November 25, 2013

Men's Basketball Looks For Third Straight Win at Maine on Monday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-1, 0-0 MAAC) at
University of Maine Black Bears (1-3, 0-0 America East)
Monday, November 25, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.
Cross Insurance Center – Bangor, Maine
Series vs. Maine:
(3-2)
Last Meeting: (December 29, 2012 • L, 76-71)
QU Last Five: 3-1
Maine Last Five: 1-3

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Up to the Pine Tree State
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (3-1, 0-0 MAAC) is in search of its third straight win on Monday, November 25, 2013 when they head way up north to Maine. The Bobcats square off against the Maine Black Bears (1-3, 0-0 America East) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. 

On The Air
Quinnipiac's game against Maine will be streamed live on AmericanEast.TV. Bobcat fans can access audio as well with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 radio or by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweitzer will have the play-by-play call, with Luke Mauro providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

All-Time Against Maine
The Bobcats are 3-2 all-time against the Black Bears after suffering their second loss last year at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac dropped the first encounter back in 2007, but answered back with three straight wins from 2008-2010. Ike Azotam led all Bobcats with 16 points and nine rebounds against the Black Bears last season. 

Scouting The Black Bears
The Black Bears feature a high octane offense that scores better than 87 points per game. Led by four players in double figures, Maine is off to a 1-3 start due in large part to a difficult schedule. Maine lost its season opener at Rhode Island (77-99); defeated Fisher (111-64) in its second game, but has endured straight losses to George Washington (81-108) and NJIT (82-88). In their most recent outing against the Highlanders, Dimitry Akanda-Coronel scored 26 second-half points and 29 for the game in the six-point loss. He is averaging 20 points and 3.5 rebounds per game to lead the team. Shaun Lawton (15.7) and Zarko Valjarevic (14.0) are also in double figures in scoring for the season. 

Last Time Out Against Hampton
Quinnipiac clawed its way back from 10 down late in the second half, and Umar Shannon knocked down the game-winning shot with 1.6 seconds left, as the Bobcats defeated Hampton University, 71-68, at the TD Bank Sports Center on Wednesday night. Led by Zaid Hearst's career performance, four Bobcats reached double digits in the scoring column in the win. 

Umar Clutch; Closing in on 1,000 Points
Between his young career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University, Umar Shannon has amassed 989 points, leaving him 11 shy of the 1,000-point plateau. However, it was Umar Shannon's three-point shot that left a buzz around the TD Bank Sports Center on Wednesday night. Shannon finished with 11 points in the game, a performance that followed a 24-point outburst against Albany (11/16). 

Zaid's Career Day Torches Hampton
Zaid Hearst finished with career highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) against Hampton. Hearst also added a career high in three-point field goals made (4) and offensive rebounds (8). He has double-digits in nine of his last 11 games dating back to last season. He netted double-figures in 19 of Quinnipiac's 32 games last year. 

Feed the Big Man
Ike Azotam has 1,142 career points and trails Rashaun Banjo '04 by 24 points for seventh place among Quinnipiac Division I scoring leaders. In the 2012-13 season, he was the 10th player to score 1,000 points in the Division I era and 26th all-time. Azotam needs 17 points to tie Art Leary '70 and Ed Skwara '69 (1,159) for 23rd on the all-time list. 

Double-Double Machine
Ike Azotam collected his 28th career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds against Hampton. Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. 

Climbing The Ladder
Ike Azotam has 754 career rebounds and currently sits in second place since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's top division, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). He is 27 rebounds shy of Boyd Johnson's total of 781 for 10th place all-time. Azotam leads the MAAC in offensive rebounds per game (4.5) and is second in rebounds per game (9.5).    

Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .575 overall winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.714), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.637) and Vermont's John Becker (.622). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution) 

Free-Throws Make a Difference
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 43-8 (.843) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including an 3-0 mark this year. In addition, the Bobcats won every game last year (5-0) when recording 25 or more free-throws made and were 9-2 when opponents recorded 12 or fewer free-throws made. On the contrary, when the opposition recorded 25 or more free throws made last season, Quinnipiac was 0-5. 

Defense Wins
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 51-14 (.793) when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season. 

Rebounding Margin
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 165 of his 193 games (.855) – including 36 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 63 of the 193 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 16 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 55-8 (.873) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 13-3 (.813) record with plus-20. 

Rebounding Dominance
The Bobcats continued their dominance on the glass in 2012-13, leading the Northeast Conference and ranking amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac led the nation in total rebounding (42.1) and offensive rebounding (15.9) and was second in rebounding margin (10.4). 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). Quinnipiac is the only team in the nation to finish first or second in each category over the last three seasons. The Bobcats are climbing the categories again this year, ranking 11th in total rebounds per game (45.2) and 17th in offensive rebounds per game (16.8). 

Another Rebounding Stat…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the first time this season against Hampton, marking the 18th time during the Division I era. In nine years prior to Tom Moore's arrival, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition.  

Rebounding at the Guard Position
Zaid Hearst set a career high with 14 rebounds against Hampton, while Evan Conti snatched five. Hearst leads the MAAC in rebounds per game (10.5), while Conti is 11th with 7.0 per game. Hearst nabbed his fifth career double-double against Hampton and Conti has 34 rebounds in his last five games.

Looking Ahead
The Bobcats return to action on Monday, December 2 with their second televised game of the 2013-14 campaign. Quinnipiac welcomes Boston University to Hamden for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the TD Bank Sports Center.