November 27, 2012

Men's Basketball Falls To Non-Conference Foe Lehigh, 77-66

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior guard Garvey Young (Washington, D.C.) scored a team-high 16 points and power forward Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) recorded his 18th career double-double, but the nation's leading scorer C.J. McCollum powered the Lehigh Mountain Hawks to a 77-66 win at the TD Bank Sports Center on Tuesday night.

Quinnipiac, now 2-4 on the season, was led by Garvey Young who finished with16 points which included a 10-for-10 night from the charity stripe. Azotam scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season, while Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) added 11 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort.

Three out of the last four opponents for the Bobcats have featured one of the nation's leading scorers – this time senior guard C.J. McCollum. Despite a slow first half, McCollum surpassed his season-average of 25.7 and finished with 30 points (25 in the second half) – making him the nation's leading scorer. He also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists in the team's fifth win of the season (5-2). Gabe Knutson joined McCollum in double-figures with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting and snatched eight rebounds.

Another close game for head coach Tom Moore and the Bobcats, Quinnipiac and Lehigh were neck-and-neck through 37 minutes of basketball. Azotam tied the game up (64-64) with a pair of free-throws with 3:40 seconds remaining, but McCollum answered with nine straight points over the next three minutes. Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) knocked down a pair of free-throws with 44 seconds left, but Lehigh put the game out of reach with four straight free-throws to solidify a 77-66 final.

Quinnipiac's front court sustained a plus-eight margin on the glass, 40-32, and edged the Mountain Hawks in scoring underneath, 28-26. The Bobcats went 22-of-55 from the floor (40 percent) compared to 25-of-55 (45.5 percent) of Lehigh, but the big discrepancy came from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac left 11 points at the line after going 19-of-30 from the stripe. The Mountain Hawks were also very efficient from long-range – going 8-of-20 compared to 3-of-11 from the hosting Bobcats.

Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) and Shaq Shannon (Philadelphia, Pa.) gave quality minutes off the bench. Drame finished with four points and nine rebounds in 15 minutes, while Shaq Shannon (Philadelphia, Pa.) chimed in with seven points and a game-high seven assists with just one turnover. Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) added six points and three rebounds.

The Bobcats fell to 3-3 all-time against the Mountain Hawks. The series began in November of 2006, where QU won in decisive fashion with a 16-point triumph in Hamden. Quinnipiac followed the first meeting with a double overtime win the next time around, but has surrendered three of the last four to the Mountain Hawks. McCollum has averaged 23 points on 36.7 percent shooting (18-of-49) in three meetings with Quinnipiac.

The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, December 5 with the middle game of their three-game home stand. QU welcomes Colgate to the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m.

Please refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu