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Basketball Spotlight:
Devils Defeat Felician to Win Conference Opener

Thursday, December 2, 2004

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The USP men's basketball team placed three players in double figures as they held off a comeback attempt by Felician College to win their Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Opener 72-66, breaking a three game losing skid.

Gene Willard (Sr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/Broomall, PA) led all scorers with 18 points. Willard also pulled down seven rebounds, tying him for team high honors with Eric Cangelosi (So., Camden Catholic HS/ Haddon Heights, NJ). Cangelosi also had 16 points while Chris Brattelli (Sr., Highland Regional HS/Clementon, NJ) chipped in 14.

With the Devils leading by seven at the half, Felician slowly whittled away at the lead cutting the margin to four 38-34 with 15:45 left in the game. USP then went on a 6-0 run over the next 1:45 to open up a double-digit advantage 44-34 with 14 minutes left. Cangelosi started the run with a layup and a free throw for a three-point play at the 15:13 mark. Willard added a jumper at the 14:19 mark and Cangelosi added another free throw at the 14 minute mark to complete the run.

A 7-3 run by Felician cut the lead back down to six 47-41 with 12:06 left but free throws by Keith Dundas (Fr., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, PA) and a layup by Collin Harrington (So., Bishop Eustace HS/ Sewell, NJ) put the Devils back up by 10, 51-41 with 11:39 to go. Bill Kurtz (So., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) gave the Devils their biggest lead of the half 54-43 with the second of his three three-point field goals at the 7:03 mark. Felician countered with five straight points to pull back within six 54-48 before Kurtz added another trey at the 5:47 mark to put the Devils back up by nine 57-48.

Felician mounted another comeback attempt, outscoring USP 8-4 to pull within five 61-56 with 3:13 to go. Layups by Brattelli and Cangelosi put the Devils back up by nine 65-56 with just 2:17 left. Cangelosi added two free throws with 55 seconds left to, putting USP up by 10, 68-58. Felician closed out the game with another 8-4 run to make the final score 72-66.

First half action saw nine lead changes and two ties before the Devils took the lead for good 24-22 with 5:58 left in the period. USP led by seven at the half 32-25.

The Devils are now 2-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Next up for USP is a conference game at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut on Saturday December 4, 2004.

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