Thursday, February 17, 2005
By Bob Heller
Millersville University's Brian Jones had 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the visiting Marauders defeated the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's basketball team 74-62 tonight at the Bobby Morgan Arena.
Millersville used a 12-4 run over the final 5:58 to pull away from the hard-playing Devils squad who had been playing from behind throughout the entire second half.
Eric Cangelosi (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ) led the Devils with 17 points while Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) chipped in 13. Collin Harrington (So., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ) and Chris Brattelli (Sr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) each added eight points with Harrington leading the team in rebounds with seven. Chris Dougherty (Sr., Haverford HS/Haverford, PA) added seven points and five assists off the bench.
Joining Jones in double figures for Millersville were Toochi Udeinya and Greg Testa (15 points each).
Trailing by five at the half, the Devils opened the second period with a 7-3 run to pull within one 36-35 just 1:47 into the final stanza. Millersville countered with a 14-7 run to go back up by eight 50-42 at the 13:06 mark. Over the next five minutes of play the Marauders gradually built their leads to double figures, taking a 12-point lead 62-50 with 8:12 left.
The Devils then got two three-point field goals from Kurtz and a layup from Cangelosi off a Howard Lanier (Fr., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ) steal to cut the deficit to four, 62-58 with 5:58 left. USP scored just one point on their next six possessions (a free throw by Cangelosi) and the Marauders took advantage, starting their final run with six straight points to lead 70-59 with two minutes to go. Harrington scored the Devils final basket of the game, a layup with 1:09 left to pull USP within nine, 71-62 before Millersville scored the final three points of the game to make the final, 74-62.
Both teams shot extremely well in the second half with the Marauders besting the Devils 57.7% (15-26) to 54.2% (13-24). Millersville finished the game shooting 54.7% from the field (29-53) while the Devils shot 47.1% (24-51). Millersville also made twice as many free throws (12-25) as the Devils (6-12) and held a slight advantage on the boards 32-30. USP connected on 8-of 15 shots from three-point range (53.3%) to Millersville's 28.6% (4-14).
USP falls to 10-14 overall with the loss while Millersville improves to 18-5. USP will play their final regular season home game on Saturday, February 19, 2005 against Nyack College.