WEST HARTFORD, Conn. Freshman DeAndre' Bynum (Memphis, Tenn.) and senior Bryan Geffen (Queens, N.Y.) hit pivotal three-pointers down the stretch as the Quinnipiac men's basketball team came from behind to defeat the University of Hartford, 63-62, Friday night at the Chase Arena. Junior James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) paced the Bobcats with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) also compiled a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Rutty's block of Hartford guard Joe Zeglinski's last-second field-goal attempt sealed the victory for the Bobcats.
With the win, the Bobcats open the 2008-09 campaign at 1-0. Also playing its season opener, Hartford falls to 0-1. The Bobcats defense held First-Team All-America East selection Joe Zeglinski (16.2 points per game in 2007-08) to just two points. Zeglinski was held to under 10 points just three times last season, scoring nine points in two of those games and six in the other.
Michael Turner led the Hawks with 15 points, while Anthony Minor and Jaret von Rosenberg also scored in double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. von Rosenberg dished out a game-high six assists.
The Bobcats trailed by as many as six points with less than nine minutes remaining in the second half. Geffen gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game on three-pointer with 1:54 remaining. After a von Rosenberg layup knotted the game at 60-60, Bynum responded on the ensuing possession, burying a trifecta from the right wing to put the Bobcats up for good.
Turner converted a pair of free throws with 47 seconds remaining to cut the Hartford deficit to one point, while James Johnson's (Queens, N.Y.) floater on the Bobcats' next possession wouldn't fall, leaving the door open for the Hawks. But Rutty's block ended the home fans' hope of a season-opening victory.
The Bobcats outshot the Hawks in field-goal percentage, 44.1 percent (26-59) to 39.3 percent (24-61), while also outrebounding the Hawks, 46-31. Included in the 46 boards were 17 on the offensive glass.
The Bobcats play their home-opener, Monday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center, when they play host to Army. The opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.