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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Quinnipaic hosts CCSU in crucial contest Wednesday

MEN’S BASKETBALL GAMEDAY
Central Conn. State at QUINNIPIAC
When:
Today, 7 p.m.
Where: TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden
Records: CCSU (10-12, 7-5 Northeast); Quinnipiac (13-10, 6-6)
Radio: WQUN-1220

KEEP AN EYE ON
Scouting Central:After a 6-1 start in conference play, the Blue Devils have endured a difficult stretch over the past three weeks. CCSU is 1-4 during the five-game stint, averaging five points below its season-average and shooting just 27 percent from behind the arc. Most recently, Central Connecticut was defeated by LIU Brooklyn, 95-80, in New York, a game that featured 29 points from senior forward Ken Horton.

Scouting Quinnipiac: The Wednesday night affair marks with mark the 70th meeting between the two schools, a rivalry that dates back to 1956. The Blue Devils control the all-time series lead, 50-19, but they haven’t fared well of late against the Bobcats. Over the last three seasons, QU has won six out of the last seven games and is currently riding a five-game winning streak. Forward Jamee Jackson, who has missed 10 games this seasons with two different injuries, returned to the lineup last game and grabbed eight rebounds in 18 minutes.

PROBABLE STARTERS
QUINNIPIAC
Player Ht. Yr. Pos. PPG
Dave Johnson 5-10 Jr. G 8.5
Ike Azotam 6-7 So. F 16.2
Zaid Hearst 6-4 Fr. G 6.2
James Johnson 6-0 Sr. G 16.8
Ousmane Drame 6-10 Fr. F 5.9
CENTRAL CONN.
PPG Player Ht. Yr. Pos. PPG
David Simmons 6-5 Sr. F 3.6
Ken Horton 6-6 Sr. F 19.8
Kyle Vinales 6-1 Fr. G 17.8
Malcolm McMillan 6-0 Fr. G 2.4
Robby Ptacek 6-3 Sr. G 18.5
OFF THE BENCH
Central —
De’Angelo Speech, 6-5, So., G, 1.0 ppg; Joe Efese, 6-6, Jr., F, 4.2; Quinnipiac — Jamee Jackson, 6-7, Jr., F, 8.8; Nate Gause, 6-3, Fr., G, 4.1; Garvey Young, 6-5, Jr., G, 5.4.
— Bill Cloutier

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