnson added 15 points and five of the Bobcats' season-high 16 steals.
Quinnipiac has won all four games it's played on the road this season. The Bobcats have defeated Hartford, Maine, Wagner and Dartmouth in the road blue jerseys.
The Bobcats swiped a season-high 16 steals, Dec. 21, against Vermont. James Johnson led all Quinnipiac players with five steals, while James Feldeine had three. Louis Brookins, DeAndre' Bynum and Justin Rutty also pitched in with two apiece. The 16 steals tie for third-most by a Quinnipiac team in a single game in the Bobcats' 11-year history at the Division I level. The Bobcats made 20 steals against Wagner, Feb. 26, 2000, before committing 17 thefts against Manhattanville on Dec. 7, 2002. The 16 steals made on Dec. 21, 2008, tie the same mark set Feb. 26, 2007, at Sacred Heart.
Feldeine Fielding Awards
James Feldeine earned his second straight NEC Player of the Week Award, Dec. 22, sharing the honor with Robert Morris guard Jeremy Chappell. Feldeine was also named Mid-Majority Baller of the Week by midmajority.com. Feldeine averaged 27.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading the Bobcats to a 1-1 week. He scored a career-high 29 points at Dartmouth.
Rutty Reaches Elite Status
Justin Rutty currently ranks in the top five in the NEC among scorers (16.0 ppg, 5th) and rebounders (8.2 rpg, 4th), becoming the only player in the league to rank in the top five of both categories. In addition, his 4.4 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 1.4 offensive rebounds per game margin.
James Feldeine has scored at least 15 points in the first half of three of 10 games this season, and at least nine points in the first half of six games. After scoring 16 in the initial stanza against Army and 15 in the first half at Wagner, Feldeine exploded for 22 first-half points en route to a career-high 29 points at Dartmouth. The Bobcats won all three games.
Giveth, But You Can't Taketh Away
James Johnson is second in the Northeast Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.79. He's dished out 52 assists (5.2 apg, 3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 29 times.
Louis Brookins returned to the line-up, Dec. 21, after missing the last seven games dues to injury and scored 10 points against Vermont. He made four of five field-goal attempts and connected on both of his chances from the free-throw line. Brookins also made two steals in 25 minutes off the bench.
Feldeine Fillin' It Up
While the Bobcats lost DeMario Anderson to graduation and his personal double-digit points streak ended at an NEC-record 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' 10 games this season.
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 averaged 11.8 points, 5.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals, while shooting 52.9 percent (9-17) from three-point range. He's started his first 10 collegiate games, becoming just the fourth Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.
On the Rebound
The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.10 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 30.9 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +8.2 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).
Fine To Be Feldeine
James Feldeine currently ranks among the Northeast Conference's best in several categories. He's second in scoring at 18.8 points per game and seventh in rebounds (7.3). His 5.3 defensive rebounds per game rank seventh and 49.6 field-goal percentage is 10th. He also ranks 13th in free-throw percentage (76.6) and 14th in three-point field-goal percentage (40.0). His 1.60 three-point field goals made per game are tied for 11th. His 1.3 steals and 2.5 assists per game rank 13th and 15th, respectively.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 67.3 percent (72-for-107) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
Can't Touch C-T
The rest of the Northeast Conference is currently looking up in the standings at the league's three schools from Connecticut. Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart sit atop the league at 2-0, while Central Connecticut is 1-0. The rest of the league has at least one conference loss.
2-0 Moore For QU
Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore has led the Bobcats to a 2-0 start in NEC play in each of his first two seasons at the helm. Prior to his arrival, the Bobcats won their first two league games just once, when the 1999-2000 reeled off five straight.
The Bobcats return to action Dec. 31, when they face Cornell in a final road non-conference test. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Newman Arena.