DeMario, Cosgrove help Bobcats bounce back
By Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
Three days removed from a tough loss against in-state rival Connecticut, the Quinnipiac Bobcats knew they needed a spark to get back to their winning ways.
On Wednesday night against Dartmouth, the Bobcats got plenty of them, thanks mainly to the play of DeMario Anderson and a strong supporting cast of Casey Cosgrove and James Feldeine.
DeMario scored 27 points, including 19 in the first half, and Cosgrove added 12 as Quinnipiac rebounded from Sunday’s disaster against the Huskies with an 85-63 thumping of
the Big Green at TD Banknorth SportsCenter.
This was a win that Tom Moore was more than satisfied with, considering all the hoopla he and his team faced—on and off the court—in Hartford against UConn.
After all was said and done, the Bobcats turned their attention to their opponent from the Ivy League. They didn’t seem phased by the outcome of Sunday’s contest as they came out
firing on all cylinders, racing out to a big lead in the first half and never looked back.
“What we saw tonight was some residual effects from the UConn game,” said Moore. “I was most pleased with the way we played on offense, particularly in the first half.”
Indeed, Quinnipiac (5-5) put together a strong opening to this one, as back-to-back buckets from Justin Rutty and DeMario gave the hosts an early 18-7 lead. The Bobcats stretched the lead to fourteen on another
jumper by DeMario with 9:26 left in the period.
Quinnipiac would keep the momentum going in the second half, as James Feldeine scored six consecutive points, including a breakaway two-hand slam, to turn a 43-25 halftime lead into a 49-33 cushion with under 16 minutes left.
A jumper by Feldeine, followed later by a DeMario bucket, put the Bobcats in cruise control, 69-45 at the 10:57 mark. Darthmouth’s Alex Barnett tried to help the Big Green stay within striking distance of the Bobcats, as his layup brought the visitors to within 79-53 with 7:01 on the clock.
But Quinnipiac’s sizzling 65 percent shooting from the field proved to be too much for the undermanned Big Green. Barnett was the only player in double figures for Dartmouth (5-5) as he finished with 17 points. Feldeine scored 11 points for the Bobcats and Bryan Geffen added 12 more.
“We were very good on the perimeter,” said Moore. “They passed on bad shots and took the right ones when they had to.”
“Tonight we shot the ball well,” he said. “We just had to get back to playing our style of basketball.”