Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-8, 4-2 NEC) at
Monmouth University Hawks (4-13, 2-3 NEC)
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2008 7 p.m.
Boylan Gym West Long Branch, N.J.
Conference Play Continues
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team travels to West Long Branch, N.J., to take on Monmouth, Saturday night at Boylan Gym. The Bobcats have won two straight games, including a convincing, 70-44, victory at St. Francis (N.Y.) Thursday. The Hawks will play their first game in 10 days Saturday. They fell to St. Francis (N.Y.), 73-62, Jan. 8 in Brooklyn. The loss followed back-to-back NEC wins against Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut. While the Hawks own an 11-9 edge in the all-time series, Quinnipiac has taken the last four meetings.
Scouting the Monmouth Hawks
Freshman Travis Taylor leads a young Monmouth attack at 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor. Fellow freshman Mike Myers Keitt (9.4) is second on the team in scoring. Guards Alex Nunner (.383), R.J. Rutledge (.397) and Yaniv Simpson (.423) are all dangerous beyond the three-point arc. Point guard James Hett has distributed a team-best 5.0 assists per game. The Hawks will be without 2007-08 leading scorer, Whitney Coleman, who sustained a season-ending knee injury.
On The Air
Saturday's game can be heard live on the Bobcats Radio Network. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call with Bob Tipson on color. Monmouth's live video feed will also be available to Bobcat Channel subscribers.
Last Time Against Monmouth
After falling behind by 13 just over seven and a half minutes into the game, the Bobcats bounced back for a 14-point victory, 65-51, Dec. 6 at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Justin Rutty had a game-high 20 points and 16 rebounds, while James Johnson narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Last Time Out Against St. Francis (N.Y.)
Justin Rutty scored a game-high 20 points, including all seven of his field-goal attempts in the second half as the Bobcats defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 70-44, Thursday night in Brooklyn. James Feldeine added 17 points while James Johnson contributed 15.
A One-In-Four Chance
The Quinnipiac defense held St. Francis (N.Y.) to just 25.4 percent (16-63) from the floor, Jan. 15, the best single-game field-goal percentage defense in program Division I history. The previous best was the 27.5 percent the Bobcats held Div. II Manhattanville to, Dec. 7, 2002. The previous best against a Division I team came Jan. 29, 2000, at Monmouth (28.6). Quinnipiac teams have held the opposition to less than 30 percent six times in the 11-year Division I history of the program.
That's All You Got?
The Bobcats held St. Francis (N.Y.) to just 44 points on Jan. 15, the third-fewest points allowed by a Quinnipiac team at the Division I level. The fewest points allowed by a QU Division I team came against Div. II Manhattanville (34), Dec. 7, 2002. The fewest points Quinnipiac has allowed to a Division I team came Nov. 29, 1999, when the Bobcats limited Columbia to just 38 points.
In the last 60 minutes of basketball, Quinnipiac has held opponents to 27.2 percent (24-88) from the floor. After limiting Saint Francis (Pa.) to 32.0 percent (8-25) in the second half, Jan. 10, the Bobcats held St. Francis (N.Y.) to 25.4 percent (16-63), Jan. 15.
The Bobcats grabbed a season-high 51 rebounds, Jan. 15, at St. Francis (N.Y.), marking the eighth time a Quinnipiac team has collected 50 or more boards in a single game in program Division I history. Half of those eight 50-rebound games were the byproduct of double-overtime decisions, while the stray-shot collection at St. Francis, as well as three other QU 50-rebound efforts, came completely in regulation time. With one each in regulation against Div. II opponents Longwood and Manhattanville, the 50-plus-rebound performance at St. Francis was just the second for QU in regulation against a Division I opponent (53 - Nov. 29, 2001, vs. LIU). Three of the eight 50-rebound performances have come in Head Coach Tom Moore's short tenure with the Bobcats.
While Quinnipiac has shot 40.4 percent (21-52) in the first half of the past two games against Saint Francis (Pa.) and St. Francis (N.Y.), the Bobcats have been red-hot in the second half, connecting at a 58.5 percent rate (31-53).
Give a Dime, Take a Dime
The Bobcats tallied a season-high 19 assists, Jan. 15, at St. Francis (N.Y.). James Feldeine, Bryan Geffen and James Johnson dished out five helpers each, while DeAndre' Bynum contributed two assists. Sean Light and Steve Robinson added one assist each.
Leading The League
James Feldeine currently ranks first in the Northeast Conference in scoring at 18.8 points per game, one-tenth of a point per game ahead of CCSU's Ken Horton.
Dunkin' Dutchman Comparison
Justin Rutty has shot 65.7 percent, 7.0 percent better than the next-best shooter in the NEC this season. Rutty's shooting accuracy also compares favorably to the best-ever field-goal percentage by a sophomore in the NEC - Marist's Rik Smits, who earned NBA All-Star status during his 12-year career with the Indiana Pacers, after shooting 62.2 percent for the Red Foxes in 1985-86.
Giveth, But Can't Taketh Away
James Johnson is fourth in the Northeast Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.58. He's dished out 82 assists (5.1 apg, 3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 52 times.
Rutty Reaches Elite Status
Justin Rutty ranks in the top five in the NEC among scorers (16.6 ppg, 4th) and rebounders (8.5 rpg, 2nd), becoming the only player in the league currently ranked in the top five of both categories. In addition, his 4.33 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 1.52 offensive rebounds per game margin.
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' 16 games this season.
Floor General Johnson
James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. Johnson has averaged 10.6 points, 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals while adjusting seamlessly to the college game. He's started his first 16 collegiate games, becoming just the third Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.
On the Rebound
The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.38 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 31.1 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +6.9 rebounding margin (1st-NEC).
Fine To Be Feldeine
James Feldeine currently ranks among the Northeast Conference's best in several categories. He's first in scoring at 18.8 points per game and eighth in rebounds (6.4). His 4.9 defensive rebounds per game rank sixth and his 46.2 field-goal percentage is 14th. He's also ninth in three-point field-goal percentage (38.6) and 11th in free-throw percentage (76.7). His 1.69 three-point field goals made per game is tied for 10th. His 1.75 steals and 2.3 assists rank fourth and tied for 19th, respectively.
Regular For Rutty
Justin Rutty has shot 65.7 percent (113-for-172) 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. 22, when they play host to Sacred Heart. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.