November 8, 2012

Men’s Basketball To Host Clothing Drive At Home-Opener Against American On Monday Night

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team will be sponsoring a clothing drive at its home-opener against American University on Monday, November 12, 2012 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The clothing will be donated to The Salvation Army and go towards aiding the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donations of gently used clothing will be accepted between 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the lobby of TD Bank Sports Center, prior to the start of Monday's game.  Fans who bring a donation will receive two complementary tickets to the Bobcats' game against the University of Maine on Saturday, December 29, 2012.

On The Air
Monday's game will be broadcasted live on QuinnipiacBobcats.com and can be heard on AM 1220 WQUN by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The voice of the Bobcats will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

All-Time Against American
The Bobcats and the Eagles met for the first time last season in the Nation's Capital. Despite 20 points and 15 rebounds from Ike Azotam, a free-throw with eight seconds left proved to be the difference for American University, as the Eagles defeated the Bobcats by the final score of 74-73 at Bender Arena.

Scouting The Eagles
Head coach Jeff Jones and the Eagles faced a difficult opponent in their first game this season, taking on a Minnesota team that was receiving votes in both national polls. Senior forward Stephen Lumpkins led the way for American at Williams Arena this past Friday, narrowly missing a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. It was Lumpkins' first game in over a year after spending last season playing in the MLB for the Kansas City Royals organization. Sophomore guard John Schoof played a team-high and career-high 35 minutes in the season opener, also tying a career-best mark going 6-of-6 from the charity stripe while also finishing second on the team with eight points. Sophomore Austin Carroll (Rutgers transfer) and rookies Jesse Reed and Marko Vasic all made their American debuts at Minnesota. Senior big man Daniel Fisher was effective in 13 minutes off the bench, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting with a rebound and a block while sophomore Kyle Kager set or tied career-highs across the board. 

Last Time Out Against Hartford
Power forward Ike Azotam scored 17 points and Garvey Young added 15 as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a 65-61 win over Hartford in the fourth annual Connecticut 6 Classic at Chase Family Pavilion. The Bobcats improved to 3-1 all-time in the CT 6 dating back to inaugural tournament back in 2009. The Bobcats improved to 16-5 all-time against the Hawks, while handing the Hawks their 23rd loss all-time in a season-opening contest. The Bobcats were ranked first in the CT 6 Coaches' Poll, announced prior to the weekend. 

Success In the Opener
With the four-point victory of the Hawks (11/10), Quinnipiac improved to 5-1 in season-openers under head coach Tom Moore. 

Azotam Makes Immediate Impact
CT 6 All-Tournament selection Ike Azotam paced the Bobcats offense with a game-high 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting against the Hawks. He narrowly missed his 17th career double-double with nine rebounds, and added two blocks to complete his stat-line. 

Career-Best For Garvey
Garvey Young played a large role in the outcome with 11 of his 15 points coming in the second half against the Hawks. His 15 points was a career-best and his eight rebounds was one shy of matching his career-high. Young also knocked down two big shots from long-range, a facet of his game that is much improved.  

Strong Debut For Ray
Kendrick Ray was stellar in his collegiate debut with eight points, one rebound and one assist against the Hawks (11/10). Ray sealed the deal late in the contest with a lay-up that clinched the game for the Bobcats. He was 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. 

Post Presence Makes Difference
Quinnipiac dominated the low-post against the Hawks, outscoring Hartford, 44-22, in the paint. The Bobcats controlled the glass as well, obtaining a plus-eight margin, 43-35, in the triumph.

Among The Elite
Head Coach Tom Moore has accumulated an impressive 94-65 record in his six seasons with the Bobcats. His .591 winning percentage is the fourth best in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.669), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.623) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.606).

Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. Through 159 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 45 of the 159 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 11 with plus-20 or better. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 43-2 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-1 record with plus-20. 

On Deck
The Bobcats will head to Saint Thomas for the 2012 Paradise Jam on Thursday morning. Quinnipiac will play three games in a span of four days, in a tournament that includes UConn and Wake Forest. Tune in to www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all the latest news, scores and highlights.   

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu