“Quinnipiac looks to regroup”
By: Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
Missed layups, poor outside shooting, turnovers—even a missed dunk.
Add it all up and it proves that, indeed, nothing went right for the Bobcats in their 65-54 home loss to CCSU Monday night. The defeat not only snapped their season-high six-game win streak, it also showed why Central Connecticut is the top team in the Northeast Conference.
“We couldn’t get over the hump”, said head coach Joe DeSantis. “Our performance was due to the way (CCSU) played. They did a great job of keeping us out of our comfort zone”.
Quinnipiac could not find a rhythm all evening. Thanks to Central Connecticut’s swarming defense, their top two players, Adam Gonzalez and former Blue Devil DeMario Anderson, suffered off-nights.
As a result, the Bobcats shot an abysmal 29 percent from the floor, including a horrendous 16 percent from three-point range. They also turned the ball over 14 times— another stat that indicates the Blue Devils being one of best defensive teams in the conference.
“We got a lot of good looks, but we couldn’t execute”, said Anderson, who paced the Bobcats with 16 points. “They did a good job taking us out of our game plan”.
Anderson, who also spent two years as a member of the Blue Devils, didn’t get caught in all the hoopla about playing and perhaps beating his former team, although he’ll get another chance when both schools meet again in two weeks in New Britain.
“I take this as another game”, said Anderson. “It’s just another step towards having a good career”.
Gonzalez, who is rarely one for having bad nights, admitted that he felt out of synch, and after shooting 3-of-1l and scoring just 8 points, he understood why.
“They just did a good job defensively”, said Gonzalez. “I didn’t feel like I was contributing to the team effort. I really didn’t feel like myself tonight”.
A Quinnipiac win would have moved them into third place in the NEC. For now, they’ll remain in sole possession of fourth place as they venture to Brooklyn Thursday night to battle St. Francis of New York—a team the Bobcats edged out by two earlier this month in the last game ever at Burt Kahn Court.
“I’m not concerned at all”, said DeSantis. “We’ve won six of our last seven. We know we have a tough team to face in St. Francis. We just have practice hard, limit our mistakes and be ready”.