January 31, 2010

Men's Basketball Falls At Mount St. Mary's, 61-56

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) compiled his Quinnipiac Division I record 21st career double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds, but the Bobcats fell to NEC preseason favorite Mount St. Mary's, 61-56, Saturday night at Knott Arena. The loss snaps the Bobcats' eight-game winning streak as Quinnipiac falls to 14-7 (8-2 NEC). With the win, the Mountaineers improve to 7-14 (4-6 NEC).

Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) added 13 points for the Bobcats, who outrebounded their 21st consecutive opponent to begin the season with a 43-33 advantage.

Shawn Atupem scored a team-high 16 points for Mount St. Mary's, while Jean Cajou added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Mount St. Mary's scored nine of the game's first 13 points and never trailed in the game. The Mount built a lead as large as eight points at the 9:37 mark of the first half on Kelly Beidler's lay-up. The Bobcats responded, scoring the half's final four points to whittle the Mount advantage down to two points at 26-24 heading into the locker room.

The Mount quickly expanded the lead to nine less than four minutes into the second half, scoring 11 of the half's first 15 points. The lead reached 11 points on Raven Barber's dunk at the 7:55 mark, before Quinnipiac went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to two by the 4:52 mark. Jeremy Baker (Washington, D.C.) scored four points in the span, while Rutty and Twyman each added a bucket. But the Bobcats' offense again went cold, connecting on just two field goals the rest of the way.

For the game, the Mountaineers outshot the Bobcats, 44.9 percent (22-49) to 32.8 percent (19-58) from the floor and 36.4 percent (4-11) to 16.7 percent (1-6) from long range. The Bobcats took a 70.8 percent (17-24) to 52.0 percent (13-25) advantage from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats return to NEC action Thursday, when they play the first game of a home-and-home weekend series at Sacred Heart. Opening tip from the William H. Pitt Center is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Connecticut Sports Network (CTSN) and Fox College Sports.