Confident Bobcats take show on the road
By Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
HAMDEN — Given the way they played in the last three periods on Sunday, it’s not hard to see why the Bobcats felt good about themselves after their season-opening win against Hartford. After all, Quinnipiac shot just 11-of-26 from the free throw line, their star player, DeMario Anderson, fouled out with under eight minutes left in regulation, and they fell behind by as many as 11 points during that half. Critics would say that the Bobcat teams of the old days probably would’ve caved under that type of pressure and come out on the losing end.
But head coach Tom Moore was pleased with the way his team responded after they lost DeMario. Behind the uncanny combination of transfer Brian Geffen and sophomore James Feldeine, Quinnipiac rallied for a wild 85-79 double-overtime victory. Geffen knocked down three consecutive three-point field goals late in fueling the Bobcats’ second-half comeback. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Feldeine chipped in with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“I was proud of the resiliency our bench showed”, said Moore. “(Feldeine and Geffen) came up big down the stretch. That was extremely gratifying.”
Moore hopes to get that same type of production should the Bobcats find themselves in a similar situation this evening as he leads Quinnipiac (1-0) into Binghamton (0-1) for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Bearcats out of the America East Conference.
Unlike Sunday’s game, however, this evening’s contest marks their first road test of the season, and Moore feels Binghamton will pose a bigger challenge. The Bearcats boast a pair of upstart forwards in Milos Klimovic and Reggie Fuller.
“They appear to be a very confident team”, said Moore. “They’re also very athletic. Playing on the road, if you let them get both their offense and defense going, they can get away from you quickly.”
Despite practicing on just two days rest, Moore says the team didn’t show any signs of fatigue after Sunday’s hard-fought contest.
“Having just two days to prepare for a game can be tricky,” said Moore. “It would’ve been nice if we would’ve had an extra day.”
He also hopes to get more productivity out of DeMario. Moore says that the Bobcats’ guard fouling out on Sunday was of a result of putting too much of the work load on him. Still, the first-year coach is feeling good about his team’s chances tonight.
“There’s a good feeling going around the team these last couple of days,” he said. “We just have to continue to build on that type of emotion.”