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Quinnipiac defeats Long Island 83-78

Mar 7, 2010 - 9:51 PM HAMDEN, Conn.(AP) -- Justin Rutty scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead top-seeded Quinnipiac to an 83-78 victory over Long Island U. in a Northeast Conference semifinal game on Sunday.

The Bobcats (23-8) will host the winner of the Mount St. Mary's-Robert Morris game for the tournament championship at 7 p.m. March 10.

Deontay Twyman came off the bench to score 16 points as Quinnipiac improved to 14-0 at home this season.

Jaytornah Wisseh led fourth-seeded Long Island (14-17) with 33 points. Jamal Olasawere added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Blackbirds.

Quinnipiac trailed 10-0 in the game that had nine lead changes. But the Bobcats took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by James Feldeine with 4:17 to play and hit 16 of 17 free throws down the stretch.