Men’s basketball searches for star

Joe Addonizio

With the program’s Division I all-time scoring leader James Johnson graduating last year, the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team has yet to find a scoring replacement.

For the past two seasons, Johnson led the team in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game combined during his junior and senior seasons. This year, the Bobcats’ leading scorer is junior forward Ike Azotam, who is averaging 14.1 points per game.

While Johnson was always the go-to option when the team needed a bucket down the stretch, no one has stepped up for the squad this season.

The team has had a variety of scoring leaders in its games this year, with Azotam, Dave Johnson, Zaid Hearst and Garvey Young having all led the Bobcats in scoring this season at least twice.

But no one player has provided the consistency J. Johnson brought to the court.

Through the team’s first 18 games, it has compiled a 6-12 record, including a 2-4 conference record in its last season in the Northeast Conference. The team has yet to win back-to-back games. Last season, it won two straight games after its third game of the season and was 9-9 through its first 18 games.