HAMDEN, Conn. - James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored a game-high 18 points and Justin Rutty added a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team cruised to a 73-51 victory against Dartmouth, Wednesday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats shot a season-high 57.7 percent (30-52) and outrebounded the Big Green, 42-22, extending their streak of grabbing more rebounds than their opponents to all 11 games this season and adding to Quinnipiac's top-10 nationally-ranked rebounding margin (+10.9). With the win, the Bobcats improve to 6-5, while Dartmouth falls to 2-10.
Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) contributed 15 points, while Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) added 10 points. James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) dished out five assists. Matt LaBove led Dartmouth with 13 points.
"The thing I was most happy about within the game was how we handled the first eight minutes of the second half," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore. "I think we have a little more talent and experience and depth maybe than Dartmouth. Being up 13 at halftime is fine, but we were really focused in the locker room at halftime on trying to extend the lead, rather than have them come back, get it to five or six, and make it more of a tedious fight the rest of the way. I'm just really, really proud of the first five, six or seven trips up and down the court at both ends. The defense was really air tight...We got the thing from 13 to 20 in a minute and 20 seconds. And we got it to 27 with 12 minutes to go. That's a sign of a mature team."
The Bobcats scored the game's first six points and never trailed. Quinnipiac scored 10 of the final 12 points in the first half and took a 13-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
Feldeine scored 10 first-half points and Rutty added six points and eight rebounds in the initial stanza. LaBove paced Dartmouth with six first-half points.
The lead extended to as many as 27 points less than eight minutes into the second half. Quinnipiac opened the half on a 12-0 run to build a 25-point lead, capped by Baker's fast-break dunk at the 17:12 mark. Rutty's lay-up at the 12:07 mark stretched the lead to its high point of 27 points at 57-30.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Big Green, 60.0 percent (12-20) to 50.0 percent (11-22) from the free-throw line. Dartmouth took a 22.2 percent (2-9) to 16.7 percent (1-6) edge in three-point field goal percentage.
The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action Jan. 2, when they travel to Monmouth. Opening tip from the new Multipurpose Activities Center in West Long Branch, N.J., is scheduled for 7 p.m.