A few notes heading into tonight’s meeting against Mount St. Mary’s:
Injury Riddled: The Bobcats suffered a sharp blow when blink-quick point guard Casey Cosgrove (8.2 PPG, 3.5 APG) fell out with a nagging back injury before the Robert Morris game. It was a game-time decision, and it appears Cosgrove will have to wait a while before jumping back into the fold.
Freshman forward/center Ed Zajac has also been nicked up a bit lately and is doubtful for tonight’s game. Zajac is averaging 3.5 points and 5.3 boards.
DA’s World: Senior stalwart DeMario Anderson has established himself as one of the most prolific scorers in NCAA Division-I basketball this season. Anderson is averaging 20.4 points, despite being saddled with foul trouble in multiple games. Against Cornell, Anderson scored 20 points–in the second half. Anderson is averaging 23.8 points through the past five games. He hung 28 points (on 12-for-22 FG) on Robert Morris in last week’s 86-79 overtime loss.
Let’s Get Rutty: Freshman Center Justin Rutty was selected as the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week following the week of Jan. 7. Rutty, a Newburgh, N.Y. native, averaged 9.7 points and 6.7 boards. Rutty scored the first six points of the RMU game, finishing with ten first-half points. The 6-foot-7 lefty was neutralized in the second half, however, finishing with 12 points and six caroms. Rutty has shown promise this season, shooting over 50 percent from the floor. In order to emerge into one of the Northeast Conference’s elite big men, though, his free throw shooting must improve. Rutty has been a vintage Shaq at the charity stripe this season, shooting just a thread above 37 percent.
Mount St. Mary’s (7-8, 3-1 NEC) heads into the TD Banknorth Sports Complex tonight looking to avenge a loss from last season. Quinnipiac handed the Mount a 70-62 loss in a game which saw then-senior Victor Akinyanju (who is currently playing professionally in Portugal) erupt for 20 points and 21 rebounds last February.
The Mount has dropped three of their last four, most recently suffering a 81-67 wash-out to NBA prospect Blake Griffin and Oklahoma.
The Bobcats must clamp down on sharpshooter Chris Vann (16.1 ppg). Vann scored 28 against the ‘Cats in the first meeting between the teams last season, a Mount St. Mary’s victory. The Mount is led by smurf-size point guard Jeremy Goode (14 PPG, 6.4 APG), one of the NEC’s best passers.