Feb. 6, 2010
HAMDEN, CT - James Feldeine scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half, while his team converted 45-52 from the free throw line, to help Quinnipiac University defeat visiting Sacred Heart University 90-87 Saturday afternoon in a Northeast Conference game. The loss was the fourth straight for the Pioneers and dropped them to 12-11 overall and 5-7 in the NEC.
The Pioneers led by as much as 11 in the first half, thanks to junior Jerrell Thompson. Thompson poured in 16 in the period on the way to a career-high 30 points. Chauncey Hardy had a pair of free throws and a three-pointer in the final minute to help SHU to a 46-40 lead.
A steady march to the free throw line helped Quinnipiac helped keep the Bobcats in the game. In fact, a pair of Justin Rutty free throws with :0.2 left in the half helped QU close within four at 46-42. Rutty led the Bobcats in the half with 12 points and six boards.
A pair of three-pointers by Corey Hassan and Thompson kept the Pioneers in front 57-51 early in the second half. A Jeremy Baker trey with 9:30 left got QU back within one at 66-65. Feldeine hit a runner in the lane on the next Bobcat possession to give QU the lead, 67-66.
A pair of Baker free throws with 7:45 left gave the Bobcats a three-point lead. Baker stole the ball on the next SHU possession and converted at the other end to make it 71-66 in favor of Quinnipiac. Feldeine gave the Bobcats their largest lead at 73-66 after a Pioneer turnover.
Perhaps the nail in the Pioneer coffin came with 5:00 left when SHU, trailing 77-72, got three offensive rebounds and four open looks at the basket and couldn't get one of them to fall.
A pair of Thompson free throws with 2:55 left got the Pioneers hack with four at 79-75. Dave Johnson answered with a pair for the Bobcats on the next QU possession. After Liam Potter made one of two tries on the next Pioneer possession, Hardy stole the ball and gave to Corey Hassan who was fouled going up. He made one to make it 81-77 with 2:35 to play.
James Johnson made two free throws for the Bobcats with 2:05 left, but Hassan answered with a trey with 1:51 to go that cut the Quinnipiac lead to 83-80. After Rutty extended the lead to five with a pair of free throws, Stan Dulaire was called for a charge going to the basket with 1:07 left that gave the Bobcats the ball back. James Johnson was fouled at the other end and put the Pioneers away with a pair of free throws with :56 to play.
Hassan nearly completed a triple-double for SHU, finishing with 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Potter and Ryan Litke finished with 15 apiece.
Baker finished with 18 for the Bobcats, while Rutty had 16 and 14 rebounds.