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Monday, November 14, 2011

Quinnipaic hosts Yale tonight

James Johnson will make his season debut tonight when the Quinnipiac men’s basketbal team opens the home portion of its season with an interesting matchup against Yale (SNY) at the TD Bank Sports Center at 7 p.m.
Johnson, who was suspended for one game for disciplinary reasons surrounding an alleged on-campus assault, is expected to start at guard for the Bobcats which lost their season-opener to Fairfield at the Connecticut 6 Classic on Friday night.
Without Johnson, the Bobcat’s leading returning scorer, Quinnipiac roared back from 15 points down in the second half to tie the game but Fairfield made all the plays down the stretch on the way to a 72-60 victory.
“I thought we were game with our effort,” Quinnipiac coach Tom Moore said. I thought once the stage fright went away we were able to get out legs under us.”
Yale won its opener, 73-69 over Central Connecticut State, at the same venue. The Bulldogs got 23 points and 13 rebounds from Greg Mangano and a 21 points from Reggie Willhite, tying his career high.
Willhite has gained the well-deserved reputation as the team’s stopper and could get the assignment of chasing Johnson all over the court.
“Coming out and stopping somebody is something that I know he can do but offfensively having the wherewithall to do what he did (in the opener) was special,” Yale coach James Jones said of Willhite.
Mangano was named the Ivy League’s Player of the Week for his efforts in the opener and Willhite earned honor roll mention. The two expect this to be a big year for the Bulldogs.
Ike Azotam notched a double-double for the Bobcats in their opener. Azotam seems poised to fill the big shoes left by the graduation of Justin Rutty.
“I’ve been telling people all summer that (Azotam) can go from a five-point, five-rebound guy to something special,” Moore said. “He only averaged around 19 mintues a game last year but I figured to we put him in the deep end of the pool and see if he can swim. Last week in a scrimmage against Iona I don’t think he played particularly well and he had 14 points and eight rebounds against Michael Glover, a guy who can play in the Big East.”
Quinnipiac is 3-0 all-time against Yale including an 84-75 win in last year’s Connecticut 6 Classic.

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