STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) contributed a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs, as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team scored a Northeast Conference victory on the road at Wagner, 71-63, Saturday night at the Spiro Sports Center. Bryan Geffen (Queens, N.Y.) scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, all on three-pointers, as the Bobcats improved to 2-0 in the NEC and 5-3 overall. The Seahawks dropped their conference opener to dip to 5-3 overall (0-1 NEC).
Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) had nine points and seven assists, extending to a streak of four games with at least seven assists.
Llewchean Radford had a team-high 17 points for Wagner, while Joey Mundweiler (12) and Michael Orock (11) also finished in double-figures. Justin Drummond had nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Seahawks opened the second half with seven of the first nine points to retake the lead, 33-32. The lead would extend to as many as three, 40-37, at the 12:02 mark before Johnson's fast-break layup gave the Bobcats the lead, 41-40, with just over 11 minutes remaining.
Following an Orock bucket on the next possession, Rutty answered with an interior bucket of his own with 10:14 remaining to give the Bobcats a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The hoop sparked an 8-0 run, including two Geffen trifectas to put the game out of reach.
The Seahawks cut the Bobcat advantage to one point on three occasions, but Quinnipiac answered each time.
After Wagner scored 11 of the first 13 points to begin the game, the Bobcats chipped away to within four, 18-14, by the 11:23 mark. Wagner converted with a Radford bucket at 11:07 to take a 20-14 lead before the Bobcats rattled off 11 unanswered points to take their largest lead of the half, 25-20, with six minutes remaining. Feldeine was responsible for half of the Bobcats scoring output with 15 first-half points as the Bobcats took a 30-26 advantage into the locker room. Radford and Orock had nine points apiece to lead the Seahawks.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Seahawks from three-point range, 53.3 percent (8-15) to 33.3 percent (5-15) and took a 35-32 advantage on the glass. Included in the rebound total were 17 offensive boards. Wagner took a 43.5 percent (20-46) to 42.6 percent (26-61) advantage from the floor and also outshot the Bobcats from the charity stripe, 69.2 percent (18-26) to 64.7 percent (11-17).
The Bobcats return to non-conference action Wednesday, when they travel to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Leede Arena.