Saturday, December 3, 2005
By Bob Heller
The Dominican College Chargers scored nine points in the final 1:17, negating a solid second half by the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's basketball team, handing the Devils their fourth straight loss, 66-63.
With the game tied at 57-all, the Devils gave up a three point play to go down by three 60-57 at the 1:08 mark. Collin Harrington's (Jr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ) basket made the score 60-59 before Damien Davis connected from downtown to put the Chargers up four 63-59 with 30 ticks left on the clock. Howard Lanier's (So., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ) two free throws made the score 63-61 with 24 seconds left. Charger free throws by Prince Jackson and James Gray sealed the win as Lanier's three point shot at the buzzer fell way short.
The loss drops the Devils to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in CACC games. Dominican improves to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Harrington led all scorers with 20 points. Eric Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) added 14 points and a game high nine rebounds.Bill Kurtz (Jr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) joined Harrington and Cangelosi as the only other Devil in double figures with 14 points. Tahiem Stewart came off the bench to lead the Chargers with 16 points and seven rebounds while Chaz Holloway added 11 points.
Dominican held a nine point advantage at the half, 35-26 as the devils scored the first five points of the half to cut the deficit to three 35-32. After the Chargers again boosted their lead back up to eight, 42-34, the Devils went on a 7-0 run to pull within one 42-41 at the 13:14 mark before Holloway nailed a three-pointer and Gray a layup to give the Chargers a six point lead 47-41. The lead was still six, 52-46 when the Devils ran off eight straight points to take their first lead since the 13:13 mark of the first half, 54-52 with 5:43 left. Two baskets by Cangelosi, a free throw followed by a long trey by Kurtz accounted for the Devils eight points.
Both teams exchanged baskets and the Devils held a 56-54 lead until Lanier fouled Davis while he was making a three-point shot attempt. Davis made all three free throws to give the Chargers the lead for good, 57-56 with 2:25 left.
The Devils finished the game shooting 51.2% from the field (22-43) but were just 1-for-7 from beyond the arc. The Chargers on the other hand made 9 of 13 shots from three-point range and shot 21-for-51 (41.2% overall from the field. USP also struggled on the foul line, connecting on only 18 of 27 shots (66.7%) while the Chargers were 15 of 18 from the charity stripe (83.3%)
The Devils will play their next game at home on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 against Felician College. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m.