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COACH AND PROGRAM
After a two-year hiatus, Quinnipiac found its way back to the NEC Tournament last season. But being one of the top eight teams in the league wasn't very satisfying when the Bobcats' postseason turned into one and done.
Backing into the playoffs after finishing the season 1-4 had something to do with it as well.
"Without making excuses, it was a disappointing year," coach Joe DeSantis said. "We wanted to advance a little further in the postseason."
The Bobcats came close to actually doing that last year, falling to No. 1 Fairleigh Dickinson, 66-65, in the opening round. This year there won't be any excuses either, especially with four starters back and the addition of one of the league's better guards in 6-2 junior DeMario Anderson, who previously spent two years at Central Connecticut.
"He's a proven commodity," said DeSantis, who landed Anderson after he spent last season at Global Institute. "He's as good as any guard in this league."
Anderson averaged 14.1 points and 3.9 rebounds two years ago at CCSU, and led the league in free-throw shooting at 88.9 percent. He transferred after his sophomore season because he didn't like the Blue Devils' system and sat out last year at GI.
If he can regain his touch, Anderson might just be the missing piece at Quinnipiac, which can use an off-guard after leading scorer John Winchester (12.4 ppg) decided not to return for his senior season for personal reasons.