By Kevin Lo
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – The Quinnipiac men’s basketball team and Binghamton exchanged baskets throughout much of the first half Monday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center, but foul trouble and poor free-throw shooting in the second half led to a 74-58 Bobcat loss.
Binghamton’s D.J. Rivera and Dwayne Jackson scored 17 apiece and on the other end, Quinnipiac’s James Feldeine and Justin Rutty finished with 15.
The Bearcats full court pressure defense proved to be too much for the Bobcats as they committed nine turnovers on the night, compared to the Bearcats three. The Bearcats were also far better from the three-point arc in the second half shooting 4-for-9 from the field.
James Johnson and Feldeine picked up their fourth fouls just three minutes into the half, leaving Quinnipiac without two of their starting five. Johnson’s loss proved to be a huge one for the Bobcats as his seven first-half assists led the half as a well as the game.
The two teams continued to trade baskets until Binghamton took the lead five minutes into the second half, 36-34, and never looked back. Good pressure defense and much improvement on the boards in the second half allowed the Bearcats to continue to build on their lead.
The Bobcats were outrebounded 22-13 in the second half and were guarded tightly on the perimeter. After shooting 2-for-6 from three-point distance they did not attempt a three-pointer in the second half.
At the half way mark, the Bobcats trailed by 10 points. With three minutes to go the deficit grew to 15.
The Bearcats full court defense plagued Quinnipiac early limiting their transition offense and opportunities at easy baskets.
In the first half Quinnipiac was able to crash the boards leading to numerous second chance points, out-rebounding the Bearcats 26-13 but failed to do the same in the second.
The two teams battled back and forth in the first half and no team led by more than four at any given point in the game. In the first half alone there were 13 lead changes and the score was tied four times.
The Bearcats applied the full court pressure early as Binghamton’s Brandon Herbert guarded Johnson all throughout the backcourt. Rivera recorded three steals in the first half alone.
The Bobcats start conference play Saturday at home against Monmouth and will look to improve on their 3-3 record.
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