HAMDEN, Conn. - Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) scored a team-high 25 points and added a game-high eight rebounds, while James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) chipped in with 19 points as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Brown, 88-75, Monday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 9-6, while the Bears fall to 6-11. The Bobcats shot over .500 for the second straight game, finishing at 54.9 percent (39-71). Quinnipiac owned a 58-16 advantage in the paint. The Bobcats committed a season-low six turnovers in the game.
Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) contributed a career-high 13 points, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) had 12 points. Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) had a solid all-around game with six points, six rebounds, six assists (without committing a single turnover) and two steals.
Tucker Halpern led all scorers with 26 points for Brown, including 17 second-half points and five three-pointers in the final stanza. Peter Sullivan added 22 points for the Bears.
Quinnipiac took the lead for good on Jeremy Baker's (Washington, D.C.) lay-up at the 13:32 mark of the first half. The Bobcats seized control of a 12-point lead at the 5:49 mark of the first-half with a 10-2 run, capped by seven straight points from Twyman. The lead swelled to as many as 17 points, 50-33, at the 1:09 mark on James Johnson's lay-up. Brown whittled the advantage down to 13 going into the locker room on four straight free throws.
Rutty led all first-half scorers with 13 points, while Feldeine added 12 as the Bobcats shot 56.4 percent. Sullivan, Halpern and Andrew McCarthy each had nine first-half points for the Bears.
After the Quinnipiac lead extended to its largest point, 23 points, on Jonathan Cruz's (Lawrence, Mass.) fast-break lay-up at the 14:32 mark, the Bears stormed back to within four points with a barrage of three-pointers. The Bears connected on seven trifectas over the next 5:25, including four from Halpern, to outscore the Bobcats 25-6 and close to within four points at 69-65. But Quinnipiac responded with seven straight points and the Bears never got closer than nine points again.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Bears, 54.9 percent (39-71) to 40.0 percent (24-60) from the floor. Quinnipiac outrebounded its 15th straight opponent with a 44-31 advantage. Brown took a 42.3 percent (11-26) to 41.7 percent (5-12) edge from long range and outshot the Bobcats, 80.0 percent (16-20) to 38.5 percent (5-13) from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats return to the road to face intrastate NEC foe Central Connecticut, Thursday night in New Britain. Opening tip from Detrick Gym is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on Cox Sports TV.