January 9, 2014

Men's Basketball Game Central: Quinnipiac vs. Manhattan - Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at 7:30 PM Live on SNY

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-5, 3-1 MAAC) vs.
Manhattan College Jaspers (11-2, 4-0 MAAC)
Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.
TD Bank Sports Center – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Manhattan: First Meeting
QU Last Five: 3-2
Manhattan Last Five: 5-0 

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QU HOSTS MANHATTAN
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (8-5, 3-1 MAAC) came out flying against Iona and defeated one of the MAAC's perennial powers, 86-74, on Monday night. Quinnipiac will look for a similar result on Thursday night as the Bobcats welcome preseason favorite Manhattan College (11-2, 4-0 MAAC) to the TD Bank Sports Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. with all the action live on SNY. 

LIVE ON SNY
Quinnipiac's game against Manhattan College will be televised live on SNY. The Voice of the Bobcats Bill Schweitzer will have the play-by-play with Billy Mecca alongside for color commentary. Jayme Parker will also join the broadcast with reports from the sideline. 

OTHER MULTIMEDIA LINKS
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". Bob Mortali will have the play-by-play call with Bob Tipson's insight on color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

    

ALL-TIME AGAINST MANHATTAN
Thursday's game will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

SCOUTING THE JASPERS
Manhattan enters Thursday's showdown with an 11-2 overall record and a 4-0 mark in conference play. The Jaspers are the lone remaining undefeated team in the league and own the nation's best record in road games (8-0). Winners in eight straight now, Manhattan is fresh off two MAAC wins over Saint Peter's and Fairfield last weekend. The Jaspers defeated Saint Peter's, 74-62, and then went on to knock off Fairfield, 83-57, on Saturday night. The team's leading scorer, George Beamon, led all players with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds against the Stags. Beamon is averaging 21.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game – serving as the MAAC's third-leading scorer. Michael Alvarado is the only other player in double-figures at 10.9 points per game. The Jaspers lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.401), a figure that has them ranked 62nd in the nation. 

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST IONA
The Quinnipiac men's basketball team gave all fans in attendance and its fans around the region something to cheer about on Monday night. In a game that was televised live on SNY, the Bobcats earned a comfortable victory over Iona College, 86-74, on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center.

HOME COOKING
Quinnipiac is 10-1 in its last 11 home games at the TD Bank Sports Center. Since head coach Tom Moore took over in 2007, the Bobcats are 60-32 (.652) on Lender Court. 

WEEKLY HONORS
Ike Azotam's stellar performance against Monmouth (1/4) didn't go unnoticed, as the senior forward was named the MAAC, ECAC New England, and College Sports Madness Player of the Week. Azotam matched his season-high with 24 points, and established a new season-best with 16 rebounds, in the 17-point win at Monmouth. Azotam was very efficient on the offensive end, sinking 8-of-13 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. He also grabbed eight offensive rebounds, which aided in the Bobcats' 20 second chance points. 

AZOTAM NAMED TO COLLEGEHOOPSDAILY.COM DECEMBER TEAM
Ike Azotam was recently named to the CollegeHoopsDaily.com MAAC Team for the month of December, announced on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2014. Azotam was dominant in the post as the 6-7 power forward averaged 17.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He recorded a double-double in half of the team's games and scored at least 14 points in each outing as well. Azotam connected on over 50 percent of his field goal attempts and shot nearly 70 percent from the free-throw line. 

FEED THE BIG MAN
Ike Azotam had 18 points and 15 rebounds against Iona. Azotam has 1,307 career points and is closing in on James Feldeine '10 (1,320) for sixth place among the 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 also trails Feldeine for 16th on the all-time list. 

IN ELITE COMPANY
Ike Azotam scored his 1,300th career point and corralled his 850th career rebound against Iona and joined an elite group of two other Quinnipiac players to record 1,300 points and 850 rebounds in a career. Azotam was just the second Division I player to accomplish the feat, as he and Justin Rutty are the only two players to do it since 1998. Ike Azotam has 859 career rebounds which puts him in sixth place all-time in program history. He currently sits in second place since among Division I players, only trailing Rutty's mark of 1,032. 

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE
Ike Azotam collected his 34th career double-double against Iona. Azotam only sits behind Justin Rutty's mark of 41 for second in Quinnipiac's Division I history. He has double-doubles in seven out of his last 10 games and at least 17 points in six straight. Azotam leads the MAAC in offensive rebounds per game (4.6) and rebounds per game (11.0). That has him ranked third and tied for sixth in the nation, respectively. He is also tied for seventh in the country in double-doubles (8). 

NOT IN IKE'S HOUSE
Ike Azotam recorded a career high of five blocks against Iona. He has 83 for his career which has him ranked fourth during the Division I era and top 10 all-time. Azotam's five blocks in a game was the third most in DI history. 

15 OR MORE
With his 15-rebound effort against Iona, Ike Azotam has seven career games with 15 or more rebounds. He has three of them this year and looks to meet Rutty's record of five in one season. He is also chasing Rutty's mark of 12 career games with 15 or more rebounds. 

