Quinnipiac (19-9) at Marist (11-18)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McCann Field House (3,200) -- Poughkeepsie, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Quinnipiac 10-3, Marist 8-4. Away Record: Quinnipiac 8-6, Marist 3-11. Neutral Record: Quinnipiac 1-0, Marist 0-3. Conference Record: Quinnipiac 14-5, Marist 8-11. Series Record: Quinnipiac leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Quinnipiac Bobcats will try to end the regular season on a high note, as they visit the Marist Red Foxes in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference battle at McCann Field House on Sunday afternoon.
Quinnipiac dropped a 72-70 decision to Siena on Thursday, ending a seven-game win streak. The Bobcats are still 19-9 overall, including a 14-5 mark in conference play, which has them tied with Manhattan and Canisius for second place in the standings. However, all they have to do is win on Sunday to clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament.
Marist isn't fighting for a high seed as the season comes to a close. The Red Foxes, losers of three straight, are just 11-18 overall and 8-11 in MAAC action. However, they have had some success at home this year, with eight wins in 12 tries at McCann Field House.
When Quinnipiac hosted Marist on Feb. 10 it was the first time these teams had ever met. The Bobcats earned an 83-78 victory in that meeting.
Ike Azotam (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Ousmane Drame (12 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles, but the Bobcats still fell short against the Saints. Quinnipiac had twice as many turnovers as Siena (16-8), and shot just 39.3 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes.
There is no team in the country that clears the boards like Quinnipiac, which once again owned the glass (46-37) in the loss to the Saints. The Bobcats lead the country in rebounding (46.1 rpg), which is helpful considering they only shoot 42.2 percent from the field. Azotam (16.9 ppg, 10.7 rpg) and Drame (13.6 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg) can be penciled in for a double-double just about every time out, with Drame also keeping opposing players out of the paint as the second-best shot-blocker in the MAAC. Zaid Hearst (15.5 ppg, 7 rpg) is another fine scorer and rebounder and Umar Shannon (14.3 ppg) provides some additional firepower.
Marist fell just short in its last contest, taking a 78-74 road loss to Fairfield. The Red Foxes were outscored 19-6 off of turnovers in the contest, which wiped away the benefits of their strong defensive play, as they limited the Stags to 37.9 percent shooting.
The Red Foxes have struggled to score points this season, as they are putting up only 66.9 ppg while shooting the second-worst percentage from the floor (.404) among all MAAC teams. Chavaughn Lewis (17.2 ppg) may be the club's top scorer, but Adam Kemp (9.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg) led the way against Fairfield with a season-high 20 points to go with a career-high 19 rebounds. Meanwhile, Lewis finished with 18 points, but on 5-of-17 shooting. Khallid Hart (14.6 ppg) and Jay Bowie (11.9 ppg) are two scorers the Red Foxes also count on. Hart had 13 points and Bowie had nine against Fairfield.
Marist hung around with Quinnipiac when it visited the Bobcats. Now that they are at home, the Red Foxes might be able to pull off the upset, but it isn't likely against a Quinnipiac squad playing for more than just a single victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Quinnipiac 74, Marist 66
03/02 10:38:42 ET