Thursday, January 12, 2006
By Bob Heller
Cold shooting in the opening minutes of the game doomed the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's basketball team as they dug themselves a deep hole early and could not get out as Bloomfield College defeated the host Devils 84-67 at the Bobby Morgan Arena this evening.
The loss drops the Devils to 3-9 overall and 1-6 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play. Bloomfield improves to 8-5 overall, 7-1 in league play.
The Devils made just four of their first 14 shots and turned the ball over six times in the first 8:40 of the game as the Deacons took advantage and opened up a 23-9 lead and never looked back. USP cut the lead back down to 10, 25-15 with 9:230 to go before the Deacons went on a 14-2 run to open their biggest lead of the game at 39-17 at the five minute mark. The Devils whittled the lead back down to 17 by the break,42-25, outscoring Bloomfield 6-1 over the final 3:42 of the period.
Bloomfield again boosted the lead back up to 22. 55-33 six minutes into the second half before the Devils started to claw back into the game. Playing hard and not giving up, USP whittled the lead to 11, 69-58 with 4:45 to go. This was as close as the devils would come as Bloomfield kept up the pressure and increased the lead back to 17 as the final buzzer sounded, 84-67.
Bloomfield's Andre Dabney led all scorers with 20 points. Three teammates joined Dabney in double figures, each scoring 13 points: Daniel Terrell, Kevin Womack and Kareem Boswell. Shelton Powell finished with nine points and a game high 12 rebounds.
Eric Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) led the Devils with 18 points and nine rebounds. Keith Dundas (So., Pennsbury HS/ Morrisville, PA) joined Cangelosi in double figures with 13 points.
For the game, the Devils made just 22 of 67 shots from the field (32.8%). Bloomfield connected on 37 of 69 shots (53.6%). USP did hold a big advantage on the free throw line, making 20 of 26 (76.9%) compared to Bloomfield's 8 of 18 (44.4%) but were outrebounded 46-40.