January 9, 2009

Robert Morris Defeats Men's Basketball, 75-63

HAMDEN, Conn. – James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored a game-high 18 points, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated by Robert Morris, 75-63, Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. Justin Rutty added 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for Quinnipiac, which fell to 6-8 (2-2 NEC) with the loss. Robert Morris improved to 9-7 (4-1 NEC) with the win.

Rob Robinson led four Colonials in double-figures with 15 points, to go along with four steals. Jimmy Langhurst (14), Bateko Francisco (13) and Mezie Nwigwe (10) rounded out the double-figure scorers for Robert Morris. The Bobcats held the Colonials' leading scorer, Jeremy Chappell, to seven points. The NEC's third-leading scorer entering the night, Chappell had averaged 17.4 points per game prior to tonight's contest.

A back-and-forth first half concluded with the Colonials on top by four, 42-38. Neither team created more than five points of separation in the initial period, as Robert Morris outshot Quinnipiac, 42.9 percent (12-28) to 37.9 percent (11-29) from the floor. The Colonials' Robinson led all scorers with 10 first-half points, while Feldeine countered with eight for the Bobcats.

The Colonials opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take a double-digit lead. The Bobcats would claw no closer than to within nine points the rest of the way. Robert Morris pushed its lead to as many as 20 points, 71-51, with 3:25 left to play in regulation.

For the game, Robert Morris outshot the Bobcats, 45.1 percent (23-51) to 38.2 percent (21-55) from the floor, 47.1 percent (8-17) to 25.0 percent (2-8) from three-point range, and 77.8 percent (21-27) to 73.1 percent (19-26) from the free-throw line. The Colonials also outrebounded Quinnipiac, 35-31, becoming just the second team to outrebound the Bobcats this season.

Quinnipiac returns to action Saturday, when the Bobcats play host to Saint Francis (Pa.). Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.