Long Island University Blackbirds (10-14, 8-5 NEC)
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 - 2 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Battle With NEC's Brooklyn Teams This Weekend
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team concludes its three-game homestand Saturday afternoon, when the Bobcats play host to Long Island in the only scheduled match-up between the two teams this season. The Bobcats are coming off a 77-65 victory Thursday against St. Francis (N.Y.), their 10th win in the last 11 games. LIU bounced back from a triple overtime loss to St. Francis (N.Y.) with an 81-75 win Thursday at Sacred Heart. The Bobcats own a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series, including eight straight wins over LIU.
Scouting the Long Island Blackbirds
The Blackbirds (10-14, 8-5 NEC) are led by All-NEC guard Jaytornah Wisseh, who's averaged a team-best 16.8 points per game. Wisseh's 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game are also team highs. Kyle Johnson has contributed 12.2 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game, including 26 points and 10 rebounds last time out at Sacred Heart. Freshman big man Kenny Onyechi has rejected more than two shots per game, in addition to scoring 8.5 points per game.
Time Against Long Island
James Feldeine scored 22 points and Justin Rutty added 18 points and 16 rebounds as the Bobcats defeated LIU, 86-78, in overtime of the 2009 NEC Tournament Quarterfinals. Julian Boyd led LIU with 17 points.
Time Out Against St. Francis (N.Y.)
Justin Rutty scored 17 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as the Bobcats defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 77-65, Thursday night in Hamden. James Johnson added another 17 points, while Jonathan Cruz compiled his second double-double in the last three games with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Akeem Bennett and Akeem Johnson led St. Francis (N.Y.) with 14 points apiece.
Saturday's game can be heard live on AM 1220 WQUN. Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call, while Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson will provide color commentary. Bobcat Channel subscribers can also access a live video feed through www.quinnipiacbobcats.com. Live stats will also be available. To access live audio, video and stats, click on the appropriate links on the men's basketball schedule on www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
Keeping Good Company
Quinnipiac is one of just three teams in the NCAA ranked in the top 11 nationally in both rebound margin and rebounds per game. The Bobcats rank second in rebound margin and 11th in rebounds per game. Quinnipiac joins No. 1 Kentucky (1st - rebound margin, 3rd - rebounds per game) and No. 2 Kansas (7th - rebound margin, 6th - rebounds per game) in the exclusive club.
Feldeine Reaches 1,000 Career Points, Climbs Charts
James Feldeine became the 33rd player in QU history and the seventh in program Division I history to reach 1,000 career points, Jan. 7 against Mount St. Mary's. Making the feat more impressive is that Feldeine scored just seven points in his freshman year. He currently ranks 17th in program history and fourth in QU Division I history at 1,196 points, having passed Jim Freund '81 (1,166), Rashaun Banjo '04 (1,166), Mike Buscetto '93 (1,165), Art Leary '70 (1,159) and Ed Skwara '69 (1,159), with 27 points, Feb. 4 at SHU.
Rutty Scores 1,000th Career Point
Justin Rutty became the 34th player in Quinnipiac history and the eighth in program Division I history to score 1,000 career points, Feb. 11 against St. Francis (N.Y.). He's also on pace to challenge for 1,000 career rebounds. Should Rutty play in 30 games this year and next, his career 8.4 rebounds per game average would leave him at 991 boards, while his two-year average of 10.1 boards per game would put him at 1,052 rebounds. Just two prior Quinnipiac players have reached both 1,000 points and rebounds.
Rutty Grabs Quinnipiac DI Rebound Record
With 11 rebounds against Wagner on Jan. 9, Justin Rutty took over the Quinnipiac Division I Rebound lead from Bill Romano '02 (580). Rutty currently has 689 career rebounds while in just his junior season.
In the RPI
According to www.kenpom.com, the Bobcats are the second-ranked NEC team in the RPI (ratings percentage index). QU is ranked No. 178, behind only Mount St. Mary's at No. 169.
