January 18, 2013

Bobcats Look For NEC Weekend Sweep At Robert Morris On Saturday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-11, 2-3 NEC) at
Robert Morris University Colonials (11-7, 3-2 NEC)
Date:
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Charles L. Sewall Center – Moon Township, Pa.
Series vs. RMU: 11-16
Last Meeting: February 25, 2012 (W, 73-69)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
RMU Last Five: 3-2
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: RMUColonials.com   
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device:
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Tickets:
QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Continue Rivalry With Robert Morris
After a wild and whacky night of basketball around the NEC, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (6-11, 2-3 NEC) renews its long-standing rivalry with Robert Morris University (11-7, 3-2 NEC) on Saturday night. The Bobcats and the Colonials will square off for the 28th time at the Charles L. Sewall Center in Moon Township, Pa. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. 

On The Air / Multimedia Links
Saturday night'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 Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Live stats will also be available on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

All-Time Against Robert Morris
Two of the NEC's top basketball programs will square off in their 28th meeting on Saturday night. RMU holds a 16-11 advantage in the all-time series, but it's the Bobcats who have fared better in recent years. After its series-sweep in 2011-12, Quinnipiac is 4-2 over their last six encounters. 

Scouting The Colonials
The Robert Morris University men's basketball team stretched its winning-streak to three games Thursday night with a 66-62 victory over Sacred Heart at the Charles L. Sewall Center. Playing without its top two scorers, guards Velton Jones and Karvel Anderson, due to injury, RMU pulled out the win using a seven-man rotation as four different Colonials established a season high in minutes played. Mike McFadden and Lucky Jones each scored 15 points to pace RMU, as Jones finished 9-for-9 at the stripe while McFadden added six rebounds. Coron Williams and Russell Johnson each added 10 points. Williams, Lucky Jones and McFadden are averaging double-figures in conference play – Williams and Jones with 11.8 points per game and McFadden with 10.4. Quinnipiac's post players will provide difficult match-ups for Robert Morris; but look for the Colonials to counter with high pressure on the ball in the half-court set. 

Last Time Out Against Saint Francis (Pa.)
Quinnipiac boasted a 14-4 run in the overtime period and escaped with a 75-66 victory over Saint Francis University at DeGol Arena on Thursday night. Ike Azotam led all scorers with 22 points and picked up his 23rd career double-double with 12 rebounds. Azotam went 9-of-17 from the floor in 35 minutes of action. Zaid Hearst finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his third career double-double and two others chipped in with double figures on the offensive end. Jamee Jackson had 12 points and four rebounds and Ousmane Drame added 10 points and four rebounds. Quinnipiac's success was due in large part to its formidable front court, which provided a big lift in the triumph. The Bobcats controlled a 46-22 edge in the paint and a 47-40 advantage on the backboards – making it six out of the last seven with 40 or more rebounds. Quinnipiac also grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and poured in 22 second chance points. 

Milestone Approaching - One Shy Of 100
Head Coach Tom Moore picked up his 99th career win against Saint Francis (Pa.) (1/17) and is one 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 (.660), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.623), Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.589) and CCSU's Howie Dickenman (.573). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution) 

Cleaning The Glass
The Bobcats have continued their dominance on the glass and rank amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac is tied for 3rd in offensive rebounding (15.7), ranked 10th in total rebounding (41.7) and tied for 18th in rebounding margin (8.0). In 2011-12, Quinnipiac led the nation in offensive rebounds per game (16.7), and finished second in total rebounds per game (43.2) and rebounding margin (10.2). 

Rebounding Margin Factors In
Rebounding has become the identity of the Bobcats under the direction of Head Coach Tom Moore. With Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 148 of his 175 games – including 18 straight dating back to last season. In 51 of the 175 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.   

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 has reached 50 rebounds twice this season, 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 17 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. 

Backcourt Lights Up
Zaid Hearst, Shaq Shannon and Evan Conti provided valuable minutes in the Bobcats' backcourt on Thursday night against Saint Francis (1/17). Hearst nabbed his third career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Shannon scored seven points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists and Conti added eight points and six rebounds in the triumph. 

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 23rd career double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds against Saint Francis (1/17) – remaining in a two-way tie for second amongst active NEC players (LIU's Jamal Olasewere). 

Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 352 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. 

Conti Cashes In
Evan Conti has been called upon to fill a starting role of late which led to 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 nine career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.5 points, 5.8 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. 

On Deck
The Quinnipiac University and Central Connecticut State University men's basketball programs plan to honor former UConn men's basketball head coach Jim Calhoun on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Prior to their 7:30 p.m. tip-off, Calhoun will be acknowledged for his tremendous success and leadership in bringing the entire state of Connecticut the highest level of recognition and success in Division I men's basketball. Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut will honor Coach Calhoun in a pre-game ceremony where he will be presented with a donation to benefit the Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Center. At the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, hypertension specialists and vascular surgeons offers top quality care to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels – the most prevalent diseases among American men and women.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu