Bobcats to the Keystone State; Ready for Saint Francis University On Thursday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-11, 1-3 NEC) at
Saint Francis University (Pa.) Red Flash (1-14, 1-3 NEC)
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: DeGol Arena – Loretto, Pa.
Series vs. SFU: 18-8
Last Meeting:
February 23, 2012 (W, 77-44)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
SFU Last Five: 1-4
Live Video Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: SFUAthletics.com  
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device:
ESPN.Com
Tickets: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

First of Two in Pennsylvania
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team resumes Northeast Conference competition on Thursday, January 17 at Saint Francis (Pa.) University. The Bobcats and the Red Flash are set for a 7 p.m. showdown at DeGol Arena in Loretto, Pa.    

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

All-Time Against Saint Francis (Pa.)
The Bobcats hold a commanding 18-8 record all-time against the Red Flash. QU is 9-3 over the last 12 games, which also includes winning six of the last eight meetings. Last year, the Bobcats surrendered a three point loss in their first meeting but answered with a 33-point, 77-44 victory in the backend of the season-series. 

Scouting The Red Flash
Saint Francis University is 1-14 on the year after beginning the season 0-11 in nonconference action. The Red Flash defeated Central Connecticut State, 67-60, in their Northeast Conference opener before falling to Bryant, Monmouth and FDU; dropping to 1-3 in NEC play. In their most recent overtime loss at FDU, Stephon Mosley (19), Earl Brown (17) and Umar Shannon (15) each finished in double-figures. As a unit, the Red Flash average 60.6 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 73.3 points per contest. SFU is shooting .404 from the floor, with a .314 three-point shooting percentage. SFU pulls down an average of 29.8 rebounds and forces 12.4 turnovers per game. Umar Shannon leads Saint Francis with 13.7 points per game, while four others add over 7.8 points per contest. Sophomore Earl Brown leads the team on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per contest, while also adding 8.7 points. SFU was selected as the underdog in 12th place in the 2012-13 NEC preseason coaches' poll. 

Last Time Out Against Hampton
The Bobcats were defeated in their final non-conference game of the season on Monday night, falling short to Hampton University, 70-64, at the Convocation Center in Hampton, Va. Ike Azotam led all Bobcats with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the team's first of three straight games on the road. Azotam came off the bench and collected his 22nd career double-double despite battling foul trouble in the second half. He went 5-of-10 from the floor and picked up four of his 11 rebounds on the offensive end. Shaq Shannon had 11 points including three, threes and Zaid Hearst finished with 10 points – all coming in the second half. Quinnipiac held Hampton to 33.9 percent from the floor and controlled the glass, 45-41. However, 20 turnovers resulted in 19 points on the other end and 27 fouls aided 25 points from the free-throw line for Hampton. 

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 .563 winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.654), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.623), Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.589) and CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.572). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution) 

Cleaning The Glass
Quinnipiac has averaged 44.6 rebounds, 19.2 offensive rebounds and a rebound margin of plus-12.0 rebounding over the last five games, jumping into the top-25 nationally for all three categories. The Bobcats are tied for 10th in offensive rebounding (15.2), 15th in total rebounding (41.1) and 22nd in rebounding margin (7.9). In 2011-12, Quinnipiac led the nation in offensive rebounds per game (16.7), and finished second in total rebounds per game (43.2) and rebounding margin (10.2). 

Climbing The Ladder
Azotam surpassed Bill Romano '02 (580) on Quinnipiac's Division I career rebounding list when he grabbed five rebounds against LIU Brooklyn (1/5). The junior power forward currently sits in second place, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). Azotam also collected his 22nd career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Hampton (1/14) – moving into a two-way tie for second amongst active NEC players (LIU's Jamal Olasewere). 

Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 352 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 91 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 174 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 50 of the 174 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 45-5 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-2 record with plus-20.   

Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has been called upon to fill a starting role of late which led to 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 eight career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted 14 points and four rebounds against Penn. 

On Deck
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, January 19 with the final game of their three-game road trip. Quinnipiac heads to Robert Morris for a 7 p.m. tilt.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu