HAMDEN, Conn. Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) compiled his third consecutive double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated by Mount St. Mary's, 60-42, Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 8-12 (4-6 NEC), while the defending NEC Tournament Champion Mountaineers improve to 12-9 (7-3 NEC).
James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored 11 points to extend his double-digit scoring streak to 21 games, including all 20 this season. The Mount's Jeremy Goode scored a game-high 19 points and made five steals, while Kelly Beidler added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Shawn Atupem matched Beidler's rebound total in 25 minutes off the bench.
"(Mount St. Mary's) is very athletic and a very tough defensive team," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore. "Milan does a very good job. He's done a very good job building their team from defense to offense. We were played on the perimeter by three of the best defensive wings in the league. Offensively, we we're trying to shorten the game to get our core three or four guys to the finish line in one piece and better our chances to pull off an upset. That's a two-edge coin because, as a head coach with short preparation, to play a delay game, a slow-down game, a lot of time at the end of the shot clock you can lull yourself to sleep. They made us look like a very unaggressive team tonight."
The Bobcats jumped out to a 10-2 lead by the 14:37 mark of the first half, but the Mountaineers quickly countered with an 8-0 run to pull even at 10-10 with 11:36 left in the first half. Goode's fast-break layup with 8:20 gave the Mount its first lead, 17-16, at the 8:20 mark. Quinnipiac retook the lead, 20-19, on a Rutty bucket in the paint with 6:55 left in the first, but Markus Mitchell's layup on the ensuing Mount possession gave the Mountaineers the lead for good at the 6:33 mark.
The Mountaineers took their largest lead of the half, 29-23, into the locker room for halftime. Rutty led all first-half scorers with 10 points to go along with eight rebounds. Goode led the Mount with seven points and three steals.
The Bobcats drew no closer than to within six points in the second half as the Mountaineers' lead ballooned to its high-point, 60-40, with 1:11 remaining in regulation.
For the game, the Mountaineers outshot the Bobcats, 38.2 percent (21-55) to 34.7 percent (17-49) from the floor, 36.8 percent (7-19) to 20.0 percent (2-10) from beyond the three-point arc, and 91.7 percent (11-12) to 46.2 percent (6-13) from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac outrebounded the Mount, 38-35.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they play host to Long Island. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the TD Banknorth Sports Center.