Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-12, 4-6 NEC) vs.
Long Island University Blackbirds (10-10, 6-3 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 2 p.m.
TD Banknorth Sports Center Hamden, Conn.
Conference Play Continues
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team looks to snap a four-game losing skid when it plays host to Long Island, Saturday afternoon at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The Bobcats have fallen to Monmouth, Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut and Mount St. Mary's in their last four games, while the Blackbirds won last time out, a double-overtime triumph against Fairleigh Dickinson Thursday. While the all-time series is knotted at 10-10, QU has won the last five.
Scouting the Long Island Blackbirds
Preseason All-NEC Team pick Jaytornah Wisseh leads the Blackbirds at 15.6 points, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Ron Manigault trails only Justin Rutty among rebounders in the NEC at 9.2 boards per game, including an NEC-leading 6.45 defensive rebounds per game. Kyle Johnson has also contributed 14.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 three-point field goals made per game. Julian Boyd has been named NEC Rookie of the Week three times this year, and has averaged 5.6 rebounds, including 2.8 offensive boards per game.
On The Air
Saturday's game can be heard live on the Bobcats Radio Network. Eli Olken-Dann will have the play-by-play call with Bob Tipson on color. A live video feed will also be available to Bobcat Channel subscribers.
Last Time Against Long Island
DeMario Anderson scored a game-high 24 points as the Bobcats outlasted the Blackbirds, 89-86, Feb. 14, 2008, in Brooklyn. Evann Baker (15), Justin Rutty (13) and Karl Anderson (11) also finished in double figures while Eugene Kotorobai compiled a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blackbirds. David Hicks (16), Kyle Johnson (15), Jaytornah Wisseh (14) and Tyrone Mattison (11) also scored in double figures for LIU.
Last Time Out Against Mount St. Mary's
Justin Rutty compiled his eighth double-double of the season, his third consecutive, but the Bobcats were defeated by Mount St. Mary's, 60-42, Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Rutty scored 12 points and added 16 rebounds to lead QU, while Jeremy Goode led all scorers with 19 points for the Mount.
Newburgh Native Nationally Ranked
In addition to leading the Northeast Conference with a 63.7 field-goal percentage, Justin Rutty ranks sixth in the nation. His 93 offensive rebounds and 4.89 offensive rebounds per game rank second, while his 9.5 boards per game are 26th.
Double-Double Again and Again
Justin Rutty compiled his NEC-leading eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds, Jan. 29, against Mount St. Mary's. No other Bobcat has more than two double-doubles this season.
Geffen Finds Consistency
After scoring more than 10 points just twice in the Bobcats' first 14 games, Bryan Geffen has added a second digit to his scoring total in four of the last six games. He's averaged 12.0 points during the span.
Seven For Second To One Hundred
Justin Rutty currently stands at 93 offensive rebounds. With seven more, he'd become just the second Quinnipiac player to reach 100 offensive rebounds at the Division I level, joining Jeremy Bishop (117 in 2001-02). He'd also join just 11 other NEC players to grab 100 on the offensive glass since the league started tabulating offensive boards in 1997-98.
Welcome Back Zajac
Ed Zajac returned to the floor, Jan. 29 against Mount St. Mary's after missing the previous seven games due to injury.
Giveth, But Can't Taketh Away
James Johnson is tied for sixth in the NEC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.50. He's dished out 93 assists (4.7 apg, T3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 62 times.
Dunkin' Dutchman Comparison
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.
Rutty Reaches Elite Status
Justin Rutty ranks in the top five in the NEC among scorers (16.1 ppg, 5th) and rebounders (9.5 rpg, 1st), becoming the only player in the league currently ranked in the top five of both categories. In addition, his 4.89 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 2.09 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' 20 games this season.
Floor General Johnson
James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. Johnson has averaged 10.6 points, 4.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals while adjusting seamlessly to the college game. He's started his first 20 collegiate games, becoming just the third Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.
On the Rebound
The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.30 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 31.5 rebounds per game (2nd-NEC) and a +6.4 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).
Fine To Be Feldeine
James Feldeine currently ranks among the NEC's best in several categories. He's 2nd in scoring at 17.5 points per game and 8th in rebounds (6.4). His 4.65 defensive boards per game rank 5th and his 74.7 free-throw percentage is 13th. His 1.55 three-point field goals and 1.75 steals per game are tied for 14th and tied for 4th, respectively.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 63.7 percent (137-for-215) this season (1st-NEC), besting his NEC-leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action, Feb. 5, when they face intrastate foe Sacred Heart. Opening tip of the game, to be regionally-televised on MSG, FCS and the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN), is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the William H. Pitt Center.