Quinnipiac (2-3) at Stony Brook (6-1)
Saturday, Dec. 1 2018 | 7:00 PM
Island Federal Credit Union Arena | Stony Brook, N.Y.
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STONY BROOK, N.Y. –
Quinnipiac men's basketball continues non-conference play on Saturday night, traveling to the north shore of Long Island to take on Stony Brook (7:00 p.m.) at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
LAST TIME OUT
SCOUTING STONY BROOK
- The Bobcats' comeback attempt fell just short on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center, dropping a non-conference contest vs. UMass by the final score of 69-62.
- Quinnipiac went on a 17-5 run over 6:02 in the second half to cut the deficit to single digits.
- Travis Atson led the way, scoring a season-best 16 points to go along with eight rebounds. Aaron Robinson chipped in with a season-high 15 points off the bench for the Bobcats.
SECOND SEASON OF THE DUNLEAVY ERA
- The Seawolves enter action at 6-1 overall in 2018-19, earning impressive wins at George Washington, South Carolina, Rhode Island and Norfolk State (twice). Stony Brook is off to its hottest start in the program's Division I Era.
- Jeff Boals is in his third year as the Seawolves head coach, posting a 37-34 overall record. He arrived at Stony Brook after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio State. A member of Thad Matta's staff from 2009-16, Boals helped guide Ohio State to seven postseason appearances, including six NCAA Tournaments. The Buckeyes, who won or claimed a share of three Big 10 titles, advanced to the Final Four in 2012. Ohio State went 193-62 during Boals' time in Columbus.
- Saturday night's matchup will be the first ever between the two programs.
BUILDING A WINNING STAFF
- The 2018-19 season marks the second year at the helm of the Bobcats' program for Baker Dunleavy, a very successful former player and coach under Jay Wright at Villanova.
- During his playing days – behind future NBA guards Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry – the Wildcats were an Elite Eight team in 2005-06. In his four seasons as an associate head coach from 2013-17, Villanova compiled an overall record of 129-17, including a national title in 2016 and four straight BIG EAST regular season titles. He is only the seventh head coach in Quinnipiac's history (since 1951-52).
- In his first season with the Bobcats, Dunleavy led the program to the MAAC semifinals for just the second time since Quinnipiac joined the conference in 2013-14. Quinnipiac went 12-21 in 2017-18 (7-11 MAAC), topping No. 10 Siena and No. 2 Canisius in the MAAC Tournament to advance to the Semifinal Round.
- Dunleavy agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season, Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Greg Amodio announced in August. The second-year head coach was named to The Athletic's list of "30 Coaches to Watch" in early November.
- After being hired as the Quinnipiac head coach in March of 2017, Baker Dunleavy quickly assembled a very successful coaching staff.
- Associate Head Coach Tom Pecora, an assistant to Jay Wright at Hofstra (before taking over the head coaching duties when Wright left for Villanova), was a part of seven 20-win seasons with Hofstra (four as a head coach, three as an assistant) and was part of two 26-win teams (one as a head coach, one as an assistant), the program's highest win total at the Division I level.
- Shaun Morris, who was an associate head coach at Boston University for Joe Jones (another of Jay Wright's former assistants at Villanova), helped the Terriers to their winningest season ever (24) in 2013-14.
- Anthony Goins, meanwhile, was an assistant down the road at Yale under James Jones (Joe's brother), where he helped Yale to its winningest season in school history (23) in 2015-16. Dunleavy, Pecora, Morris and Goins have combined to be a part of 15 seasons of 20 wins or more at the Division I level as coaches.
LET IT FLY
- Quinnipiac head coach Baker Dunleavy's father, Mike, is currently the head coach of Tulane after a long NBA coaching career, including stops with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. Mike and Baker are the only father-son combination currently serving as head coaches at the Division I level. Baker's older brother, Mike Jr., had a 16-year NBA career (most recently with the Atlanta Hawks) after winning a national title in college with Duke in 2001. Mike Jr. was recently hired as a pro scout for the Golden State Warriors.
- Quinnipiac has attempted 29.7 3-pointers per game, the most in the MAAC. The Bobcats have drained 65 3-pointers in total.