State of Mind
Quinnipiac is 14-0 in games played in Connecticut, including a 10-0 mark at the TD Bank Sports Center. The 10-0 start at home is the best in program history. Ironically, Quinnipiac has started three of the last four decades with at least seven straight home victories. Quinnipiac started the 90's 8-0 at home in 1990-91 and the 80's 7-0 in 1980-81.
The Bobcats are 6-0 when scoring at least 80 points this season.
Rutty's Keeping Good Company
At 14.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, Justin Rutty is one of just 23 players nationally averaging a double-double.
Rutty Finding Free-Throw Stroke
Justin Rutty, a career 46.3 percent free-throw shooter, has shot 81.5 percent (22-27) from the charity stripe in the last five games. Included in the mark is a string of 14 consecutive successful attempts, spanning from the Jan. 30 Mount St. Mary's game to the Feb. 11 St. Francis (N.Y.) game. Rutty went 6-for-6 at Sacred Heart, the first 100 percent game of more than three attempts in his career. He followed with a 4-for-4 effort against the Pioneers, Feb. 6.
With 17 wins already this season, the Bobcats have eclipsed their win total of each of the past two seasons (15) under Head Coach Tom Moore, and are one shy of tying the Quinnipiac Division I wins record.
Bobcats, Rutty On NCAA Rebound Charts
Led by Justin Rutty's 10.4 rebounds per game (16th-NCAA), the Bobcats rank 11th in the nation in rebounds per game (40.9 rpg.).
At First You Don't Succeed...
42.2 percent of the Bobcats' rebounds have come on the offensive end, fifth-most in the NCAA.
Quinnipiac has outrebounded each of its opponents this year, and owns a +9.9 rebounding margin, good for second in the nation. The NEC all-time best in rebound margin for a season was set by FDU in 1997-98, when the Knights finished at +9.1.
Quinnipiac, Rutty Grab Top Rankings
The Bobcats are ranked 11th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (15.0). Individually, Justin Rutty ranks fourth nationally at 4.5 offensive boards per game, a year after finishing second in the nation behind only Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair (5.6 oreb/game) with 4.6 offensive caroms per game.
Sitting on Top of the NEC Stats
Quinnipiac ranks in the top three in the NEC in 13 of 19 statistical categories. The Bobcats are first in scoring margin (+7.9), field-goal percentage (.451), rebounding offense (40.9), rebounding defense (31.0), rebound margin (+9.9), offensive rebounding (15.04) and defensive rebounding (25.88). QU ranks second in scoring offense (72.8), field-goal percentage defense (.411) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.93), and third in scoring defense (64.8), free-throw percentage (.702) and assists per game (12.96).
Johnson's Elite Company
James Johnson's consecutive starts streak reached 55 games to begin his career, Feb. 11, against St. Francis (N.Y.). Johnson became just the eighth freshman in QU Division I history to start his collegiate debut, and started all 31 of Quinnipiac's games in 2008-09, joining just 19 other freshmen in the nation to start every game their team played. With the start in each of this season's contests, Johnson has stretched the streak to his first 55 games as a Bobcat. Each player to start his first game and complete four years with the Bobcats has scored over 1,000 points. Rob Monroe, Bill Romano and Jared Grasso started their first games and rank first, second and sixth, respectively, on the Bobcats D-I scoring list. The 55-game streak currently ranks second in program history to begin a career (Grasso - 71 games), and tied for fourth among all QU D-I starts streaks.
Jonathan Cruz has compiled his first two career double-doubles in the last three games. He posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart, before scoring a career-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds, Feb. 11, against St. Francis (N.Y.).
The Bobcats marched to the free-throw line 52 times, Feb. 6 against Sacred Heart, and converted a Northeast Conference record 45 free throws, good for 86.5 percent. The previous high came on Feb. 9, 1991, when FDU made 44 free throws against Saint Francis (Pa.).
Times 4 For The Second Time
Four Bobcats - James Feldeine (22), Jeremy Baker (18), Justin Rutty (16) and James Johnson (15) - scored at least 15 points in the same game for just the second time in Coach Tom Moore's tenure at Quinnipiac, Feb. 6 against Sacred Heart. The first time came in Moore's first game in Hamden, when Bryan Geffen (19), Feldeine (19), DeMario Anderson (16) and Evann Baker (16) each scored at least 15 points in a double-overtime victory over Hartford on Nov. 11, 2007.
