February 13, 2009

Men's Basketball Takes On Robert Morris Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-13, 7-6 NEC) at

Robert Morris University Colonials (18-8, 12-1 NEC)

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 – 7 p.m.

Charles L. Sewall Center – Moon Township, Pa.

Western Pennsylvania Weekend Concludes

The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team completes a weekend in western Pennsylvania Saturday, when it faces Robert Morris in suburban Pittsburgh. The Bobcats are coming off a 59-55 victory, Thursday, at Saint Francis (Pa.), while the Colonials have won 12 straight NEC games after dropping their league opener. They've also only lost once to an unranked team in their last 19 games, going 15-4 in the span. The Colonials lead the all-time series, 12-7.

Scouting the Robert Morris Colonials

Guard Jeremy Chappell leads the Colonials at 16.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals per game. He's averaged 32.2 minutes per game with the next closest Colonial playing 26.3 minutes per contest. Forward Rob Robinson (11.6 ppg) and guard Jimmy Langhurst (10.2 ppg) have also made strong scoring contributions. Robinson has also averaged 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. Chappell (42.7), Langhurst (41.4) and guard Gary Wallace (51.1) all shoot over 40.0 percent from long range. The Colonials lead the NEC in scoring offense, scoring margin, field-goal percentage, three-point field-goal percentage, rebounding defense, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio.

On The Air

Saturday's game can be heard live on the Bobcats Radio Network. Greg Ott will have the play-by-play call with Pat Salvas on color.

Last Time Against Robert Morris

James Feldeine scored a game-high 18 points and Justin Rutty added 16, but the Colonials defeated the Bobcats, 75-63, Jan. 10 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Rob Robinson led the Colonials with 15 points and four steals, while Jimmy Langhurst (14), Bateko Francisco (13) and Mezie Nwigwe (10) all scored in double figures.

Last Time Out Against Saint Francis (Pa.)

Justin Rutty scored 15 points as the Bobcats defeated Saint Francis (Pa.), 59-55, Thursday in Loretto, Pa. James Johnson added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Bryan Geffen scored all of his 11 points in the second half.

Shoot Better, Win More

The Bobcats are 8-0 when they outshoot their opponent.

Ten of Eleven

The Bobcats have taken 10 of their 11 wins this season while allowing 69 points or less.

Double-Digit Double-Doubles

Justin Rutty compiled his NEC-leading 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds, Feb. 7, against Bryant. No other Bobcat has more than three double-doubles this season.

In The Bobcats' Defense...

Quinnipiac ranks first in the NEC in field-goal percentage defense (.401) and scoring defense (62.2) in conference games.

Second To Start 24

James Johnson joined Jared Grasso as the only Bobcats to start the first 24 consecutive games of their collegiate careers at the Division I level with a start, Feb. 12, at Saint Francis (Pa.). Johnson surpassed Bill Romano's 23 straight starts in 1998-99 with the start against the Red Flash. Grasso holds the QU record with 71 straight starts to begin his career.

Rutty Nationally Ranked

In addition to leading the Northeast Conference with a 61.2 field-goal percentage, Justin Rutty ranks eighth in the nation. His 4.74 offensive rebounds per game rank second, while his 9.5 boards per game are 25th.

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 eight of the last 10 games. He's averaged 12.1 points during the span.

Giveth, But Can't Taketh Away

James Johnson is fifth in the NEC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.56. He's dished out 106 assists (4.4 apg, 6th-NEC) while turning it over just 68 times.

Dunkin' Dutchman Comparison

Rutty's shooting accuracy (61.2%) also compares well 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 six in the NEC among scorers (15.6 ppg, 6th) and rebounders (9.5 rpg, 1st), becoming the only player in the league currently ranked in the top six of both categories. In addition, his 4.74 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 1.86 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 23 of the Bobcats' 24 games this season.

Floor General Johnson

James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. Johnson has averaged 10.7 points, 4.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals while adjusting seamlessly to the college game. He's started his first 24 collegiate games, becoming just the second Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.

On the Rebound

The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (14.92 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 31.7 rebounds per game (2nd-NEC) and a +6.0 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).

Fine To Be Feldeine

James Feldeine currently ranks among the NEC's best in several categories. He's 3rd in scoring at 16.5 points per game and 9th in rebounds (6.3). His 4.58 defensive boards per game rank 8th and his 74.7 free-throw percentage is 10th. His 1.67 steals per game are 6th and his 2.21 assists per game are tied for 20th.

Regular For Rutty

Justin Rutty has shot 61.2 percent (158-for-258) this season (1st-NEC), besting his NEC-leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.

On Deck

The Bobcats return to action Thursday, when they play host to Fairleigh Dickinson. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the T.D. Banknorth Sports Center.