Men's Basketball Falls To Bryant, 69-61

HAMDEN, Conn. - Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) compiled a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team fell to Bryant, 69-61, Thursday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 11-4 (3-2 NEC), while the Bulldogs improve to 4-13 (2-3 NEC).

Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) scored a team-high 14 points for the Bobcats, while James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) added 11 points. Dominique Langston (Bridgeport, Conn.) contributed seven points and 11 rebounds.

Alex Francis had a game-high 22 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds for Bryant. Frankie Dobbs added 15 points and Corey Maynard had 10 points for the Bulldogs.

The Bobcats led by 21 points at the half, holding Bryant without a field goal for the first 13:30 of the game. Matthew Lee buried a three-pointer at the 6:24 mark of the first half for the Bulldogs first field goal of the game. The Bobcats' lead extended to as many as 23 points on Twyman's three-pointer at the 3:53 mark of the first half, before the teams went to the locker room with Quinnipiac holding a 36-15 advantage.

Bryant outscored the Bobcats 31-8 in the first 9:25 of the second half to take a two-point lead on Maynard's three-pointer at the 10:25 mark. After an Azotam lay-up with just over 10 minutes remaining, the Bulldogs retook the lead on two Dobbs free throws at the 9:12 mark. After the Bryant lead swelled to four points, two Tevin Baskin (Stamford, Conn.) free throws and a Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) put-back slam tied the game at 50-50 with just over seven minutes left.

A Dobbs three-point play again put the Bulldogs on top by three and, after the teams exchanged free throws, Johnson made a jumper and a three-pointer on consecutive trips down court to give the Bobcats a two-point lead, 56-54, with 4:24 left.

Dobbs tied the game at 56-56 with a fast-break lay-up with 3:14 remaining and Gresham's three-pointer with 1:40 left in regulation put the Bulldogs on top for good. Bryant extended the lead to as many as nine at the free-throw line.

For the game, the Bulldogs outshot the Bobcats, 33.3 percent (17-51) to 31.4 percent (22-70) from the floor, 27.8 percent (5-18) to 23.1 percent (6-26) from long range and 73.2 percent (30-41) to 57.9 percent (11-19) from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac outrebounded its 14th opponent in 15 games with a 50-42 edge on the boards.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they play host to intrastate NEC rival Central Connecticut. The game can be seen live on NESN-TV. Opening tip is scheduled for 4 p.m.