In defeating Sacred Heart, 90-87 on Feb. 6, the Bobcats scored 90 points for the third time under Tom Moore. The first two efforts came within two games of each other in Moore's first season in Hamden, when the Bobcats scored 92 points in double overtime at Lehigh, Nov. 28, 2007, before scoring 90 points in regulation against St. Francis (N.Y.), Dec. 6, 2007.
The Bobcats held Sacred Heart's Corey Hassan, the NEC's leading scorer (21.4 ppg.) and the nation's leader in three-point field goals made per game (3.7) entering their two-game NEC Rivalry Week series with the Pioneers, to just 24 points and four three-pointers on the weekend. Included in the mark was an eight-point performance without a long ball, Feb. 4, at the Pitt Center. James Johnson drew the primary defensive assignment, holding Hassan to fewer than 10 points for the first time this season.
Rutty Compiles 5 Straight Double-Doubles
Justin Rutty has compiled double-doubles in each of his last five games, padding the Quinnipiac Division I career double-doubles record with 23. Rutty passed Jeremy Bishop '02, who had 18 double-doubles for QU, with a 26-point, 14-rebound performance against CCSU on Jan. 24. He then added to his total with 15 points and 10 rebounds at Wagner, Jan. 28, 18 points and 15 rebounds at Mount St. Mary's on Jan. 30, and 22 points and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes, Feb. 4 at Sacred Heart. His last double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds came Feb. 6 against Sacred Heart.
Feldeine Earns 4th NEC Player of the Week
James Feldeine was named NEC Co-Player of the Week after averaging 24.5 points and 5.5 boards in the Bobcats' NEC Rivalry Week sweep of Sacred Heart. The award was the second of the season and fourth of Feldeine's career.
Feldeine's Just Fine
After suffering through a 1-for-14 shooting effort, Jan. 30 at Mount St. Mary's, James Feldeine bounced back with a 27-point performance on 11-for-14 shooting, Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart.
Day of the Week
With the Bobcats' victory against CCSU on Sunday, Jan. 24, Quinnipiac has won at least one game on each day of the week this season.
The Bobcats shot a season-high 60.0 percent (33-55) from the floor, Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart. It was the Bobcats' first effort of 60 percent or more since Dec. 19, 2007, when the Bobcats shot 64.7 percent (33-51) against Dartmouth.
With Justin Rutty and Jonathan Cruz's double-doubles, Feb. 4 at Sacred Heart, two Bobcats compiled double-doubles in the same game for the first time since James Johnson and Rutty did it against Monmouth, Dec. 6, 2008.
Rutty Earns Second CT6 Player of the Week
With averages of 16.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, Justin Rutty earned his second Connecticut 6 Player of the Week Award on Feb. 1. Rutty posted a pair of double-doubles as the Bobcats split a pair of road contests at Wagner and Mount St. Mary's. Rutty had 15 points and 10 rebounds in victory over Wagner, before scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in defeat at Mount St. Mary's. The pair of double-doubles give Rutty 21 for his career, while the Mount St. Mary's performance was his sixth career 15-15 game.
At 14-6 overall and 8-1 in the Northeast Conference, the Bobcats completed their best start in program Division I history, both overall and in the NEC. The 14-6 mark was also the Bobcats' best since the 1979-80 season under legendary coach Burt Kahn, when Quinnipiac went 15-5 through 20 games. Prior to this season, Quinnipiac had never gone better than 11-6 overall at the Division I level or 5-1 in the NEC.
Taking Care of the Ball
The Bobcats went six straight games in which they dished out more assists than they committed turnovers, prior the Jan. 30 Mount St. Mary's game. Included in the stretch was a run of five of six games with nine turnovers or fewer. In total, Quinnipiac dished out 87 assists while turnover the ball over 51 times, good for a 1.71 assist-to-turnover ratio. In less than three seasons, Tom Moore's QU teams have had 11 single-digit turnover games. In the prior nine seasons at D-I, QU had seven.
