Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-3, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Lehigh University Mountain Hawks (4-2, 0-0 Patriot)
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Lehigh: 3-2
Last Time QU Faced Lehigh: November 28, 2011 (L, 86-75)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
Lehigh Last Five: 4-1
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Home Sweet Home
After a week-long break for the holiday, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (2-3, 0-0 NEC) returns to the hardwood on Tuesday, November 27 at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats will take on Lehigh University at 7 p.m. – the first of three straight home games for the Q. Admission for each game is FREE for children with the purchase of an adult ticket, specially priced at $1!!!
On The Air
Tuesday night's game will be broadcasted live on QuinnipiacBobcats.TV by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio or access live stats as well.
All-Time Against Lehigh
The Bobcats hold a 3-2 record all-time against the Mountain Hawks. The series began in November of 2006, where QU won in decisive fashion with a 16-point triumph in Hamden. Quinnipiac followed the first meeting with a double overtime win the next time around, but has surrendered two of the last three to the Mountain Hawks – including an 86-75 loss in last year's meeting.
Scouting The Mountain Hawks
Arguably Quinnipiac's most formidable opponent on the 2012-13 schedule, Lehigh presents a daunting task for the Bobcats on Tuesday night. Led by senior guard C.J. McCollum, the Mountain Hawks are off to a 4-2 start following a 2011-12 campaign which included an NCAA Tournament upset against the No. 2 seeded Duke University Blue Devils in the second round. Most recently, McCollum scored 26 points in a win against NEC foe Sacred Heart to become the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer. In total, four Mountain Hawks finished in double figures including seniors Gabe Knutson and Holden Greiner who posted 18 and 17, respectively. Sophomore Stefan Cvrkalj also added 14, including four three-pointers. Quinnipiac's defense faces a tall task on Tuesday night, as Lehigh is shooting 45.6 percent from the floor and 44 percent from long-range.
Last Time Out Against George Mason
In the final game of the 2012 Paradise Jam, the Patriots of George Mason handed the Bobcats a 74-58 loss in the consolation match of the winners' bracket – a game broadcasted nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Dave Johnson led the Bobcats with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists, which concluded a stellar all-around tournament for the senior. Zaid Hearst joined Johnson in double-figures with 11, while eight other players made their way to the scoring column. Ousmane Drame finished with nine points and game-high 11 rebounds; Ike Azotam added seven points and six rebounds, and Jamee Jackson, Garvey Young and Shaq Shannon each chimed in with five points.
Johnson Honored By College Sports Madness
Dave Johnson was named the College Sports Madness NEC Player of the Week for his exceptional performance at the 2012 Paradise Jam, announced on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in their weekly feature. Johnson averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in three games for the Bobcats in Saint Thomas. The Jackson, N.J. native scored at least 12 points in all three games which included a tournament-high of 16 against nationally-ranked No. 21 UConn in the middle game.
2012 Paradise Jam
In its first, in-season tournament in program history, Quinnipiac garnered a fifth place showing – following New Mexico, UConn, George Mason and UIC. The Gaels of Iona College finished sixth, ACC affiliate Wake Forest claimed seventh, and Mercer rounded out the field in eighth place.
Double Overtime Marathon
Quinnipiac played its fifth Division I double overtime game when, then nationally-ranked No. 23, UConn and the Bobcats needed 10 extra minutes to decide the non-conference showdown. Quinnipiac is 4-1 in double overtime games and 22-10 when extra time is needed. This includes a 9-4 mark under Head Coach Tom Moore. The last double overtime game was back in 2007 when the Bobcats edged the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Five players finished with 10 or more points in back-to-back games against Iona (11/16) and UConn (11/18). Prior to the Paradise Jam, the Bobcats hadn't seen five players in double-figures since a 72-70 win over Monmouth back in the 2010-11 campaign.
Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 95th career win against Iona (11/16) and remains five shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .583 winning percentage is the fourth best in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.675), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.618) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.590). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
The Bobcats will stay in Hamden for their next two games. Quinnipiac welcomes Colgate to the Bank on Wednesday, December 5 and Vermont on Saturday, December 8. The showdown with the Catamounts will be broadcasted live on NESN.