HAMDEN, Conn. – Led by the front court tandem of Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.), the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team improved to 3-1 all-time against Colgate University with a 67-56 victory at the TD Bank Sports Center on Wednesday night. Azotam and Jackson were two of four players in double-figures as the Bobcats moved to 3-4 on the young season.
"I am happy to get the win - we really needed it after three-straight losses and it's really important for our confidence," said head coach Tom Moore, who picked up career win No. 96. "We had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and those of you who saw us against Lehigh and American, in this game I think you saw a team that was talking more and a little more spirited, which was really important for us."
Azotam picked up his 19th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jackson collected his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Garvey Young (Washington, D.C.) poured in a game-high 15 points which included a 5-for-6 night at the free-throw line and Evan Conti (Bayside, N.Y.) chimed in with a season-high 10 points and five rebounds.
Quinnipiac set the tone from the opening whistle with a 21-7 run to start the game. Due in large part to a stifling defense, the Bobcats mustered a 14-point lead after holding Colgate to 3-of-12 shooting (25 percent) through the first 12 minutes. Colgate managed to chip away at the deficit, but Quinnipiac carried a 31-26 lead at the break.
Coach Moore stressed rebounding and defense in his postgame press conference – two statistics that provided separation between the two teams. The Bobcats out-rebounded the Raiders, 25-17, and held their opposition to 33.3 percent from the floor in the second half. Quinnipiac used a 12-2 run midway through the stanza to open a 17-point lead, an advantage that they would never relinquish.
For the game, Quinnipiac garnered a plus-12 margin (46-34) on the backboards – the 46th time the Bobcats have amassed a plus-10 advantage under Moore's tutelage. Included in the season-high 46 rebounds were 18 boards on the offensive end, which resulted in 21 second chance points. The Bobcats also turned 15 Colgate turnovers into 17 points on the other end.
Despite foul trouble, Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) finished with seven points and five rebounds in limited action. Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) added five points and two assists and Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) had four points and five rebounds.
Colgate, now 3-6 overall, was led by Murphy Burnatowski and Mitch Rolls who each scored 12 points in the losing effort. Luke Rohm added 10.
The Bobcats hold a 3-1 record all-time against the Raiders – now winners of two straight after an 80-70 win last season in Hamilton, N.Y. The series began with a home-and-away contract for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, where each squad won on their home court.
The Bobcats return to the hardwood Saturday, Dec. 8 where they will take on 2012 NCAA Tournament contender Vermont at the TD Bank Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 4:07 p.m. with all the action broadcasted live on the New England Sports Network (NESN).
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