December 7, 2013

Men's Basketball Travels to Rider for 2 PM Tilt on Sunday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-2, 1-0 MAAC) at
Rider University Broncs (3-4, 1-0 MAAC)
Sunday, December 8, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
Alumni Gymnasium – Lawrenceville, N.J.
Series vs. Rider: 0-2
Last Meeting: November 29, 2003 • L, 89-70
QU Last Five: 4-1
Rider Last Five: 3-2 

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First MAAC Road Game
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (5-2, 1-0 MAAC) will get its first glimpse of MAAC competition in hostile territory on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The Bobcats travels to Rider University (3-4, 1-0 MAAC) for a 2 p.m. tilt at Alumni Gymnasium in Lawrenceville, N.J. Both teams won their first conference games of the 2013-14 season.  

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Rider will be streamed live on MAAC.TV. Bobcat fans can access audio as well with play-by-play and color commentary provided by AM WQUN 1220 radio or by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com. The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweizer will have the play-by-play call, with Bill Mecca and Bob Tipson providing insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

All-Time Against Rider
Sunday will be just the third meeting between the two schools. Rider has defeated Quinnipiac both times, with the most recent victory coming on November 29, 2003 in the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational Tournament. Rider defeated Quinnipiac, 89-70, in the opening game due in large part to a strong first half. The first meeting was back in 1970 where the Broncs defeated the Bobcats, 79-75.

Scouting The Broncs
Rider is 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the MAAC after defeating Monmouth in its conference-opener on Thursday night. In front of 2705 fans and an ESPN3 audience, senior Anthony Myles scored a career-high 28 points, making 10-of-13 foul shots, to lead Rider to a MAAC victory at the MAC in West Long Branch, N.J. Myles leads the team in scoring for the year, averaging 20.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Daniel Stewart and Jimmie Taylor are also in double-figures with 15.7 points and 12.1 points per game, respectively. Rider has victories against CCSU, Rice and Monmouth, with its losses coming to Lehigh, Albany, Purdue and North Dakota State. The Broncs can score with the best as their 79.9 points per game is only second to Niagara in the league. However, Rider is second-to-last in scoring defense. 

Last Time Out Against Fairfield
The Bobcats put together a tremendous team-effort on Friday night, as Quinnipiac outlasted cross-state foe Fairfield, 83-79, in its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game in program history. 

CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll
The hype continues to hang around the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team as the Bobcats received votes in the latest College Insider Mid-Major Poll on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Quinnipiac is off to a 5-2 start and caught the attention of the voters in the most recent census. 

Hearst Earns CollegeHoopsDaily.com Honors
Zaid Hearst was named to the MAAC CollegeHoopsDaily.com Team for the month of November, announced on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Hearst averaged 16.0 points and 10.8 rebounds in five November starts for the Bobcats. He had double-doubles in three straight games to close out the month, which included a career performance against Hampton University (11/20). Hearst led the MAAC in rebounds and was top 10 in scoring, free-throw percentage, field goal percentage, and defensive rebounds in November. 

Home Cooking
Quinnipiac improved to 9-1 in its last 10 home games at the TD Bank Sports Center. Since head coach Tom Moore took over in 2007, the Bobcats are 59-32 (.648) on Lender Court. 

In Elite Company
Ike Azotam has 795 career rebounds which puts him in a tie for 10th place all-time in program history. He currently sits in second place since among Division I players, only trailing Justin Rutty '11 (1,032). With five more rebounds, Azotam would join an elite group of only five other players to have 1,000 points and 800 rebounds throughout a career at Quinnipiac.   

Feed the Big Man
Ike Azotam has 1,188 career points and is chasing James Feldeine '10 (1,320) for sixth 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 needs 26 points to catch Troy Adams '89 (1,214) for 19th on the all-time list.  

Z Continues to Roll
Zaid Hearst had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists against Fairfield. He collected 20 points for the second time in his career, while continuing his torrid stretch from the floor. Hearst has double-doubles in four out his last five games and has 10 or more points in 12 of his last 14 games dating back to last season. He is second in the MAAC in rebounding (10.0) and tied ninth in scoring (15.7). 

A Force on the Block
Ousmane Drame neared a career high with 22 points and eight rebounds against Fairfield. He reached 20 points in a game for the third time in his career, while crossing the 600-point plateau for his career. He has double-doubles in three out of his last five games, while recording double-digits offensively in all five of them. Drame recorded his 500th career rebound against BU (12/2) on Monday night. 

Rejection is the Key to Success
Ousmane Drame matched his career high and Division I program record with six blocks against Fairfield. Drame has 79 for his career which ranks him fourth during the DI era and top 10 all-time at Quinnipiac. QU set a new season-high with nine blocks against Fairfield. 

Double-Double Machine
Ike Azotam collected his 31st career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds against Fairfield. Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's '11 mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. He has double-doubles in four straight games with at least 12 rebounds in each game. Azotam leads the MAAC in offensive rebounds per game (4.7) and rebounds per game (11.3). That has him ranked fifth and eighth, respectively, in the nation. 

Chandler Getting Comfortable
Kasim Chandler has scored 10 or more points in five out of his seven collegiate games. He had 14 points and four assists against Fairfield, which saw a 6-for-6 showing from the free-throw line and 2-fo-2 from behind the arc.  

Umar Nets 1,000th Career Point
Between his young career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University, Umar Shannon crossed the 1,000 point plateau with his 19-point outburst at Maine (11/25). Shannon is averaging 13.7 points per game at Quinnipiac which ranks him third among Bobcat players and 18th in the MAAC. 

Stacking Up In New England
Head Coach Tom Moore's .577 overall winning percentage is fourth best among active Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.744), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.642) and Vermont's John Becker (.615). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)  

Rebounding Dominance
The Bobcats lead the nation in offensive rebounds per game (18.0) and rebounding margin (14.9), while ranking second in rebounds per game (48.4). Last year, Quinnipiac led the nation in total rebounding (42.1) and offensive rebounding (15.9) and was second in rebounding margin (10.4). 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). Quinnipiac is the only team in the nation to finish first or second in each category over the last two seasons.  

Rebounding Margin
With Tom Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 168 of his 196 games (.857) – including 39 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 65 of the 196 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 18 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 31 against Maine on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 56-9 (.861) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 14-4 (.778) record with plus-20.  

Rebounding at the Guard Position
Shaq Shannon was one rebound shy of his career high with 11 boards against Fairfield. Zaid Hearst and Evan Conti have also aided Quinnipiac's enhanced rebounding numbers from the guard position. Hearst is second in the MAAC in rebounds per game (10.0), while Conti is 18th with 5.4 per game. Hearst nabbed his seventh career double-double against BU (12/2) and Conti is averaging 6.0 rebounds over his last eight games dating back to last season. 

Another Rebounding Stat…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the third time this season against Fairfield, marking the 20th time during the Division I era. In nine years prior to Tom Moore's arrival, QU had just five 50-rebound games, with only two coming against teams classified at Division I at the time of competition. The Bobcats have eclipsed 60 rebounds twice. 

Defense Wins
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 53-14 (.791) when keeping its opponent to below 40 percent from the field. This also includes a perfect 12-0 mark in the 2009-10 season.  

Free-Throws Make a Difference
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 45-8 (.849) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including a 5-0 mark this year. In addition, the Bobcats won every game last year (5-0) when recording 25 or more free-throws made and were 9-2 when opponents recorded 12 or fewer free-throws made. On the contrary, when the opposition recorded 25 or more free throws made last season, Quinnipiac was 0-5.

Looking Ahead
The Bobcats will take a week off for finals before returning to the hardwood on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Vermont. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vt.