By Kevin Lo
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – Jeremy Baker finished with a career-high 20 points to lead the Bobcats men’s basketball team to a 78-62 romping of the Fairleigh Dickinson Thursday night at the TD Banknorth Sports Center. With the win the Bobcats are now the proud owners of the fifth position in the NEC standings at 12-14 (8-7 NEC). The Knights fall to 7-20 (6-10 NEC).
James Feldine, Bryan Geffen and Justin Rutty also finished in double figures. Eric Coggins finished with nine point and six rebounds, setting a new career-high in points scored.
Cameron Tyler was the game’s second leading scorer with 17 but only shot 6-for-18 from the field.
A Bobcats’ 9-0 run at the end of the first half eventually led to a 17-point lead to start the second.
Despite much improved play the FDU in the second half, a 35-34 point disparity, the Bobcats were able to hold onto their lead.
Quinnipiac got off to a six-point lead in the second half to stretch the lead to 23 points, 50-27, at the 17:53 mark.
Good defense and strong 3-point shooting helped ignite several runs by the Bobcats. Quinnipiac held FDU to a 37 percent field goal percentage and made seven of their 3-point attempts compared to FDU’s one.
A 20-11 differential in offensive rebounds led to several easy second chance opportunities for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac had 44 points in the paint compared to a mere 22 by FDU.
FDU was much better from the line as they shot 21-for-28 from the stripe, compared to Quinnipiac’s 7-for-19.
The Bobcats resume play on Saturday, when they travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on Long Island University. The game will be live on MSG, with the tip scheduled for 4 p.m.
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