January 14, 2013

Men's Basketball Wraps Up Non-Conference Play At Hampton On Monday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-10, 1-3 NEC) at
Hampton University Pirates (4-10, 2-0 MEAC)
Date: Monday, January 14, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Convocation Center – Hampton, Va.
Series vs. Hampton: First Meeting
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
Hampton Last Five: 2-3
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: HamptonPirates.com
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Tickets: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Face Hampton On Monday Night
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (5-10, 1-3 NEC) heads southward to Virginia for a final non-conference clash with Hampton University (4-10, 2-0 MEAC) on Monday night. The first meeting between the two schools is set for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center on the University's campus. 

On The Air / Multimedia Links
Fans can also tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play call with Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.HamptonPirates.com.   

All-Time Against Hampton
This will be the first meeting between the two programs. American University serves as the only common opponent thus far – with Hampton defeating the Eagles, 72-65, on December 18, and Quinnipiac falling short, 61-55, on November 12. 

Scouting The Pirates
The Pirates, in their fourth season under head coach Edward Joyner Jr., picked up their first road win of the season on Saturday, coming back to beat Howard, 51-49 – making it two straight wins. Freshman guard Deron Powers had a team-high 14 points, while junior guard Ramon Mercado came off the bench to add 10. So far this season, the Pirates are second the conference (MEAC) in field goal percentage defense, as opponents are shooting just 39.4 percent (282-for-715) from the floor. The Pirates are also third in the MEAC in scoring defense, holding teams to 62.1 points per game, and fourth in blocked shots with 4.9 per game. Powers leads the Pirates offensively, averaging team-bests in points (11.4) and assists (4.1). Du'Vaughn Maxwell leads the front court with 7.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. 

Last Time Out Against Sacred Heart
Ike Azotam and Jamee Jackson each finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday afternoon, but Sacred Heart University fended off a late Bobcat charge and earned an 80-74 decision at the TD Bank Sports Center. Quinnipiac received double-doubles from two different players for the first time this season, but it was SHU's Shane Gibson who poured in a game-high 31 points to lift the visiting Pioneers. Dave Johnson led the Bobcats offensively with a season-high 17 points – going 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Azotam, Jackson and Hearst each chipped in with 10 points and Evan Conti added nine. Ousmane Drame and James Ford, Jr. finished with seven apiece – while combining for a total of 12 rebounds. Quinnipiac controlled the backboards, 45-35, and the paint 34-29, but left 13 at the free-throw line (14-27, 51.9 percent). SHU made 45.5 percent of its field goals compared to 39.7 percent from the hosting Bobcats. 

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 .566 winning percentage is fifth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.654), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.623), Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.589) and CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.572). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)

Coach (Team)

Wins

Losses

Winning %

John Becker (UVM)

34

18

0.654

Tommy Amaker (HARV)

101

61

0.623

Sydney Johnson (FAIR)

33

23

0.589

Howie Dickenman (CCSU)

171

128

0.572

Tom Moore (QU)

98

75

0.566

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 21st career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Sacred Heart (1/12). Azotam ranks third in career double-doubles among active NEC players – sitting just one 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 348 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 91 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 173 games with Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has only failed to out-rebound an opponent 27 times. In 50 of the 173 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 45-5 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 seven career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 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