Bobcats Look For Fourth Straight Win On Saturday; Men's Basketball Hosts SFU at 3 PM
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-13, 7-5 NEC) vs.
Saint Francis University Red Flash (3-21, 3-10 NEC)
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. SFU: 19-8
Last Meeting: Jan. 17, 2013 (W, 75-66) (OT)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 4-1
SFU Last Five: 2-3
Live Online Stream: NEC Front Row
Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Stats On Your Mobile Device: ESPN.Com
Bobcats Welcome Saint Francis University
Just two games separate first place and sixth place in the Northeast Conference standings. The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (11-13, 7-5 NEC), winners in five of its last six games, sits right in the mix of things after a big win against Robert Morris on Thursday. Up next for the Q, the Bobcats welcome Saint Francis University (3-21, 3-10 NEC) to the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. on Lender Court.
On The Air / Multimedia Links
Saturday's game will be streamed online through NEC Front Row by clicking the appropriate links posted on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can tune into AM 1220 WQUN Radio where Bob Mortali 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 SFU
The Bobcats hold a commanding 19-8 record all-time against the Red Flash. QU is 10-3 over the last 13 games, which also includes winning seven of the last nine meetings. Earlier this season, Quinnipiac outlasted SFU in overtime – boasting a 14-4 run in the extra frame to escape with the victory. Ike Azotam had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Scouting The Red Flash
On the outside looking in, the Red Flash need several wins and some help around the league to make the Northeast Conference Tournament. After a dismal 1-9 start to NEC play, SFU has battled back winning two of its last four, including a four-point win at Sacred Heart in its most recent outing. Earl Brown turned in his ninth double-double of the season as Saint Francis U snapped a two-game losing streak and beat Sacred Heart, 64-60, on Thursday night in Fairfield, Conn. Brown had 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Red Flash won for the second time in their past three road contests and doubled its road win total from the prior season. The sophomore hit a jumper with 54 seconds left to break a 56-56 deadlock and added two free throws for a four-point edge. Sacred Heart never pulled closer than two points after that. Umar Shannon leads Saint Francis with 11.9 points per game, while three others add over 7.6 points per contest. Brown leads the team on the glass with 8.5 rebounds per contest, while also adding 10.7 points.
Last Time Out Against Robert Morris
The Bobcats won their third straight game with a 63-61 victory over Robert Morris at the TD Bank Sports Center, the team's biggest win of the season. Evan Conti stole the show on Thursday night, as the sophomore guard finished with 18 points, none bigger than a jumper shot with 13 seconds remaining to seal the deal. Joining Conti in double-figures were Ike Azotam and Ousmane Drame, who each finished with double-doubles on the night. Azotam collected 10 points, all in the second half, and 10 rebounds, while Drame had 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Zaid Hearst added nine and Jamee Jackson had eight. Evidenced by the final score, both teams were very evenly matched throughout the night. The two major discrepancies were in rebound and turnover margins. Quinnipiac dominated the glass with a plus-20 edge, 45-25, but turned the ball over 23 times compared to just 13 from RMU. The Bobcats grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, resulting in 21 second chance points. The Colonials had 27 points off of turnovers.
Heating Up In February
Over course of the past five seasons, Tom Moore and the Bobcats have a 28-7 (.800) record in the month of February, including a 14-3 (.824) mark at the TD Bank Sports Center. Furthermore, through the last four seasons, the Bobcats are 23-4 (.852) and 12-1 when playing in Hamden. Quinnipiac is 3-0 in February this season.
Milestone In Reach
Ike Azotam is seven points away from 1,000 career points at Quinnipiac. Azotam (993) would be the 10th player to accomplish the feat during the Division I era and 26th player all-time.
Happy Valentine's Day Conti
Evan Conti poured in a career high 18 points in the win over Robert Morris on Valentine's Day (2/14), which included the game-winning jump shot with 13 seconds remaining. In 16 career starts for the Bobcats, Conti is averaging 9.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Last season, Conti earned his first career nod in the CBI Tournament and posted 14 points and four rebounds against Penn.
Ike Azotam collected his 26th career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Robert Morris (2/14) – now placing him in second place among active NEC players. In addition, Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. Azotam has 10 of them this season – tied for first in the conference.
Cleaning The Glass
The Bobcats have continued their dominance on the glass, leading the Northeast Conference and ranking amongst the national leaders. Quinnipiac is second in the nation in offensive rebounding (15.4), tied for fourth in total rebounding (41.7) and third in rebounding margin (9.7). 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 155 of his 182 games – including 25 straight dating back to last season. In 56 of the 182 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 15 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 28 against FDU on February 27, 2011. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 49-6 mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 12-3 record with plus-20.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .571 winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing Vermont's John Becker (.667), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.625) and Fairfield's Sydney Johnson (.600). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
Climbing The Ladder
Ike 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 since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's top division, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). Azotam nearly matched his career-high of 18 rebounds when he hauled in 17 against CCSU (1/24) – only four shy of the Division I record for rebounds in a game.
Dimes For Dave
Dave Johnson moved into fifth place among Division I career assist leaders at Quinnipiac. Johnson's 375 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 95 blocks trail C.J. Vick '05 who finished his career with 106 blocked shots.
Head coach Tom Moore has repeatedly stressed the importance of keeping opposition to below 40 percent from the floor, and with good reason. Over the past five years, Quinnipiac is 47-13 when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.
Tough to Lose If You Don't Miss
Quinnipiac connected on season-best 58.6 percent of its field goals against Monmouth (2/7), nearly eclipsing 60 percent for the first time since 2010. The Bobcats have made at least 50 percent of their shots in 27 games over the last five seasons, posting a 22-5 mark when accomplishing that feat.
After this weekend, Quinnipiac has just five games left on the Northeast Conference schedule. Up next, Quinnipiac heads to Sacred Heart on Thursday, Feb. 21 (7 PM), followed by a home tilt against Bryant on Saturday, Feb. 23 (2 PM). The Bobcats will recognize their senior class members prior to tip-off with the Bulldogs.
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