Thursday, February 3, 2005
By Bob Heller
The Bloomfield College Deacons men's basketball team broke USP's modest two game winning streak tonight, defeating the host Devils, 87-69.
Bloomfield placed three players in double figures, led by Daniel Terrell's 24 points (19 first half). Andre Dabney added 17 points and seven assists while Kareem Boswell chipped in 16. USP was led by Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) and Gene Willard (Sr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/ Broomall, PA). Kurtz connected on five three-point field goals and a pair of free throws for 17 points while Willard added 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field (3 'three-pointers').
The Devils were outshot by the Deacons 54.5% (30-55) to 37.7%(23-61). Bloomfield also bettered the Devils on the free throw line, connecting on 19 of 20 to USP's 11 of 20. USP was outrebounded 42-26.
Bloomfield used a 10-2 run in the first half to turn a tie game into an eight point lead, 26-18 midway through the period. The Deacons gradually built their lead up to 13, 39-26 with 2:15 left in the half. With the Devils outscoring in the final two minutes of the period, 7-3, they trailed by nine at the break, 42-33.
The Devils opened the half with a 14-6 run over the first 5:24 to pull within one 48-47. Eric Cangelosi (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ) started the scoring with a layup off the opening inbounds play. Bloomfield countered with a Boswell layup. Cangelosi added a free throw and Chris Brattelli (Sr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) had a layup to make the score 44-38 at the 18:32 mark. After Bloomfield's Javier Salson sank two free throws, Willard and Kurtz each nailed the long ball to make the score 46-44. Kurtz added another '3-ball at the 14:36 mark to end the run.
Bloomfield countered with an 13-1 run to go back up by double digits, 61-48 before Kurtz nailed his fourth 'three' of the game to make the score 61-51 with 9:59 left. Three minutes later, with the Devils still trailing by 10, 68-58, Bloomfield went on a 12-5 run to build their lead to 17, 80-63, with just 1:52 left. Free throws by the Deacons built the lead to 20 in the final minute before settling in for the 18-point win, 87-69.
USP falls to 8-12 overall with the loss, 7-7 in league play. The Devil take to the road for their next match as they travel to Newark, New Jersey to take on the New Jersey Institute of Technology in a CACC matchup on Saturday, February 5, 2005.