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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday. January 16, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Bank Sports Center (8.300) -- Hamden, Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Monmouth 5-4, Quinnipiac 5-1. Away Record: Monmouth 3-5, Quinnipiac 3-5. Neutral Record: Monmouth 0-0, Quinnipiac 1-0. Conference Record: Monmouth 2-4, Quinnipiac 4-2. Series Record: Quinnipiac leads, 16-13.
GAME NOTES: The Quinnipiac Bobcats hope to return to their winning ways when they host the Monmouth Hawks in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tilt at TD Bank Sports Center on Thursday evening.
The Hawks have been alternating wins and losses since late December, most recently dropping an 87-67 decision to Canisius on Sunday afternoon.
Quinnipiac fell to Saint Peter's, 74-67, on Sunday as well, putting an end to the team's three-game win streak.
These two clubs meet just two weeks ago, with Quinnipiac winning on the road, 94-77. The Bobcats lead the all-time series, 16-13, and they have won 11 of the last 13 meetings, and are currently riding a seven-game win streak.
In the recent loss to Canisius, Josh James came off the bench to score 16 points and Justin Robinson tallied 11. The 3-point arc was the key to the game, with Canisius draining 14-of-30 from distance, while Monmouth shot just 4-of-17.
On the season, Monmouth is shooting just 41.9 percent from the field in putting up 71.9 ppg, while being outshot and outscored by the opposition (.432, 72.8 ppg). Dean Jones averages 15.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg, and he has been effective from the free-throw line (99-of-122). Andrew Nicholas is the only other player to net double figures with 13.4 ppg. Tyrone O'Garro leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 6.6 caroms per contest.
Ousmane Drame (17 points and 14 rebounds) and Ike Azotam (16 points, 14 rebounds) each logged a double-doubles in the loss to Saint Peter's. Umar Shannon also scored 16 points, and Kasim Chandler added 12 off the bench. Quinnipiac shot just 22.2 percent in the first half, as the Peacocks took a 32-20 lead into the break, and the Bobcats never challenged after that.
Rebounding has been a strong point for the Bobcats all season, as they are pulling down an impressive 46.9 boards per contest, resulting in a +13.1 rebounding margin, both of which are tops in the MAAC. They have produced at least 41 boards in every game this season, the high coming against Maine with an incredible 60. Azotam pulls down 11.7 rpg, with Drame (9.0 rpg) and Zaid Hearst (8.0 rpg) provide additional support. Five players average double figures in the scoring column, led by Azotam (16.9 ppg), followed by Hearst (13.5 ppg), Umar Shannon (13.0 ppg), Drame (12.3 ppg) and Kasim Chandler (10.2 ppg).
Quinnipiac has been strong on the boards and at home, so expect the Bobcats to prevail against the inconsistent Hawks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Quinnipiac 71, Monmouth 60
01/16 10:49:23 ET
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