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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quinnipiac opens NEC vs. Sacred Heart

Men’s basketball gameday previews

Sacred Heart at Quinnipiac

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden

Records: Sacred Heart (4-3); Quinnipiac (2-3)

Radio: WQUN-1220 AM

Scouting Sacred Heart: This is the Northeast Conference opener for both teams. Shane Gibson leads the Pioneers. The slashing guard scored all 16 of his points in the second half in the win over Brown. He scored a season-high 26 points at Richmond, taking a career-high 21 shots. He has a pair of 20-point games in the first seven outings this year and 14 for his career. SHU is deep, with 10 players averaging over 10 minutes and game, and seven scoring over five points a game.

Scouting Quinnipiac: The Bobcats have won five of the last six games in the series. Quinnipiac lost its last game at Lehigh but James Johnson once again paced the Bobcats with 25 points. Ike Azotam failed to score in just six minutes of action while battling flu-like symptoms but Garvey Young had his best game as a Bobcat scoring 11 points off the bench.

Projected Starters

Sacred Heart

Justin Swidowski, 6-9,Jr.,F,12.1
Evan Kelley, 6-4,So.,G,,9.7
Chris Evans,6-3,So.,G,7.3
Shane Gibson,,6-2,Jr.,G,16.6
Femi Akinpetide,6-6,Jr.,F,1.6
Quinnipiac
James Johnson,6-0,Sr.,G,19.0
Jamee Jackson,6-7,Jr.,F,8.2
Ike Azotam,6-7,So.,F,13.8
Dave Johnson,5-10,Jr.,G,4.0
Alex Jackson,6-6,So.,F,3.0
Off the bench

Sacred Heart: Louis Montes, 6-4, So., G, 5.0 ppg.; Steve Glowiak, 6-3, Fr., G., 8.1; Quinnipiac: Garvey Young, 6-5, Jr., F, 4.3; Nate Gause, 6-3, Fr., G, 9.0.

-- Bill Cloutier

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