Quinnipiac (4-4) vs. Drexel (5-5)
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 | 6:00 PM
Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Conn.
Game Notes: Quinnipiac
Radio: WQUN (AM 1220)
(PxP: Steve Lenox | Color: Michael Zahn)
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Live Updates: @QU_MBB
All-Time Series vs. Drexel:
Last Meeting vs. Drexel:
L, 72-71 (Dec. 18, 2017)
– Quinnipiac men's basketball returns to play on Sunday following an seven-day break, squaring off with Drexel as part of the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Bobcats are the third and final game of the day, tipping off at 6:00 p.m. in non-conference action.
LAST TIME OUT: vs. Lafayette
- The Dragons enter play at 5-5, most recently falling at home vs. UMBC, 91-76, on Dec. 8.
- Alihan Demir leads the way with 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest so far in 2018-19. He is one of five Drexel scorers with 10.0+ points per game.
- The Dragons rank No. 16 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (40.4%).
- Zach Spiker is in his third season at the helm of the program, going 27-48 so far at Drexel.
- The Bobcats are 1-4 all-time vs. Drexel. Quinnipiac fell vs. the Dragons last season in Philadelphia, as Kurk Lee hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in action.
FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT
- Six Bobcats scored in double-figures on Saturday, Dec. 8, leading Quinnipiac past Lafayette (88-77) at the People's United Center in Hamden.
- Cameron Young led the way for the Bobcats, recording 28 points and four rebounds in the win. Tyrese Williams added 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
- Quinnipiac went on a 30-10 run over a 9:05 span in the first half. The run began with the Bobcats trailing by two points, and ended with Quinnipiac up by 18 points (41-23) with 5:22 left in the half.
- The Bobcats set a season-high in points (88), field goal percentage (54.0%), 3-point percentage (44.8%), assists (13) and steals (9) in their latest win vs. Lafayette.
SECOND SEASON OF THE DUNLEAVY ERA
- Opponents are shooting just 42.7 percent from the floor so far this season against the Bobcats, a mark that ranks first in the MAAC to date.
- Cameron Young ranks first in the MAAC with 18.6 points per game.
- Kevin Marfo leads the league with 9.1 rebounds per game.
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.
- 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.
- Cameron Young surpassed 750 career points during the Bobcats' latest win, recording 28 to lift his career total to 771. Young has 149 points in 2018-19, needing one more for 150.
- Aaron Robinson needs just three more rebounds to reach 100 for his career.
- Kevin Marfo now has 50 defensive rebounds this year in eight games.
RETURN OF RICH
- 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 eight games in 2018-19, averaging a league-best 18.6 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The Los Angeles-native has recorded double-digit point totals in seven of eight games this season, and leads the MAAC with 44 free throws made.
- He went 15-for-18 from the free throw line on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Stony Brook, becoming one of just eight players in college basketball to make 15+ FT's in a game so far 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 / 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.
- Rick Kelly also returns for the Bobcats after an impressive rookie campaign. After missing the Bobcats' first five games of the season due to injury, Kelly played in his first game of the year at Stony Brook on Saturday, Dec. 1. He has recorded 7.3 points and 5.0 assists per game over his first three contests.
- The sophomore has 15 assists already, which is tied for the most on the team.
- Kelly 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.
- 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.
- Rigoni has recorded 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest this year – starting in all eight games. He posted a career-best 23 point during Quinnipiac's road win at New Hampshire on Nov. 20.
GROWN MAN STRENGTH
- The Bobcats have two transfers 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 the MAAC in rebounding (9.1 rpg) so far in 2018-19, ranking No. 47 nationally in that category. The junior has also posted 6.3 points per contest.
- The big man recorded his first double-double of the season during the Bobcats' latest road win at Dartmouth, posting 12 points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes – going 3-of-6 from the floor while knocking down six free throws.
- 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 8.4 points per game this year – ranking third on the team. He scored a season-best 16 points in Quinnipiac's road contest at UMass on Nov. 28.
- 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 eight Bobcats' games this year, recording a season-high 15 points off the bench for Quinnipiac at UMass on Nov. 28. Aaron has averaged 7.1 points per game.
- 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 eight collegiate games.
- Williams has started in all eight contests for Quinnipiac. In 30+ minutes per game, he's posted 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He has tallied double-digit point totals in three games so far in 2018-19.
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).