Langston's Tip-In Propels Men's Basketball Past BU, 82-81
BOSTON - Dominique Langston (Bridgeport, Conn.) tipped in a missed Bobcats shot with 3.8 seconds left as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team outlasted Boston University, 82-81, Wednesday night at Case Gym. Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) led Quinnipiac with his 36th career double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth of the season. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 9-2, while the Terriers fall to 5-8.
Lance Brown (Teaneck, N.J.) added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Langston had 12 points. James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) contributed 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Bobcats, who outrebounded their 11th consecutive opponent to begin the season, 46-42.
BU's John Holland led all scorers with 31 points, while adding a team-high nine rebounds. Jake O'Brien (18), D.J. Irving (14) and Darryl Partin (10) also scored in double figures for the Terriers.
The teams exchanged several runs in the first half. BU established an immediate lead with seven straight points to open the game. The lead swelled to 14-4 just over four minutes in, before a Holland three-pointer made it 28-15 at the 8:48 mark. Quinnipiac responded with an 11-0 run, capped by Johnson's fast-break lay-up with 6:16 left in the half, to close to within two points, 28-26.
BU then answered with a 7-0 run to establish a nine point cushion with 4:40 left in the stanza, and the lead remained nine points, 43-34, with 1:25 left in the half. But the Bobcats closed the first half on a 7-0 run to draw to within two points, 43-41.
Quinnipiac took its first lead of the game on three Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) free throws, two at the 15:34 mark and one more with 14:28 left in regulation. The lead swelled to six when Johnson knocked down a three-pointer at the 13:06 mark. BU gradually whittled away at the lead until they went on a 12-2 run, capped by two Partin free throws to take a five-point lead, 66-61, with just over eight minutes left.
Quinnipiac scored nine of the next 13 points, and tied the game at 70-70 on Johnson's long jumper from the top of the key with 4:16 left. The teams exchanged four consecutive jumpers before Langston was fouled on a fast-break dunk attempt that eventually fell with 2:40 left, giving Quinnipiac a two-point lead, 76-74. Irving responded with a pair of free throws, before Rutty converted in the lane with 1:45 left, giving QU a 78-76 lead.
O'Brien knocked down a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Terriers a 79-78 lead with 1:28 left, before Twyman's three-point attempt wouldn't fall with just over a minute left. With BU looking to extend the advantage with the ball in Holland's hands, Johnson made a crucial steal, before driving the lane on the other end, drawing a foul. He knocked down both free throws to give the Bobcats an 80-79 lead with 37 seconds remaining.
On the other end, Irving's jumper off glass from close range wouldn't fall, but Dom Morris was at the rim for the putback, giving the Terriers an 81-80 lead with 25 seconds left. Twyman's 12-footer to the right of the lane wouldn't fall, but Langston was there for the tip-in with 3.8 seconds left.
Holland's long three from the left wing at the buzzer circled the rim, hit high off glass, touched the front of the rim and fell harmlessly to the floor, securing the Quinnipiac win.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Terriers, 43.5 percent (30-69) to 41.3 percent (26-63) from the floor. The Terriers took a 36.4 percent (8-22) to 23.5 percent (4-17) edge from long range and a 70.0 percent (21-30) to 64.3 percent (18-28) advantage from the free-throw line. Both teams took good care of the ball, with the Bobcats earning 14 assists to just six turnovers, while BU had 12 assists to just eight turnovers.
The Bobcats return to Northeast Conference action Monday, when they play host to Wagner. Opening tip from TD Bank Sports Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.