Rhode Island Defeats Men's Basketball, 83-74

KINGSTON, R.I. - Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) matched his career high with 30 points and James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) added 28 points, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated, 83-74, Tuesday night at the Ryan Center. The Rams edged the Bobcats in a shootout, 56.4 percent (31-55) to 55.4 percent (31-56). With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 4-4, while the Rams improve to 6-1.

Rutty completed his second double-double of the season, adding 15 rebounds to his point total. He also had a career-high four steals. Feldeine's 28 points were a season high. James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) added 12 points for the Bobcats.

Rhode Island was led by New Haven native Keith Cothran, who scored a team-high 21 points. Delroy James added 19 points, while yet another New Haven native, Lamonte Ulmer, added 12 points and team highs in rebounds (seven) and blocks (three).

A fast-paced first half ended with the Rams on top, 38-32. The Bobcats took an early five-point lead as Feldeine scored 13 of the team's first 17 points. But URI would build up a seven-point lead by the 4:07 mark, thanks in large part to Cothran's 15 first-half points. Cothran's jumper at the 6:34 mark put the Rams up for good. Rutty kept it close with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the first half. The Bobcats outshot the Rams in the first half, 60.0 percent (15-25) to 55.2 percent (16-29).

The Rams' lead gradually swelled to 20 points by the midway point of the second half. The Bobcats battled back to within seven points on two occasions, but could draw no closer.

For the game, the Rams outshot the Bobcats, 56.4 percent (31-55) to 55.4 percent (31-56) from the floor, 35.3 percent (6-17) to 22.2 percent (2-9) from long range and 78.9 percent (15-19) to 71.4 percent (10-14) from the free-throw line. The Bobcats outrebounded the Rams, 30-22.

The Bobcats return to action Sunday, when they travel to Burlington, Vt., for a non-conference tilt at the University of Vermont. Opening tip from Patrick Gym is scheduled for noon. The game will be televised live on NESN.