Five Games, Five Wins: Bobcats’ historic start continues after beating Albertus Magnus by 18


Photo: Ben Kane

Ben Kane

The mobile cellphone.

Rubik’s Cube.

Post-It Notes

Even the digital camera.

Now what do all of these things have in common? 

Dating all the way back to 1969-70, the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team, coached by Burt Kahn, won eight straight games before the Bobcats were handed their first loss of the season.

On Friday, Quinnipiac won big once again defeating Division III Albertus Magnus by a scoreline of 86-68, winning its fifth straight game to start the season.

The game was trademarked by another show stopping performance from redshirt senior Matt Balanc.

Heading into the game, Balanc was shooting 5-20 from three, and was struggling to find a rhythm.

However after a few hours in the gym the morning before tipoff, Balanc was able to find his stroke and go 5-5 from three.

“I came in this morning for an hour and just got some shots up,” Balanc said.“I noticed that I was looking at the ball before I shot instead of looking at the rim. I kinda just trusted my shot and let go.”

Although the Bobcats on paper have had a perfect start to the season, there are still many things head coach Baker Dunleavy would like to not rely on heading into the rest of their season.

“Matt Balanc’s 5-5 from three,” Dunleavy said. “ Luis Kortright 3-4. Those things, because we have good players, can happen, but we can’t count on those things to always happen.”

However there are a few things the Bobcats can control and have relied on throughout their season thus far.

“You don’t win by 20 by having a great finish to the game,” Dunleavy said. “You win by defending, and rebounding for 40 minutes. For those [defending and rebounding] I think we can hang our hats on consistently.”

Another thing that the Bobcats can control is their energy, something that Balanc feels he is great at. 

“I just try to talk to them and keep everyone’s energy up,” Balanc said.“The more we keep our energy up and the more I do it, it all comes down the line.”

Looking to keep their unbeaten streak alive, Balanc and the Bobcats will travel to Canada to compete in the Northern Classic against Stephen F. Austin, Montana State and Hofstra.