Monday, February 16, 2004
By Bob Heller
Lightning did not strike the USP men's basketball team last night, but the Devils struck for 47 points in the second half to strike down the Lightning of Goldey Beacom College, 85-64 at the Bobby Morgan Arena last night.
The win improves the Devils to 12-9 overall and 12-4 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). USP remains in third place, one game behind Teikyo Post and two behind front-runner Felician College.
USP place four players in double-figures. Jeff Miller (Sr., Interboro HS/Prospect Park, PA) led all scorers with 18 points. Chris Brattelli (Jr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) added 16 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Joining Brattelli and Miller in double figures were Gene Willard (Jr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/Broomall, PA) and William Kurtz (Fr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ). Willard had 13 points and six rebounds while Kurtz chipped in 11 points and six assists coming off the bench.
Goldey Beacom hung tough in the first half, leading the game at several points throughout the half. Two ties and 21 lead changes later, the Devils held a 38-32 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Devils took it to their opponent, outscoring the Lightning 22-7 to start the half and take a 60-39 lead with 12:20 to go. Brattelli contributed eight points during the run while Willard added six points and Miller four. USP held onto their big lead, as the Lightning could pull no closer than 14, 78-64 with 1:08 left. The Devils scored the last seven points of the game to make the final score 85-64.
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