Saturday, January 22, 2005
By Bob Heller
Holy Family University's Ryan Haigh pumped in a career-high 41 points as the Tigers won the "Battle of Philadelphia" defeating the USP men's basketball team, 84-74, hading the Devils their second straight loss.
Haigh scored 30 of his 41 points in the second half, finishing the game shooting 11-for-16 from the field (6-for-7 from beyond the arc) and a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line. All 13 of Haigh's free throws came in the second half. Chris Kozole (14 points) and Bob Pressner (12 points) joined Haigh in double figures.
Eric Cangelosi (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ) paced the Devils with 19 points and nine rebounds. Joining Cangelosi in double figures were Gene Willard (Sr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/ Broomall, PA) (16 points) and Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) (13 points).
Holy Family shot a blistering 63.6% from the field in the second half (14-22) turning a slim halftime lead into the 10-point win. The Tigers finished the game shooting 54.0% (27-50) compared to USP's 38.5% (25-65). The Devils held the advantage on the boards 40-34.
The Tigers opened the game with a 13-2 run and still led by 11, 17-6 when the Devils went on a 17-2 run to take a four point lead 23-19 at the 6:52 mark. A pair of free throws by Willard started the run. Gene followed with a 3-ball and Pete Adams (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Marlton, NJ) added a layup at the 11:47 make to make the score 17-13. Layups by Chris Dougherty (Sr., Haverford HS/Haverford, PA) and Cangelosi tied at 17-17 before HFU's Dan Welch had a layup to break the 11-point streak of the Devils. Willard tied the game again at 19-19 with a pair of free throws and Cangelosi added two jumpers to complete the run and give USP a four-point lead.
USP built their lead up to six, 30-24 with 4:03 left before Holy Family closed out the half with a 10-2 run to take a 34-32 lead into the locker room at the break.
Holy Family maintained control in the second half, gradually building their lead to 11 points, 60-49 with 7:57 left. A 12-4 run by the Devils cut the deficit to three, 64-61 with 3:31 left but the Tigers quickly built the lead back up to 10, 71-61 just 1:19 later. The Devils could get no closer than six over the final two minutes as the Tigers were a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line over the last 34 seconds and 11-for-12 from the charity stripe over the final minute of play, sealing the ten-point win, 84-74.
With the loss, the Devils drop to 6-9 overall and 5-5 in the CACC. Holy Family improves to 10-6 overall and a league best 8-2.