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Quinnipiac holds off Monmouth, 78-76 to take MAAC opener

December 29, 2017

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Cameron Young scored 20 points, Jacob Rigoni added another 18 and Quinnipiac opened the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season by holding off Monmouth for a 78-76 win on Thursday night.

Seven of the Bobcats’ first 13 games have been decided by two points or less.

The game was a tight battle all the way, with neither team taking more than a single-digit lead. Rigoni hit three 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes of the game to put Quinnipiac in front, including back-to-back 3s to stake the Bobcats (4-9, 1-0) to a 61-57 advantage.

Rigoni finished hitting 6 of 7 from behind the arc. Andrew Robinson and Abdulai Bundu each added 11 points and Rich Kelly dished 11 assists.

Micah Seaborn had 14 points to lead Monmouth (4-9, 0-1). Austin Tilghman and Deion Hammond each added 13 points and Louie Pillari missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

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