January 22, 2010

Men's Basketball Beats Bryant, 84-59, For Sixth Straight Win

HAMDEN, Conn. - James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.) scored a game-high 18 points and Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) added a career-high 16 points as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball won its sixth consecutive game, 84-59, over Bryant, Thursday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. The win improved to the Bobcats to 12-6 (6-1 NEC) and a perfect 10-0 in Connecticut and 7-0 at home. Bryant fell to 0-19 (0-7 NEC).



Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) added 15 points for the Bobcats, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) contributed nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Barry Latham led Bryant with 16 points, while Erick Smith scored nine points and Michael Chroney added eight points and seven rebounds.

Following a back-and-forth first six minutes in which neither team could create more than three points of separation, the Bobcats took the lead for good on Johnson's jumper at the 13:59 mark. The Quinnipiac advantage gradually grew to 22 points on Twyman's three-pointer with four seconds remaining in the first half as the Bobcats led 47-25 heading into the locker room. Quinnipiac concluded the first half on a 12-2 run covering the final four and a half minutes.

Feldeine led all first-half scorers with 13 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while Baker added 11 points and five rebounds. Quinnipiac got 19 points from its bench, led by nine points from Twyman and six more from Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.). Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) also added four points for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac also outscored the Bulldogs, 12-2, in points off turnovers, the result of an 11-3 turnover margin. Latham led Bryant with eight first-half points.

The Quinnipiac lead swelled to its largest margin of 26 points, 62-36, on Baker's lay-up at the 12:54 mark of the second half.

For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Bulldogs, 45.2 percent (28-62) to 42.6 percent (20-47) from the floor and 77.4 percent (24-31) to 63.6 percent (14-22) from the free-throw line. Both teams shot 33.3 percent from long range. The Bobcats made 4-of-12 attempts, while the Bulldogs made 5-of-15. Quinnipiac outrebounded the Bulldogs, 40-32, taking an advantage in the boards against its 18th consecutive opponent to begin this season. Quinnipiac also committed just nine turnovers to the Bulldogs' 21, the Bobcats' Division-I record fourth consecutive game of fewer than 10 turnovers. The turnover margin resulted in a 24-8 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Bobcats return to action Sunday, when they play host to intrastate NEC rival Central Connecticut. The noon tip from the TD Bank Sports Center can be seen live on NESN.