Saturday, February 14, 2004
By Bob Heller
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has not been friendly to the USP men's basketball team this season as the Devils lost to their fourth PSAC school this year, Kutztown University, 92-74 on Saturday.
The Devils held a 42-37 lead at the half but a 16-1 Kutztown run in the opening 3:37 turned that lead into a 10-point deficit - a deficit that USP never recovered from. Jeff Miller (Sr., Interboro HS/Prospect Park, PA) led the Devils with 23 points, 19 in the first half. William Kurtz (Fr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) added 18 points while Chris Brattelli (Jr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) chipped in 12. Eric Cangelosi (Fr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) had a game-high 11 rebounds and a team-high five assists.
The game was close in the early part of the first half until Kutztown went on a 10-2 run to take a 21-14 lead with 11:30 left. USP followed with a 10-2 run of their own to retake the lead at 24-23 at the 9:19 mark and eventually boosted their lead to seven 39-32 with 4:09 left in the period. Five straight Kutztown points cut the lead back down to two 39-37 with 1:43 left. Miller's fifth three-pointer of the half put the Devils back up by five 42-37 before the half ended.
In the second half after the Kutztown run which put the Devils behind by 10, USP was able to close within seven, 55-48 on a three-point play by Gene Willard (Jr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/Broomall, PA) with 15:33 left. However, this was as close as the Devils would come, getting within singles digits only once in the game's final 11 minutes before falling to the Golden Bears by 18, 92-74.
The loss drops the Devils to 11-9 overall.
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