Quinnipiac tops St. Francis (NY) 80-72 in NEC

NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) James Johnson scored 22 points and Ike Azotam posted a double-double as Quinnipiac defeated St. Francis (NY) 80-72 Thursday night in a Northeast Conference tournament quarterfinal.

The Bobcats (18-12) will play top-seeded LIU Brooklyn (22-8), the tournament host, in Sunday's semifinals.

With the score tied 23-23, Quinnipiac closed the half on an 18-8 run in which five different players scored. But in the second half, St. Francis rallied behind Brent Jones (21 points), Ben Mockford (17) and Stefan Perunicic (11).

The Terriers drew within a point, 49-48, on two free throws and a 3-pointer by Perunicic. But Quinnipiac went on a 9-0 run to take a 10-point lead and was never threatened.

Zaid Hearst scored 14 points for Quinnipiac, 12 coming on treys. Garvey Young added nine.

For St. Francis, Travis Nichols scored 12 points. The Terriers (15-15) hit 21 of 57 from the field to Quinnipiac's 28 of 67.

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