BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team held St. Francis (N.Y.) to just 25.4 percent shooting (16-63) to cruise past the Terriers, 70-44, Thursday night at Peter Aquilone Court. Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with 20 points. James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) added 17, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Louis Brookins (Silver Spring, Md.) had a season-high 11 rebounds.
With the win, the Bobcats improve to 8-8 (4-2 NEC), while the Terriers fall to 4-12 (2-4 NEC). In holding the Terriers to 25.4 percent from the floor, a Quinnipiac opponent shot under 30.0 percent for first time since Jan. 5, 2004 (Division III Manhattanville). The last time the Bobcats allowed less than 50 points was Dec. 2, 2005, at Cornell. After holding Saint Francis (Pa.) to 32.0 percent in the second half, Jan. 10, the Bobcats have held opponents to 27.2 percent (24-88) during the last 60 minutes of basketball.
Ricky Cadell matched Rutty's game-high with 20 points for St. Francis. The Terriers had no answer for Rutty in the second half, as the NEC's field-goal percentage leader made all seven of his attempts in the stanza. Meanwhile, the Bobcats held the Terriers' second and third-leading active scorers, Stefan Perunicic (12.1 ppg) and Jamaal Womack (8.1 ppg), scoreless.
The Bobcats emerged from a first-half defensive struggle on top by 10 points, 29-19, at the break. Quinnipiac held the Terriers to just 21.9 percent (7-32), while shooting 38.7 percent (12-31) themselves. Feldeine led all first-half scorers with 11 points, while Cadell led the Terriers with eight.
Momentum swayed back and forth for the first 15 minutes, at which point the Bobcats held an 18-16 advantage. But five different Bobcats scored during an 11-0 run spanning the next three-and-a-half minutes to give Quinnipiac a 29-16 advantage at the 1:28 mark. Rocco Rubino banked in a three from the wing with 57 seconds remaining to account of for the 29-19 halftime score.
The Bobcats scored 13 of the first 18 points in the second half to push the advantage to 18 points, 42-24, by the 14:05 mark. The lead extended to as many as 26 on Johnson's deep three-pointer at the 3:36 mark. The teams exchanged a pair of buckets in the final minutes as the Bobcats took the 26-point victory.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Terriers, 48.4 percent (30-62) to 25.4 percent (16-63) from the floor, and 29.4 percent (5-17) to 16.0 percent (4-25) from three-point range. The Terriers outshot the Bobcats, 53.3 percent (8-15) to 41.7 percent (5-12) from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac outrebounded the Terriers, grabbing a season-high 51 boards, besting the Terriers' 34 rebounds.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they continue south to West Long Branch, N.J., to take on Monmouth. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Boylan Gym.