January 9, 2010

Men's Basketball Defeats Wagner, 78-66

HAMDEN, Conn. - James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored a team-high 20 points and Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) grabbed 11 rebounds, passing Bill Romano '02 as the Quinnipiac Division I rebounding leader, as the Bobcats defeated Wagner, 78-66, in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 8-6 (3-1 NEC), while the Seahawks fall to 2-15 (0-4 NEC). The Bobcats outshot the Seahawks, 52.9 percent (27-51) to 41.9 percent (26-62) from the floor, and outrebounded their 14th consecutive opponent, this time by a 35-33 margin.

James Feldeine Honored for Scoring 1000 Points

James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) contributed 17 points, tying his career high. Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) also had 11 points, while Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) also added 10 points. Rutty narrowly missed a double-double with nine points to go along with his 11 boards. Rutty now stands at 590 career rebounds, besting Romano's 580.

"He's in the midst of having a brilliant career for us and I'm so excited that we still have hopefully 50-something games with him over the next year and a half or two," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore of Rutty. "It's so much fun to see his continued development."

Michael Orock led Wagner with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Chris Martin had 14 points and Tyler Murray contributed 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Following a back-and-forth first six minutes of the first half, the Bobcats used an 8-0 run to extend to a 12-point lead, 30-18, capped by Johnson's lay-up at the 8:54 mark. But the Seahawks went on a 13-0 run and outscored the Bobcats, 20-5, to close the first half with a 38-35 advantage. Johnson led all first-half scorers with 13 points, while Orock and Martin each finished the first half in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Quinnipiac scored the first six points of the second half to retake a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Feldeine made a pair of jumpers to begin the period, including one on the fast break at the 18:39 mark that put the Bobcats on top for good at 39-38. The Seahawks closed to within two on Martin's fast-break jumper at the 15:05 mark, but the Bobcats scored 15 of the next 18 points to extend to a double-digit lead. Feldeine scored six points in the run, including a pair of buckets while being fouled. The lead swelled to its high point of 17 points, 66-49, at the 5:25 mark on a Baker lay-up while being fouled. The Seahawks could get no closer than to within 10 points the rest of the way.

For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Seahawks, 44.4 percent (4-9) to 38.1 percent (8-21) from long range. The Seahawks entered the game as the NEC leaders in three-point field-goal percentage defense, having held opponents to 27.4 percent from long range. Quinnipiac also took a 71.4 percent (20-28) to 50.0 percent (6-12) advantage from the free-throw line, the second straight game the Bobcats have connected on at least 20 free throws.

The Bobcats return to action Monday night, when they play host to Brown in Quinnipiac's final non-conference game of the 2009-10 regular season. Opening tip from the TD Bank Sports Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.