Quinnipiac (19-8, 14-4 MAAC) vs.
Siena (13-16, 9-9 MAAC)
TD Bank Sports Center • Hamden, Conn.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 • 8:30 PM
All-Time Series vs. Siena (DI): 1-2 (1-1)
Last Meeting: February 1, 2014 • W, 103-95 (OT)
QU Last Five: 5-0
Siena Last Five: 3-2
TV / Live Stream: ESPN3
(PxP: Bob Heussler • Color: Rob Kennedy)
Live Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
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Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
- Quinnipiac Game Notes
- Siena Game Notes
- Live Stream: ESPN3
- Live Audio: AM 1220 WQUN
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- Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
THE FINAL WEEKEND
The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team (19-8, 14-4 MAAC) puts its seven-game winning streak on the line in Thursday night's showdown against Siena College (13-16, 9-9 MAAC). The Bobcats host the Saints at 8:30 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center in a game that will be aired live on ESPN3. Quinnipiac defeated Siena in overtime back on Feb. 1.
ALL-TIME AGAINST SIENA
Quinnipiac and Siena square off for the fourth time on Thursday night. With the win earlier this year, the Bobcats collected its first victory ever against the Saints, and improved to 1-2 in the series. Quinnipiac is 1-1 during the Division I era after falling to Siena back in 1999. This will be the Saints' first trip to Hamden.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Winners in two straight and three of its last five, Siena College continues to press for that opening round bye in the MAAC Tournament. The Saints picked up two impressive wins against Manhattan and Rider last week, and currently hold the fifth slot in the league standings. Siena scored the final nine points, breaking free from a 60-60 tie to claim a critical 69-60 win at Rider on Sunday in Lawrenceville. Ryan Oliver delivered the game-winner from the left baseline with 1:29 left and the Saints made 7-8 free throws in the final minute to seal the win. Lavon Long led the Saints with 16 points; Marquis Wright added 14 and Maurice White finished with 10. Rob Poole leads the defensive-minded team in scoring at 15.0 points per game. Siena ranks third in league in field goal percentage defense (.423) and ranks second, right behind the Bobcats, in rebounding.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST NIAGARA
Umar Shannon drained a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer on Saturday, saving Quinnipiac in a 90-88 victory over Niagara at the Gallagher Center in upstate New York. It was the Bobcats' seventh straight win and the eighth in their last nine games. Ike Azotam made a layup with 28 seconds left to put Quinnipiac in front, 87-86. On the ensuing possession, Niagara's Antoine Mason was sent to the free-throw line and sank both free throws to grab a lead with 1.7 seconds left. That set the stage for Umar Shannon. Azotam launched a three-quarter court pass in the direction of Zaid Hearst and NU's Antoine Mason, which deflected down to Shannon. The veteran guard squared his shoulders and drilled the game-winning three as time expired to silence the near sellout crowd.
With two Quinnipiac wins and two Iona losses, the Bobcats would share the 2014 MAAC Regular-Season Title with the Gaels. The Bobcats currently sit in second place and can finish no worse than second with a win on Thursday night.
HOME SUCCESS FOR MOORE
Head coach Tom Moore coached his 100th career game at the TD Bank Sports Center against Saint Peter's back on Feb. 16. Since he took over in 2007, the Bobcats are 67-33 (.670) overall and 47-17 (.734) in conference games in Hamden. Quinnipiac is 18-2 in its last 20 home games at the TD Bank Sports Center. In the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 53-18 (.746) overall and 36-9 (.800) against conference opponents at the Bank, which serve as the second best winning percentages among MAAC teams during that stretch. Furthermore, Quinnipiac has won 15 of its last 16 games at home against conference opposition (dating back to last season), and has won nine out of its last 10 overall on Lender Court.
A LOOK INTO THE NUMBERS…
Over the past five seasons in the months of January and February, Quinnipiac is 60-26 (.698) overall and 59-24 (.711) in conference games. During that span, the Bobcats are 33-8 (.805) on their home court, and 32-8 (.800) on their home court against conference opponents.
QUINNIPIAC IN FEBRUARY
Over course of the past five seasons in February, Quinnipiac is 34-5 (.872) overall and 17-1 (.944) in home games. All of these games have been against conference opposition. Quinnipiac is 14-1 over the last two seasons and 7-0 this year.