THERE FOR THE TAKING
- The Bobcats have hit 33 three-pointers over the last three contests, knocking down at least 10 shots from distance in each game during that span.
- Quinnipiac is one of eight MAAC men's basketball programs to record two wins so far this year. The Bobcats
- With a win on Saturday night at Stony Brook, the Bobcats would have three wins in the first six games of a season for the first time since 2014-15.
- Aaron Robinson has 90 career rebounds, needing 10 more to reach 100.
- Cameron Young has 693 career points, needing 7 more for 700.
- Jacob Rigoni has 144 career rebounds, needing just 6 more for 150.
- Kevin Marfo has 46 rebounds at Quinnipiac, needing 4 more to reach 50.
- Senior guard Cameron Young was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA in May of 2018, as the Bobcats leading scorer from a season ago will return as a graduate student in 2018-19, and was selected to the 2018 Preseason All-MAAC First Team.
- Young has led Quinnipiac in scoring once again through five games in 2018-19, recording 14.2 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. The Los Angeles-native has recording double-digit point totals in four of five games this season.
- Young was a second-team All-MAAC selection last season under first-year head coach Baker Dunleavy after leading the Bobcats in scoring at 18.8 points per game, which ranked fourth in the MAAC. He averaged 20.9 points per game in MAAC games, which ranked second in the league, and was a MAAC All-Tournament Team selection after helping the Bobcats win two games, including an upset over regular season co-champion Canisius in the quarterfinals. His 622 points set a new Quinnipiac single-season scoring record at the Division I level, as did his 184 made free throws.
- With Young's return, the Bobcats boast the top returning scorer in the conference, since the league's top three scorers this past season (Tyler Nelson of Fairfield and Kahlil Dukes and Matt Scott of Niagara) were all seniors. Young is also one of four returning players who were named to the All-MAAC first or second teams for the 2017-18 season (along with Isaiah Reese of Canisius, Dimencio Vaughn of Rider and Rickey McGill of Iona) as the Bobcats look to build off last year's MAAC Semifinals appearance in Dunleavy's second season at the helm.
- Jacob Rigoni returns to the Bobcats as a sophomore in 2018-19 after playing in all 33 games last season. The native of Adelaide, Australia – Rigoni averaged 9.8 points per game in 2017-18, including 11.5 points per contest in MAAC play.
- Rigoni shot 43.2 percent from 3-point distance last year during MAAC play, ranking No. 1 in the conference. He made 75 3-pointers, placing second on Quinnipiac's Division I single-season list.
- Through five games in 2018-19, Rigoni ranks second on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg). He posted a career-best 23 point during Quinnipiac's latest road win at New Hampshire on Nov. 20.
GROWN MAN STRENGTH
- The Bobcats have two transfers that are currently playing key roles in 2018-19. Kevin Marfo (George Washington) and wing Travis Atson (Tulsa) sat out last season per NCAA regulations after playing their freshman year at other schools.
ATSON'S AN ADVANTAGE
- Kevin Marfo leads Quinnipiac in rebounding through five games, grabbing 46 total boards (9.2 rpg). He ranks No. 47 nationally in total rebounding, second in the MAAC to date.
- Marfo's 14-rebound performance is the highest single-game total in the MAAC so far in 2018-19.
- He played in 23 of 35 George Washington games in 2016-17, recording 2.7 points and 2.8 assists per game. The forward posted a season-high 18 points and nine rebounds on Dec. 4, 2016, shooting 6-for-10 from the floor.
A LONG ROAD TO HAMDEN
- Travis Atson's presence has been felt at Quinnipiac, as well, as the junior has posted 9.0 points per game this year – ranking third on the team. He scored a season-best 16 points in Quinnipiac's latest game at UMass on Wednesday.
- Atson scored 35 points in just 133 minutes as a freshman at Tulsa, including a 10-point performance off the bench on Nov. 28, 2016. He played in 22 total games in 2016-17, starting three times.
