Bryant Defeats Men's Basketball, 59-50

NEW YORK – James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) had a team-high 15 points and added nine rebounds, but the Quinnipiac men's basketball team was defeated by Bryant, 59-50, Saturday night in the consolation game of the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic. Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) added 13 points, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) contributed 11. Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) had eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Johnson was named to the Tyler Ugolyn Columbia Classic All-Tournament Team after compiling 28 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and a steal in the two-game event.

With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 2-2, while the Bulldogs improve to 1-2. The Bobcats dominated the boards, 39-25, including 16 offensive rebounds, but converted the extra possessions into just five second-chance points.

Cecil Gresham led Bryant with 21 points, while Chris Birrell added 10 and six assists. Andrew Lyell also contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

The Bobcats went cold from the field and the free throw line in the first half and trailed, 31-25, at the break. They shot just 34.5 percent (10-29) from the floor to Bryant's 55.0 percent (11-20), and connected on just 3-of-10 free-throw attempts. After a back-and-forth first 10 minutes, Justin Rutty's bucket at the 7:30 mark gave the Bobcats a one-point cushion. But the Bulldogs immediately retook the lead on Gresham's three on the ensuing possession, sparking a 10-1 run that gave Bryant its largest lead of the half, 28-20. The Bobcats never regained the lead.

Bryant extended its lead to 14 just over four minutes into the second half. The Bobcats pieced together separate runs of 7-0 and 5-0 to cut the deficit to two with 2:43 remaining in regulation on Rutty's layup. But Quinnipiac would get no closer.

For the game, Bryant outshot the Bobcats from the floor, three-point range and the free-throw line. Bryant's advantage from the floor was 48.9 percent (22-45) to 35.3 percent (18-51), while its cushion from deep was 40.9 percent (9-22) to 29.4 percent (5-17). The Bulldogs connected at 54.5 percent (6-11) to the Bobcats' 47.4 percent (9-19) from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday night, when they travel to Orono, Maine, to take on the University of Maine. Opening tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Alfond Arena.