Men's Basketball Begins Two-Game Road Trip At St. Francis (N.Y.) Thursday
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-8, 3-2 NEC) at
St. Francis (N.Y.) College Terriers (4-11, 2-3 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2008 7 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
Conference Play Continues
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team travels to Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., to take on St. Francis (N.Y.), Thursday night at Peter Aquilone Court. The Bobcats snapped a five-game losing skid with a home victory against Saint Francis (Pa.) Saturday, 65-58. The Terriers have fallen in six of their last seven contests, including a 74-62 defeat, Saturday against Mount St. Mary's. While the Terriers lead the all-time series against Quinnipiac, 10-7, the Bobcats have been victorious in the last five meetings.
Scouting the St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers
The Terriers will play without leading scorer (13.3 ppg) and rebounder (8.5 rpg) Kayode Ayeni, who's been lost for the season with what's been described as a lower body injury. Ricky Cadell is the Terriers' next-leading scorer at 12.5 ppg., while Herman Wrice's 4.8 rpg. is the next-best rebounding average on the team. Jamaal Womack has dished out 3.9 assists per game, while Cadell (.455), Rocco Rubino (.438) and Stefan Perunicic (.387) have helped SFNY to the second-best three-point field-goal percentage in the NEC (.371).
On The Air
Thursday'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 St. Francis (N.Y.)
DeMario Anderson scored a game-high 24 points as the Bobcats won a close game at St. Francis, 75-72, Jan. 17, 2008. Evann Baker added 15 points and Casey Cosgrove had 11 points. Robert Hines led St. Francis with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Bass Yessoufou and Ricky Cadell had 11 points each. The Bobcats withstood a late flurry by the Terriers, as Hines' contested attempt at a game-winning three-pointer wouldn't fall.
Last Time Out Against Saint Francis (Pa.)
Bryan Geffen scored 19 of his career-high 24 points in the second half as the Bobcats came from behind to defeat Saint Francis (Pa.), 65-58, Saturday afternoon at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats shot 59.1 percent (13-22) in the second half while holding the Red Flash to 32.0 percent (8-25).
After shooting 42.9 percent (9-21) in the first half, the Bobcats set the nets on fire at 59.1 percent (13-22) in the second half against Saint Francis (Pa.) to shoot a season-high 51.2 percent (22-43).
How Bout That Defense
Saint Francis (Pa.) had no answer for the Bobcats pressure defense in the second half, Jan. 10. Quinnipiac held the Red Flash without a field goal for a stretch of over 10 minutes and Saint Francis (Pa.) shot just 32.0 percent (8-25) in the second half.
Gettin' Geffen On Track
After scoring 27 points in his previous six games, Bryan Geffen scored a career-high 24 points, Jan. 10, against Saint Francis (Pa.). His previous career-high of 19 points came in his Bobcats debut, Nov. 11, 2007, against Hartford.
Double-Double Again and Again
Justin Rutty compiled his team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds, Jan. 10, against Saint Francis (Pa.). No other Bobcat has more than two double-doubles this season.
Leading The League
James Feldeine currently ranks first in the Northeast Conference in scoring at 18.9 points per game, percentage points ahead of CCSU's Ken Horton.
Dunkin' Dutchman Comparison
Justin Rutty has shot 65.6 percent, 7.5 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.
Giveth, But Can't Taketh Away
James Johnson is third in the Northeast Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.60. He's dished out 77 assists (5.1 apg, 3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 48 times.
Rutty Reaches Elite Status
Justin Rutty ranks in the top five in the NEC among scorers (16.6 ppg, 4th) and rebounders (8.5 rpg, 2nd), becoming one of only two players in the league currently ranked in the top five of both categories (RMU's Jeremy Chappell). In addition, his 4.43 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 1.63 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' 15 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 11.0 points, 5.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals, while shooting 41.4 percent (12-29) from three-point range. He's started his first 15 collegiate games, becoming just the third Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.
On the Rebound
The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.40 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 30.9 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +6.2 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 18.9 points per game and eighth in rebounds (6.5). His 4.9 defensive rebounds per game rank sixth and his 46.2 field-goal percentage is 13th. He's also 11th in three-point field-goal percentage (38.1) and is 10th in free-throw percentage (76.7). His 1.60 three-point field goals made per game is 12th. His 1.80 steals rank third.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 65.6 percent (103-for-157) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action, Jan. 17, when they travel to West Long Branch, N.J., to take on Monmouth. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Boylan Gym.