January 19, 2013

Men’s Basketball Falls Short To Robert Morris, 87-75

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team fell short to Robert Morris University, 87-75, on Saturday night at the Charles L. Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa. Led by 16 points from Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.), four Bobcats finished in double-figures, but stifling long-range shooting propelled the Colonials to their fourth straight NEC victory.

Hearst had the most success against the high-pressure defense of RMU, going 7-of-10 from the floor – including two from downtown. Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) and Evan Conti (Bayside, N.Y.) added 13 points apiece and combined for nine rebounds, while Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds. Kendrick Ray (Middletown, N.Y.) finished with eight points and Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) had seven in limited minutes due to foul trouble.

Behind 7-of-11 from behind the arc, the hosting Colonials opened a 15-point lead after a 25-8 run midway through the first half. Velton Jones, who returned after missing a game with a concussion, recorded eight straight at one point, lifting the Colonials to a 12-point advantage, 41-29, at halftime.

Quinnipiac matched RMU with 46 points in the second half, but couldn't overcome the double-digit deficit. RMU shot 53.1 percent from the floor and 57.9 percent from long distance – outscoring the Bobcats by 21 points from behind the arc. Quinnipiac fared well on the offensive end, scoring at a 56.3 percent clip, but 17 turnovers prevented the Bobcats from making a run.

Russell Johnson led the Colonials with 22 points, 12 points coming from the charity stripe, while Lucky Jones added 18. Velton Jones finished with 14 points and five assists and Anthony Myers-Pate finished with 10.

The Quinnipiac University and Central Connecticut State University men's basketball programs plan to honor former UConn men's basketball head coach Jim Calhoun on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Prior to their 7:30 p.m. tip-off, Calhoun will be acknowledged for his tremendous success and leadership in bringing the entire state of Connecticut the highest level of recognition and success in Division I men's basketball. Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut will honor Coach Calhoun in a pre-game ceremony where he will be presented with a donation to benefit the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Center. At the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, hypertension specialists and vascular surgeons offers top quality care to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels – the most prevalent diseases among American men and women.

Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2012-13 campaign can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.

Please refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu