JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team suffered its second MAAC loss of the season on Sunday afternoon as the Bobcats fell to Saint Peter's University, 74-67, at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City. With the loss, Quinnipiac dropped to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in league play with the hosting Peacocks improving to 6-9 on the year and 2-4 in conference competition.
Ousmane Drame (Boston, Mass.) led the Bobcats with 17 points and 14 rebounds to pick up his 14th career double-double. He matched a season high on the glass while adding three blocks to his stat line. Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) notched his 36th career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Azotam had seven offensive rebounds to up his season average to 5.2 – serving as the nation's second best figure.
The contest featured a physical battle from the opening whistle, which might have taken its toll on offensive production. Both teams shot around 34 percent from the floor, but the game's difference came from behind the arc and the charity stripe. SPU knocked down eight threes (8-22) and earned a plus-seven edge on the free-throw line.
Saint Peter's did its damage in the first half, opening the game on an 11-2 run and then closing the half on an 11-5 run. The Peacocks carried a 32-20 lead into the locker room at the break after holding Quinnipiac to 22.2 percent shooting. Chris Burke registered a half-high of nine points, with two others adding seven for the Peacocks.
Quinnipiac put together a 12-6 burst over the next seven minutes to cut its deficit in half, and make it a two possession game. However, Saint Peter's always seemed to have an answer with a clutch basket, or by forcing a key QU turnover, which ultimately prohibited the comeback bid. SPU maintained a multiple possession lead for the remainder of the game.
Saint Peter's was led by 18 points from Chris Burke and 17 points from Marvin Dominique. Trevis Wyche added 16 points and Desi Washington had 14. Washington went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line with most of them coming in the waning minutes.
Quinnipiac won the battle on the glass for the 47th straight game, holding a 49-41 advantage by night's end. The Bobcats hauled in 21 offensive rebounds and converted them into 18 second chance points. QU also held a 40-16 advantage in the paint.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 with a home game against Monmouth. The Bobcats and the Hawks square off for the second time in two weeks on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
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