Thursday, January 6, 2005
By Bob Heller
The USP men's basketball team connected on 13 of 20 shots from the field in the second half as they overcame a three-point halftime deficit to defeat Dominican College 72-62 tonight.
USP finished the game shooting a sizzling 61.0% (25-41) from the field while the Chargers hit just 50% of their shots (26-52). The Devils held the advantage on the free throw line, making 15 of 22 (68.2% compared to just 7 of 12(58.3%) for Dominican.
Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) and Chris Brattelli (Sr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) led the Devils with 17 points apiece while Eric Cangelosi (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ) chipped in an even dozen. Brattelli also snagged game-high rebound honors with eight. Kurtz turned in another solid performance shooting from three-point range, connecting on five of 10 shots. Bill has made 12 threes in his last two games (12-25, 48%).
Trailing at the half, 32-29, the Devils fell behind by six 38-32 in the opening 90 seconds and still trailed by four 4036 with 15:27 left. USP followed with a 21-3 run over the next 7:29 to take a 14-point lead 57-43 with 7:58 to go. USP connected on eight of 10 shots during this stretch, with Kurtz starting things off with a three-point field goal and Pete Adams (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Marlton, NJ) ending it with a driving layup. Adams was fouled and made the free throw to complete the three-point play. Brattelli had nine of the 21 points during the run, with Kurtz adding five.
The Devils still led by 14 , 62-48 with 5:13 to go when dominican went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead in half and make the score 62-55 with just 3:28 left. Howard Lanier (Fr., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ) made a jumper in the paint and Brattelli connected on one of two free throws to boost USP's lead back up to 10 65-55 with 2:40 left. The Devils then connected on five of six free throws in the final 2:40 to seal the win, 72-62.
USP had trailed by as many as six in the first half - a period that saw five ties and seven lead changes with Dominican grabbing the lead in the final minute of the period and going up three by the break, 32-29.
The Devils take to the road for their next two conference games, a Tuesday evening matchup at Goldey Beacom College on January 13th and an afternoon matinee at Nyack on the January 16th.