STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) scored 24 points, but the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team was defeated by Wagner, 90-80, Thursday night at the Spiro Sports Center. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 12-6 (4-3 NEC), while the Seahawks improve to 9-9 (5-2 NEC).
Dominique Langston (Bridgeport, Conn.) added 15 points for the Bobcats, while Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) had 14 points and five assists. Jamee Jackson (Newark, N.J.) had eight points and a game-high seven rebounds.
Latif Rivers had a career-high 30 points to lead five Seahawks in double-figures. Chris Martin (16), Tyler Murray (13), Orlando Parker (10) and Clifton Spiller (10) also scored at least 10 points. The Seahawks shot 57.9 percent (22-38) from the floor, 66.7 percent (10-15) from long range and 81.8 percent (36-44) from the free-throw line.
After the Seahawks scored the game's first four points, Quinnipiac responded with a 9-0 run. The lead swelled to eight points on a fast-break jumper by Johnson at the 14:26 mark, but the Seahawks drew even with an 8-0 run, capped by a Rivers trifecta at the 10:33 mark. After Quinnipiac reestablished a 23-17 lead on a pair of Twyman free throws at the 8:22 mark, Wagner went on a 9-1 spurt to take a three-point lead on a pair of Rivers free throws at the 5:23 mark.
Wagner twice upped its advantage to four points, before a pair of 1-for-2 efforts at the free-throw line from Raheem May-Thompson (London, England) and Tevin Baskin (Stamford, Conn.) made it a two-point game at the half.
Rivers led all scorers with 13 points at the half, including a 3-for-4 performance from long range. Murray added 10 points, six coming at the free-throw line, for the Seahawks. Twyman and Johnson led Quinnipiac with eight points apiece, while Langston and Baskin had six points apiece for the Bobcats.
Wagner quickly established a comfortable lead with a 9-1 run to begin the second half. The Bobcats clawed to within three points on a pair of Twyman free throws at the 10:27 mark, but could draw no closer. The Wagner lead swelled to as many as 13 points on two occasions the rest of the way.
For the game, the Bobcats outrebounded the Seahawks, 32-21. They shot 45.5 percent (25-55) from the floor, 16.7 percent (2-12) from long range and 66.7 percent (28-42) from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats return to NEC action Saturday, when they travel to Emmitsburg, Md., to face Mount St. Mary's. Opening tip from Knott Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.