Chaise Daniels scored 17 points, Rich Kelly 16 and Jacob Rigoni 15, and Quinnipiac shot 61 percent in beating Siena 76-69 on Sunday.
Cameron Young added 10 points for the Bobcats (7-13, 4-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), who were 27 of 44 from the floor in snapping a two-game skid and swept the season series.
The National team has won all seven Collegiate Bowls, held for the first time this year at the Rose Bowl after six years at the StubHub Center. The game is meant to highlight players on the bubble of the NFL draft for scouts and teams.
Our defense was stellar,” American coach Darrell Green said. Our quarterbacks just never got comfortable. They were never able to really seize command.”
The American offense outgained the National team 288 yards to 215 but was undone by four lost fumbles and Apke’s interception.
The chemistry we had was incredible,” Apke said. Sometimes you don’t get that on teams that have been together two or three years. I built relationships here that will last a lifetime.”
Mikayla Cowling had 12 points, Thomas and Kianna Smith 10 each for Cal (14-5, 5-3). Penina Davidson and West had 10 rebounds apiece.
Simon had her seventh 20-plus game of the season with 21 points and Minyon Moore added 19 points for USC (13-6, 3-5). Aliyah Mazyck had 13 points and Jordan Adams 10 rebounds but the Trojans were beaten 35-26 on the boards.
A short time before police arrived, Hilinski’s body was discovered by a pair of unidentified teammates, who forced their way inside Hilinski’s apartment when no one came to the door.
A suicide note was found at the scene, but the police investigation — which will continue until results from a toxicology report return — has not determined a motive.