NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) drilled seven three-point field goals and scored a game-high 23 points as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team beat Niagara, 88-63, Wednesday night at the Taps Gallagher Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 8-2, while the Purple Eagles fall to 3-9.
Dominique Langston (Bridgeport, Conn.) added his first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) contributed career highs of 19 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) also added 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Bobcats outrebounded their 10th straight opponent to begin the season, with a 51-45 advantage on the boards. Quinnipiac made 12 three-point field goals, the most since the Bobcats made 12-of-28 in a double-overtime win against Hartford on Nov. 11, 2007, Tom Moore's debut at Quinnipiac.
Marvin Jordan led four Purple Eagles in double figures with 17 points. Kashief Edwards added 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Anthony Nelson and Kevon Moore had 11 points apiece. Malcolm Lemmons also had nine rebounds for Niagara.
Quinnipiac never trailed in the game and created separation with a 10-0 run, capped by Ike Azotam's (Boston, Mass.) layup at the 13:55 mark to take a 16-4 lead. James Johnson also made a pair of three-pointers in the run. The lead extended to as many as 16 on two occasions, as the Bobcats made 7-of-14 trifectas in the opening stanza.
Twyman led the Bobcats with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 2-for-3 from long range, in the first half. Johnson also added 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting from long range. Langston also contributed seven points and nine rebounds in the first half. Kevon Moore led Niagara with eight points, while Kashief Edwards and Marvin Jordan contributed seven points apiece. Quinnipiac held Niagara to 30.0 percent (9-30) shooting from the floor in the first half.
The Bobcats maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half, as the closest the Purple Eagles drew was to within 10 points on two occasions. Quinnipiac gradually increased its lead to as many as 26 points on Twyman's three-pointer with 1:07 left in regulation.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot Niagara, 42.9 percent (30-70) to 33.3 percent (21-63) from the floor, 50.0 percent (12-24) to 16.0 percent (4-25) from long range, and 66.7 percent (16-24) to 63.0 percent (17-27) from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats return to action Wednesday, Dec. 29, when they travel to Boston to take on Boston University. Opening tip from Case Gym is scheduled for 7 p.m.