By Kevin Lo
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – The Quinnipiac Bobcats celebrated Senior Day in fashion, doing something that hasn’t been done since 1981. For the first time in almost 30 years the Bobcats defeated the Central Connecticut Blue Devils at home, 69-55.
Head coach Tom Moore said the victory was, “a nice step for us.” When referring to the team’s accomplishments he tries to “sell them on being pioneers and setting milestones for this organization.”
James Feldeine finished with a game-high, 25 points including 5-6 shooting from behind the three point arc. “He’s always the first guy to jump in the pool,” said Coach Moore when referring to his teams occasional lack of aggressiveness in the half court set.
Senior Bryan Geffen added 12 points, five assists and four steals and senior Louis Brookins added five points respectively.
Despite shooting only 41 percent from the field in the first half, the Bobcats found themselves ahead 33-31 at the half.
With 18:40 to go in the second half the Bobcats found themselves down 34-33.
Over the course of the next six minutes Quinnipiac applied their signature full court press, stopping CCSU’s up-tempo offense.
The Bobcats led 44-36 with 11:53 to go thanks to a 6-0 run. Jeremy Baker finished a tough and-one play at the rim spurring Quinnipiac’s backcourt duo of Geffen and James Johnson. The two went on to connect on back to back layup establishing Quinnipiac’s largest lead since the first half.
With 7:55 to go CCSU cut the lead to 50-44. A 9-4 run capped off by a high arcing bank-shot from behind the 3-point line courtesy of Geffen allowed Quinnipiac to take the lead 59 48.
The Blue Devils would grow no closer to the lead as the Bobcats led 61-51 at the 2:22 mark.
A Geffen 3-pointer secured the lead, 67-54.
The Bobcats shot well from 3-point land all game long.
In the first half Feldeine was 4-for-5 from behind the line with 16 points. The team was 4-for-9 while CCSU struggled shooting 1-for-5.
The two James, Feldeine and Johnson, ignited Quinnipiac’s offense accounting for their first 11 points and 20 in the first half.
“Teams’ attention to Justin Rutty frees everyone else up creating an in and out game which allows us to play the other end of the court,” Moore said.
CCSU held a firm four-point lead for most of the first half.
Quinnipiac was able to take a 26-24 lead with 5:32 the first lead change since 19 min in the first half.
At the 1:16 mark in the first the Bobcats led 31-30 finishing with a 33-31 lead at the half.
The Bobcats shot 49.0 percent (25-for-51) while their defense on the other end held the Blue Devils to a 39.3 percent (22-for-56) clip. In the second half QU shot 64.7 percent (11-for-17) compared to CCSU’s 29.6 percent (8-for-27). The Bobcats shot 50 percent
(7-for-14) to 22.2 percent (2-for-9) from 3-point land.
The fifth-seeded Bobcats take the court Thursday, when they travel to No. 4 Long Island for the first round of the NEC Tournament.
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