NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) and Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) led a balanced Quinnipiac attack as the Bobcats men's basketball team cruised to a 76-45 victory over Central Connecticut, Thursday night at Detrick Gym. The 31-point margin is the largest victory for the Bobcats against CCSU, easily besting the prior high of 16 points in the 1961-62 season. Quinnipiac moved to 10-6 (4-1 NEC), while CCSU fell to 4-12 (1-4 NEC).
James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) added 12 points for the Bobcats and James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) had 10. Twyman also added a game-high five assists for Quinnipiac, which outshot the Blue Devils, 52.6 percent (30-57) to 29.2 percent (14-48) from the floor. The Bobcats have now shot over 50.0 percent in each of the past three games.
"I was obviously happy with the 40 minutes of defense that we played," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore. "We've had some pretty good defensive efforts so far this year. We're number one in the league in field-goal percentage defense. We take a lot of pride in it - that, and our rebounding. But we've had games where we've played 20 minutes of defense, 25 or 30, but tonight, I really think we played 40. I was very pleased with our alertness, our toughness, our communication on defense and just the intelligence our guys had in taking the scouting report from how we tried to stop them out onto the court."
Shemik Thompson led CCSU with 12 points, while Joe Seymore added 10 points.
The Bobcats immediately jumped out to an 11-0 lead to begin the game, led by a pair of buckets by Jonathan Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.). The Blue Devils scored 15 of the next 23 points to pull to within four points on Shemik Thompson's bucket at the 7:13 mark. But a 12-2 run, facilitated by five points each from Twyman and Feldeine, gave the Bobcats a 14-point lead that they'd maintain heading into the locker room for halftime. The game would never get any closer.
Twyman led all scorers at the half with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting, while Feldeine added seven points for Quinnipiac. Thompson and Joe Seymore had seven points each to lead CCSU. The Bobcats outshot the Blue Devils, 57.7 percent (15-26) to 26.1 percent (6-23) from the floor in the initial stanza. An 8-for-10 performance from the free-throw line helped CCSU keep the game within reason, as compared to the Bobcats' 1-for-2 effort.
Quinnipiac again reeled off a 12-2 run, this time to begin the second half, and push the lead into the 20's in the early going final stanza. Later, an 8-0 run, including consecutive buckets from Baker - the latter a three - pushed the lead into the 30's. Kevin Tarca (Skillman, N.J.) got into the act, burying a three-pointer with 58 seconds left to account for his first career points and the final 76-45 margin.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Blue Devils, 52.6 percent (30-57) to 29.2 percent (14-48) from the floor, 63.6 percent (7-11) to 27.3 percent (3-11) from long range, and 75.0 percent (9-12) to 58.3 percent (14-24) from the free-throw line. The Bobcats had 17 assists to just nine turnovers as compared to the Blue Devils' four assists to 14 turnovers.
The Bobcats return to NEC action Saturday afternoon, when they travel to Smithfield, R.I., to take on Bryant. Opening tip from the Chace Athletic Center is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.