HAMDEN, Conn. Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) scored a career-high 20 points to lead four Bobcats in double figures as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 78-62, Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. With the win, the Bobcats take over sole possession of the fifth position in the NEC standings at 12-14 (8-7 NEC). The Knights fall to 7-20 (6-10 NEC).
Bryan Geffen (Queens, N.Y.) contributed 14 points, including four three-pointers, while Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) and James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) rounded out the Quinnipiac double-figure scorers with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Eric Coggins (Syracuse, N.Y.) had a career day, establishing a new high in points (nine) and tying his career high in rebounds (six). Steve Robinson (New York, N.Y.) added a career-high five assists.
Cameron Tyler led the Knights with 17 points, while John Galvin added a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Sean Baptiste, who torched the Bobcats with a career-high 37 points in the teams' prior meeting Jan. 3, was held to just 11.
The Bobcats took a seven-point lead early on, but the Knights closed the deficit to one, 23-22, at the 8:11 mark of the first half. Quinnipiac countered with a 9-0 run to build a double-digit lead, and extended to a 17-point cushion by the end of the initial stanza. Baker led the Bobcats with 13 first-half points, while Geffen added 11. Tyler paced the Knights with 11 points at the break.
Momentum continued to be on the Bobcats' side in the second half, despite the halftime break. Quinnipiac scored the first six points of the second half to build the lead to 23 points, 50-27, at the 17:53 mark. The lead extended to 26 points on two occasions and the Bobcats never again led by fewer than 15 points.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Knights, 44.4 percent (32-72) to 37.7 percent (20-53) from the floor and 41.2 percent (7-17) to 14.3 percent (1-7) from long range. Quinnipiac also outrebounded Fairleigh Dickinson, 44-38, including a 20-11 advantage on the offensive glass. The Bobcats dished out a season-high 22 assists.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on Long Island University. The game, which can be seen live on MSG, is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m.