HAMDEN, Conn. – Led by Ousmane Drame's (Boston, Mass.) 10-point, 14-rebound double-double, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team mounted a tremendous comeback to erase a 13 point first-half deficit, as the Bobcats went on to defeat Boston University, 59-53, on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. With the win, QU now holds a 2-1 all-time series lead over the Terriers, and improved to 8-5 on the season. The game was televised live on NESN and will be rebroadcasted on SNY later in the day.
Drame was stellar on both ends of the court, as the freshman forward powered his way to career-highs in rebounds and blocked shots (6). The six blocked shots set a new Division I program record, a mark that had been untouched since the 2005 campaign. James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) totaled 16 points, to go along with four rebounds and five assists, and Zaid Hearst (Bethesda, Md.) had 13 points and seven boards.
Facing a double-digit deficit at the break, the Bobcats came to life early on in the second half. The visiting Terriers saw their double-digit lead dwindle to just four points after back-to-back threes from Hearst. With 16:30 showing on the clock, defense began to take over the game.
The regional rivals combined to score just 21 points over the next 10 minutes; however, the Bobcats sustained their momentum. James Johnson granted QU its first lead, 43-42, after a pair of free-throws at the 6:40 mark.
After that, Drame and Garvey Young (Washington, D.C.) made four consecutive free-throws to extend the lead to five points. The lead would fluctuate between six and four points down the stretch, as the Bobcats continued to make key shots from the stripe. BU's Mike Terry Jr. knocked down a three-point field goal with 12 seconds left to cut the QU lead to 55-53, but Hearst and Johnson solidified the triumph with four free-throws in the final seconds.
Quinnipiac out-rebounded the Terriers, 43-38, 16-11 on the offensive end, and posted a 10-3 advantage in blocked shots. Neither team shot particularly well from the floor, each hovering around the mid 30 percent range. The Bobcats created 16 BU turnovers, resulting in 15 points on the other end.
BU's Darryl Partin finished with a game-high 19 points while also grabbing nine rebounds. The Terriers, now 4-10 on the season, open America East Conference play against Vermont next week.
QU returns to action on Thursday, January 5, 2012 when the team resumes Northeast Conference play at St. Francis (N.Y.). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. All information pertaining to the men's basketball program, please visit www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu