Men's Basketball Falls At Monmouth, 72-60WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) and James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with 14 points each, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team fell to Monmouth, 72-60, Saturday night at the Multipurpose Activities Center. The 14 points represent a new career high for Dave Johnson. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 6-6 (1-1 NEC), while the Hawks improve to 5-9 (1-1 NEC).
James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) added 12 points for the Bobcats, leaving him just six points shy of 1,000 for his career. Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) also added seven points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Bobcats, who outrebounded their 12th consecutive opponent with a 41-33 advantage for the game.
Ed Waite scored a game-high 17 points for the Hawks. Whitney Coleman was close behind with 16, including three of his four three-pointers in the second half. Travis Taylor and Will Campbell each added 14 points for the Hawks.
The Bobcats committed a season-high 23 turnovers, which the Hawks turned into a 28-12 advantage in points off turnovers.
"Overall, I'm really disappointed with our effort tonight," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore. I thought we played as poorly offensively as we could possibly play. The 23 turnovers will attest to that. I thought we gave it a game effort on the defensive end for about 30 minutes and then succumbed to really bad offense. I thought it got the better of us. We consistently came down, made bad passes, fumbled good passes, we weren't ready to take advantage of some of the gaps in the matchup zone, missed free throws - however you could find a way to take steam out of our momentum on the offensive end, we found a way to do and it affected us on the defensive end."
The Bobcats immediately jumped out to a 5-0 lead as James Johnson connected on back-to-back shots, the second coming from long range. The Hawks responded with a 12-2 run to take a five-point lead of their own, 12-7, at the 13:50 mark. The Monmouth lead swelled to as many as seven, 21-14, on Justin Sofman's three-pointer at the 7:46 mark.
Quinnipiac then used an 8-0 run, capped by Dave Johnson's three-pointer at the 4:13 mark to take a one-point lead. The lead reached three points twice before Monmouth ended the half on a 7-0 run, capped by Coleman's three-pointer with two seconds left in the first half to give the Hawks a 31-27 lead at halftime.
James Johnson led the Bobcats with nine first-half points while Waite matched Johnson with nine points of his own.
After falling behind by six early in the second half, the Bobcats went on a 10-1 run to take a three-point lead. The Hawks fought back with a Sofman free throw and a Campbell fast-break layup to tie it at 41-41. James Hett's three-pointer put the Hawks on top 44-41, but a Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) free throw and Feldeine fast-break lay-up again tied the score, 44-44, at the 12:31 mark. But Campbell's three-pointer at the 11:53 mark put the Hawks on top for good. The Hawks later went on a 10-0 run to create separation and the Bobcats never got back to within fewer than eight points. The Monmouth lead swelled to 14 points in the final seconds.
For the game, Monmouth outshot the Bobcats, 46.3 percent (25-54) to 40.0 percent (22-55) from the floor and 63.6 percent (14-22) to 54.5 percent (12-22) from the free-throw line. Both teams shot 36.4 percent from long range, with the Hawks making 8-of-22 to the Bobcats' 4-11.
The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action Jan. 7, when they play host to preseason NEC favorite Mount St. Mary's. Opening tip of the second game of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader from the TD Bank Sports Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.