December 24, 2009

Men's Basketball Defeats Columbia, 63-51

HAMDEN, Conn. - James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) finished with 13 points and Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) added 10 points as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Columbia, 63-51, Wednesday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats used a 15-1 run while holding the Lions (5-5) to just 26.1 percent (6-23) from the floor in the second half to improve to 5-5 on the season.

Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) scored all nine of his points in the second half, while Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) added seven points and eight rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass. The Bobcats won the battle on the boards, 42-33, to continue their streak of outrebounding their opponent in each of 10 games this season.

Columbia's Noruwa Agho led all scorers with 14 points, while Mark Cisco added eight points and eight rebounds for the Lions.

The Lions jumped out to a 10-2 advantage in the initial five minutes and Columbia managed a lead of between three and eight points the remainder of the first half. Agho and Niko Scott had seven points apiece for Columbia in the first half. Johnson led Quinnipiac with all 10 of his points in the first frame, including a three from the corner to cut the deficit to four at the break.

After Columbia scored the first four points of the second half, the Bobcats ran off eight straight points to tie the game for the first time since the opening tip. Baker sparked the run with a pair of free throws and finished it with a jumper at the 15:10 mark.

The Bobcats established their first lead, 38-37, on a Feldeine free throw at the 13:44 mark. But two Agho free throws and a Cisco lay-up gave Columbia a three-point cushion. Quinnipiac then went on a 15-1 run in which five different Bobcats scored a point to create double-digit separation. The Bobcats took the lead for good on James Johnson's (Queens, N.Y.) fast-break lay-up with 10:37 remaining and the lead swelled to as many as 14 points on a pair of Feldeine free throws with 1:24 left.

For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Lions, 38.3 percent (23-60) to 36.2 percent (17-47) from the floor and 81.3 percent (13-16) to 50.0 percent (14-28) from the free-throw line. Columbia took a 50.0 percent (3-6) to 33.3 percent (4-12) advantage from beyond the three-point arc.

The Bobcats return to action Dec. 30, when they play host to Dartmouth at the TD Bank Sports Center. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be televised live on NESN.