November 22, 2008

Men's Basketball Challenges Bryant Tonight At 6 p.m.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-1) vs.

Bryant University Bulldogs (0-2)

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 – 6 p.m.

Levien Gym – New York, N.Y.

Facing A Future Conference Foe

The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team plays future NEC foe Bryant, Saturday evening in the consolation game of the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic. The first of two scheduled meetings (Feb. 7) with the Bulldogs is the first since Quinnipiac left the Division II ranks in 1997-98. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 37-14, including a win in the last match-up, a 76-73 decision, February 11, 1998, in Smithfield, R.I.

Scouting the Bryant Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are playing their first year against Division I competition. Saturday's game will be Bryant's third in four days. The Bulldogs lost to host Columbia, 70-54, in Friday's opening round after a 76-67 defeat against Albany on Wednesday. Cecil Gresham leads Bryant at 18.5 points per game. After scoring 20 points against Albany, Barry Latham was held to three against Columbia, dropping his scoring average to 11.5 ppg. Chris Birrell also averages double-figures at an even 10 ppg, while also distributing a team-high 4.5 assists per game.

On The Air

Saturday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bill Mecca on color.

Last Time Out Against UMBC

James Johnson scored a career-high 17 points and dished out six assists, but the Bobcats were defeated by UMBC, 76-71, in the opening round of the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic. Jeremy Baker had 12 points and nine rebounds, while Bryan Geffen (12), James Feldeine (10) and Justin Rutty (10) all scored in double-figures.

General Johnson

James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. After posting modest statistics while playing a key role in Quinnipiac's 2-0 start, Johnson's stat line of 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting and six assists against UMBC emphasized his contributions.

If At First You Don't Succeed, Try Again

The Bobcats' 14.0 offensive rebounds per game (1st-NEC) have resulted in a 53-27 advantage in second-chance points. Three of the Bobcats' top four scorers are also their top three rebounders. James Rutty (9.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) has a team-high 10 offensive boards to pace the Bobcats, while James Feldeine (17.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Jeremy Baker (18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) are close behind with seven and five, respectively.

Regular For Rutty

Justin Rutty has shot 59.1 percent (13-for-22) this season, a tick above his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.

Five In Double Figures

The Bobcats had five players in double figures, Nov. 21, against UMBC. James Johnson led the way with 17 points as five Quinnipiac players reached a second digit for the first time since Jan. 10, 2008 against Mount St. Mary's. Also scoring in double-figures on the latest occasion were Jeremy Baker (12), Bryan Geffen (12), James Feldeine (10) and Justin Rutty (12).

On Deck

The Bobcats will travel to Orono, Maine, to take on the University of Maine, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.