HAMDEN, Conn. James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) and Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) scored 15 points apiece, but the Quinnipiac men's basketball team was defeated by Binghamton, 74-58, Monday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) had a game-high seven assists, all in the first half, while Edward Zajac (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) had a game-high eight rebounds. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 3-3, while the Bearcats improved to 3-2.
D.J. Rivera and Dwayne Jackson paced Binghamton with 17 points apiece, while Reggie Fuller (12) and Malik Alvin (11) also finished in double-figures.
Neither team could create separation in the first half, with the largest lead being the Bearcats' four-point advantage, 19-15, with 11:44 remaining. The Bobcats followed with a 10-3 run to take their largest lead, 25-22, at the 4:51 mark. The lead changed hands twice in the final minutes with Quinnipiac taking a one-point lead into the break.
Johnson led the Bobcats offense effectively with seven first-half assists, including helpers on Quinnipiac's first five buckets (11 points). But perhaps the more telling stat to the remainder of the contest was the three first-half fouls he picked up, the last coming on a push-off with the ball in his possession and the shot clock turned off (26 seconds remaining).
He'd be whistled for his fourth personal less than two minutes into the second half, securing his spot on the bench for nearly five minutes. He left the contest with the Bobcats clinging to a one-point lead. When Johnson returned, the Bobcats were trailing by five. Quinnipiac, which suited up only seven scholarship players Monday, never recaptured its offensive punch. Binghamton built an 11-point lead with a 10-2 run and the advantage grew to as many as 18 points in the final minute.
For the game, Binghamton outshot the Bobcats from the floor, 43.3 percent (26-60) to 40.4 percent (19-47), and 36.8 percent (7-19) to 22.2 percent (2-9) from beyond the three-point arc. The Bearcats also took a 65.2 percent (15-23) to 56.3 percent (18-32) advantage from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac outrebounded Binghamton, 39-35.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they open Northeast Conference play against Monmouth. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.