COLLEGE INSIDER TOP 25
Quinnipiac's seven-game winning streak hasn't gone unnoticed around mid-major college basketball. In the most recent census, the Bobcats claimed the 25th slot in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll, which was released on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
CLUTCH IN CRUNCH TIME
Umar Shannon has been Quinnipiac's go-to player in crunch time, and has excelled at the opportunity. Shannon continued the trend at Niagara, hitting the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat the Purple Eagles. He finished with nine points, four rebounds and three assists in the game, which followed a season-high of 26 points against Canisius in the team's previous game. He has at least 12 points in 13 out of his last 15 games, and has six 20-point games this year. Shannon has 1,304 career points between his time at Saint Francis U and Quinnipiac, upping his career scoring average to 13.2 points per game. Shannon is averaging 14.7 points per game this year which ranks him third among Bobcat players and 14th in the MAAC.
LOU HENSON NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Umar Shannon was tabbed Lou Henson National Player of the Week, announced by College Insider on Monday, February 24, 2014. Shannon averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the 2-0 week for the Bobcats.
CALM, COOL AND COLLECTED
Umar Shannon ranks fifth in the MAAC in free-throw shooting percentage, averaging 83.2 percent from the charity stripe. Shannon was 12-of-15 (.800) from the free-throw line against Siena (2/1), which included the game-tying tally with 28 seconds left to force overtime. It was the second time this year that he tied the score with a free-throw with fewer than 30 seconds to play (Manhattan, 1/26).
Quinnipiac is the only team in the country that has two players averaging a double-double for the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac is also one of just two teams (UNLV) that has two players averaging at least 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, and that has two players with at least 10 double-doubles this year. Ike Azotam is averaging 17.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game with 16 double-doubles, while Ousmane Drame is averaging 13.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest with 12 double-doubles.
Ike Azotam grabbed his 1,000th career rebound against Niagara and became the fourth player in Quinnipiac history to accomplish the feat. He was the third player in Quinnipiac history, the second player during the Division I era, to record 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Furthermore, Azotam serves as the only player in QU history to have 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds and 85 blocks. He currently sits in second place among QU's Division I rebounding leaders, only trailing Justin Rutty's mark of 1,032.
CLIMBING THE LADDER
Ike Azotam surpassed Justin Rutty for 13th on the all-time scoring list, and for third place on the Division I scoring list at Quinnipiac. He was the 14th player in Quinnipiac history, and the third since QU joined Division I, to score 1,500 points in career. 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 (1,544) trails Carl Miazga '87 (1,601) for 12th on the all-time list and trails Rob Monroe '05 (1,685) for second on the Division I list. Azotam posted a season high of 26 points against Niagara.
Ike Azotam collected his 42nd career double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds against Niagara and broke Justin Rutty's Division I record in the process. Azotam ranks second in the country in offensive rebounds per game (4.6), third in double-doubles (16.0), and eighth in rebounds per game (10.7). All three of these figures lead the MAAC.
CLOSING IN ON JAMEE JACKSON
Ike Azotam recorded a career high of five blocks against Iona (1/6). He has 93 blocks for his career which has him ranked fourth during the Division I era and top 10 all-time. With seven more blocks, Azotam would tie Jamee Jackson for third on the DI career blocks list. Azotam's five blocks against Iona were the third most in a game in DI history.
15 OR MORE
Ike Azotam collected his 10th career game with 15 or more rebounds against Iona (1/24). With the 16 boards against Iona, Azotam matched Justin Rutty's record of five in one season. He is also chasing Rutty's mark of 12 career games with 15 or more rebounds. Azotam serves as the only QU Division I player to record 15 or more rebounds in three straight games (1/4 – 1/9).
CAREER DAY FOR DRAME
Ousmane Drame notched his 21st career double-double with a career high 26 points and 18 rebounds against Niagara. Drame has a double-double in four out of his last five games, and has 12 this season which has him ranked second in the MAAC and 19th in the nation. He also ranks seventh in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (4.0) and 12th in rebounds per game (10.4).
MILESTONES IN REACH
Ousmane Drame has recorded double-digits offensively in seven of his last eight games. He has 847 career points and 718 career rebounds, which is on pace for 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his career.
