Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-5, 4-1 MAAC) at
Saint Peter's University Peacocks (5-9, 1-4 MAAC)
Sunday, January 12, 2014 – 2:30 p.m.
Yanitelli Center – Jersey City, N.J.
All-Time Series vs. SPU (DI): 0-2 (0-0)
Last Meeting: December 1, 1957 • L, 87-51
QU Last five: 3-2
SPU Last Five: 2-3
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QU HEADS TO JERSEY CITY
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (9-5, 4-1 MAAC) extended its winning-streak to three straight games with a five-point victory over Manhattan on Thursday night. The Bobcats now turn their attention to Saint Peter's University (5-9, 1-4 MAAC) for Sunday afternoon matinee at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac's game against Saint Peter's will be streamed live on the Peacocks Network, courtesy of the SPU athletic website. 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 Schweizer has the play-by-play call with Bill Mecca providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
ALL-TIME AGAINST SAINT PETER'S
Sunday's matchup will be the first meeting where both programs belong to NCAA Division I. Quinnipiac and Saint Peter's have only squared off two other times with the two meetings occurring back in 1956 and 1957. Quinnipiac, a Division II affiliate back then, dropped both contests to the Peacocks.
SCOUTING THE PEACOCKS
Saint Peter's brings a 5-9 overall record and a 1-4 MAAC slate into the contest after defeating Fairfield in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night. Desi Washington hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Saint Peter's past the Stags, 56-55, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) action from Webster Bank Arena. The low-scoring affair featured poor shooting from both teams, but a strong finish for the Peacocks set the stage for the junior guard. SPU erased a 17-point deficit in the second half, and Washington netted the game-winner as time expired. The Peacocks 1-4 MAAC start comes at the hands of a very difficult conference schedule. SPU lost both games on opening weekend at Canisius and Niagara, and then had to take on Manhattan and Canisius again before Fairfield. Marvin Dominique leads the offense with 18.1 points per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the floor. He also ranks second, only behind Ike Azotam, in the conference in rebounding (9.6). Washington is the only other player averaging double-figures offensively (13.0).
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST MANHATTAN
For the second straight game, Quinnipiac battled one of the MAAC's top teams - and for the second straight game - Quinnipiac prevailed. The Bobcats knocked off preseason favorite Manhattan College, 81-76, in front of 2,038 fans at the TD Bank Sports Center on Thursday night. The win was Quinnipiac's third straight and snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak for the Jaspers.
FEED THE BIG MAN
Ike Azotam had 17 points and 18 rebounds against Manhattan. Azotam has 1,324 career points and is closing in on Kason Mims '04 (1,335) for fifth place among the 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 also trails Mims for 15th on the all-time list.
IN ELITE COMPANY
Ike Azotam scored his 1,300th career point and corralled his 850th career rebound against Iona (1/6) and joined an elite group of two other Quinnipiac players to record 1,300 points and 850 rebounds in a career. Azotam was just the second Division I player to accomplish the feat, as he and Justin Rutty are the only two players to do it since 1998. Ike Azotam has 877 career rebounds which puts him in sixth place all-time in program history. He currently sits in second place since among Division I players, only trailing Rutty's mark of 1,032.
Ike Azotam collected his 35th career double-double against Manhattan. Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's Quinnipiac Division I leading record of 41 career double-doubles. He has double-doubles in eight out of his last 11 games and at least 17 points in seven straight. Azotam leads the MAAC in offensive rebounds per game (5.1) and rebounds per game (11.5). That has him ranked second and third in the nation, respectively. He is also tied for third in the country in double-doubles (9).
NOT IN IKE'S HOUSE
Ike Azotam recorded a career high of five blocks against Iona (1/6). He has 86 for his career which has him ranked fourth during the Division I era and top 10 all-time. Azotam's five blocks in a game was the third most in DI history.
15 OR MORE
With his 18-rebound effort against Manhattan, Ike Azotam has eight career games with 15 or more rebounds. He has four of them this year and looks to meet Rutty's record of five in one season. He is also chasing Rutty's mark of 12 career games with 15 or more rebounds. Azotam has three straight games with 15 or more rebounds and serves as the only QU Division I player to accomplish that feat.