- Few athletes have overcome such significant odds to reach the college level as senior forward Abdulai Bundu. Bundu was born in 1996 in Sierra Leone in the middle of a civil war, just before his parents won an immigration lottery to come to the United States. However, they could not secure visas for Abdulai and his brother and had to make the agonizing decision to leave them behind with family and try to bring them over later. Abdulai survived four refugee camps, before he was finally reunited with his parents in Maryland in 2003 at age 7.
- Bundu played in all 33 games for Quinnipiac last year, recording 5.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. As a junior, he shot 55.0 percent from the floor.
THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG
- Seniors Aaron Robinson and Andrew Robinson are the first twins in Quinnipiac men's basketball history. Both brothers made an impact off the bench in 2017-18, as Andrew scored 5.9 PPG before having his season cut short to injury while Aaron recorded 3.1 PPG in 30 contests for the Bobcats.
- Aaron has played in all five Bobcats' games this year, recording a season-high 15 points off the bench for Quinnipiac in its last game at UMass on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
RETURN OF RICH
- Freshman guard Tyrese Williams – a 6-1 guard from New York (Cardinal Hayes HS) – has made a major impact for the Bobcats over his first five collegiate gams.
- Williams has started in all five games at point guard for Quinnipiac, who awaits the return of All-MAAC point guard Rich Kelly. In 31.0 minutes per game, Williams has posted 7.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He scored a team-best 19 points to go along with seven rebounds in the program's latest win over Maine.
- Rick Kelly also returns for the Bobcats after an impressive rookie campaign. He earned a spot on the 2017-18 MAAC All-Rookie squad, tallying 11.1 points, a team-high 4.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per contest during his first year at Quinnipiac while handling the starting point guard duties all year and averaging 34 minutes per game. The sophomore guard started in 32 total games, finishing third on the program's Division I single-season assist list with 155. He tallied double-digit points totals in 13 games.
- To help cement the honors, Kelly had a 40-point explosion against Fairfield on Feb. 17, in which he shattered his previous high of 22 points. He became only the second Bobcat to score 40 points in a Division I game, falling one shy of Rob Monroe's school DI record of 41 points set against Longwood in 2004-05. Back on Dec. 4, Kelly had 22 points and 10 assists against Columbia, the first 20-point, 10-assist game for a Bobcat since Monroe had 25 points and 12 assists against FDU.
- Kelly has been selected to the 2018 Preseason All-MAAC Third Team.
THIS YEAR'S SCHEDULE
- Guard Cameron Young (Los Angeles, Calif.) was selected to the 2018 Preseason All-MAAC First Team, as announced by the conference office on Oct. 23 during the Men's and Women's Basketball Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3.
- Sophomore guard Rich Kelly (Shelton, Conn.) also earned an individual honor, being selected to the 2018 Preseason All-MAAC Third Team.
- The Bobcats were picked to finish tied for third place in the Preseason Coaches' Poll. Quinnipiac received 94 total points in the vote, finishing behind Rider (121 points) and Canisius (105 points) and tied with Iona (94 points).
2017-18: LIVING ON THE EDGE
- The Bobcats' non-conference schedule features 11 games, including five at home at the People's United Center, five away, and a neutral site game against Drexel (Dec. 16) at Mohegan Sun Arena as part of the Hall of Fame Showcase. The 11-game slate concludes on Dec. 22 with a home game against Stony Brook, before the Bobcats head into the MAAC schedule after the holiday break.
- Quinnipiac's first home game of conference play will be played against Monmouth on Jan. 10 at the People's United Center. The Bobcats' MAAC opener will take place at Draddy Gymnasium on Thursday, Jan. 3 against the Jaspers of Manhattan College, and will be followed by another road game at defending MAAC Co-Regular Season champion Rider on Saturday, Jan. 5.
- Quinnipiac went 12-21 in 2017-18 (7-11 MAAC), before topping No. 10 Siena and No. 2 Canisius in the MAAC Tournament to advance to the Semifinal Round.
- Out of the Bobcats' 30 games in the regular season during 2017-18, almost half (13) were decided by two points or less or in double overtime, going 7-6 in those contests (7-3 in the ones decided in less than two overtimes). The Bobcats had four one-point wins last year (over Dartmouth, Siena, Marist, and Manhattan) and three two-point wins (over UMass, Columbia, and Monmouth).