Anderson, Bobcats Fall Flat Against Rival
By Seth Rothman
January 29, 2007
HAMDEN – Today was supposed to be a special day for DeMario Anderson. The junior forward joined the Quinnipiac Bobcats Men’s Basketball team this year after sitting out a year after transferring from NEC rival Central Connecticut State University. Tonight’s opponent? Central Connecticut State University.
So, today was going to be a day when DeMario could exact some revenge on Central coach Howie Dickenman. Anderson left CCSU due to philosophical differences with the coach, so he would have liked nothing more than to have shown up Dickenman in the second men’s game at the new TD Banknorth Sports Center.
Instead, the Bobcats shot a repulsive 20% from the field in the first half, trailing the Blue Devils 33-20. In the opening stanza,
Anderson had only 2 points on a mid range jumper made with 35 seconds left in the half. In the second half, Anderson scored 14; but most of those points were in garbage time of Central’s 65-54 win over the home-standing Bobcats.
Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey was in the house tonight. Losing is one thing; but getting blown out in your own building, during Dedication Week, by your biggest Northeast Conference rival cannot make Lahey happy.
This team has been on a long winning streak. Judging from the crowd, though, all the residents of Hamden remember is the 9 game losing streak that left Quinnipiac 2-10 to start the year.
With the new building now open, President Lahey wanted to see the building full. Instead, tonight he looked at a full student section, but outside of the student section, there were nearly more Central fans than Quinnipiac fans. That strong of an indictment on the team by its own fans cannot make Lahey happy.
The Bobcats are now 8-11 overall, but 6-3 in the Northeast Conference. A team right in the middle of the NEC conference pack (4th) usually gets more of a crowd than what this team is getting right now. But this team, with its lackluster, Jekyll and Hyde play all season long has turned off the Hamden fan base. Ultimately, that may be how this team, this season, and maybe this coach will be remembered.