Physicality Bested the Bobcats: Manhattan Takes Down Quinnipiac 83-66


Photo: Kaylyn Terry

Simon Brady

The Manhattan Jaspers roughed up the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Sunday afternoon winning by a final score of 83-66. The Jaspers certainly set the tone early with a great deal of physicality and forcing plenty of turnovers. They wouldn’t look back.

However, the Bobcats made a strong push at the end of the first half to cut the Jasper lead to six at intermission. Kevin Marfo had a strong outing in a double-double effort, scoring 21 points on an efficient 6-9 from the field and perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe.

But for most of the day, Quinnipiac struggled through stagnant offensive possessions and had costly turnovers wire to wire. The Jaspers finished the contest with a staggering 30 points off turnovers alone.

“We turned the ball over too much,” said head coach Baker Dunleavy. “We did too many things wrong, and I thought our overall defensive performance was really poor. Credit to Manhattan they came out hungry and energetic, they brought it to us, and we weren’t able to respond.”

As Dunleavy alluded to, the Bobcats were unable to make up for a poor offensive second half on the defensive end either. Manhattan shot 67% from the field for the day. Leading scorers Jose Perez, Ant Nelson, and Josh Roberts shot a combined 16-26 from the field. Backup forward Roberts shot a perfect 10-10 from the field.

“Their best players are good passers. He was always getting assisted baskets from them right at the rim. So, guys like Ant Nelson who had five assists and Jose Perez who had four, can just throw it above the rim to him for easy baskets,” said Dunleavy.

Senior guard Tyrese Williams gave the Bobcats an offensive spark in the early going for the team’s first points of the game with a pair of catch-and-shoot threes.

In the second half he had an awkward collision with a Jasper in the paint which resulted in a scary knee injury. Dunleavy said he will have an MRI Monday and has no official status on the injury as of now.

Quinnipiac will look to avenge a tough loss to the MAAC’s now ninth place Manhattan with a road trip to MAAC’s 10th place Marist next Sunday afternoon.