ALONE AT THE TOP
Ousmane Drame has 124 career blocks which has him atop the leaderboard for most blocks during a Division I career at Quinnipiac. Drame ranks third all-time and only trails Brian Dawson '95 (135) for second place in program history. He matched his QU Division I program record of seven blocks against Marist (2/10), which he had also done earlier this year against Monmouth (1/16). He became the sixth player ever at Quinnipiac to have 50 blocks in a season, and also set the Division I record for most blocks in a single season (59). His 59 blocks this season is the fourth most in a single season at Quinnipiac.
MAAC AND ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ousmane Drame was named MAAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this year, announced by the league office on Monday, February 24, 2014. Drame averaged 20.0 points and 15.5 rebounds in the two games while collecting his 20th and 21st career double-doubles.
1,000 POINTS IN REACH
Zaid Hearst has 986 career points, leaving him 14 shy of 1,000 at Quinnipiac. Hearst has double-digits offensively in eight of his last nine games, which includes six 20-point games and one with 30. He is averaging 11.0 points per game during his career.
Zaid Hearst ranks 10th in the MAAC in scoring (15.6), seventh in free-throw percentage (.831), 15th in three-point shooting percentage (.375), top 20 in field goal percentage (.446). Hearst went 17-of-18 from the free-throw line against Canisius (2/20) which marked Koessler Athletic Center records for both made free-throws and attempted free-throws in a game by a visiting player.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Zaid Hearst had 25 points and 10 rebounds against Manhattan (1/26) en route to his 10th career double-double. Hearst has seven double-doubles on the season, which has him ranked fourth in the MAAC and tied for 82nd in the nation. He is sixth in the league in rebounds per game (7.0) and is among the MAAC leaders in both offensive and defensive rebounding.
Evan Conti has provided a spark for the Bobcats over his last 10 games. He is averaging 8.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, while recording a season high of 15 points against Niagara. Conti totaled double-digits offensively in six of those 10 games, had a career high of eight assists against Canisius (1/30) and had eight rebounds against Manhattan (1/26). He added five assists and four rebounds against the Purple Eagles.
I'LL TAKE NINE OF THOSE
Justin Harris had a career high of nine rebounds and a season high of four points against Canisius (2/20). The four points came on 2-of-5 shooting in a season high of 14 minutes on the hardwood.
STACKING UP IN NEW ENGLAND
Head Coach Tom Moore's .588 overall winning percentage is fourth best among active Division I Coaches in New England, only trailing UConn's Kevin Ollie (.719), Vermont's John Becker (.660) and Harvard's Tommy Amaker (.657). (Winning percentage among coaches with at least one season at respective institution)
The Bobcats lead the nation in rebounding margin (12.7) and offensive rebounds per game (17.3), and rebounds per game (46.2). 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.
With Tom Moore at the helm, Quinnipiac has out-rebounded its opponent in 186 of his 216 games (.861) – including 58 of its last 59 games without losing the battle on the glass. In 77 of the 216 games, QU has posted a plus-10 or better rebounding margin, including 23 with plus-20 or better and a rebounding-margin high of 31 against Maine on Nov. 25, 2013. The Bobcats hold a remarkable 67-10 (.870) mark when holding a plus-10 edge and a 19-4 (.826) record with plus-20.
ANOTHER REBOUNDING STAT…
Quinnipiac posted 50 rebounds for the seventh time this year against Niagara (51), marking the 24th 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.
Quinnipiac has had eight or more blocks in six games this year and had a season-high of 10 against Manhattan (1/9). QU ranks second in the MAAC and is tied for 60th in the nation in blocks per game (4.7).
FREE-THROWS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Over the last five seasons, Quinnipiac is 57-9 (.864) when making more free-throws than its opponent, including a 17-1 mark this year. Furthermore, the Bobcats are 16-0 in the last two seasons when making 25 or more free-throws. Quinnipiac ranks third in the MAAC in free-throw percentage (.721).
LESS FOULS, MORE WINS
The Bobcats are 14-4 (.778) 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 0-7.
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 57-15 (.792) 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 shot 50 percent from the floor for the fourth time this season against Saint Peter's (2/16). 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 31 games over the last five seasons, posting a 26-5 (.839) mark when accomplishing that feat. Quinnipiac is 9-0 this year when making 45.0 percent of its field goals.
Quinnipiac concludes the 2013-14 regular season on Sunday, March 2 at Marist. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.