Deontay Twyman stepped up his game in the Bobcats' eight-game winning streak. He averaged 9.1 points per game in the stretch after scoring at a 4.3 points per game clip in 12 prior games. Twyman has also dished out 14 assists in the last six games while turning it over just twice in the span.
Jeremy Baker averaged 10.1 points per game during the Bobcats' eight-game winning streak. He got to the free-throw line with some regularity during the stretch, connecting at 80.0 percent (32-40), including a span of 20 consecutive made free throws.
James Feldeine ran three of his career statistical records past hundred markers, Jan. 21, against Bryant. He surpassed 1,100 points, 400 rebounds and 100 steals for his career in the game.
Led by Deontay Twyman's 16 points, the QU bench scored a season-high 32 points Jan. 21. The mark topped QU's best bench output of 25 points, compiled two games earlier at CCSU.
'Cats Scratch Out Season-High 14 Steals
The Bobcats made a season-high 14 steals, Jan. 21, against Bryant. Five Bobcats had two steals each, while four more had one apiece. The double-digit steals effort was the third of the year for QU, which had 11, Dec. 23, against Columbia, and 10 more, Nov. 24, at Maine.
Feldeine Honored Twice
James Feldeine was named the Connecticut 6 and Northeast Conference Player of the Week, Jan. 18, after leading the Bobcats to three wins the week prior. Feldeine averaged 18.3 points while shooting 60.0 percent (21-35) from the floor, including 61.5 percent (8-13) from long range in wins against Brown, CCSU and Bryant.
21 of the Bobcats' season-high 28 made free throws at Bryant came from five players who were perfect on the day from the stripe. Jeremy Baker led the group with a 7-for-7 performance, while James Johnson (4-4), James Feldeine (4-4), Deontay Twyman (4-4) and Ryan Bogdan (2-2) were also perfect from the line.
Q Can Play D, Too
The Bobcats held Central Connecticut to 29.2 percent (14-48) from the floor, Jan. 14 in New Britain. It was the Bobcats' first sub-30 percent field-goal percentage defensive performance since Jan. 15, 2009, when QU held St. Francis (N.Y.) to a program Division I best 25.4 percent.
Fuego From Three
Quinnipiac shot a season-high 63.6 percent (7-11) from long range, Jan. 14, at CCSU, easily besting their previous best on the season, a 44.4 percent (4-9) showing, Jan. 9, against Wagner.
Quinnipiac easily scored its largest margin of victory against Central Connecticut, Jan. 14, defeating the Blue Devils by 31 points. The previous mark was set during the 1961-62 season, when Quinnipiac defeated CCSU by 16 points.
Quinnipiac outscored an opponent by 30-plus points for the first time in the Tom Moore era, Jan. 14, at CCSU. The 76-45 victory was the first 30-point win for QU since Nov. 22, 2006, when the Bobcats beat Division II Concordia (N.Y.), 106-57, at the Burt Kahn Court.
The Bobcats outscored Brown in the paint, 58-16, Jan. 11 at the TD Bank Sports Center.
QU recorded its second-best performance from the free-throw line, connecting at an 80.8 percent (21-26) clip, Jan. 7, against Mount St. Mary's. Included in the mark was a 4-for-5 performance from Justin Rutty, a career 42.8 percent free-throw shooter. Rutty's two free throws with QU leading by two with five seconds left made it a two-possession game. The two free throws proved necessary as the Mount's Jeremy Goode hit a three at the buzzer as QU won by one. The Bobcats then made 20 more free throws against Wagner, Jan. 9.
Johnson & Johnson - 14 & 14
Dave and James Johnson had more than their last name in common, Jan. 2, at Monmouth. The duo each scored 14 points, a career-high for Dave.
Shooting Lights Out
The Bobcats shot a season-high 57.7 percent (30-52) against Dartmouth, Dec. 30, besting their previous best of 55.4 percent, Dec. 8, at Rhode Island.
