HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's basketball overcame a 19-point deficit just prior to halftime to the University of Massachusetts, but lost on a last-second goal tend, as the Minutemen defeated the Bobcats, 66-64, at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. UMass remains undefeated at 7-0 while Quinnipiac drops to 4-2 on the season.
"I'm disappointed in the reaction to their pressure in the first half," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore. "I'm proud of the way that we changed our outlook in the second half. I'm disappointed, obviously, in our foul shooting. Statistically, that really cost us the game. We can learn from an emotional night like tonight and grow from it."
Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) compiled his 33rd career double-double with a season-high 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Bobcats, who outrebounded UMass 54-36. Quinnipiac had 24 offensive rebounds in the game to UMass' 10, but managed just 11 second-chance points. The Bobcats also converted on 3-of-11 from the free throw line, compared to UMass' 9-of-11 shooting from the charity stripe in the first half. For the game, UMass was 13-for-17 from the line, while Quinnipiac hit just 9-of-25.
James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) totaled 11 points for the Bobcats while also tallying five rebounds and dishing out a game-high six assists. Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) had eight points and eight rebounds in the Bobcats' loss. UMass' Javorn Farrell had a game-high 25 points while Anthony Gurley tallied 19 points, including seven in the last 1:39 of regulation and the game-winning lay-up.
Quinnipiac trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half before storming back and tying the game on a fast-break dunk by Quinnipiac freshman Dominique Langston (Bridgeport, Conn.) with 2:13 remaining in the game. Quinnipiac used a 14-6 scoring advantage to pull within four points at the 7:36 mark of the second half. Rutty chipped in half of those points in the run and four of Quinnipiac's next seven points as the Bobcats pulled within three points, 56-53, with 4:02 to play.
Gurley put UMass back out front, 61-59, before a pair of free throws from Johnson tied the game at 61-61. Gurley answered with a long three-pointer from the top of the key before Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) tied the game with 13 seconds remaining with a trifecta of his own from the left wing. Holding out for the last shot, UMass got the ball back on a loose ball, allowing Gurley an open lay-up on the ensuing throw-in as time expired. Jackson made contact with the ball above the rim, and was whistled for goaltending as time expired.
For the game, the Minutemen edged the Bobcats from the floor, 41.0 percent (25-61) to 40.3 percent (27-67), 18.8 percent (3-16) to 7.7 percent (1-13) from long range and 76.5 percent (13-17) to 36.0 percent (9-25) from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac dominated the boards, 54-36, including a 24-10 advantage on the offensive glass.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 4, when it plays host Mount St. Mary's in its Northeast Conference opener. Opening tip from the TD Bank Sports Center is slated for 2 p.m.