Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-5, 1-1 NEC) at
Colgate University Raiders (5-6, 0-0 Patriot League)
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
Cotterell Court – Hamilton, N.Y.
Bobcats Head To Upstate New York For Colgate On Wednesday
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (6-5) returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, December 28 after a short break for the holiday. The Bobcats will take on the Raiders of Colgate University (5-6) on Cotterell Court at the Reid Athletic Center. Tip-off for QU's last scheduled non-conference road game is set for 7 p.m. The Bobcats are 2-0 in their first game following Christmas Day in the last two seasons.
All-Time Against Colgate
The Bobcats hold a 1-1 record all-time against the Raiders. The two teams contracted a home-and-away series for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, where each squad captured a triumph on their home court.
Scouting The Raiders
Senior Nick Pascale posted a double-double last Thursday night, but Colgate suffered a 23 point defeat at Hofstra University in a non-conference affair. However, the Raiders were coming off back-to-back wins at home, which included a thrilling overtime triumph against Dartmouth, 61-55. Colgate trailed by three points with 3.5 seconds left in regulation before forcing the extra session; where it would hang on and improve to 4-0 at Cotterell Court. The Raiders feature a balanced attack with five players averaging more than nine points per game. Pat Moore's 11.1 points per game leads the team, while Pascale is the leading rebounder with 5.3 per outing. The team shoots well from behind the arc at nearly 40 percent, but can be careless with the ball at times. Last time out, Colgate matched its season average of 18 turnovers, resulting in 20 points on the other end for the Pride.
Last Time Against Colgate
Colgate shot 56 percent from the floor en route to an 80-71 triumph back in November of 2006. In a game that consisted of 44 fouls and 43 turnovers, the Raiders used a proficient offense to gain the edge. Colgate outshot the Bobcats from the field, from behind the arc and from the free-throw line. Three QU players finished in double-figures and the Bobcats turned 22 Raider turnovers into 27 points on the offensive end.
On The Air
Wednesday's game will be aired on Colgate Raiders TV and can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The voice of the Bobcats, Bill Schweizer, will have the play-by-play call, with Bob Tipson providing color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
Last Time Out Against Niagara
Ike Azotam registered a career-high 32 points to lead the Bobcats past Niagara on Thursday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Azotam and the Bobcats held off a late charge from the visiting Purple Eagles en route to an 85-81 triumph and their fourth win at home this season. Quinnipiac outshot Niagara, 46 percent to 43 percent, out-rebounded Purple Eagles, 48-30, and controlled the paint, 44-30. Defensively, QU held NU's leading scorer Juan'ya Green in check all night. Garvey Young was matched up with Green for much of the contest and held him to just 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Green entered the game as the nation's second leading freshman in points per game (19.9).
10 And 10 For Two
Dave Johnson and Ousmane Drame each recorded their first-career double-doubles against Niagara on Dec. 22. Johnson matched a career-high with 10 assists to go along with 13 points and Drame finished with a career-high 13 points and 10 rebounds. The duo also combined to go 13-of-14 from the charity stripe. Furthermore, Azotam was one rebound shy of joining Johnson and Drame with at least 10 in two statistical categories. Two players with double-doubles occurred last season when Ike Azotam and Lance Brown accomplished the rare feat against Sacred Heart on Feb. 9.
Human Highlight Reel
Ike Azotam poured in a career-high against Niagara, a game that was featured on ESPN's Sportscenter later that evening. Azotam stole the show on the court and in the Sportscenter clip, as the power forward finished 13-of-18 (72 percent) from the floor, 6-of-8 from the free-throw line, grabbed nine rebounds and tallied two blocks.
Among The Elite
Quinnipiac has once again established itself as a national power on the boards. The Bobcats lead the nation in offensive rebounds per game (17.5), are second in rebounds per game (44.7), and are sixth in rebounding margin (11.5). 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)
James Johnson and Ike Azotam each scored 22 points against UMass, Dec. 17, a game that was televised on NESN. Johnson finished 8-of-16 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, while Azotam posted another double-double with 13 boards; as the duo accounted for 65 percent of the team's total offense. Last season, Johnson and Justin Rutty accomplished the 20-20 coup at Long Island, Feb. 5.
Johnson Moves Past Mason
James Johnson's 15 points against Hartford on Dec. 6 moved him into sole possession of 14th on the all-time career scoring list. Johnson (1,390) surpassed Kason Mims' 1,320 mark with the performance, which also moved him into fourth place in QU's Division I scoring leaders category.
Just Like Ike
Ike Azotam is eighth in the country in offensive rebounding (4.3 per game) and 10th in total rebounding (10.9 per game). He has posted seven double-doubles thus far, ranking him in a four-way tie for fourth in the nation in the category. This includes careers-highs in points (32) and rebounds (18) against Niagara, Dec. 22 and Yale, Nov. 15, respectively. Furthermore, with his performance against the Minutemen, Dec. 17, he moved closer to fourth place in career double-doubles among active NEC players. He collected his ninth career double-double, when he netted 22 points and hauled in 13 rebounds.
Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. Through 137 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 23 times. In 34 of the 137 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including seven with plus-20 or better. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 34-1 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 7-1 record with plus-20.
Stellar D All Around
The Bobcats held the Catamounts to just 7.7 percent from behind the arc, Dec. 11. That figure marked the lowest three-point field goal percentage by an opponent since January 27, 2002, when QU held Wagner to just 6.2 percent (1-16) from long distance. Furthermore, the Bobcats held Vermont two just two field goals over the final 10:42 of the second half. The Catamounts managed just 12 points on 2-of-10 shooting during the stretch. Eight of the 12 points came from the free-throw line.
Lights, Camera, Jackson
Jamee Jackson was dominant in all facets of the game at Vermont, Dec. 11. He compiled 20 points, seven rebounds and two steals on the afternoon. He finished 8-of-15 from the floor, 4-of-5 from the charity stripe and was stellar behind the ball as well. Two games earlier against Bryant on Dec. 3; he netted 21 points going 8-of-13 from the floor to lead the Bobcats to the team's 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. has reached two milestones this season. Jackson collected his 400th point against Hartford, Dec. 6, and 300th rebound against Sacred Heart, Dec. 1.
Big Night For "Z"
Zaid Hearst tossed in a career-high 14 points and grabbed six rebounds in the triumph at Hartford, Dec. 6. He went 4-of-8 from the floor, 5-of-6 from the free throw line and snatched two steals. He recorded 10 points in the first half and also knocked down a three in his third career start for the Bobcats.
Nothing Short Of Perfect
Junior Dave Johnson made all eight of his free-throw attempts against Bryant, Dec. 3. 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.
Johnson, Azotam Earn Monthly Accolades
James Johnson and Ike Azotam were tabbed to the CollegeHoops.Net November NEC All-Conference Team, announced December 1. 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, 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 recorded double-digits in his three of his first four games and ranked 30th in the league in scoring during the stretch (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.
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, 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, 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 Saturday, December 31 with their final regular season non-conference game. QU welcomes Boston University to the TD Bank Sports Center for a regional game that will be televised on NESN. Tip-off is set for noon on Lender Court.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu