December 18, 2012

Friday Night Lights: Men's Basketball Takes On Albany At 7 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-6, 0-0 NEC) at
University of Albany Great Danes (9-2, 0-0 AE)
Date: Friday, December 21, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: SEFCU Arena – Albany, N.Y.
Series vs. Albany: 6-2
Last Time QU Faced Albany: December 23, 2002 (W, 78-65)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
Albany Last Five: 5-0
Live Video Stream: Albany TV
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: UAlbanySports.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device:
ESPN.Com
Tickets –
QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Friday Night Lights
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (3-6, 0-0 NEC) is looking forward to Friday night when the Bobcats are back in action against the University of Albany. Quinnipiac heads upstate New York for 7 p.m. tilt against the Great Danes at SEFCU Arena. It will be the ninth meeting all-time between the two schools.

On The Air / Multimedia Links
Friday night's game will be streamed online through Albany Sports TV by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio for a live broadcast. The voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

All-Time Against Albany
Quinnipiac owns a commanding 6-2 mark all-time against the Great Danes in a series that dates back to the 1953-54 campaign. The Bobcats opened the series with four straight victories in the 1950's; surrendered back-to-back meetings in 1979 and 1997; but are 2-0 since joining the NCAA's highest division. In their most recent meeting, Quinnipiac went on the road and handed Albany a 78-65 loss behind 50.8 percent shooting and five players reaching double-figures.

Scouting The Great Danes
With its lone win of the week over South Carolina State on Wednesday (12/12), the Great Danes moved up to 20th in the most recent Top-25 College Insider Mid-Major poll. This marks the highest top-25 ranking in the mid-major poll since entering Division I in 1999. UAlbany has put together six consecutive wins to improve to 9-2 overall, which is its best 11-game start in the Division I era. The Great Danes have been efficient both from behind the arc and from the charity stripe. Nationally, UAlbany is 17th from behind the arc, shooting 40.0 percent (84-210) and 48th from the free-throw line, shooting 73.9 percent (170-230). The Great Dane duo of Mike Black and Jacob Iati, younger brother of former QU Director of Men's Basketball Operations and current UAlbany Assistant Coach Jon Iati, has been a huge part to the team's success, averaging a combined 33.8 points per game which is a conference best between two players. UAlbany has also received help from the bench by Peter Hooley and Sam Rowley. Hooley and Rowley are seeing just over 20 minutes a game and have combined for 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.

Last Time Out Against Boston University
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team came within seconds of its third straight win over Boston University on Sunday afternoon (12/16), but instead suffered an overtime loss, 69-62, to the Terriers at Case Gymnasium in Boston, Mass. A game-tying, three-point field goal with five seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime, where BU carried its momentum en route to a 17-10 edge in the extra frame. As stressed in head coach Tom Moore's postgame press conference, offensive execution was the difference in the game. Quinnipiac turned the ball over 22 times which resulted in 30 points on the other end - nine coming off the fast-break. BU also collected a 29-10 advantage in points off the bench. Other than those statistics, Quinnipiac played well enough to win. The Bobcats held BU to 37.7 percent from the floor, controlled the backboards (43-36) and paint (32-26). Quinnipiac also shot 43.9 percent from the field and blocked five shots in the contest.

Climbing The Ladder
Ike Azotam collected his 20th career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Boston (12/16). With the performance, Azotam surpassed Jeremy Bishop '03 (547) and Kason Mims '04 (548) on Quinnipiac's Division I career rebounding list. The junior power forward currently sits in fourth place and remains just 22 shy of C.J. Vick '05 (577) for third. Azotam also ranks third in career double-doubles among active NEC players – sitting just one shy of LIU's Jamal Olaseware (21).

Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 327 career assists trail Jared Grasso '02 who finished his career with 404 assists.

Rejection Is Key
Jamee Jackson recorded his 81st career block against Lehigh (11/27) and moved ahead of Justin Rutty '11 into second among Division I career block leaders at Quinnipiac. Jackson's 83 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots.

Tis The Season
The month of December has been a great time for Quinnipiac to play basketball. Quinnipiac is 12-5 since the 2010-11 season in December games. 

Senior Standout
Garvey Young, now in his senior season, is averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and has recorded double-digits in four of his last six games. Young snatched a team-high 13 points against Vermont (12/8) – which made it three straight games with 13 or more points, including a career-best 16 against Lehigh (11/27). Young recorded 15 points in the season-opening win over Hartford (11/10) and 15 again in the team's first home win against Colgate (12/5).

Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 96th career win against Colgate (12/5) and remains four shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .575 winning percentage is the fifth best in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.652), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.618), Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.600) and CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.579). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)

Coach (Team)

Wins

Losses

Winning %

John Becker (UVM)

30

16

0.652

Tommy Amaker (HARV)

97

60

0.618

Sydney Johnson (FAIR)

30

20

0.600

Howie Dickenman (CCSU)

169

123

0.579

Tom Moore (QU)

96

71

0.575

Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. Through 167 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 46 of the 167 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 11 with plus-20 or better. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 44-2 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-1 record with plus-20.  

On Deck
Quinnipiac returns to the TD Bank Sports Center for its next game when the Bobcats host Maine on Saturday, December 29, 2012. The two teams are set to tip-off at 3 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on NESN throughout the New England region.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu