Men's Basketball Falls At Saint Francis (Pa.), 73-68

LORETTO, Pa. - James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) and Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) each compiled double-doubles, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated by Saint Francis (Pa.), 73-68, Thursday night at DeGol Arena. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 18-8 (12-3 NEC), while the Red Flash improves to 10-16 (8-7 NEC).

Feldeine scored a game-high 21 points to go along with a career-high 12 rebounds, while Rutty scored 14 points and 16 rebounds. Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) added 10 points for the Bobcats, while James Johnson contributed nine points and a game-high six assists.

Will Felder led Saint Francis (Pa.) with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Devin Sweetney (13), Cedric Latimer (12) and Chris Johnson (11) also scored in double-figures for the Red Flash.

"Most of the time, what usually happens in basketball games is the team that plays harder and plays with more purpose throughout the game wins," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore. "Saint Francis played much harder and with much more purpose over the full 40 minutes. That's a tribute to them and their coaching staff and their kids."

Saint Francis built an eight-point lead before a Twyman free throw, followed by and jumpers from Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) and Twyman cut the deficit down to three with 1:59 left. But Felder answered with 46 seconds left to put the Red Flash up by six and effectively end the Bobcats' threat.

For the game, the Red Flash outshot the Bobcats, 43.8 percent (21-48) to 32.8 percent (22-67) from the floor and 38.9 percent (7-18) to 25.0 percent (5-20) from long range. The Bobcats took an 82.6 percent (19-23) to 70.6 percent (24-34) advantage from the free-throw line, and outrebounded the Red Flash, 50-33.

The Bobcats continue their Western Pennsylvania road trip when they face Robert Morris, Saturday night in Moon Township, Pa. Opening tip from the Sewall Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Bobcats built a 17-point lead in the first half and led by as many as 15 points early in the second stanza. The Red Flash slowly whittled away at the Bobcats' advantage, before going on a 11-0 run, capped by a Chris Johnson free throw at the 7:49 mark, to take a three-point lead that they wouldn't relinquish. Feldeine cut the deficit to one with a pair of free throws at the 7:20 mark, but the Bobcats would get no closer.