STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored a game-high 21 points and Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) recorded his 20th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Wagner, 66-57, Thursday night at the Spiro Sports Center. Feldeine also added eight rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Bobcats (14-6, 8-1 NEC) won their eighth straight game. The Seahawks fell to 3-19 (1-8 NEC) with the loss.
Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats, who outrebounded their 20th consecutive opponent with a 41-38 edge on the boards. Quinnipiac committed fewer than 10 turnovers for the fifth time in the last six games, handing it over just eight times on the night.
Danny Mundweiler scored all of his team-high 10 points consecutively in the second half for Wagner. T.J. Czeski added eight points and Tyler Murray and Chris Martin had seven points apiece.
After the Seahawks established an early six-point lead, Quinnipiac went on a 10-0 run, capped by Feldeine's three-point play at the 9:21 mark, to take a four-point lead. The teams went back-and-forth the rest of the first half with the Bobcats maintaining the four-point advantage going into the locker room.
Feldeine led all first-half scorers with nine points, while Rutty added eight. Martin paced Wagner with seven points.
After Jonathan Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) began the second half with a layup to extend the Bobcats' lead to six points, Doug Elwell and Czeski hit back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game, 31-31, less than a minute into the period. But Rutty made one-of-two free throws to spark an 11-0 Quinnipiac run and the Bobcats never trailed again.
The Seahawks drew to within two points on Mundweiler's three-pointer at the 8:38 mark. But a long jumper from Feldeine and a Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) three-pointer from the corner extinguished the Wagner run. The Seahawks would draw no closer than four points the rest of the way.
For the game, Wagner outshot the Bobcats, 39.3 percent (22-56) to 35.7 percent (20-56) from the floor, and 41.2 percent (7-17) to 28.6 percent (2-7) from long range. The Bobcats took a 72.7 percent (24-33) to 54.5 percent (6-11) advantage from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac outrebounded Wagner, 41-38, and committed just eight turnovers to the Seahawks' 17. 10 of the Seahawks' 17 turnovers resulted in Quinnipiac steals.
The Bobcats return to NEC action Saturday, when they travel to Emmitsburg, Md., to face Mount St. Mary's. Opening tip from Knott Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.