HEARST HAS A DAY
Zaid Hearst tallied a new career high with 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Iona. He was 9-of-11 (.818) from the floor, 2-of-2 from long range and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line. Hearst has 10 or more points in 16 of his last 20 games dating back to last season and has 745 career points. He is 14th in the MAAC in scoring (13.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.484), seventh in free-throw percentage (.810) and 13th in three-point field goal percentage. 

CRASHING THE BOARDS
Zaid Hearst collected his ninth career double-double against Iona. Hearst has six double-doubles on the season, which has him ranked third in the conference and tied for 23rd in the nation. He ranks third in the league in rebounds per game (8.5) and is top 10 in both offensive and defensive rebounding. 

A FORCE ON THE BLOCK
Ousmane Drame had eight points and seven rebounds against Iona. He has 13 career double-doubles and is nearly averaging one over his last 11 games (13.6 ppg/9.3 rpg). He has at least 10 points in nine of the 11 games and at least 10 rebounds in five of them. Drame has reached double-digits in 16 of his last 19 games dating back to last season, which included the third 20-point game of his career against Fairfield (12/6). He has four double-doubles on the season which ranks him fourth in the conference. 

REJECTION IS KEY TO SUCCESS
Ousmane Drame matched his career high and Division I program record with six blocks against Fairfield (12/6). Drame has 87 for his career which has him ranked third in the DI era and top 10 all-time at Quinnipiac. QU matched a season-high with nine blocks against Iona. 

SCORING THE BASKETBALL
Umar Shannon netted 12 points against Iona, marking the ninth time he has reached double-figures in a game for the Bobcats. He is 12-of-27 (.444) from behind the arc over the last three games, marking the most threes made in a three-game stretch since James Johnson tallied 12 back in 2010-11. Shannon has 1,100 career points between his brief career at Quinnipiac and his stay at Saint Francis University. Shannon is averaging 12.6 points per game at Quinnipiac which ranks him third among Bobcat players and 17th in the MAAC. 

CHANDLER GETTING COMFORTABLE
Kasim Chandler has scored 10 or more points in nine out of his 13 collegiate games. He had 12 points, five rebounds and three assists against Iona, which featured seven free-throws. Chandler is averaging 10.2 points per game this season, ranking him 29th in the MAAC and second among rookies. He has at least 10 points in four out of his last five games. 

FILLING THE STAT SHEET
Shaq Shannon had nine points, four assists and two rebounds against Iona. Shannon sparked the Bobcats' 17-2 run with two threes during the spurt. He is averaging 4.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.   

BUILT FORD TOUGH
James Ford had nine points and four rebounds in 16 minutes of action against Monmouth (1/4). He was 3-of-7 from the field and 2-of-5 from behind the arc. Ford set a new career high with 10 points off the bench against Rider (12/8). He was 4-of-5 from the floor and 2-of-3 from long range helping the Quinnipiac comeback bid. Ford is averaging 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in just 11.0 minutes per outing. 

STACKING UP IN NEW ENGLAND
Head Coach Tom Moore's .574 overall winning percentage is fourth best among active Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.705), Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.651) and Vermont's John Becker (.614). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)  

REBOUNDING DOMINANCE
The Bobcats lead the nation in rebounding margin (14.1) and are second in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (17.6) and rebounds per game (46.5). 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, Qinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 174 of his 202 games (.862) – including 45 straight without losing the battle on the glass. In 69 of the 202 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 20 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 31 against Maine on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 59-10 (.855) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 16-4 (.800) record with plus-20. Quinnipiac's 45-game streak is far and away the longest active streak in the nation.  

ANOTHER REBOUNDING STAT…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the fourth time this season against Iona, marking the 21st 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. 

FREE-THROWS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 48-9 (.842) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including an 8-1 mark this year. Furthermore, the Bobcats are 10-0 in the last two seasons when making 25 or more free-throws. 

LESS FOULS, MORE WINS
The Bobcats are 11-4 over the last two seasons when their opponent makes fewer than 12 free-throws in a game. On the contrary, when the opposition has recorded 25 or more free throws made over the last two seasons, Quinnipiac is 0-6. 

TOUGH TO LOSE IF YOU DON'T MISS
Quinnipiac shot 50 percent from the floor for the second time this season against Monmouth (1/4). The Bobcats connected on season-best 58.6 percent of its field goals against Monmouth last year (2/7/13), nearly eclipsing 60 percent for the first time since 2010. The Bobcats made at least 50 percent of their shots in 29 games over the last five seasons, posting a 24-5 (.828) mark when accomplishing that feat. 

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. 

JAMES FELDEINE EXCELLING OVERSEAS
Former Bobcat standout James Feldeine is a member of Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, a team in the Spanish ACB League which is widely considered the world's second best next to the NBA. Feldeine is averaging 12.2 points, three assists and three rebounds per game. Feldeine ranked second in the league in scoring at 15.9 points per game last season.

LOOKING AHEAD
Quinnipiac is back in action on Sunday, Jan. 12 with a trip to Saint Peter's University. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. at Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.