Bobcats, Pioneers Square Off In NEC Men's Basketball Showdown Saturday Afternoon

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-9 1-2 NEC) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (4-10, 2-1 NEC)
Date:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center - Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Sacred Heart: 23-39
Last Time QU Faced SHU: January 19, 2012 (L, 78-75)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
Sacred Heart Last Five: 2-3
Live Video Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device:
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Tickets:
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Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Host Pioneers On Saturday Afternoon
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (5-9, 1-2 NEC) resumes Northeast Conference play on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats welcome the surging Pioneers of Sacred Heart University (4-10, 2-1 NEC) for a 3 p.m. tilt in Hamden. 

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 Sacred Heart
With their two losses last season, the Bobcats fell to 23-39 in the all-time series with the Pioneers and 14-13 in the Division I era. The Pioneer season-sweep snapped a five-game winning streak for the Bobcats, a stretch that began back in February of 2009. The Bobcats are 8-5 at home since joining Division I. 

Scouting The Pioneers
After a dismal record through non-conference play, Sacred Heart has welcomed the Northeast Conference with open arms. The Pioneers are 2-1 through their first three games, including weekend-opening sweep of LIU Brooklyn and St. Francis Brooklyn before falling to CCSU on Thursday night. Shane Gibson and Steve Glowiak each had 22 points, and Louis Montes finished with 14 points but CCSU put together a 10-0 run in the second half to pull away. Gibson, an NEC Preseason All-Conference selection, ranks amongst the conference leaders with 17.3 points per game, which includes a season-high 29 against Yale in the 2012-13 opener. Montes serves as the only other player in double-figures for the year, averaging 14.0 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game. Gibson played a large role in both meetings last season, scoring 21 in the first game and 23 in the backend of the series. 

Last Time Out Against Bryant
Ike Azotam led the Quinnipiac men's basketball team with 23 points on Thursday night, but it was the Bryant Bulldogs who pulled away in the second half en route to a 103-95 victory at Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I. Both teams shot well over 50 percent from the floor, but field goals from behind the arc proved to be the difference. Bryant knocked down 12-of-19 from long-range (63.2 percent) – granting a plus-25 edge for the home team. Bryant was 60.7 percent overall, with Quinnipiac pouring in 57.7 percent of its attempts. Azotam led the way offensively for the Bobcats, finishing 10-of-16 from the floor with six rebounds. Jamee Jackson posted a season-high 15 points, Kendrick Ray finished with a career-best 12 points and Ousmane Drame concluded players in double-figures with 10 points. Evan Conti added nine points and six rebounds in his sixth career start. 

Milestone Approaching For Moore
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 98th career win against LIU Brooklyn (1/5) and remains two shy of 100 for his career at Quinnipiac. His .570 winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.660), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.621), Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.611) and CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.570). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)

Coach (Team)

Wins

Losses

Winning %

John Becker (UVM)

33

18

0.647

Tommy Amaker (HARV)

100

61

0.621

Sydney Johnson (FAIR)

33

21

0.611

Howie Dickenman (CCSU)

171

127

0.574

Tom Moore (QU)

98

74

0.570

Offense Comes Together
Quinnipiac connected on a season-best 57.7 percent of its field goals against Bryant (1/10). The Bobcats received points from 11 different players and amassed 41 made baskets – another season-best. 

Carey's First Career Points
Tariq Carey found the bottom of the net for the first time in a Bobcat uniform with five points and two rebounds against Bryant (1/10). Carey was 1-of-3 from the floor and 1-for-1 from long distance in his second career appearance.  

Climbing The Ladder
Azotam surpassed Bill Romano '02 (580) on Quinnipiac's Division I career rebounding list when he grabbed five rebounds against LIU Brooklyn (1/5). The junior power forward currently sits in second place, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). Azotam also collected his 20th career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Boston (12/16). Azotam ranks third in career double-doubles among active NEC players – sitting just two shy of LIU's Jamal Olasewere (22). 

Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 345 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 172 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 49 of the 172 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 12 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 45-4 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 10-2 record with plus-20.   

Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has been called upon to fill a starting role of late which recently featured a career day for the sophomore guard. Conti set new career-highs in points (15) and rebounds (9) against LIU Brooklyn (1/5), falling one rebound shy of a double-double. In five career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 10.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted 14 points and four rebounds against Penn. 

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu