Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-4, 1-1 NEC) vs.
University of Hartford (0-8, 0-0 AEC)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
Reich Family Pavilion – West Hartford, Conn.
CPTV Sport Channels:
Comcast New Haven - 7
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Cox (Digital) - 703
Bobcats, Hawks On CPTV Sports
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team returns to action Tuesday, when it travels a half-hour north to take on Hartford. Following their first Northeast Conference win against Bryant on Saturday, the Bobcats look to make it two straight in a game that will be televised on CPTV Sports. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Reich Family Pavilion in West Hartford, Conn.
All-Time Against Hartford
The Bobcats have endured great success against the Hawks in the all-time series. With their two-point win last season, QU has now won nine of the last 10 meetings, including four straight. Quinnipiac owns a 14-5 mark all-time against the Hawks.
Scouting The Hawks
Now eight games deep into the 2011-12 campaign, Hartford is still in search of its first win. The Hawks began the season playing five of their first six games away from home, a stretch that featured losses against Sacred Heart, Penn State, Mount St. Mary's, Brown, Holy Cross and Central Connecticut State. However, the team may be coming off two of its best performances this year. Hartford played a talented Yale squad to a five-point loss on November 29, and followed with a tough loss to Central Florida in a game where the Knights pulled away late in the second-half. Second-year Head Coach John Gallagher's squad consists of seven freshmen, led by Wes Cole on the offensive end. Cole, a 6-foot guard out of The Woodlands, Texas, averages nine points and just fewer than two boards per game. Offense certainly has not come easy for the Hawks, scoring about 57 points per outing with a scoring margin of minus-15.5 points.
Last Season Against Hartford
The Bobcats posted a 56 percent field goal percentage in the first half against the Hawks last season. Their 10-point halftime lead was enough to fend off a late second-half surge en route to a 66-64 victory at the TD Bank Sports Center. James Johnson matched a game-high with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting, four of which came from behind the three-point line. Johnson also tallied seven rebounds and three assists in the triumph.
On The Air
Tuesday's game will be aired on CPTV Sports and can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN by clicking the appropriate link posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The voice of the Bobcats, Bill Schweizer, will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca and Bob Tipson providing color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
Last Time Out Against Bryant
Junior Jamee Jackson led all scorers with a career-high 21 points on Saturday afternoon to lead the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team past Bryant, 85-67, at the TD Bank Sports Center. The triumph marked the first Northeast Conference win for the Bobcats, who improved to 4-3 in the Division I era against the Bulldogs. The QU triumph came due in large part to turning defense into offense. The Bobcats forced 14 turnovers which resulted in 22 points on the other end. Coupled with 19 second-chance points on 21 offensive rebounds, QU capitalized on both facets of the game. In addition, Quinnipiac dominated the boards, 45-25, and connected on 47.5 percent of its field goal attempts.
Jamee Jackson went 8-of-13 from the floor against Bryant on Dec. 1 to lead the Bobcats to their first conference win. His 21 points marked a new career-high, as Jackson was one rebound shy of his first career double-double. The junior out of Newark, N.J. needs just one point to reach 400, which would be his second milestone reached in a matter of three games. Jackson recently collected his 300th rebound against Sacred Heart.
Johnson Moves Past Feldeine
James Johnson registered 17 points on Saturday against Bryant, moving into 15th on the all-time career scoring leaders list. Johnson (1,326) surpassed James Feldeine's 1,320 mark, now remains just nine points shy of Kason Mims' four-year total of 1,335.
Nothing Short Of Perfect
Junior Dave Johnson made all eight of his free-throw attempts against Bryant on Saturday afternoon. About a year ago, former teammate Justin Rutty went 11-of-11 from the line, marking the last time a QU player was perfect through at least eight attempts. Johnson finished with 11 points and three assists in the triumph.
Double-Digits All Around
Four members posted double-figures against Bryant on Saturday. In addition to Jackson, James Johnson and Dave Johnson, Ike Azotam also finished with double-digits. Azotam added 11 points, as the quartet combined for 70 percent of the team's total offense in the win.
Among The Elite
Quinnipiac has once again established itself as a national power on the boards. The Bobcats lead the nation in rebounds per game (44.7), are second in offensive rebounding (17.4) and top-10 in rebounding margin (11.4). This marks the third consecutive season that QU has cracked the top-10 in rebounding; including a second place finish (42.3 per game) in 2010-11. (Behind North Carolina – 42.5 per game)
Just Like Ike
Through the first six games of the season, Ike Azotam is seventh in the country in rebounds per game (11.6). He has posted double-doubles in five of his first seven games, including careers-highs with 17 points and 18 rebounds against Yale on Nov. 15. Furthermore, with his performance against Sacred Heart, he moved closer to fourth place in career double-doubles among active NEC players. He collected his seventh career double-double, when he netted 18 points and hauled in 16 rebounds.
Johnson, Azotam Earn Monthly Accolades
James Johnson and Ike Azotam were recently tabbed to the CollegeHoops.Net November NEC All-Conference Team, announced December 1, 2011. Johnson averaged 19 points, four rebounds and 3.3 assists in four games through November. He shot 41 percent both overall and from three-point land, and totaled six steals in the month. Azotam also fared well throughout the month of November, aiding Johnson on the offensive end. He averaged 13.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in five games for the Bobcats, including individual career-highs in points (20) and rebounds (18) against American and Yale, respectively.
Freshman Nate Gause granted the Bobcats a much needed spark off the bench at American on Nov. 22. Gause reset his career-high in points with 14 on 6-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc. He has now recorded double-digits in his three of his first four games and ranks 30th in the league in scoring (9.8 points per game). Fellow teammate James Johnson began his career by scoring double-digits in four of his first seven games.
Depth Not An Issue
In the game against Navy on Nov. 19, all 16 members of the team saw time on the hardwood. 12 different members recorded at least one point, the first time since November 22, 2005 in a 106-57 win against Concordia. On the season, nine players are averaging more than 14 minutes per game, with three others accumulating at least seven minutes per outing.
QU held Yale to just 26.8 percent shooting overall and 22.6 percent in the second half of play on Nov. 15. The Bobcats have not had a more dominant display of defense since the 2008-09 campaign, when they limited the Terriers of St. Francis (N.Y.) to 25.4 percent shooting overall and just 21.9 percent in the first half.
The Bobcats grabbed 54 rebounds in their home-opener against Yale on Nov. 15. QU nabbed 50 or more boards in six games last season, including a program Division I record 60 against Lehigh on Dec. 7, 2010. Quinnipiac had three 50-rebound games in all of 2009-10, and never had three 50-rebound games in 11 prior seasons at Division I. Quinnipiac has corralled 50 rebounds in a game 12 times in Tom Moore's four years at QU. In nine years prior at Division I, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition.
No Stage Fright Here
In their first career game with a Bobcats' uniform draped over their shoulders, freshmen Nate Gause and Zaid Hearst sparked the QU offense against Fairfield on Nov. 11. Gause dropped 12 points, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc and nabbed three rebounds in his inaugural game. Zaid Hearst made his first career start in the season-opener and fared well in the back court. Hearst had six points, seven rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes of action.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, December 11 at Vermont. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Burlington, Vt. For all information pertaining to the men's basketball program, visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu