Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-6, 2-0 NEC) at
Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights (1-10, 1-1 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2008 7 p.m.
Rothman Center Hackensack, N.J.
Conference Play Resumes
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team returns to Northeast Conference action with a Saturday night tilt at Fairleigh Dickinson. The Bobcats are coming off a hard-fought loss at Cornell Wednesday. Quinnipiac will look to snap a three-game losing skid, while the Knights are intent on stopping their four-game losing streak. While the Knights own a 15-8 advantage in the all-time series, the Bobcats have taken the last three contests, including two at FDU.
Scouting the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
Guard Sean Baptiste paces the Knights in both points (15.0) and rebounds (5.9). Guard Cameron Tyler also averages in double figures, scoring 12.3 points per game to go along with a team-best 3.9 assists per game. Forward Alvin Mofunanya has averaged 8.5 points, while blocking a team-high 1.9 shots per game. Turnovers have been an issue for Fairleigh Dickinson, as the Knights have turned it over an average of 19.0 times per game.
On The Air
Saturday's game can be heard live on www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bob Tipson on color.
Last Time Against Fairleigh Dickinson
The Bobcats erased an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat FDU, 78-74, Feb. 2, 2008 in Hackensack, N.J. DeMario Anderson led all scorers with 25 points, while Bryan Geffen (13) and Casey Cosgrove (11) also finished in double figures. The Bobcats shot 57.1 percent (8-14) from three-point range. DeJuan Pursley (23) and Manny Ubilla (21) led the Knights, who used just six players, including four who played the full 40 minutes. Pursley and Eric Hazard had nine rebounds apiece.
Last Time Out Against Cornell
Playing without leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Justin Rutty, the Bobcats fell Wednesday at Ivy League favorite Cornell, 73-70. The Bobcats took a one-point lead with 19 seconds remaining on James Feldeine's runner, but the Big Red hit four straight free throws to win the game. Feldeine led the Bobcats with 18 points and Louis Brookins added 13 points and nine rebounds. James Johnson contributed 12 points.
James Feldeine...En Fuego
James Feldeine has averaged 26.0 points in the last four games, including the establishment of a new career high with 31 at Brown. He started the streak with 29 at Dartmouth before scoring 26 against Vermont. Most recently, he scored 18 points at Cornell.
2-0 Moore For QU
Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore has led the Bobcats to a 2-0 start in NEC play in each of his first two seasons at the helm. Prior to his arrival, the Bobcats won their first two league games just once, when the 1999-2000 team reeled off five straight.
Quinnipiac has won four of six games it's played on the road this season. The Bobcats defeated Hartford, Maine, Wagner and Dartmouth in the road blue jerseys before falling at Brown and Cornell.
Can't Touch C-T
The rest of the Northeast Conference is currently looking up in the standings at the league's three schools from Connecticut. Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart sit atop the league at 2-0, while Central Connecticut is 1-0. The rest of the league has at least one conference loss.
Rutty Reaches Elite Status
Justin Rutty ranks in the top five in the NEC among scorers (16.5 ppg, 4th) and rebounders (8.1 rpg, 3rd), becoming the only player in the league currently ranked in the top five of both categories. In addition, his 4.55 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 1.55 offensive rebounds per game margin.
Giveth, But Can't Taketh Away
James Johnson is third in the Northeast Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.69. He's dished out 61 assists (5.1 apg, 3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 36 times.
Feldeine Fillin' It Up
While the Bobcats lost DeMario Anderson to graduation and his personal double-digit points streak ended at an NEC-record 48 games, James Feldeine has taken over Anderson's role as a consistent double-figure scorer. Feldeine has reached a 10th point in each of the Bobcats' 12 games this season.
Floor 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 has averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals, while shooting 52.4 percent (11-21) from three-point range. He's started his first 12 collegiate games, becoming just the third Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.
On the Rebound
The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.75 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 30.0 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +8.1 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).
Fine To Be Feldeine
James Feldeine currently ranks among the Northeast Conference's best in several categories. He's second in scoring at 19.8 points per game and 10th in rebounds (6.8). His 5.1 defensive rebounds per game rank seventh and his 49.2 field-goal percentage is 11th. He's also 11th in three-point field-goal percentage (40.7) and is tied for 13th in free-throw percentage (72.2). His 1.83 three-point field goals made per game ranks seventh. His 1.6 steals and 2.3 assists per game rank fifth and 18th, respectively.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 67.5 percent (83-for-123) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.
The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action, Jan. 8, when they welcome Robert Morris to the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in Hamden, Conn.