HANOVER, N.H. - James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.), Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) and Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) scored 15 points apiece as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Dartmouth, 69-52, Tuesday night at Leede Arena. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 3-1, while the Big Green fall to 1-4.
Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) added eight points, while Lance Brown (Teaneck, N.J.) added seven points, all in the second half. Brown was playing his first game as a Bobcat after receiving a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately, following his transfer from Fordham in the spring. Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) had a game-high 10 rebounds.
David Rufful led Dartmouth with 11 points and six rebounds, while teammate Kirk Crecco also added 11 points.
The Bobcats opened the game with the first four points, part of a 15-2 run from the outset, and never trailed. Twyman scored eight points in the span, and all 11 of his first-half points in the first 10 minutes. Dartmouth countered with a 14-3 run to close to within two points at 18-16 at the 7:07 mark. Two-point buckets from James and Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) and Azotam pushed the Quinnipiac advantage back to six points at 24-18.
Two more Azotam buckets, along with a pair of James Johnson free throws pushed the Quinnipiac advantage to 10 points at 30-20 with 3:05 remaining in the half. But the Big Green scored seven of the last 10 points, including an R.J. Griffin three-pointer at the buzzer, to close to within six points, 33-27, at the half.
Twyman led all scorers at the break with 11 points, while Azotam had nine for the Bobcats. Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) had a first-half-high six rebounds at the break. Bertasius had eight points and four rebounds for the Big Green.
The Big Green drew to within two points on Rufful's bucket at the 15:33 mark of the second half, but would get no closer. The Bobcats gradually built a lead as large as 20 points with 2:04 left in regulation.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Big Green, 43.9 percent (25-57) to 36.5 percent (19-52) from the field and 46.7 percent (7-15) to 22.2 percent (4-18) from three-point range. The Bobcats outrebounded the Big Green, 43-30. The Big Green won the free-throw battle, 66.7 percent (10-15) to 57.1 percent (12-21).
The Bobcats return to action Monday, when they play host to the University of Maine. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.