Men's Basketball Set For 2-0 Bulldogs On Thursday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-8, 1-1 NEC) at
Bryant University Bulldogs (9-4, 2-0 NEC)
Date:
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Chace Athletic Center – Smithfield, R.I.
Series vs. Bryant: 42-17
Last Time QU Faced Bryant: January 21, 2012 (W, 78-71 (OT))
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
St. Francis Last Five: 4-1
Live Video Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
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Tickets –
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Bobcats Set For 2-0 Bulldogs on Thursday Night
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (5-8, 1-1 NEC) will look for its sixth win against the Bulldogs since they joined Division I of the NCAA. Tip-off for the frontend of the series is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 10 at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I. Bryant is one of three NEC teams with a 2-0 record through the first weekend of competition. 

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 and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

All-Time Against Bryant
The Bobcats are 42-17 all-time against the Bulldogs; a rivalry that dates all the way back to the 1966-67 campaign. However, in the DI era the series offers a better competitive balance between the two schools. Quinnipiac holds a 5-3 advantage since 2007, which also includes a 3-0 record in when playing in Rhode Island. 

Scouting The Bulldogs
Bryant is on the brink of its first 10-win season since joining the Division I back in 2008. The Bulldogs, selected to finished 10th in the NEC Preseason Poll, contains the league's best record at 9-4 which includes a 2-0 mark within conference play. Bryant toppled Robert Morris in its conference-opener and then followed with a 20-point win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday. Sophomore guard Dyami Starks earned his second Choice Hotels/Northeast Conference Player of the Week honor of the season after averaging 25.5 points in the road-sweep. Starks leads the Bulldogs in scoring, 17.9 points per game, also good enough for fourth in the NEC. Alexis Francis and Frankie Dobbs join Starks in double-figures with 15.8 points and 13.7 points per game, respectively. Francis leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 per game, standing right behind Ike Azotam for third amongst conference leaders. 

Last Time Out Against St. Francis Brooklyn
Led by the tandem of Ike Azotam and Evan Conti, the Bobcats defeated defending NEC Champion LIU Brooklyn, 82-74, on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. Azotam and Conti accounted for 24 of Quinnipiac 50 points in the second half. Azotam led all scorers with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while Conti chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds, falling one board shy of his first career double-double. Dave Johnson was also stellar offensively as the senior guard poured in 15 points and snatched three steals in the win. Ousmane Drame aided the Bobcats' front court with 10 points and six rebounds. LIU Brooklyn, playing without its top three players, presented exactly what Quinnipiac expected going into the game. The Blackbirds used their typical fast-paced offense, but were held below their season-average in field goal percentage (47.1 percent). Quinnipiac countered that with 50.8 percent from the floor and disallowed second-chance point by controlling the glass, 41-27. The Bobcats also amassed a 44-36 advantage in the paint. 

Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 98th career win against LIU Brooklyn (1/5) and remains two shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .573 winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.660), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.621) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.611). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)

Coach (Team)

Wins

Losses

Winning %

John Becker (UVM)

33

17

0.660

Tommy Amaker (HARV)

100

61

0.621

Sydney Johnson (FAIR)

33

21

0.611

Tom Moore (QU)

98

73

0.573

Howie Dickenman (CCSU)

170

127

0.572

Climbing The Ladder
Ike Azotam collected his 20th career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Boston (12/16). In his most recent performance, Azotam surpassed Bill Romano '02 (580) on Quinnipiac's Division I career rebounding list. The junior power forward currently sits in second place, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). Azotam also ranks third in career double-doubles among active NEC players – sitting just two shy of LIU's Jamal Olasewere (22).  

Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has been called upon to fill a starting role of late which recently featured a career day for the sophomore guard. Conti set new career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (9) against LIU Brooklyn (1/5), falling one rebound shy of a double-double. In four career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 10.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted 14 points and four rebounds against Penn.  

Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 341 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 88 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 171 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 48 of the 171 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 12 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 45-3 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-2 record with plus-20.  

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu