Saturday, February 12, 2005
By Bob Heller
The USP men’s basketball team held host Dominican College to 24% shooting in the first half building a 28-15 halftime lead en route to a 58-48 win this afternoon.
Eric Cangelosi (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ) led the Devils with 11 points and 10 rebounds, recording his first double-double of the season. Collin Harrington (So., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ) added 10 points while Chris Brattelli (Sr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ), Chris Dougherty (Sr., Haverford HS/Haverford, PA) and Keith Dundas (Fr., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, PA) chipped in eight to the Devils well balanced scoring attack.
The Chargers (10-14, 8-8) made just six field goals in the first half (6-25, 24%) as the Devils defense limited Dominican to 15 points, the lowest total by a USP opponent in the first half of a game this season. Offensively, the Devils made 11 of 24 shots in the half and closed out the period with a 16-3 run to lead by 13, 28-15. The score was tied at 12-12 at the 11:43 mark when the Devils ran off eight straight points to go up by eight 20-12. Howard Lanier (Fr., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ) started things off with a basket followed by a Cangelosi layup and a pair of Dougherty free throws. Harrington followed with a short jumper with 6:43 left giving the Devils the eight-point cushion.
Dominican's Paul Tuomey broke the run, making one of two free throws at the 3:54 mark. USP's Dundas then added a layup and a pair of free throws to give the Devils a double-digit lead 24-13. Andrew Marsh cut the Devils lead back to nine with a basket at the 1:09 mark before Cangelosi and Brattelli scored layups to complete the 16-3 run.
After the 16-3 run to end the first half, the Devils led by 10 or more points throughout the second half, going up by 16 on six occasions, the last being 55-39 with 2:40 left as Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) nailed his second three-point field goal of the game. Dominican scored the next seven points to pull within nine, but this was as close they would get as Harrington sank a pair of free throws and Cangelosi added another in the final 30 seconds for their final points of the game, giving the Devils their ninth win, 58-48.
The Devils took only 14 shots in the second half, making eight (57.1%). USP finished the game shooting 50% from the field (19-38) while Dominican made just 33.3% of their shots (17-51). The Devils also held a 35-23 edge on the boards but committed 26 turnovers to the Chargers 18. USP also held the advantage on the free throw line, 18-27 (66.7%) to 12-15 (80%) for Dominican
The Devils improve to 9-13 overall and more importantly raised their record to 8-8 in conference play, solidifying their position for a playoff spot. Dominican falls to 10-14 overall , 8-8 in the league. Tuomey(10 points) was the only player in double figures for the Chargers.