HEARST CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Zaid Hearst scored 20 points against Manhattan to mark his fourth 20-point outing of the season. Hearst has 10 or more points in 17 of his last 21 games dating back to last season and has 765 career points. He is 13th in the MAAC in scoring (14.3), 10th in field goal percentage (.474), eighth in free-throw percentage (.800) and 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.400). Hearst tallied a new career high with 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Iona (1/6). He was 9-of-11 (.818) from the floor, 2-of-2 from long range and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Zaid Hearst collected his ninth career double-double against Iona (1/6). Hearst has six double-doubles on the season, which has him ranked third in the conference and tied for 29th in the nation. He ranks fourth in the league in rebounds per game (8.2) and is top 10 in both offensive and defensive rebounding.
A FORCE ON THE BLOCK
Ousmane Drame had nine points and 14 rebounds against Manhattan. He has 13 career double-doubles and is nearly averaging one over his last 12 games (13.3 ppg/9.7 rpg). He has at least 10 points in nine of the 12 games and at least 10 rebounds in half of them. Drame has reached double-digits in 17 of his last 20 games dating back to last season, which included the third 20-point game of his career against Fairfield (12/6). He has four double-doubles on the season which ranks him fourth in the conference.
REJECTION IS KEY TO SUCCESS
Ousmane Drame matched his career-high and Division I program record with six blocks against Fairfield (12/6). Drame has 93 for his career which has him ranked third in the DI era and top 10 all-time at Quinnipiac. With seven more blocks, Drame would be the seventh player in QU history to register 100 blocked shots in a career. QU set a new season-high with 10 blocks against Manhattan.
SCORING THE BASKETBALL
Umar Shannon netted 15 points against Manhattan, marking the 10th time he has reached double-figures in a game for the Bobcats. He is 15-of-32 (.469) from behind the arc over the last four games, marking the most threes made in a four-game stretch since James Johnson tallied 17 back in 2010-11. Shannon has 1,115 career points between his brief career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University. Shannon is averaging 12.7 points per game at Quinnipiac which ranks him third among Bobcat players and 17th in the MAAC.
CHANDLER GETTING COMFORTABLE
Kasim Chandler has scored 10 or more points in nine out of his 14 collegiate games. He had nine points, three rebounds and three assists against Manhattan. Chandler is averaging 10.1 points per game this season, ranking him 29th in the MAAC and second among rookies. He has at least nine points in five out of his last six games.
BUILT FORD TOUGH
James Ford had nine points and four rebounds in 16 minutes of action against Monmouth (1/4). He was 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-5 from behind the arc. Ford set a new career high with 10 points off the bench against Rider (12/8). He was 4-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range helping the Quinnipiac comeback bid. Ford is averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in just 11.3 minutes per outing.
STACKING UP IN NEW ENGLAND
Head Coach Tom Moore's .576 overall winning percentage is fourth best among active Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.711), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.648) and Vermont's John Becker (.619). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
The Bobcats lead the nation in rebounding margin (13.4) and offensive rebounds per game (17.9) and are second in the nation rebounds per game (46.7). Last year, 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 two seasons.
With Tom Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 175 of his 203 games (.863) – including 46 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 69 of the 203 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 20 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 31 against Maine on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 59-10 (.855) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 16-4 (.800) record with plus-20. Quinnipiac's 46-game streak is far and away the longest active streak in the nation.
ANOTHER REBOUNDING STAT…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the fourth time this season against Iona (1/6), marking the 21st 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.
FREE-THROWS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 49-9 (.845) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including an 9-1 mark this year. Furthermore, the Bobcats are 11-0 in the last two seasons when making 25 or more free-throws.
LESS FOULS, MORE WINS
The Bobcats are 11-4 over the last two seasons when their opponent makes fewer than 12 free-throws in a game. On the contrary, when the opposition has recorded 25 or more free throws made over the last two seasons, Quinnipiac is 0-6.
TOUGH TO LOSE IF YOU DON'T MISS
Quinnipiac shot 50 percent from the floor for the second time this season against Monmouth (1/4). The Bobcats connected on season-best 58.6 percent of its field goals against Monmouth last year (2/7/13), nearly eclipsing 60 percent for the first time since 2010. The Bobcats made at least 50 percent of their shots in 29 games over the last five seasons, posting a 24-5 (.828) mark when accomplishing that feat.
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 53-14 (.791) when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.
Quinnipiac is 11-1 in its last 12 home games at the TD Bank Sports Center. Since head coach Tom Moore took over in 2007, the Bobcats are 61-32 (.656) on Lender Court.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 with a home game against Monmouth. The Bobcats and the Hawks square off for the second time in two weeks on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.