Wednesday, February 2, 2005
By Bob Heller
The Wilmington College Wildcats made a fierce rally in the final six minutes of tonight's game against the University of the Sciences men's team, cutting a 21-point lead to single digits. However the Devils held them off to earn their second straight win 70-59.
USP led 64-43 with 6:10 left in the game, when the Wildcats went on a 16-2 run to pull within seven, 66-59 with just 29 seconds left on the clock. Keying the run was Wilmington's Jason Maciey, who hit three three-point field goals including the Wildcats final basket of the run which pulled them within seven. The Devils lone two points came on free throws, one each by Chris Dougherty (Sr., Haverford HS/Haverford, PA) and Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ). After Maciey's last 'three', the Devils scored four straight points on free throws to end the suspense and make the final score 70-59.
Kurtz and Eric Cangelosi (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ) led the Devils with 16 points apiece. Kurtz connected on five 'threes' and a free throw while Cangelosi was 5-for-9 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free throw line. Chris Brattelli (Sr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Gene Willard (Sr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/ Broomall, PA) and Collin Harrington (So., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ) each chipped in eight. Willard also had 10 boards for the Devils. Wilmington placed four players in double figures, led by Jason Thomas' 14 points and Maciey's 12.
The Devils built their big lead courtesy of an 11-2 run to close out the first half, turning a nine point lead into and 18 point advantage. A Brattelli free throw started things off, followed by a Pete Adams (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Marlton, NJ) layup and a short jumper by Harrington. Thomas then scored the Wildcats lone basket of the run at the 2:39 mark, before Willard, Harrington and Dougherty added baskets to close out the first half scoring.
The Devils opened the second half with a 12-6 run to boost their lead to their biggest margin, 24, 50-26 with 16:10 left. USP still led, 54-32 when the Wildcats went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 15, 56-41 with 9:28 left, getting the first of Maciey's four 'treys', a pair of baskets from Bradford Morris and a basket by Thomas to breathe life into the Wildcats. The Devils countered with an 8-2 run of their own to go back up by 21, 64-43 before the Wildcats made their final push to try and upset the Devils. Brattelli had five of the Devils points during their last run, including their final field goal of the game at the 6:10 mark.
The Devils return home for their next contest, a CACC matchup against Bloomfield College on Thursday, February 3, 2005.