Monday, January 24, 2005
By Bob Heller
Kutztown University's men's basketball team connected on 12 of their first 13 shots and finished the game shooting 61.7% from the field as they handed the University of the Sciences their third consecutive loss at home, 79-66 tonight.
The Golden Bears finished the first half making 16 of 24 shots (66.7%) and led by six 36-30 with the Devils keeping things close by forcing nine turnovers. USP shot 40% for the half (12-30).
Chris Brattelli (Sr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) led the Devils with 15 points. Eric Cangelosi (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ) added 12 while Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) chipped in 11. For Kutztown, Bilal Salaam led a quartet of players in double figures with 23 points, with Bobby Eberhart adding 16.
Trailing by six at the half, the Devils opened the final period with two quick baskets to cut the deficit to two, 36-34. Kutztown then scored five straight points to take a seven point lead 41-34. The Devils gradually shaved points off the lead,again pulling within two, 45-43 with 13:36 to go. The Golden Bears then went on a 16-2 run over the next 6:30 to take command of the game with a 16-point lead, 61-45. Salaam started the run with a pair of free throws at the 13:23 mark, while the Devils turned the ball over five times in their next five possessions, with the Golden Bears capitalizing on the last two to go up by eight 51-43. Gene Willard (Sr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/ Broomall, PA) added a free throw at the 9:41 mark and Brattelli sank one of two from the charity stripe 21 seconds later to pull the Devils back within six 51-45. Kutztown then ran off 10 straight points, capped off by a five-point play made possible by a technical foul on USP Head Coach David Pauley. Dorian Sims made the two free throws and Salaam nailed a three pointer on the ensuing possession.
Down by 16, the Devils still showed some life, cutting the deficit to 10, 62-52 with a 7-1 run over the next two minutes. This was as close as USP would get as Kutztown scored the next six points to go back up by 16 and made seven of eight free throws over the final 1:34 to seal the win.
Willard and Collin Harrington (So., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ) tied for game-high honors in rebounding with seven along with Kutztown's Eberhart. Willard, who was held without a field goal for first time this season(0-6), also had three steals. The Devils finished the game shooting 38.6%, their second straight game shooting under 40%.
USP is now 6-10 overall. The Devils return to conference action on Thursday when they travel to Rutherford, New Jersey to take on Felician College