The Bobcats outrebounded an opponent by 20 or more rebounds for the second time this season, Dec. 30, against Dartmouth. Quinnipiac took a 42-22 advantage on the boards against the Big Green after taking a 23-rebound advantage against Yale, Nov. 21, in New Haven.
The Bobcats held Columbia to just 26.1 percent shooting in the second half, Dec. 23. Quinnipiac ran away with the victory, outscoring the Lions, 15-1, during a span of 5:53 in the decisive stanza.
Jamee Jackson had seven points and eight rebounds, including a career-high seven offensive rebounds, Dec. 23, against Columbia.
Feldeine Seeing 20-20-20-20-20
James Feldeine scored at least 20 points in five straight games against Navy, Massachusetts, Fairleigh Dickinson, Rhode Island and Vermont. He averaged 23.0 points in the span.
Straight With 20-Plus For 2
The Bobcats had two players score at least 20 points in each of three straight games, Dec. 5, 8, and 13. James Feldeine and Justin Rutty accomplished the feat against Fairleigh Dickinson and Rhode Island. Meanwhile, Jeremy Baker scored 22 points and Feldeine added 21 at Vermont. Rutty scored 23 and 30 points against FDU and Rhode Island, respectively, while Feldeine had 22 and 28.
Rutty, Feldeine Scoring Explosion
Justin Rutty (30 points) and James Feldeine (28 points) both ranked in the top five in the nation in single-game scoring, Dec. 8, at Rhode Island. Rutty ranked second, while Feldeine ranked fifth.
Rutty Atop ESPN Nightly Rankings
Justin Rutty ranked as the most productive player in the nation, Dec. 8, as decided by the ESPN Rating. The ESPN Rating weighs points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, field goals, three-point field goals and free throws. Rutty scored 30 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and made four steals.
Justin Rutty and James Feldeine combined for 58 points, Dec. 8, at Rhode Island. The 58 points between two players are the third-most by Bobcats teammates in QU Division I history. Rob Monroe (41) and Karl Anderson (20) combined for 61 points against Division II Longwood, Jan. 2, 2005, while Monroe (32) and Craig Benson (27) scored 59 combined points, Dec. 4, 2004, at Robert Morris.
a Dime, Take a Dime
The Bobcats tied their season-high with 17 assists, Dec. 5, against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Small Man, Big Game
Dave Johnson had a breakout performance against Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 5, establishing new career highs in points (10), assists (6) and steals (3).
Bobcats Sign Two For 2010-11
Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore has announced the signings of Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and Dominique Langston (Bridgeport, Conn.) to National Letters of Intent. Azotam is a 6-foot-7 forward currently enrolled at Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, Conn., for a post-graduate year. Langston, a 6-foot-3 guard also opted for a post-grad year, and is attending St. Thomas Moore in Oakdale, Conn.
Bobcats In NEC Openers
With a win Dec. 5 against Fairleigh Dickinson, Quinnipiac improved to 7-5 in Northeast Conference openers, including a 3-0 mark under Head Coach Tom Moore.
Grabbing A New High Again
The Bobcats shattered their previous record of 24 offensive rebounds in a single game at the Division I level with 28 offensive caroms at UMass on Dec. 2. Quinnipiac's previous high of 24 was accomplished just three games earlier at Yale on Nov. 21. Justin Rutty was monumental in both efforts, grabbing 10 offensive boards at Yale and nine at UMass.
The Bobcats held Navy without a field goal for a stretch of 10:29 in the second half, Nov. 30. The Midshipmen managed eight points, all on free throws, in the span.
Fordham Elevates Grasso To Head Coach
Jared Grasso '02 has been elevated to Interim Head Coach at Fordham University after more than three years as an assistant coach at the school. Grasso, who played for four years at QU (1998-02) and served as an assistant coach during the 2005-06 season, is sixth on the Quinnipiac Division I career scoring list with 1,134 points. In addition to his scoring record, he's second in three-point field goals (216), third in assists (404) and three-point field goal percentage (39.4%) and fourth in free throws made (233).
