Quinnipiac (11-6) at Iona (9-8)
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DATE & TIME: Friday, January 24, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hynes Athletics Center (2,611) -- New Rochelle, New York.
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Quinnipiac 7-1, Iona 6-2. Away Record:
Quinnipiac 3-5, Iona 3-6. Neutral Record: Quinnipiac 1-0, Iona 0-0. Conference
Record: Quinnipiac 6-2, Iona 6-2. Series Record: Quinnipiac leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Quinnipiac Bobcats will look to extend a two-game win streak
as they travel to face the Iona Gaels in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
play at Hynes Athletics Center.
Quinnipiac, which sits a half-game back in the MAAC standings entering this
contest, is 6-2 in conference play this season, aided by wins in its last two
outings. The Bobcats are coming off an 85-71 victory over Niagara.
Iona rebounded from a loss at Canisius with a win over Siena in the team's
most recent matchup, 88-74, Sunday. Although the Gaels sport a worse overall
record compared to Quinnipiac, the two teams are knotted in the conference
standings at 6-2.
Quinnipiac leads the all-time series between the programs, 1-0. They met on
Jan. 6 for the first time this season, and in their history, after a Jan. 2
game was postponed.
Quinnipiac dominated on the boards against Niagara last time out,
outrebounding the Purple Eagles, 56-27. The Bobcats took a commanding 41-27
lead into the half and never looked back, racing to the win in MAAC action.
Umar Shannon led the Bobcats with 16 points, while both Ike Azotam and Ousmane
Drame each recorded double-doubles. Azotam netted 14 points and grabbed 14
rebounds, while Drame scored 14 and pulled down 10 boards. Zaid Hearst was one
rebound away from the third Bobcat double-double, scoring 14 points with nine
Azotam has been a beast for Quinnipiac this season, averaging a double-double
in the team's 17 games played. Azotam nets 16.3 ppg and grabs 11.4 rpg for the
Bobcats, shooting 48.2 percent from the floor. Drame averages 12.6 ppg and 9.8
rpg, while Hearst chips in 13.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg. The Bobcats average an
astounding 47.5 rpg and 77.5 ppg.
Iona only trailed Siena for 22 seconds in its last matchup before gaining a
lead and downing the Saints on Sunday. Tre Bowman scored a team-high 25 points
and grabbed six rebounds, while Isaiah Williams scored 20 and added six
rebounds of his own. Sean Armand contributed 11 points and David Laury scored
10 to round out the double-digit scorers for Iona. The Gaels connected on 54
percent of their shots from the floor.
Armand leads the team with 18.6 ppg on 48.4 percent shooting from the field.
His 22 steals leads the Gaels, and 66 total assists is second only to A.J.
English, who checks in at second on the roster in scoring this season with
17.6 ppg. Bowman nets 13.8 ppg - good for third on the team - on 51.9 percent
shooting. The Gaels average 83.1 ppg, but also give up an average of 80.2 ppg
to their opponents.
Both teams will be fighting for the top spot in the MAAC in this one.
Quinnipiac already has a head-to-head win this season over Iona, 86-74, on its
home floor. The Bobcats, though, are one of the nation's top rebounding teams
and have the players that can hardly be handled in the paint.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Quinnipiac 82, Iona 76
01/24 10:33:37 ET
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