A mere eleven days after Fairfield squandered a 14 point second half lead against in-state rival Quinnipiac, the Stags nearly outdid themselves by letting a 16 point advantage slip away on the Bobcats’ home court. However, the heroics of Tyler Nelson and Jerry Johnson Jr. helped Fairfield avoid disaster and avenge their previous loss with an 89-86 overtime victory in Hamden Friday night. Continue reading “Fairfield 89, Quinnipiac 86 (OT) – Call It A Rivalry”
A New England team staged an improbable second half comeback thanks in part to questionable clock management by its opponent. No, this is not a Super Bowl summary. Continue reading “Quinnipiac 73, Fairfield 71: Bobcats Battle Back”
It was a bit disquieting watching seemingly helpless Quinnipiac be destroyed on the boards Monday against Siena in an 84-75 loss, almost like an empire whose time had finally faded away. The Bobcats went 10 straight seasons among the top 10 offensive rebounding teams in the nation (nine of them in the top 5) leading into 2016-17, and was sixth on the defensive glass as late as two years ago.
Quinnipiac was renown as a rebounding capital of college basketball America, it led its media notes, it was their signature, their claim to fame. So a 52-27 rebounding advantage for an opponent that included 22 offensive boards (55.0%) was difficult to look at in the boxscore.
However, our dear numbers told us that Quinnipiac’s rebounding demise didn’t exactly start this evening. While they did lead the MAAC in offensive rebounding, it was barely (35.5 to 35.3%) ahead of Siena, and the Bobcats (8-14, 5-7) are a fairly dreadful 294th on the defensive boards (67.5%). The Saints are full of veterans, and Lavon Long (16 total rebounds), Brett Bisping (14 total), and Marquis Wright (yes, the point guard) had five offensive rebounds each in the contest.
Justin Robinson scored 22 points for Monmouth and is now just 11 points away from the program’s Division I scoring record. His outburst helped the Hawks cruise to their seventh straight victory, 95-76 over Quinnipiac. Micah Seaborn scored 21 for Monmouth, while freshman Peter Kiss added 22 for the Bobcats. Here’s the video recap. Continue reading “Monmouth 95, Quinnipiac 76: Video Recap”
At the midpoint of the MAAC season, it’s worth examining where each team in the league stands and where they might end up over the next six weeks. Here is a team-by-team analysis based on the current standings, along with mid-season all-MAAC teams: Continue reading “MAAC Midpoint”
Freshmen Mikey Dixon and Peter Kiss have reignited a slumping Quinnipiac basketball program and are leading the Bobcats back into contention in the MAAC. Continue reading “Quinnipiac Freshmen Dixon and Kiss Leading Bobcats Into Contention”
Quinnipiac’s freshman sensation Mikey Dixon continued his stellar rookie campaign with a career-high 27 point performance, leading the Bobcats in a 97-91 overtime win over defending MAAC champions Iona Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, CT. Continue reading “Quinnipiac Downs Iona in OT”
There are no “must-win” games on Dec. 4 in college basketball, especially if you’re in a one-bid league. But Sunday’s home game against Marist might have been a “really want” contest for Quinnipiac.
The Bobcats came in at 1-5, and although they had played an extremely difficult schedule, three of those defeats came at home. After several years of contending, both in the NEC and MAAC, Quinnipiac suffered through a miserable 9-21 campaign in 2015-16, a campaign where even their ninth straight season of ranking in the top 10 nationally couldn’t save them.
Monmouth showed off the best version of itself Thursday night with a 91-72 victory over longtime rival Quinnipiac in the opening night of MAAC play. Continue reading “Monmouth Defeats Quinnipiac In MAAC Season Opener”