January 9, 2011

Men's Basketball Defeats Fairleigh Dickinson, 66-56

HACKENSACK, N.J. - Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) had a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 66-56, Saturday afternoon at Stratis Arena. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 11-3 (3-1 NEC), while the Knights fall to 3-10 (2-2 NEC).

Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) added 14 points for the Bobcats, while Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.

Terence Grier had a game-high 20 points for Fairleigh Dickinson, while Mike Scott added 12 points. Kamil Svrdlik had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Twyman hit a jumper at the 19:13 mark of the first half to open the scoring and the Bobcats never trailed. The Bobcats took their largest lead of the half on a Twyman jumper with 54 seconds left in the half, before Grier connected with 29 seconds left to account for the 31-21 margin at the half.

The Bobcats forced FDU into 11 turnovers, while committing just three of their own in the first half. Twyman led Quinnipiac with nine points. Grier paced the Knights with six points.

The Bobcats extended their lead to 15 at the 17-minute mark of the second half and the Knights could never draw closer than seven points the rest of the way, when Grier connected on a lay-up with 2:31 remaining.

For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Knights, 46.3 percent (25-54) to 36.5 percent (19-52) from the floor. The Knights took a 30.0 percent (3-10) to 22.2 percent (2-9) edge from long range and a 57.7 percent (15-26) to 51.9 percent (14-27) advantage from the charity stripe. The Knights outrebounded the Bobcats, 39-35, becoming the first team to take more rebounds than Quinnipiac in a game this season. Quinnipiac took great care of the ball, turning it over just five times to the Knigths' 18 turnovers.

The Bobcats return to action Thursday, when they play host to Bryant. Opening tip from the TD Bank Sports Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.