January 4, 2013

Men's Basketball Takes On Defending NEC Champions LIU Brooklyn On Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-8, 0-1 NEC) vs.
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (5-8, 0-1 NEC)
Date:
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. LIU Brooklyn: 15-14
Last Time QU Faced LIU: March 4, 2012 (L, 78-75)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
St. Francis Last Five: 1-4
Live Video Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device:
ESPN.Com
Tickets: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Take On Defending NEC Champions
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (4-8, 0-1 NEC) is back in action on Saturday, January 5 when the Bobcats play host to 2012 NEC Champion, LIU Brooklyn (5-8, 0-1 NEC). The Blackbirds were projected to win the NEC for a second straight year in the Preseason Coaches' Poll, but are off to a slow start due to a daunting non-conference slate. Tip-off for this marquee match-up is set for 3 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.  

On The Air / Multimedia Links
Saturday afternoon's game will be streamed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where 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. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

All-Time Against LIU Brooklyn
The Bobcats hold a 15-14 record all-time against the Blackbirds; a series that saw a Bobcats' 10-game winning streak snapped two years ago. LIU took all three games from the Bobcats last season, including a three-point victory in the NEC Semifinals, and has now taken the last four games from Quinnipiac. This marks the longest losing streak since a five-game skid to begin the rivalry.  

Scouting The Blackbirds
First-year head coach Jack Perri and Northeast Conference coaches had high expectations for the LIU Brooklyn as the Blackbirds were selected to win the league in the preseason poll. However, a difficult schedule and a season-ending injury to 2012 NEC Player of the Year Julian Boyd have made the path for a repeat much more difficult. LIU is 5-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference after a 77-73 loss at Sacred Heart on Thursday night. Senior Booker Hucks scored a career-high 20 points off the bench, while EJ Reed, Brandon Thompson and Jason Brickman all joined Hucks in double-figures. Jamal Olasewere and CJ Gardner, LIU's top two scorers with Boyd out, will also be sidelined for a second straight game due to a University sanctioned suspension. The Blackbirds present a similar task to last season for the Bobcats – trying to slow down a potent offense. LIU leads the league in scoring (76.6) but also allows 78.5 points per game, good enough for 11th in the NEC.  

Last Time Out Against St. Francis Brooklyn
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team opened Northeast Conference competition with a tough loss to St. Francis Brooklyn, 63-61, on Thursday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Zaid Hearst nabbed his second career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and two others added double-figures, but turnovers and free-throws plagued the Bobcats' offense en route to their first NEC loss of the season. Hearst did most of his damage in the first half on 5-of-10 shooting for 12 points to go along with eight rebounds. Jamee Jackson was one rebound away from a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Dave Johnson added 10 points and four assists. Justin Harris tallied eight points and a career-best nine rebounds and Ousmane Drame finished with seven points and six rebounds. Quinnipiac played well enough to win, holding St. Francis to 35.5 percent from the floor and dominating the backboards, 56-35. Its 56 rebounds were the most since their encounter with LIU Brooklyn last season where Quinnipiac set a program record with 61. However, turnovers and free-throws didn't go in favor of the Bobcats – surrendering a minus-10 edge in turnovers and making just 11-of-26 from the charity stripe. 

Total Control
The Bobcats dominated the glass with a plus-21 edge against St. Francis Brooklyn (1/3). Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac has managed a plus-20 advantage on the backboards 12 times, including a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011.  

16 Times for 50-Plus
The Bobcats grabbed a season-high 56 rebounds against St. Francis Brooklyn (1/3). It was the highest rebound total since Quinnipiac set the program record with 61 rebounds against LIU Brooklyn last season. QU reached 50 rebounds four times last season, had six 50-rebound games in 2010-11, had three 50-rebound games in all of 2009-10, and never had three 50-rebound games in 11 prior seasons at Division I. Quinnipiac has pulled down 50 rebounds in a game 16 times in Tom Moore's six years at QU. In nine years prior at Division I, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition. 

Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has been called upon to fill a starting role of late and has excelled at the opportunity. In four career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted a career-high 14 points and four rebounds against Penn.  

Climbing The Ladder
Ike Azotam collected his 20th career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Boston (12/16). In his most recent performance, Azotam surpassed C.J. Vick '05 (577) on Quinnipiac's Division I career rebounding list. The junior power forward currently sits in third place and remains just one shy of Bill Romano '02 (580) for second. Azotam also ranks third in career double-doubles among active NEC players – sitting just two shy of LIU's Jamal Olaseware (22). 

Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 97th career win against Albany (12/21) and remains three shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .571 winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.653), Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.623) and Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.619). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)

Coach (Team)

Wins

Losses

Winning %

John Becker (UVM)

32

17

0.653

Sydney Johnson (FAIR)

33

20

0.623

Tommy Amaker (HARV)

99

61

0.619

Tom Moore (QU)

97

73

0.571

Howie Dickenman (CCSU)

169

127

0.570

Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 338 career assists trail Jared Grasso '02 who finished his career with 404 assists. 

Rejection Is Key
Jamee Jackson recorded his 81st career block against Lehigh (11/27) and moved ahead of Justin Rutty '11 into second among Division I career block leaders at Quinnipiac. Jackson's 88 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots. 

Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. Through 170 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 47 of the 170 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 12 with plus-20 or better. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 44-3 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-2 record with plus-20.  

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu