January 23, 2009

Men's Basketball Faces CCSU Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-10, 4-4 NEC) at

Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (8-10, 4-4 NEC)

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 – 2 p.m.

Detrick Gym – New Britain, Conn.

Conference Play Continues

The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team looks to snap a two-game losing skid when it faces intrastate NEC foe Central Connecticut, Saturday afternoon in New Britain. The Bobcats have fallen to Monmouth and Sacred Heart in their last two games, while the Blue Devils were defeated at Mount St. Mary's Thursday. CCSU owns a 49-14 lead in the all-time series.

Scouting the Central Connecticut Blue Devils

Ken Horton leads the Blue Devils at 18.1 points per game, just a tenth of a point behind James Feldeine for the NEC scoring average lead. He's also added 5.6 rebounds per game, two tenths behind CCSU's leading rebounder, Marcus Palmer. Horton has also blocked a team-high 35 shots. 2008 NEC Rookie of the Year Shemik Thompson leads CCSU at 5.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while also contributing 11.1 points per game.

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 Bill Mecca on color. A live video feed will also be available to Bobcat Channel subscribers.

Last Time Against Central Connecticut

DeMario Anderson connected on a half-court heave at the buzzer in overtime as the Bobcats snapped an eight-game losing streak to Central Connecticut, 76-73, Feb. 28, 2008, at Detrick Gym. The game highlights led off ESPN's SportsCenter and the shot was the show's Top Play of the day. The shot was also a finalist for the Pontiac Game-Changing Performance. Anderson finished the game with a game-high 28 points, while Louis Brookins contributed a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ken Horton led CCSU with 25 points, including a three to tie the game with 2.5 seconds left in overtime.

Last Time Out Against Sacred Heart

Justin Rutty compiled his sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and a career-high 18 points, but the Bobcats were defeated by Sacred Heart, 70-66, Thursday at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Bryan Geffen added 17 points and James Feldeine contributed 15 points for the Bobcats.

Newburgh Native Nationally Ranked

In addition to leading the Northeast Conference with a 65.1 field-goal percentage, Justin Rutty ranks sixth in the nation. Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku leads the nation at 70.1 percent.

Dunkin' Dutchman Comparison

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 sixth in the NEC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.55. He's dished out 87 assists (4.8 apg, 3rd-NEC) while turning it over just 56 times.

Rutty Reaches Elite Status

Justin Rutty ranks in the top five in the NEC among scorers (16.7 ppg, 4th) and rebounders (8.8 rpg, 2nd), becoming one of two players in the league currently ranked in the top five of both categories (RMU's Jeremy Chappell). In addition, his 4.59 offensive rebounds per game rank first in the NEC by a 1.92 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' 18 games this season.

Floor General Johnson

James Johnson has taken control of the point guard position in just his freshman season. Johnson has averaged 10.4 points, 4.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals while adjusting seamlessly to the college game. He's started his first 18 collegiate games, becoming just the third Quinnipiac player to do so at the Division I level.

On the Rebound

The Bobcats offensive rebounding prowess (15.29 per game - 1st-NEC) has resulted in holding opponents to 31.1 rebounds per game (1st-NEC) and a +6.6 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 18.2 points per game and eighth in rebounds (6.5). His 4.83 defensive rebounds per game rank fifth and his 44.6 field-goal percentage is 14th. He's also tied for 12th in free-throw percentage (75.0). His 1.61 three-point field goals made per game are ninth. His 1.72 steals and 2.33 assists rank third and tied for 18th, respectively.

Regular For Rutty

Justin Rutty has shot 65.1 percent (127-for-195) this season (1st-NEC), besting his Northeast Conference leading 59.0 percent average of a year ago.

On Deck

The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action, Jan. 29, when they play host to preseason NEC favorite Mount St. Mary's. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.