January 26, 2010

Basketball and Beyond: Week 2

Each week for the rest of the season, senior James Feldeine will chronicle his experiences with the Quinnipiac men's basketball team.

Since school has been back in session, I've been getting a number of questions about the team. Most were about me getting 1,000 points and others asked about our record. When I answered, most people were surprised and shocked that we were doing so well. The next question was, "When is your next game?" Our next game was the first Thursday back from winter break. We were playing Bryant, a team that beat us twice last year. This was a big game for us because we just beat them the weekend before and wanted to show everyone we are a different team. Once I came out for warm-ups, I saw some students cheering, and we'd love to see even more support in the future. After all, we're in first place in the NEC and we've won seven straight games.

After the Bryant game, we landed at the top of the NEC. It was really a big step forward for this program because it tied for the best start in the NEC in school history. After handling Bryant, we had a big task on hand because Central Connecticut was coming into Hamden. In practice, Coach Moore explained the history between both schools. We found out that QU had never beaten Central two times in one season at Division I. He also explained that CCSU beat Sacred Heart by 20 two days after losing to us by 31. They were going to come in with a different mindset playing against us 10 days later. We all knew they were going to try to come out and out-tough us at the beginning of the game. At first, we weren't really ready to play and I think it was because it was an early start. But after a great halftime speech from Coach Moore, we came out with a chip on our shoulders. We all knew we wanted to be the first team to beat Central twice in one season. We also want to be the first team to make it to the NCAA tournament and we had to get past this hump. We ended up winning the game by 13.

After the game, Coach Moore told us to head over to the students who came out to the game and thank them for the support. It felt good to see a number of students there to watch history. We're going to need the support of the Quinnipiac community in order to reach our dream of winning the NEC this season. We hope to see everyone at our next home game, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. against Sacred Heart.