Men's Basketball Opens NEC Play Against St. Francis Brooklyn On Thursday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-7, 0-0 NEC) vs.
St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (4-7, 0-0 NEC)
Date:
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. St. Francis Brooklyn: 11-12
Last Time QU Faced St. Francis: March 1, 2012 (W, 80-72)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
St. Francis Last Five: 2-3
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

Northeast Conference Play Begins
The all-important Northeast Conference schedule starts just three days into the New Year with back-to-back home games at the Bank. Up first, Quinnipiac (4-7, 0-0 NEC) hosts St. Francis Brooklyn (4-7, 0-0 NEC) on Thursday, January 3 at 7 p.m. – a rematch of last year's NEC Quarterfinals. Two days later, the Bobcats welcome LIU Brooklyn for a 3 p.m. tilt in Hamden. 

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On The Air / Multimedia Links
Thursday night's game will be streamed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where 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 St. Francis Brooklyn
Quinnipiac went 1-2 against the Terriers last season and fell below the .500 mark (11-12) in the all-time series. However, the Bobcats lone win last year came in the Northeast Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, 80-72, and expunged a Terrier two-game sweep in the regular season. STBC snapped an eight-game slide against Quinnipiac with its first win on the 2011-12 season - a stretch that dated back to the 2005-06 campaign. 

Scouting The Terriers
After a 2-2 start to the season, St. Francis Brooklyn endured a five-give losing streak with losses to Norfolk State, Albany, Boston College, Stony Brook and St. John's. However, the Terriers got two of those losses back with consecutive wins against Colgate and most recently NJIT. Senior forward Akeem Johnson drove down the lane for a game-winning layup with five seconds remaining as the Terriers held on to defeat the NJIT Highlanders, 89-87, Sunday evening in Newark. Sophomore forward Jalen Cannon continued his torrid play, recording a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds en-route to his fifth double-double of the season. Cannon was 6-of-12 from the floor and a career-best 10-for-12 from the line. Junior guard Ben Mockford added 15 points and Johnson chipped in with 10 points. Cannon, an NEC All-Rookie selection a year ago, leads the NEC in rebounding (9.5), field goal percentage (.636) and double-doubles (five), and ranks fourth in scoring (17.2). Mockfold, Johnson and Kevin Douglas are also averaging right around double-figures in the scoring column. 

Last Time Out Against Maine
The Bobcats were defeated by the University of Maine, 76-71, last Saturday at the TD Bank Sports Center. Ike Azotam led all Bobcats with 16 points and nine rebounds, but hot shooting from Justin Edwards and the Black Bears offense resulted in a loss for the home team on York Hill Campus. Azotam was joined by three other Bobcats in double-figures; Evan Conti with 12, Dave Johnson with 11 and Ousmane Drame with 10. Jamee Jackson added nine points and eight rebounds, while Shaq Shannon chipped in seven points. Johnson also dished out a game-high seven assists. Shooting percentage proved to be the difference, as Quinnipiac connected on 36.6 percent of its field goals, only 29.7 percent in the second half, compared to 54.7 percent from the Black Bears. The Bobcats entered the contest with the NEC's second-best defense, allowing just over 41 percent from opposing teams. 

Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has been called upon to fill a starting role of late and has excelled at the opportunity. In three career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 10.3 points, four rebounds and two assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted a career-high 14 points and four rebounds against Penn.  

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 five 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 (22). 

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

17

0.645833333

Tommy Amaker (HARV)

99

61

0.61875

Sydney Johnson (FAIR)

32

20

0.615384615

Tom Moore (QU)

97

72

0.573964497

Howie Dickenman (CCSU)

169

126

0.572881356

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 against Albany (12/21). Five of the eight rebounds were on the offensive glass, while the junior power forward also added a steal to his stat line. 

Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 334 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 87 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots. 

Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. Through 169 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 46 of the 169 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.    

Tis The Season
The month of December has been a great time for Quinnipiac to play basketball. Quinnipiac is 13-6 since the 2010-11 season in December games. 

On Deck
Quinnipiac will conclude its three-game home stand on Saturday, January 5 against 2012 NEC Champion LIU Brooklyn. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.  

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu