Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-12, 4-4 NEC) at
Mount St. Mary's University (7-12, 2-6 NEC)
Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Knott Arena - Emmitsburg, Md.
Series vs. MSM: 13-13
Last Meeting: January 26, 2012 (W, 69-66) (OT)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 3-2
MSM Last Five: 1-4
Live Video Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: Mountathletics.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device: ESPN.Com
Bobcats Travel To Mount On Thursday
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (8-12, 4-4 NEC), now winners in three of its last four games, heads to Mount St. Mary's (7-12, 2-6 NEC) on Thursday, January 31 for its next NEC match-up. The Bobcats will take on the Mountaineers at 7:00 p.m.
On The Air / Multimedia Links
Thursday'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 Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play call with Luke Mauro providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
All-Time Against Mount St. Mary's
With their win last season, the Bobcats climbed back to .500 (13-13) in the all-time series with the Mountaineers, a rivalry that dates back to the 1985 campaign. The long trek between Maryland and Connecticut seems to play a large role in the final outcome, with each team holding an advantage at home. Quinnipiac has a 10-4 record when playing in Hamden, which includes a 5-1 mark at the Bank, but is just 3-9 when playing away from home.
Scouting The Mountaineers
Playing five of their first eight NEC games on the road has left the Mountaineers towards the bottom of the standings. Mount St. Mary's is 2-6 in conference play, suffering road losses to St. Francis Brooklyn, LIU Brooklyn, Bryant and Robert Morris. Most recently, the Mountaineers were defeated by the Colonials, 76-68, after nearly pulling off the upset with a strong second half. Trailing 71-55 with 2:16 remaining, the Mount staged a furious rally to cut the deficit to 72-68 with 24 seconds left. Robert Morris, however, went 4-for-4 at the foul line on its next two possessions to seal the victory. Mount's high-pressured defense has them ranked third in the conference in steals and second in turnover margin – two facets that could play a role in the final outcome. Offensively, the Mountaineers are led by Rashad Whack who averages 11.9 points per game, but is coming off a 0-for-8 showing against RMU last Saturday. Julian Norfleet chips in with 9.7 per game and Sam Prescott adds 9.6 off the bench.
Last Time Out Against FDU
Ike Azotam collected his 25th career double-double on Saturday afternoon to lift the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team to a 58-56 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson at the TD Bank Sports Center. Shaq Shannon was the only other Bobcat to finish in double figures, tallying 12 points off the bench as he knocked down three, threes in Quinnipiac's win. Zaid Hearst, Evan Conti and Jamee Jackson all chipped in with eight points while Hearst and Conti dished out four and five assists, respectively. For the game, Quinnipiac surrendered a 26-18 edge in the paint, but garnered a plus-12 margin on the glass, 44-32. The Bobcats amassed 12 second-chance points and held the Knights to just three in the category. FDU made 44.7 percent of its field goals compared to 32.8 percent from Quinnipiac.
Cleaning The Glass
The Bobcats have continued their dominance on the glass, leading the Northeast Conference and ranking amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac is fourth in offensive rebounding (15.5), seventh in total rebounding (41.6) and 10th in rebounding margin (8.8). 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).
Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. With Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 151 of his 178 games – including 21 straight dating back to last season. In 53 of the 178 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 13 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 47-5 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 11-2 record with plus-20.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .567 winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.661), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.622), Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.583) and CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.571). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Head coach Tom Moore has repeatedly stressed the importance of keeping opposition to below 40 percent from the floor, and with good reason. Over the past five years, Quinnipiac is 47-12 when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.
Shaq Shannon accounted for 30 points in Quinnipiac's last two games (CCSU, 1/24 – FDU, 1/26), including a career-high of 18 points against the Blue Devils. Shannon went 10-of-19 from behind the arc and completed the stellar all-around performances with 11 rebounds and six helpers. He was the first player to hit nine threes in a two-game span since James Johnson accomplished the feat back in the 2010-11 season with 11.
Dragon Baller Z
Zaid Hearst has reached double-figures in five out of his last six games for the Bobcats. Hearst's streak started against Sacred Heart (1/12) and includes a 13-point, 11-rebound outing against Saint Francis (Pa.) (1/17) – accounting for third double-double of his career. It also featured 17 and 16 point efforts against RMU (1/19) and CCSU (1/24).
Climbing The Ladder
Ike 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 since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's top division, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). Azotam nearly matched his career-high of 18 rebounds when he hauled in 17 against CCSU (1/24) – only four shy of the Division I record for rebounds in a game.
Ike Azotam collected his 25th career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson (1/26) – moving into second place among active NEC players (LIU's Julian Boyd). Azotam has nine of them this season – tied for first in the conference.
Milestone For Moore – 100 Wins
Head coach Tom Moore picked up his 100th career win against CCSU in front of a large crowd on January 24 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Moore (101-77) reached the milestone faster than any QU Division I coach and become the second fastest in program history. Furthermore, Moore's 100th win was the second fastest (Mike Rice – LIU Brooklyn) among NEC coaches since Quinnipiac joined the conference back in 1998. Moore stands alone at the top among active NEC coaches fastest to 100 wins at the Division I level.
Rebounds, Rebounds and More Rebounds
The Bobcats grabbed a season-high 56 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn (1/3). It was the highest rebound total since Quinnipiac set the program record with 61 rebounds against LIU Brooklyn last season. QU has reached 50 rebounds three times this season, four times last season, had six 50-rebound games in 2010-11, had three 50-rebound games in all of 2009-10, and never had three 50-rebound games in 11 prior seasons at Division I. Quinnipiac has pulled down 50 rebounds in a game 18 times in Tom Moore's six years at QU. In nine years prior at Division I, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition.
Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 364 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 95 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots.
Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has slipped into his starting role quite nicely for the Bobcats. 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 12 career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted 14 points and four rebounds against Penn.
The Bobcats resume NEC action at Wagner on Saturday, February 2. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y.
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