Men's Basketball Takes On Maine Saturday Afternoon At 3:07 PM - Televised Live On NESN

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-6, 0-0 NEC) vs.
University of Maine Black Bears (4-8, 0-0 AE)
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Time: 3:07 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – 3:07 PM
Series vs. Maine: 3-1
Last Time QU Faced Maine: November 29, 2010 (W, 75-67)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
Maine Last Five: 2-3
Television: NESN
Live Video Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device:
ESPN.Com
Tickets –
QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

QU, Maine On NESN
Fresh off an impressive win at Albany, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (4-6, 0-0 NEC) will open another three-game home stand on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats host Maine (4-8, 0-0 AE) at 3:07 p.m. – a game that will be televised throughout the region on the New England Sports Network (NESN). Admission for each game is FREE for children with the purchase of an adult ticket, specially priced at $1. The first 200 children, age 12 and under will receive a free t-shirt.

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On The Air / Multimedia Links
Saturday afternoon's game will be broadcasted live on NESN and streamed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call for NESN with Billy Mecca providing insight on color commentary and Jayme Parker reporting on the sideline. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio with Bob Mortali on play-by-play and Bob Tipson on color. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

All-Time Against Maine
After a one-year break, Quinnipiac renews its series with Maine in search for its fourth straight win. The Bobcats are 3-1 all-time against the Black Bears, suffering their only loss in their inaugural meeting back in 2007. Quinnipiac has responded nicely however, winning three straight including a 75-67 triumph in their last get-together at the TD Bank Sports Center in 2010.

Scouting The Black Bears
Maine heads to Hamden with a 4-8 record which features a 1-7 mark when playing on the road. Most recently however, the Black Bears handed Florida Gulf Coast University – a team that opened the season with a win over ACC affiliate and nationally ranked Miami – an 84-78 loss on Saturday afternoon at the Alfond Arena. Justin Edwards scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out five assists in the win, while Alasdair Fraser finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Jon Mesghna added 11 points and nine rebounds. Edwards has paced the Black Bear offense thus far, bringing in 17.9 points to go along with 5.4 rebounds per game. Fraser and Xavier Pollard also score in double-figures, with Fraser leading the team in rebounding (9.3). The key to this matchup will be the front court, as both teams tend to garner more points underneath than with the jump shot.

Last Time Out Against Albany
Ike Azotam scored a game-high 17 points, none bigger than the game-winning layup with 12 seconds left in regulation, to lift the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team over Albany, 59-57, at SEFCU Arena last Friday. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 7-2 all-time against Albany - a team that was recently ranked No. 20 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. Zaid Hearst added 12 points and four rebounds, while Jamee Jackson and Shaq Shannon combined for 16 points, eight apiece, and 15 rebounds. Conti and Ousmane Drame fared well in good minutes for the Bobcats. Conti finished with five points and three rebounds, while Drame had four points to go along with four rebounds. The Bobcats scored at a 39 percent clip, but dominated the glass, 39-30, and the paint, 33-22. Furthermore, 15 of QU's 39 rebounds were on the offensive end, which resulted in 12 second-chance points. Quinnipiac also had eight steals – just two away from a season-high.

Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 97th career win against Albany (12/21) and remains three shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .577 winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.660), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.620) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.608). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)

Coach (Team)

Wins

Losses

Winning %

John Becker (UVM)

31

16

0.660

Tommy Amaker (HARV)

98

60

0.620

Sydney Johnson (FAIR)

31

20

0.608

Tom Moore (QU)

97

71

0.577

Howie Dickenman (CCSU)

169

124

0.576

College Sports Madness Player of the Week
Ike Azotam was named the College Sports Madness Player of the Week, announced on Monday, December 24, 2012. College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in the weekly feature. Azotam led the way for the Bobcats, going 6-of-10 from the floor, 5-of-6 from the free-throw line and grabbed eight rebounds in the team's fourth win of the campaign. Five of the eight rebounds were on the offensive glass, while the junior power forward also added a steal to his stat line. Azotam leads the team in points (14.0) and rebounds per game (9.3), and is second in blocked shots.

Welcome To College Basketball
James Ford, Jr. (Hopewell, Va.) scored his first career points with a big three-pointer in the win over Albany (12/21). Ford made an immediate impact in just seven minutes - adding a block and a steal to his stat line.

NESN / SNY Success
Quinnipiac is 4-2 in games televised on NESN and SNY dating back to last season. Ike Azotam has averaged a double-double with 14.7 points and 10.5 rebounds to go along with 2.1 blocks per game. Azotam recorded 17 points and a career-best 18 rebounds in the win over Yale last November.

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 14 shy of C.J. Vick '05 (577) for third. Azotam also ranks third in career double-doubles among active NEC players – sitting just two 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 84 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 13-5 since the 2010-11 season in December games. 

Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. Through 168 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 46 of the 168 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 opens the New Year with Northeast Conference competition in the middle game of its three-game home stand. The Bobcats will take on St. Francis (N.Y.) on Thursday, January 3 at 7 p.m., followed by a televised game against NEC Preseason favorite LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, January 5. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu