Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-1, 0-0 MAAC) vs.
Boston University Terriers (5-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Monday, December 2, 2013 – 7:06 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. BU: 2-2
Last Meeting: December 16, 2012 • L, 69-62 (OT)
QU Last Five: 4-1
BU Last Five: 3-2
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QU Hosts Regional Rival BU
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (4-1, 0-0 MAAC) will host its final regular season non-conference game on Monday, December 2 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats are scheduled to take on Boston University (5-2, 0-0 Patriot League) at 7:06 p.m., a game that will be broadcasted live on the New England Sports Network (NESN).
Live on NESN
Quinnipiac's game against Boston University will be televised live throughout the region on NESN. The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweitzer will have the play-by-play with Billy Mecca alongside for color commentary. Jayme Parker will also join the broadcast with reports from the sideline.
Other Multimedia Links
Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play call, with Bob Tipson's insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
All-Time Against Boston
Quinnipiac and Boston are all square (2-2) in the all-time series between the regional rivals. Boston opened the series with a win back in 2000, but the Bobcats answered with consecutive victories in 2010 and 2011. In their most recent meeting last year, BU outlasted Quinnipiac in overtime on its home court. In 2011, the Bobcats erased a 13-point halftime deficit and defeated the Terriers, 59-53, in a game that was on NESN at the Bank.
Scouting The Terriers
Currently on a three-game win streak, the Terriers (5-2) are scheduled to face off against six non-conference opponents that are a combined 31-10 (.756). This season, sophomore John Papale, the brother of Quinnipiac's Basketball Director of Operations, is one of seven Terriers averaging at least 6.0 ppg. Sophomore Maurice Watson Jr. leads BU at 14.6 ppg while also averaging 5.4 assists. Previously scoring a career-high 27 points in a 91-65 win over UMass Lowell, senior Dom Morris is second at 12.9 ppg. Watson and Morris combined for 29 points in Saturday's 66-65 home victory against St. Peter's, but sophomore Nathan Dieudonnewas the star, as he posted a career and game-high 21 points with nine rebounds. BU is off to its best start since 2004.
Last Time Out Against Maine
Quinnipiac men's basketball was firing on all cylinders in its last game against Maine. Umar Shannon scored his 1,000th career point and Quinnipiac set a new Division I margin of victory record, as the Bobcats cruised past Maine, 102-61, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. The win was Quinnipiac's third straight, and matches the team's best start (4-1) since the 2010-11 season.
A Record-Breaking Night
The 41 point victory against Maine was the largest win against a Division I opponent in program history, which surpassed Quinnipiac's 33 point win against Saint Francis U in 2011-12. It was also the fourth time Quinnipiac has defeated an opponent by more than 30 points in the Division I era.
QU Hangs 100
Quinnipiac scored 102 points against Maine, another thing the Bobcats hadn't done in quite some time. Quinnipiac last had 100 points in a game when it amassed 102 against Fairleigh Dickinson in 2006.
The Bench Lends a Helping Hand
Quinnipiac's bench accumulated season-best 31 points in the win against Maine. The Bobcats featured a total of 10 players in the scoring column, which included 12 from Kasim Chandler and eight from James Ford. T'ziah Wood-Smith chipped in with a career high of four, while Evan Conti and AJ Sumbry had four and three points, respectively.
Umar Nets 1,000th Career Point
Between his young career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University, Umar Shannon crossed the 1,000 point plateau with his 19-point outburst at Maine. Shannon's runner from the baseline midway through the second half pushed him into quadruple digits for his career, now standing at 1,008 career points. He was 7-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-8 from long range.
Z Continues to Roll
Zaid Hearst collected his third straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds against Maine. In his previous game, Hearst finished with career highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) against Hampton. He has recorded 10 or more rebounds in his last four games and has scored 10 or more points in nine of his last 11 games dating back to last season. He currently leads the MAAC in rebounding as well (10.8).
Feed the Big Man
Ike Azotam has 1,156 career points and trails Rashaun Banjo '04 by 10 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 three points to tie Art Leary '70 and Ed Skwara '69 (1,159) for 23rd on the all-time list.
Ike Azotam collected his 29th career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against Maine. 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 766 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 15 rebounds shy of Boyd Johnson's total of 781 for 10th place all-time. Azotam is tied for first in the MAAC in offensive rebounds per game (4.4) and is second in rebounds per game (10.0).
Moore's 50th Road Win
Head Coach Tom Moore recorded his 50th career win on the road against Maine.
A Trio of Double-Doubles
Zaid Hearst, Ike Azotam and Ousmane Drame each recorded a double-double in the win against Maine. It was the first time that Quinnipiac has had three players in double-digits for points and rebounds during the Division I era.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .577 overall winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.730), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.636) and Vermont's John Becker (.618). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Free-Throws Make a Difference
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 44-8 (.846) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including an 4-0 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.
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 52-14 (.796) 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 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 166 of his 194 games (.857) – including 37 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 64 of the 194 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 17 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 31 against Maine on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 56-8 (.875) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 14-3 (.824) record with plus-20.
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 second in offensive rebounds per game (18.2), fifth in total rebounds per game (48.2) and eighth in rebounding margin (15.0).
Another Rebounding Stat…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the second time this season against Maine, marking the 19th 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. The Bobcats have eclipsed 60 rebounds twice.
Rebounding at the Guard Position
Zaid Hearst and Evan Conti have aided enhanced Quinnipiac's rebounding numbers from the guard position. Hearst leads the MAAC in rebounds per game (10.8), while Conti is 12th with 6.8 per game. Hearst nabbed his sixth career double-double against Maine and Conti has 40 rebounds in his last six games (6.7).
MAAC Rookie of the Week
Freshman Kasim Chandler of the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was named the MAAC Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week, which was officially announced on Monday, Nov. 18 2013 by the league's front office. Chandler averaged 16 points in two games for the Bobcats, which included a breakout performance against La Salle on national television. Chandler recorded a team-high 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting in a game against La Salle that was displayed on ESPN2. Against Albany, Chandler finished with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting and dished out a game-high five assists. He also nabbed one steal, one block and two rebounds.
Zaid Hearst set a new Quinnipiac Division I program record by making 12 free-throws without a miss against Hartford (11/9). Hearst began the season 13-for-13 before missing his first free-throw against La Salle.
An Immediate Impact
Kasim Chandler and AJ Sumbry each finished with double-figures in their collegiate debut against Hartford (11/9) - something that hasn't been done in some 14 years. The last time Quinnipiac had two true freshmen finish in double-figures in their very first game was back in 1998 when Nate Pondexter and Ahmad Allahgholi did it against UConn. Chandler had 11 points and Sumbry added 10 against the Hawks.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, December 6 with its inaugural MAAC game against Fairfield. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center and can be viewed nationally on ESPN3.com.