Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-1, 0-0 MAAC) vs.
University of Albany Great Danes (2-0, 0-0 America East)
Saturday, November 16, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Albany: (7-2)
Last Meeting: (December 21, 2012 • W, 59-57)
QU Last Five: 1-1
Albany Last Five: 2-0
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The Home Opener
Although they surely enjoyed the experience of playing on ESPN2, the Bobcats are looking forward to the fact that their next game won't require a 5 a.m. wakeup call. The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (1-1, 0-0 MAAC) returns to the hardwood on Saturday, November 16, 2013 with its home-opener of the 2013-14 campaign. Prior to the game, several former Quinnipiac players will reunite and partake in the 2013 Alumni Game, which is open for the public to watch at 11 a.m. After that, the Bobcats welcome 2012 America East Champion Albany to Hamden for a 2 p.m. tip-off at the Bank.
Alumni Day Schedule
11:00 AM – Alumni Basketball Game
12:15 PM – Game Ends (Group Picture)
12:30 PM – Shower/Lunch
2:00 PM – Men's Basketball vs. Albany
On The Air
Quinnipiac's game against Albany will be streamed live on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweitzer will have the play-by-play call, with Billy Mecca's insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
All-Time Against Albany
Quinnipiac owns a commanding 7-2 mark all-time against the Great Danes in a series that dates back to the 1953-54 campaign. The Bobcats opened the series with four straight victories in the 1950's; surrendered back-to-back meetings in 1979 and 1997; but are 3-0 since joining the NCAA's highest division. In their most recent meeting last season, Quinnipiac went on the road and handed Albany a 59-57 loss behind Ike Azotam's 17 points, none bigger than the game-winning layup with 12 seconds left in regulation.
Scouting The Great Danes
Albany has two wins in its first two games this season. The Great Danes took home the Albany Cup for the third time in four years in their season-opener, downing Siena 74-62 at the Times Union Center. Peter Hooley and Sam Rowley led the Purple & Gold with 17 points apiece. Rowley led the squad with nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end to give Albany quality second-chance opportunities in the second half. In its second game of the season, senior point guard DJ Evans notched a career-high 20 points to lead all scorers in a 71-65 win over NJIT (0-2) on Tuesday night. Quinnipiac should be able to control the glass, however need to keep the Great Danes off the free-throw line. Albany is shooting 75 percent from the stripe as a team, scoring over 21 points per game by virtue of the free-throw.
Last Time Out Against La Salle
Ike Azotam and Kasim Chandler shined in the Bobcats' 2013-14 national television debut on Tuesday morning, but it was La Salle University who held on to escape with a 73-67 victory over the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team at Tom Gola Arena. The game was aired live on ESPN2 as part of the 2013 College Hoops Tip-off Marathon. La Salle, who made a 2012 Sweet 16 appearance, clinched with victory with four free-throws in the waning seconds to hold off the Bobcats.
No Stage Fright Here
Kasim Chandler thrived in his first opportunity to play on national television against La Salle. Chandler dropped 19 points, dished out four assists, grabbed three rebounds and a pair of steals to lead Quinnipiac in its first true road game of the season. Chandler was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and 5-of-13 from the floor. The 19-points from a true freshman were the most since DeMario Anderson's 28 point effort against Robert Morris back on Feb. 24, 2007.
Feed the Big Man
Ike Azotam has 1,122 career points and trails Jared Grasso '02 by 12 points for eighth place among Quinnipiac Division I scoring leaders. In the 2012-13 season, he was the 10th player to score 1,000 points in the Division I era and 26th all-time. Azotam finished with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting against the Explorers.
Rebounding at the Guard Position
Zaid Hearst hauled in 10 rebounds against La Salle, while Evan Conti snatched nine. Hearst and Conti are averaging eight and nine rebounds per game, respectively, through the team's first two contests.
Zaid Hearst set a new Quinnipiac Division I program record by making 12 free-throws without a miss against Hartford (11/9). Hearst began the season 13-for-13 before missing his first free-throw against La Salle.
Ike Azotam collected his 27th career double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds against Hartford (11/9). Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. Azotam had 10 of them last season – something that only two players in the MAAC accomplished.
Zaid Hearst poured in 17 points against Hartford (11/9) and has recorded double-digits in seven of his last nine games. Hearst netted double-figures in 19 of Quinnipiac's 32 games last year.
An Immediate Impact
Kasim Chandler and AJ Sumbry each finished with double-figures in their collegiate debut against Hartford (11/9) - something that hasn't been done in some 14 years. The last time Quinnipiac had two true freshmen finish in double-figures in their very first game was back in 1998 when Nate Pondexter and Ahmad Allahgholi did it against UConn. Chandler had 11 points and Sumbry added 10 against the Hawks.
Closing in on 1,000
Between his young career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University, Umar Shannon has amassed 954 points, leaving him 46 shy of the 1,000-point plateau. Shannon had 12 points, going 2-of-6 from behind the arc, and hauled in four rebounds last time out against La Salle. He had six points, going 2-of-2 from behind the arc, and two assists in his Bobcat debut against Hartford (11/9).
Climbing The Ladder
Ike Azotam has 736 career rebounds and currently sits in second place since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's top division, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). He is 45 rebounds shy of Boyd Johnson's total of 781 for 10th place all-time.
Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .571 overall winning percentage is fourth best among Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.688), Vermont's John Becker (.648), and Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.633). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 20 with their second home game of the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac welcomes Hampton to the TD Bank Sports Center for a 7 p.m. tip-off.