Jackson Drops 20; Men's Basketball Defeats Vermont, 62-58, In Defensive Showdown

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) finished with 20 points on Sunday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team handed the University of Vermont a home loss, 62-58, at Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington. With the win, the Bobcats climbed back over the .500 mark at 5-4, while the hosting Catamounts fell to 4-6 on the season.

With the Bobcats ahead by one with 2:33 showing on the clock, James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) silenced the crowd with a deep three-point field goal to give the Bobcats a 57-53 lead. After a Catamount free-throw from Brian Voelkel, senior Garvey Young (Washington, D.C.), who returned to Vermont for the first time since transferring after his sophomore year, then pushed the lead to five with a pull-up jumper on the left block with 42 seconds left. UVM ran out of time and couldn't overcome the deficit, suffering its fourth loss in a row.

Jackson was dominant in all facets of the game, adding seven rebounds and two steals to his stat line. He finished 8-of-15 from the floor, 4-of-5 from the charity stripe and was stellar behind the ball as well. James Johnson recorded 13 points, including two tallies from behind the arc. Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and Young each finished with eight points and combined for 12 rebounds. Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) chimed in with six points, Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) added four and Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) registered a career-high 14 rebounds.

The game never saw a lead larger than six points, which the Catamounts earned in the first half. However, the Bobcats rallied off an 11-6 run in the final six minutes of the opening stanza to trail by just one at the break. 

Contrary to the first half where the two teams combined for a total of 10 fouls, the second half featured a physical battle underneath. In the latter frame, 22 fouls were called, 13 against the visiting Bobcats. Azotam was sent to the bench after his fourth foul with nine minutes left in regulation.  

However, poor free-throw shooting plagued the Catamounts down the stretch, as the team connected on just 8-17 in the second half. The missed freebees allowed the Bobcats to regain the lead with 4:19 left in the game, an advantage they would not relinquish. 

QU used a plus-nine edge on the boards for the game, collecting 42 of them including 16 on the offensive end. The Bobcats shot 39.7 percent from the floor and went 10-of-15 from the free-throw line. The Catamounts shot 46 percent from the field, but just 1-of-13 from behind the arc. 

Four players on Vermont registered double-figures on the afternoon. Brian Voelkel led all Catamounts with 12, Josh Elbaum added 11 and Luke Apfeld and Brendan Bald finished with 10.

Quinnipiac will now take some time away from the court to focus on finals before returning for its next contest. The Bobcats don't return to the hardword until Saturday, December 11 with a non-conference affair at UMass. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Amherst, Mass. NESN will broadcast the game live. 

Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu