HAMDEN, Conn. – Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) each finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday afternoon, but Sacred Heart University fended off a late Bobcat charge and earned an 80-74 decision at the TD Bank Sports Center.
Quinnipiac received double-doubles from two different players for the first time this season, but it was SHU's Shane Gibson who poured in a game-high 31 points to lift the visiting Pioneers. SHU improved to 5-10 overall and 3-1 in the NEC, while the hosting Bobcats fell to 5-10 overall, 1-3 in league play.
Trailing by three points at the break, Quinnipiac surrendered a 32-15 run through the second half which was capped off by a Louis Montes free-throw with 7:33 seconds remaining. The next seven minutes belonged to Quinnipiac, as the home team flourished with a 9-0 run, followed by a 24-17 run – leaving a mere four-point advantage for the Pioneers.
Unfortunately, the dwindling clock played against the Bobcats and Gibson knocked down his free-throws ending Quinnipiac's comeback bid. Gibson finished 9-of-9 from the line, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the final minute.
Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) led the Bobcats offensively with a season-high 17 points – going 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. Azotam, Jackson and Hearst each chipped in with 10 points and Evan Conti (Bayside, N.Y.) added nine. Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) and James Ford, Jr. (Hopewell, Va.) finished with seven apiece – while combining for a total of 12 rebounds.
Quinnipiac controlled the backboards, 45-35, and the paint 34-29, but left 13 at the free-throw line (14-27, 51.9 percent). SHU made 45.5 percent of its field goals compared to 39.7 percent from the hosting Bobcats.
The Bobcats have dropped three straight to the Pioneers, falling to 23-40 all-time and 14-14 in the Division I era. The three-game losing streak follows a five game winning streak.
Gibson, who entered the game as the NEC's fifth best scorer, was 9-of-18 from the field in 33 minutes of action. Steve Glowiak and Louis Montes aided the attack with 21 and 12 points, respectively.
The Bobcats are back in action on Monday, January 14 with the first of three straight games on the road. Quinnipiac takes on Hampton (Va.) in its final non-conference game, before heading to Pennsylvania for Saint Francis (Pa.) on January 17 and Robert Morris on January 19. All three games will begin at 7 p.m.
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