The Bobcats (7-5, 2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) looked to pull away early with an Azotam dunk pushing the lead to 27-13 midway through the first half.
Monmouth (7-8, 1-3) climbed back with a 21-8 run to tie the score at 38, but Quinnipiac closed the half with seven straight points fueled by a layup and four free throws from Azotam. A pair of Shannon 3-pointers with an Azotam layup in between ignited a 17-4 surge, putting the Bobcats ahead comfortably, 72-49 with 13:22 remaining.
Reggie Witherspoon, who spent more than 13 seasons coaching at Buffalo, is returning to the city to coach Canisius College.
North Carolina Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Roy Williams is recovering from knee-replacement surgery.
Sparkling facilities are one thing, but Tim Miles needs to regain the momentum of Nebraska's 2014 run to the NCAAs if it is to play with the big boys.