HAMDEN, Conn. James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated by Wagner, 75-66, Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 13-15 (9-8 NEC), while the Seahawks improve to 15-13 (7-10 NEC).
The Bobcats will begin the NEC Tournament on the road as either the No. 5 or 6 seed, depending on the outcome of Saturday's pairing with Central Connecticut. A win would clinch a trip to Brooklyn, N.Y., to face fourth-seeded Long Island, while a loss would lead to a match-up at Long Island, Mount St. Mary's or Sacred Heart, depending on other outcomes around the league.
Bryan Geffen (Queens, N.Y.) scored 14 points and added six rebounds, while Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) narrowly missed out on a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Justin Drummond completed a double-double with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also added four assists. Joey Mundweiler added 18 points (5-11 3-pt. FG), while Llew Radford scored 10 points.
For the game, the Seahawks outshot the Bobcats, 47.5 percent (28-59) to 37.9 percent (22-58) from the floor, and 47.4 percent (9-19) to 25.0 percent (4-16) from long range. The Bobcats took a 64.3 percent (18-28) to 55.6 percent (10-18) edge from the free throw line and a 39-37 advantage on the boards.
The Bobcats started the game strong, scoring 11 of the first 15 points to take an early seven-point lead. But the Seahawks battled back to tie the game at 20-20 with 7:30 remaining in the first half. After the Bobcats retook a four point lead, 24-20, the Seahawks went on an 8-0 run, including a pair of Mundweiler three-pointers, and the Bobcats never again held a lead.
After trailing by seven at halftime and watching the Seahawks score the second half's first seven points to establish a 14-point lead, Quinnipiac battled all the way back to tie the game, 60-60, on Rutty's jumper in the paint with 4:34 to go in regulation. Following two T.J. Czeski free throws for Wagner, Geffen connected on a jumper in the paint to again tie the game at 62-62 with 3:55 remaining.
The Bobcats attempted a pair of shots that would've given them the lead, but neither would fall and the Seahawks scored nine of the next 11 points to put the game out of reach.
The Bobcats conclude regular-season action Saturday, when they play host to intrastate conference foe Central Connecticut. Opening tip of the game regionally-televised on NESN is scheduled for 4:02 p.m. Prior to the game, the Bobcats will honor their senior class as part of Senior Day ceremonies.