Feb. 4, 2010
FAIRFIELD, CT - Junior Justin Rutty recorded 22 points and ten rebounds, while Jonathan Cruz had 11 points and 11 boards to lead visiting Quinnipiac University to an 86-71 win over Sacred Heart on Thursday night.
The Bobcats, 15-7 overall and 9-2 in the Northeast Conference, used a 14-2 run in the first half to open a 23-9 lead midway through the period. SHU, 12-10 and 5-6, made a furious run late in the half to cut an 18-point Bobcat lead to eight at 36-28 with :41 left.
The Pioneers had a chance to trim it to six, but senior Corey Hassan missed a dunk attempt. James Feldeine nailed a trey at the other end to make it an 11-point QU lead instead and the Bobcats led 40-28 at the intermission. Feldeine finished with a game-high 27 points.
"There's a big difference going into the locker room down six after being down by 18," said SHU head coach Dave Bike. "Corey missing an uncontested shot then was a momentum changer."
"It was an important play," he continued. "But Quinnipiac was playing hard and we still would have been in a battle the rest of the way."
Once again QU stretched the lead in the second half, taking a 58-41 edge just six minutes in. A 9-2 Pioneer run, capped by a Chauncey Hardy three, cut the Bobcat lead to ten at 60-50 with 11:38 remaining. Rutty put the Bobcats on his back and scored the next six points, two on layups followed by a pair of foul shots, help QU to an 8-0 run an quelling the Pioneer comeback.
Senior Ryan Litke led the Pioneers with 19 points. Center Liam Potter finished with 15 points. Hassan was held to just eight points, the first time all season he failed to finish in double figures in scoring.