The Bobcats held Maine to just 30.6 percent (19-62) shooting on Nov. 24, including just 25.9 percent (7-27) in the second half. The Black Bears converted just two of 16 three-point attempts (12.5 percent).
James Johnson scored 16 points, including 4-for-6 shooting from long range, at Maine. The output was just one point off his previous career high of 17 points, scored twice last season.
Feldeine Gets Fifth
James Feldeine compiled his fifth career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds at Lehigh, Nov. 18.
Rutty Named NEC, CT 6 Player of the Week
For his average of 21.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in the Bobcats' 1-1 week, Justin Rutty was named both the Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week and the Connecticut 6 Player of the Week. Rutty scored 19 points and added eight rebounds in a loss at Lehigh, before exploding for 23 points and 14 rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass, at Yale.
Justin Rutty scored 23 points and grabbed 10 of his 14 rebounds on the offensive glass in the Bobcats' Nov. 21 victory over local rival Yale.
Led by Justin Rutty's 10 offensive rebounds, the Bobcats grabbed 24 offensive rebounds at Yale.
Clutch Free-Throw Shooting
With Yale closing quickly on QU's lead down the stretch on Nov. 21 in New Haven, James Johnson and James Feldeine stepped to the charity stripe and combined to go 10-for-10 in the final minute and a half of play.
Picked Second In CT6 Poll
Quinnipiac was picked second in the Preseason Connecticut 6 Coaches' Poll. Fairfield claimed the top spot, while Sacred Heart immediately followed the Bobcats in third. Central Connecticut, Yale and Hartford rounded out the poll.
Rutty Picked To Preseason CT6 Team
Justin Rutty was selected as Quinnipiac's representative on the Preseason Connecticut 6 Team. Joining Rutty were CCSU's Shemik Thompson, Fairfield's Anthony Johnson, Hartford's Joe Zeglinski, Sacred Heart's Corey Hassan and Yale's Alex Zampier.
Bobcats 3rd In NEC Coaches' Poll
The Northeast Conference's coaches selected the Bobcats to finish tied for third in the league this season. Mount St. Mary's claimed the top spot, followed by Long Island. Robert Morris was selected to tie QU for third, while Central Connecticut ranked fifth. Sacred Heart, St. Francis (N.Y.), Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Wagner, Bryant and Saint Francis (Pa.) rounded out the poll.
Saying "No" To Joe
The Quinnipiac defense once again clamped down on Hartford's Joe Zeglinski, one of the most potent scorers in the America East Conference. After scoring 12 points in the first half of this year's meeting, aided by a 30-foot desperation heave off glass that fell at the halftime buzzer, the Bobcats didn't allow Zeglinski another point in the second half. The Bobcats held the 2007-08 First-Team All-America East selection to just two points on 1-for-10 shooting on Nov. 14, 2008. Zeglinski's career scoring average was 14.6 points entering the contest. He had reached double-figures in 34 of his prior 37 games. The output tied Zeglinski's career low, set during his freshman season, Feb. 3, 2007, at Boston University.
Moore of the Same
Head Coach Tom Moore has won the season opener in each of his three years at QU, all coming against Hartford. Prior to Moore's arrival to Hamden, no Quinnipiac team had won its first game of the season during the school's Division I era. Teams that have had Moore serving on the coaching staff have won 10 consecutive season openers. The last time one of Moore's teams didn't win its first game was Nov. 11, 1999, when defending National Champion and top-ranked UConn was upset by Iowa in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic. None of Quinnipiac's other five coaches all-time won their first three season openers, and only Burt Kahn won three straight at any point. Kahn won three straight three times, including six straight from 1967-68 through 1972-73.
The Bobcats continue the unbalanced portion of the NEC schedule Thursday, when they travel to Loretto, Pa., to take on Saint Francis (Pa.) to play the third of four straight games against teams that appear on their schedule only once each in the regular season (St. Francis (N.Y.), Long Island, Saint Francis (Pa.), and Robert Morris). Opening tip from DeGol Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.