December 1, 2009

Men's Basketball Falls At Navy, 65-62, On Half-Court Buzzer Beater

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - James Feldeine's (New York, N.Y.) 18 second-half points helped erase a 17-point second-half deficit, but Chris Harris' half-court heave off glass fell at the buzzer as Navy defeated the Bobcats' men's basketball team, 65-62, Monday night at Alumni Hall. Feldeine finished with 24 points for the Bobcats, who fall to 3-2 on the season. The Midshipmen improved to 3-4. Harris' game-winner was the only Navy field goal in the final 10:30 minutes of play.

Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) narrowly missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass. Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) added 11 points, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) contributed six assists.

Harris had a game-high 31 points for Navy, while Mark Veazey added 18 points.

A Harris three-pointer opened the second-half scoring and gave Navy its largest lead of the game, 41-24, with 18:19 to go in regulation. Slowly but surely, the Bobcats whittled away at the deficit. The Bobcats used a pair of 7-0 runs to cut the Navy lead to three by the 4:50 mark.

Quinnipiac tied the game for the first time since the opening tip on a pair of Rutty free throws with just over a minute left. After Harris buried a pair of free throws to reestablish the two-point Navy cushion, Feldeine knocked down a mid-range jumper to tie it once again, 61-61, with 26 seconds left. O.J. Avworo was fouled with 17 seconds left and made one-of-two free throws to leave the door open for the Bobcats.

Rutty grabbed the offensive rebound of Johnson's missed field-goal attempt and was fouled with 2.4 seconds remaining. Rutty made one-of-two free throws to tie the game at 62-62. But Harris caught the ball at half court, dribbled and heaved from just inside the half-court stripe. The ball hit hard off glass and got the friendly roll to end the game.

For the game, Quinnipiac outshot Navy, 41.4 percent (24-58) to 40.4 percent (19-47), including a 45.5 percent (15-33) to 26.3 percent (5-19) advantage in the second half. Navy took a 35.3 percent (6-17) to 25.0 percent (4-16) advantage from long range. The Bobcats outrebounded the Midshipmen, 41-25.

The Bobcats return to action Wednesday, when they travel to Amherst, Mass., to take on the University of Massachusetts. Opening tip from the Mullins Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.