Friday, March 5, 2004
By Bob Heller
The USP men's basketball team took their first step towards a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship last night, downing Nyack College 72-55 in the quarterfinal round.
The Devils placed four players in double figures, led by Chris Dougherty's (Jr., Haverford HS/Haverford, PA) 18 points. Gene Willard (Jr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/Broomall, PA) added 14 while William Kurtz (Fr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) and Jeff Miller (Sr., Interboro HS/Prospect Park, PA) chipped in 11 and 10 respectively. Miller also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds and dished out a game-high seven assists.
USP held a slight advantage on the boards, out rebounding Nyack 39-38. The devils also won the battle on the free throw line, connecting on 16 of 22 shots to Nyack's 4 of 7. Nyack committed 23 turnovers to the Devils 15. USP outshot their opponent 44.6% to 34.9%.
The Devils led by six at the half, 33-27. Nyack quickly cut the lead to three, 33-30 with 18:33 left before Willard's three-point field goal put the Devils back up by six, 36-30 with 16:02 left. Kurtz and Pete Adams (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Marlton, NJ) followed with three-point field goals sandwiched between a pair of Nyack baskets to boost the devils lead to eight , 42-34 with 13:07 left. USP then went on a 13-3 run over the next 5:41 to take total command of the game, 55-37. USP held form as Nyack could get no closer than 13 points over the final seven minutes settling in for the 15-point win, 72-55.
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