November 19, 2012

Men's Basketball To Wrap Up Paradise Jam Against George Mason Monday Night On CBS Sports

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2012 Paradise Jam – Bobcats Conclude Tournament With George Mason Monday Night
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (2-2, 0-0 NEC) will conclude the 2012 Paradise Jam on Monday night against George Mason at the University of Virgin Islands in Saint Thomas. Both teams are coming off difficult losses in the semifinals and will compete for third place in the consolation game of the winners' bracket. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. Eastern Time) with all the action live on the CBS Sports Network.

Tournament Background
The U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam offers men's and women's college basketball teams a chance for excellent early season competition in an exotic island setting. Since the tournament's inception in 2000, many of the nation's finest men and women's teams have converged on St. Thomas to test their skills and enjoy some fun in the sun.

On The Air
Monday night's game will be broadcasted nationally on the CBS Sports Network 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 Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.

All-Time Against George Mason
The Bobcats and the Patriots will meet for the first time in Saint Thomas.

Scouting The Patriots
If there's one team feeling worse than the Bobcats with the way the semifinals unfolded – it's the George Mason Patriots. Two three-pointers inside the final 11 seconds allowed New Mexico to overtake the Patriots, 70-69, in a last-second stunner Sunday night at the Paradise Jam. Junior Sherrod Wright led the Patriots with 22 points, one of three in double digits as he was joined by 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds from Johnny Williams, and 11 points by freshman Patrick Holloway. The Patriots are 2-2 overall with wins over Virginia and Mercer (Paradise Jam Quarterfinal), and losses to Bucknell and the Lobos. The team is led by the guard-forward tandem of Wright and Williams; who have led a stingy offense thus far. Wright is averaging 16.8 points per game with Williams adding 11 points and 6.3 rebounds per outing.

Last Time Out Against No. 23 UConn
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team went toe-to-toe with No. 23 nationally-ranked University of Connecticut on Sunday night, but came up short in a double overtime thriller, 89-83, in the semifinals of the 2012 Paradise Jam in Saint Thomas. For the second straight game, Quinnipiac registered five players in double-figures; this time led by Dave Johnson's 16 points - none bigger than a game-tying trey at the end of the first overtime. Garvey Young added 15 points and grabbed four rebounds, Ousmane Drame chipped in with 13, Jamee Jackson had 11 and Ike Azotam finished with 10. Azotam hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, closely followed by Jackson's seven. Quinnipiac outplayed UConn for most of the game but gave way to a significant advantage from the charity stripe. UConn connected on 39-of-45 (86.7 percent), granting the Huskies a 15-point edge over the Bobcats (24-35). UConn also turned 17 Bobcat turnovers into 18 points on the other end. Although the two teams each finished with 32 points in the paint; Quinnipiac clearly had the stronger front court. The Bobcats controlled a plus-nine edge on the glass, 44-35, including 14 offensive rebounds which resulted in 20 second chance points.

Double Overtime Marathon
Quinnipiac played its fifth Division I double overtime game when the Huskies and the Bobcats  needed 10 extra minutes to decide the non-conference showdown. Quinnipiac is 4-1 in double overtime games and 22-10 when extra time is needed. This includes a 9-4 mark under Head Coach Tom Moore. The last double overtime game was back in 2007 when the Bobcats edged the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Balanced Attack
Five players finished with 10 or more points in the last two games for the Bobcats. Prior to this weekend's Paradise Jam, the Bobcats hadn't seen five players in double-figures since a 72-70 win over Monmouth back in the 2010-11 campaign.

On Deck
The Bobcats will enjoy some time off after their stay in Saint Thomas. Quinnipiac returns to the hardwood on Tuesday, November 27 with a crucial non-conference showdown against CJ McCollum and Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio;ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu