HAMDEN, Conn. - Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) compiled his 40th career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 71-60, in front of a season-high 3,316 on Senior Day Saturday at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, the Bobcats finish the regular season at 21-8 (13-5 NEC), while the Knights conclude the season at 5-24 (3-15 NEC). The 3,316 is the largest regular-season attendance figure for a basketball game at the TD Bank Sports Center since the opening of the building drew 3,570 on Jan. 27, 2007.
The Bobcats now face seventh-seeded Mount St. Mary's in the NEC Tournament Quarterfinals, Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. Tickets are now on sale at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com and the TD Bank Sports Center Box Office.
The 10 rebounds give Rutty 999 for his career. A rebound in the Bobcats' next game would make him the third Quinnipiac player to grab 1,000 career rebounds, and the first at Division I. James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists while Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) and Lance Brown (Teaneck, N.J.) contributed 12 points each. Dave Johnson (Jackson, N.J.) added a game-high six assists.
Mike Scott ended his career with a game-high 27 points for Fairleigh Dickinson. Terence Grier also had 13 points in his final game.
Trailing by six with 5:15 left in the first half, the Bobcats ended the first half on an 11-2 run and began the second half with a 15-0 run to take an 18-point lead, 46-28 on Rutty's lay-up just over five minutes into the second half. The lead swelled to 20 points on Dave Johnson's free throw at the 12:38 mark. The closest FDU got the rest of the way was the 71-60 final score.
For the game, the Bobcats outrebounded Fairleigh Dickinson, 54-26, including 21 offensive rebounds. Quinnipiac took a 22-4 advantage in second-chance points and a 36-10 edge in points in the paint. Quinnipiac outshot the Knights, 44.6 percent (29-65) to 31.6 percent (18-57) from the floor. FDU took a 42.9 percent (9-21) to 30.0 percent (3-10) edge from long range and a 93.8 percent (15-16) to 45.5 percent (10-22) advantage from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac dished out 21 assists, tying its season high.