BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) scored a game-high 20 points as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 74-60, Thursday night at Peter Aquilone Court. With the win, the Bobcats move to 15-7 (7-4 NEC), while the Terriers fall to 10-12 (5-6 NEC).
James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) narrowly missed a double-double with 16 points and a season-high nine rebounds. He also dished out a team-high four assists. Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) added 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, while Lance Brown (Teaneck, N.J.) contributed six points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Bobcats shot over 50 percent (51.9, 28-54) for the second consecutive game. The Bobcats outrebounded St. Francis, 50-30, accounting for their fifth 50-rebound game this season.
Ricky Cadell paced the Terriers with 16 points, despite shooting 4-for-16 from the floor. Travis Nichols also added 15 points.
After St. Francis scored the game's first points, a Dre Calloway bucket, Twyman countered with a three-pointer and the Bobcats wouldn't trail again. After a Nichols jumper made it 16-13 Quinnipiac, the Bobcats reeled off a 7-0 run to take a 23-13 lead. The lead eventually swelled to 13 points, 33-20, on Jamee Jackson's (Newark, N.J.) jumper in the paint at the 2:35 mark. But the Terriers closed the half on a 9-0 run to cut the Bobcats' advantage to four at 33-29 to conclude the initial stanza.
Twyman led the Bobcats with 10 points at the break, while Nichols paced the Terriers with 10 points. The Bobcats shot 55.6 percent (15-27) from the floor in the first half to the Terriers' 37.5 percent (12-32).
St. Francis extended the run to 11-0 with the second half's first three points to close to within one point, 33-32, but would get no closer. Quinnipiac went on an 11-2 run to make it a double-digit advantage, and gradually extended the lead to as many as 18 points on a free throw by Raheem May-Thompson (London, England) with 39 seconds left in regulation.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Terriers, 51.9 percent (28-54) to 33.3 percent (21-63) from the floor, 40.0 percent (4-10) to 26.3 percent (5-19) from long range and 70.0 percent (14-20) to 50.0 percent (13-26) from the free-throw line. Led by two blocks apiece from Rutty, Jackson and Tevin Baskin (Stamford, Conn.), the Bobcats rejected seven shots.
Quinnipiac continues NEC action in Brooklyn Saturday, when it faces league-leading Long Island. Opening tip from Wellness, Recreation and Athletics Center is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.