March 15, 2011

Men's Basketball Falls To Buffalo, 75-68, In CollegeInsider.com Tournament Opener

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) had 14 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated by Buffalo, 75-68, in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament opener Monday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the loss, the Bobcats conclude the season at 22-10, while the Bulls improve to 19-13 and advance to face an opponent to be determined.

Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) finished with 13 points and seven rebounds to round out a prolific career with 1,521 points and a Northeast Conference record 1,032 rebounds. James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) had a game-high 17 points, while Raheem May-Thompson (London, England) had a career-high 14 points, more than doubling his previous season and career high of six.

Zach Filzen led Buffalo with 17 points, while Mitchell Watt (16) and Dave Barnett (15) were close behind.

A back-and-forth first half that saw 12 lead changes and 11 ties concluded with Buffalo leading by four points, 33-29, when Jarod Oldham's jumper at the buzzer was counted by officials, leaving fans and Quinnipiac coaches alike in uproar, believing it had come after the halftime horn sounded. The Bobcats led by as many as three points on May-Thompson's lay-up with 8:07 remaining and held their final lead of the game on Twyman's jumper with just under four minutes left in the first half.

Two Oldham free throws at the 3:43 mark tied the game at 28-28, before Barnett and Rutty traded free throws. Two from the charity stripe from Watt with 35 seconds remaining in the first half provided Buffalo a lead it would not relinquish.

After Quinnipiac cut the deficit to two on a May-Thompson jumper with 17:19 left in regulation, Buffalo scored 12 of the next 14 points to push its lead to 12 points, 50-38, on a Filzen trifecta with 13:14 remaining. Quinnipiac battled back to within five points on two occasions, but would get no closer.

For the game, Buffalo outshot the Bobcats, 40.3 percent (25-62) to 36.8 percent (25-68) from the floor and 73.1 percent (19-26) to 55.0 percent (11-20) from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac took a 41.2 percent (7-17) to 31.6 percent (6-19) edge from beyond the arc and a 48-44 advantage on the boards. Quinnipiac dished out 21 assists, tying its season high.