Men's Basketball Falls At UMass, 62-58

AMHERST, Mass. - James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored 20 points and Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) grabbed 13 rebounds, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated by UMass, 62-58, Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 3-3, while the Minutemen improve to 3-4.

James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) contributed 13 points for the Bobcats, while Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) added a career-high nine points. Rutty narrowly missed a double-double with eight points to go along with his 13 boards. The Bobcats outrebounded a bigger, longer UMass team handily, 46-29, including a 28-11 advantage on the offensive boards.

UMass was led by Ricky Harris, who scored 15 of his 19 points in the first 12 minutes of play. His 15 points were also scored within the first 19 points that UMass scored as a team. Anthony Gurley finished with 15 points, including 11 in the second-half. Sampson Carter also finished in double figures with 11 points.

The Bobcats led by seven points at the 11:21 mark, 18-11, when Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) connected on a three-pointer. Feldeine helped Quinnipiac sprint out to the lead with six quick points, while Twyman and Johnson had five points each.

Quinnipiac held onto a lead until the 3;24 mark of the first half, when Carter hit a pair of free throws. The Carter free throws came within a 9-0 UMass run that propelled the Minutemen to a five-point lead, 31-26, with 1:40 to go in the initial stanza. A Matt Hill lay-up with 34 seconds left in the half gave UMass its largest lead of the half, 35-29, heading into the locker room.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Johnson cut the UMass lead to two with a jumper. But the Minutemen countered with an 8-0 run and the Bobcats would never get any closer than a four-point deficit down the stretch.

For the game, the Bobcats were outshot, 43.8 percent (21-48) to 34.8 percent (23-66) from the floor, 38.1 percent (8-21) to 23.1 percent (3-13) from long range, and 70.6 percent (12-17) to 52.9 percent (9-17) from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when play host to Fairleigh Dickinson in their home and Northeast Conference opener. Opening tip from the TD Bank Sports Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.