Tuesday, March 1, 2005
By Bob Heller
Eric Cangelosi's put-back at the buzzer propelled the #7 seed University of the Sciences Men's Basketball team to a 70-68 victory over #2 seed and host Holy Family University tonight.
The Devils will now face #3 seed Caldwell College in the CACC semi-finals. The Cougars defeated #6 NJIT 85-71 at Caldwell College this evening. The game will be played on Friday at Caldwell College.
Cangelosi's (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ) game-winner came as the buzzer was sounding and followed a miss in the final seconds by Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ), breaking a 68-68 tie. Cangelosi finished the game with 18 points while Kurtz led all scorers with 23. Chris Brattelli (Sr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) joined Cangelosi and Kurtz in double figures with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Devils dramatic last shot was set up by an 8-0 Tiger run over the final three minutes that erased an eight point USP lead. The Devils led 68-60 at the 3:04 mark on a pair of free throws by Kurtz. Holy Family's Bob Presner (9 points) followed with a dunk. Gene Willard (Sr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/ Broomall, PA), who returned to action after missing six games with a shoulder injury was fouled on the Devils next possession but failed to convert on two free throws. After the Tigers scored again to cut the lead to four, 68-64, the Devils turned the ball over, leading to a breakaway layup by Chris Kozole (22 points). Presner's layup at the 1:06 mark tied the game up at 68-68. Willard was called for an offensive foul on the Devils next possession, however the Tigers failed to score and the Devils regained the ball with 17 seconds left and called timeout with 6.2 seconds left to set up the final play of the game.
USP had a 14-point halftime lead, 39-25 mostly due to a 20-3 run over an eight minute stretch late in the period. Trailing 18-17 with 9:48 left, the Devils scored 10 straight points to take a 27-18 lead at the 5:35 mark before Kozole's three-point field goal cut the lead to six, 27-21. USP again scored 10 straight points to boost the margin to 16, 37-21 at the 1:20 mark. The Tigers added two baskets to the Devils one over the final minute to make the margin 14 points at the break. USP shot 48.3% in the first half (14-29) to Holy Family's 36.7% (11-30). Defensively, the Devils also held Presner, the CACC's leading scorer, scoreless in the first 20 minutes of play. Presner finished the game with nine points, four in the final three minutes of the game.
With the win, the Devils improve to 12-16 overall. Holy Family finishes their season at 18-10.