January 16, 2010

Men's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight, Defeats Bryant, 80-66

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored a game-high 24 points as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Bryant, 80-66, for its fifth straight win, Saturday afternoon at Bryant. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 11-6 (5-1 NEC), while the Bulldogs fall to 0-18 (0-6 NEC).

James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) added 16 points and four assists for the Bobcats, while Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) chipped in with 11 points. Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) added seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Chris Birrell led Bryant with 14 points, while Raphael Jordan (13) and Vlad Kondratyev (12) also finished in double figures.

After the Bobcats scored the game's first five points, Bryant responded with eight straight points to take an 8-5 lead. Birrell knocked down a pair of three-pointers to pace the Bulldogs. After a back-and-forth next few minutes, the Bulldogs extended to an eight-point lead, 22-14, at the 9:10 mark. The Bobcats clawed back to outscore the Bulldogs, 20-7, the rest of the first half to take a five-point lead, 34-29, into the halftime break. A pair of Feldeine free throws at the 4:27 mark gave the Bobcats a lead that they wouldn't relinquish.

Birrell led all first-half scorers with 11 points for Bryant, while Johnson countered with 10 points for the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac scored the first six points of the second half to stretch to an 11-point lead less than a minute and a half into the period. Bryant would get no closer than to within seven points the rest of the way and the Bobcats stretched the advantage to as many as 18 points in the final minutes.

For the game, the Bulldogs outshot the Bobcats, 45.1 percent (23-51) to 44.2 percent (23-52) from the floor. Both teams shot an identical 42.9 percent (6-14) from long range, while Quinnipiac edged Bryant from the free-throw line, 75.7 percent (28-37) to 70.0 percent (14-20). Quinnipiac outrebounded its 17th consecutive opponent to begin the year with a 35-31 edge over the Bulldogs. Quinnipiac committed just seven turnovers in the game, including just one in the second half, to the Bulldogs' 16 turnovers. The Bobcats turned the turnover discrepancy into 26-10 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Bobcats and Bulldogs will square off once again with a Thursday night rematch in Hamden. Opening tip from the TD Bank Sports Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.