Coach Woodward’s keys against Quinnipiac: Defending in the paint, boxing out physically and rebounding

Posted Dec. 28, 2012, at 4:41 p.m.

Men’s Basketball

MAINE vs. QUINNIPIAC

Time, site: 3 p.m. Saturday, TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.

Records: Maine 4-8, Quinnipiac 4-6

Series, last meeting: Quinnipiac leads 3-1, Quinnipiac 75-67 on 11/29/10

Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Justin Edwards (17.9 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game), 6-8 F Alasdair Fraser (12.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg), 6-3 G Xavier Pollard (10.5 ppg, 4.4 apg), 6-6 G Jon Mesghna (6.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 6-9 F Mike Allison (6.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg), 6-8 F Till Gloger (3.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg); Quinnipiac — 6-7 F Ike Azotam (14.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg), 6-5 G Garvey Young (10.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg), 6-4 G Zaid Hearst (9.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 6-7 F Jamee Jackson (7.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 5-10 G Dave Johnson (7.1 ppg, 4.0 assists per game)

Coach Ted Woodward’s keys to the game: “We need to defend the paint, physically box out and rebound as a team, and we have to execute and take care of the ball on offense.”

Game notes: The Black Bears are hoping to generate some momentum coming off an 84-78 win over Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 22. UMaine must balance its need to play tough with taking care to avoid foul trouble, especially in the frontcourt. Quinnipiac beat Albany of America East 59-57 on Dec. 21. The Bobcats lost to Vermont and Boston University.

 

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