January 9, 2009

Men's Basketball Plays Host To Saint Francis (Pa.) Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-8, 2-2 NEC) vs.

Saint Francis (Pa.) University Red Flash (4-10, 1-3 NEC)

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2008 – 7 p.m.

TD Banknorth Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.

Conference Play Continues

The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team plays host to Saint Francis (Pa.), Saturday afternoon at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats look to snap a five-game losing skid after falling to Robert Morris, Thursday in Hamden. The Red Flash has also lost its last five contests, including a 76-60 defeat, Thursday at Sacred Heart. The Bobcats lead the all-time series against Saint Francis, 14-6, including the last two meetings.

Scouting the Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash

The Red Flash has played its last five games without the services of leading scorer and rebounder, Devin Sweetney, who's been out with a broken hand. Sweetney has averaged 14.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Mislav Jukic is the next-leading scorer (10.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.5 rpg) for St. Francis. Cale Nelson leads the Red Flash at 4.21 assists per game. Nelson also boasts a 1.59 assist-to-turnover radio. The Red Flash is easily the NEC's best free-throw-shooting team at 77.6 percent.

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 Bill Mecca on color. A live video webcast will also be available to Bobcat Channel subscribers.

Last Time Against Saint Francis (Pa.)

Evann Baker scored 17 points off the bench as the Bobcats defeated the Red Flash, 73-55, Jan. 31, 2008, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. DeMario Anderson (16), Justin Rutty (14) and Bryan Geffen (11) also scored in double-figures for Quinnipiac. After trailing by one at the half, the Bobcats shot 69.6 percent in the second half to run away with the 18-point victory. Bassirou Dieng, who's since transferred to Georgia Tech, led the Red Flash with a game-high 18 points.

Last Time Out Against Robert Morris

James Feldeine (18 points) and Justin Rutty (16 points) had strong showings, but the Bobcats were defeated by Robert Morris, 75-63, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Four Colonials scored in double figures, led by Rob Robinson's 15 points.

Leading The League

James Feldeine currently ranks first in the Northeast Conference in scoring at 19.1 points per game, one point per game ahead of the next-most-potent scorer in the league.

Comparing Favorably to the Dunkin' Dutchman

At nearly the halfway point of the season, Justin Rutty has shot 66.9 percent, nearly 10 percent better than the next-best shooter in the NEC this season. Rutty's shooting accuracy also compares favorably to the best-ever field-goal percentage by a sophomore in the NEC - Marist's Rik Smits, who earned NBA All-Star status during his 12-year career with the Indiana Pacers, after shooting 62.2 percent for the Red Foxes in 1985-86.

Crazy Eights

James Feldeine made all eight of his free-throw attempts against Robert Morris, Jan. 8, at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The last Bobcat to shoot 100 percent from the free-throw line (min. eight made) was DeMario Anderson, who connected on all 10 of his chances, Jan. 17, 2008, at St. Francis (N.Y.).

Giveth, But Can't Taketh Away

James Johnson is third in the Northeast Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.65. He's dished out 71 assists (5.1 apg, 3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 43 times.

Rutty Reaches Elite Status

Justin Rutty ranks in the top five in the NEC among scorers (17.2 ppg, 3rd) and rebounders (8.2 rpg, 2nd), becoming the only player in the league currently ranked in the top five of both categories. In addition, his 4.62 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 1.74 offensive rebounds per game margin.

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' 14 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 11.4 points, 5.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals, while shooting 44.4 percent (12-27) from three-point range. He's started his first 14 collegiate games, becoming just the third Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.

On the Rebound

The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (16.14 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 30.9 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +6.8 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).

Fine To Be Feldeine

James Feldeine currently ranks among the Northeast Conference's best in several categories. He's first in scoring at 19.1 points per game and eighth in rebounds (6.6). His 4.9 defensive rebounds per game rank tied for fifth and his 46.0 field-goal percentage is 14th. He's also 13th in three-point field-goal percentage (37.3) and is 10th in free-throw percentage (77.3). His 1.57 three-point field goals made per game is tied for 10th. His 1.79 steals and 2.29 assists per game rank third and 18th, respectively.

Regular For Rutty

Justin Rutty has shot 66.9 percent (99-for-148) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.

On Deck

The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action, Jan. 15, when they travel to Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., to take on St. Francis (N.Y.). Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pope Physical Education Center.