Quinnipiac 66, Army 64 (OT)
HAMDEN, Conn. - Jeremy Baker’s putback with 2.4 seconds left in overtime propelled Quinnipiac to a 66-64 win over Army at the TD Banknorth Center on Monday night. The Black Knights fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit to force the extra session, but the Bobcats held a 10-8 advantage in overtime to take the win.
Quinnipiac (2-0) took a four-point lead with 1:32 left in the overtime period, but back-to-back jumpers by Army
(1-1) junior G Josh Miller and junior F Cleveland Richard knotted the game at 64-64 with less than 30 seconds remaining.The Bobcats called timeout after Richard’s baseline jumper to set up the final play. James Johnson missed a jumper in the lane, but Baker tracked down the loose ball and banked in a shot for the winning points. Army tried to race up the floor, but could not get a shot off before the horn.
Richard led three Black Knights in double figures with 15 points. He also added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Miller scored 14 points, including four three-pointers, and dished out seven assists while junior G Tyrell Thompson tied his career best with 13 points. Junior G Marcus Nelson chipped in with seven points. He led the squad with a game-high eight rebounds and established an Army basketball record with five blocked shots. Sophomore G Nathan Hedgecock was 2 for 5 from three-point range, including the game-tying basket with 11.5 seconds left.
James Feldeine led all scorers with 24 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Feldeine hit all four of his triples in the first 20 minutes. Baker added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Army trailed 39-25 at halftime, but outscored the Bobcats 31-17 in the second half. The Black Knights shot 50 percent (13-26) after intermission after hitting only 34.8 percent of their shots after halftime. The Bobcats hit a blistering 60.9 percent in the first half, but connected on only 31.8 percent in the second 20 minutes (7-22).
The Black Knights opened the second half on a 15-4 run to trim the 14-point deficit to just three at 43-40 with 14:05 left. A three-pointer by Bryan Geffen pushed the lead back to six points, but a basket by Thompson brought the Black Knights within four with 12:39 to go.
The Bobcats re-established an eight-point lead, but the Army defense held them without a point over a span of 5:52. The Black Knights were able to trim the lead to 50-48 on a three-point play by Richard with 4:56 left in regulation. Four straight points by Feldeine made it a 54-48 game with 3:31 to go, but Army finished the game on an 8-2 run to force overtime. Nelson started the run with a putback, which was followed by a Miller three-pointer to pull Army within one at 54-53 with 1:32 left. The Black Knights had a chance to take the lead, but a jumper in the lane glanced off the rim. Johnson hit a pull-up for the Bobcats to stretch the advantage back to three points before Hedgecock’s three-pointer knotted the game. Geffen’s game-winning three-point attempt was off the mark, setting up the extra session.
The Bobcats scored first 25 seconds in and maintained their early lead for the first two minutes as Army came away empty on its first three possessions. A three-pointer by Richard stopped the Black Knights’ drought and gave Army its first lead of the contest. Quinnipiac took an 8-4 lead on a three-pointer by Feldeine, but the Black Knights responded with a 7-0 run on four points by Thompson and a three-pointer by Miller to reclaim the lead at 11-8.
Feldeine tied the game with his third three-pointer of the half, but Miller came back with another triple to stake Army to a 14-11 lead. The Bobcats scored the next five points to take a 16-14 lead, but junior C Chris Walker tied the game with a lay up off the break with 10:10 to go.
The Bobcats broke it open from there, scoring the game’s next eight points over a span of 3:24 to take a 24-16 lead. Army closed within six at 26-20, but Quinnipiac closed the half on a 13-5 run to go into the locker room up by 14 at 39-25.
The loss snapped the Black Knights’ two-game winning streak in overtime.
The Black Knights stay on the road for a Thursday-night tilt at Long Island University. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Army returns home on Sunday, Nov. 23 for a 2:30 p.m. contest versus Princeton.
Game Notes: After not trailing in its win against Dartmouth, Army did not hold a lead for the final 35:10 ... The Bobcats have now won two in a row versus Army and lead the all-time series, 5-1 ... Seventeen of Army’s last 28 games have been decided by six points or less ... Cleveland Richard has now scored in double figures in five straight regular-season games and seven of his last nine outings overall ... The previous single-game blocked shot record was four, which was accomplished nine times ... Jimmy Sewell was the last to do it against SUNY Purchase on Dec. 16, 2006 ... Army had 15 assists on 25 field goals ... The Black Knights have made 15 three-pointers and are shooting 44.1 percent from three-point range.