NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) compiled his first double-double of the year with 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Yale, 71-64, Saturday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. 10 of Rutty's 14 rebounds came on the offensive glass. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 2-1, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-3.
"Justin was immense," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore. "The toll that he takes on a defensive team sometimes doesn't even measure up in stats, although tonight it did. 10 offensive rebounds in one game. There are probably 180 or 200 games in college basketball this weekend. You might not get another kid in the country to get you 10 offensive rebounds in a game."
Led by Rutty's performance on the glass, the Bobcats outrebounded the Bulldogs, 53-30, for the game. James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored 14 points, including eight-for-eight shooting from the free-throw line, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) added 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, and was also perfect from the free-throw line with four straight down the stretch to help put the game out of reach. Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) also grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Yale's Alex Zampier scored a game-high 29 points on 12-22 shooting, while Michael Sands also added 10 points for the Bulldogs.
Rutty was dominant on the offensive glass in the first half, turning seven offensive rebounds into 14 points to lead all scorers. His nine rebounds overall were also a first-half high. Zampier led Yale with 12 points.
After the teams exchanged a pair of buckets each in the opening two minutes of the first half, Rutty's first bucket of the game at the 17:57 mark gave the Bobcats a lead they would never relinquish. The Quinnipiac lead swelled to as many nine points twice in the first half before the Bobcats took a seven-point advantage into the locker room.
Paul Nelson's free throw at the 15:52 mark of the second half cut the Bobcats' lead to six. But five different Bobcats scored field goals in an 11-0 run to stretch the lead to 17, Quinnipiac's largest lead of the game.
The Bulldogs wouldn't go down without a fight, however. Yale immediately followed the Quinnipiac run with an 8-0 run of its own. Yale continued to whittle away at the Bobcats' lead, cutting it to four on a Zampier three-pointer with 37 seconds left. But the free-throw shooting of Feldeine and Johnson prevented the Bulldogs from drawing any closer.
For the game, Yale outshot the Bobcats, 40.3 percent (25-62) to 39.1 percent (25-64), from the floor, while Quinnipiac took a 79.2 (19-24) to 68.8 percent (11-16) advantage from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats return to action Tuesday, when they travel to Orono, Maine, to face the University of Maine. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Harold Alfond Sports Arena.