MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored a game-high 25 points, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated by first-place Robert Morris, 69-64, Saturday night at the Charles L. Sewall Center. Feldeine had a shot to tie it with seven seconds left and the Bobcats down by three, but the shot rattled out. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 11-14 (7-7 NEC), while the Colonials run their record to 19-8 (13-1 NEC) with their 13th straight conference win.
Bryan Geffen (Queens, N.Y.) and Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) added 11 points apiece. Geffen added five assists, while Baker grabbed six rebounds. Feldeine added five rebounds and four steals to his game-high point total. Louis Brookins (Silver Spring, Md.) had a strong outing with seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Rob Robinson led the Colonials with a double-double of 22 points, 14 rebounds and five steals. Jeremy Chappell added 17 points and six rebounds for the Colonials.
The Bobcats took a 63-60 lead with 3:28 left in regulation on a Geffen three-pointer from the left corner. But after 1-of-2 Robinson free throws, Chappell put the Colonials up for good with a conventional three-point play with 2:30 left.
A back-and-forth first half that saw four lead changes ended with the Colonials in possession of a one-point lead at the half. With the Bobcats up to two with 45 seconds left in the half, Bateko Francisco nailed a three-pointer from the left wing to give Robert Morris the lead going to the locker room.
The Colonials led by as many as six points with 10:42 to go in the period, but the Bobcats used an 8-0 run, capped by Feldeine's breakaway dunk, to erase the deficit. The Bobcats could build their lead to no more than three points. Feldeine led all first-half scorers with 12 points, while Rob Robinson countered with 11 points in the initial stanza.
For the game, the Colonials outshot the Bobcats, 44.2 percent (23-52) to 41.1 percent (23-53) from the floor and 63.3 percent (19-30) to 58.8 percent (10-17) from the free-throw line. The Bobcats outshot Robert Morris, 40.0 percent (8-20) to 28.6 percent (4-14) from long range, while also outrebounding the Colonials, 37-35.
The Bobcats return to action, Thursday, when they play host to Fairleigh Dickinson. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.