Tuesday, January 17, 2006
By Bob Heller
Keith Dundas scored 19 points and Michael Mullane came off the bench to score 17 as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's basketball team cruised to an 80-58 win over the Wilmington College Wildcats this evening.
The win, the Devils third conference win in their last four games, improved their overall record to 5-9 and their record in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games to 3-6. Wilmington drops to 1-13 overall and 1-8 in league play.
Dundas (So., Pennsbury HS/ Morrisville, PA) made seven of nine shots from the field and five of six from the free throw line en route to his 19 points. Mullane (Jr., Cherokee HS/Marlton, NJ) shot 4-for-6 from the field of was 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Joining Dundas and Mullane in double figures were Howard Lanier (So., St. Augustine Prep/ Sicklerville, NJ) and Shane Connor (Fr., Pocono Mountain East HS/Canadensis, PA) with 12 points apiece. Lanier also dished out a game high 8 assists. Eric Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) led the Devils with nine rebounds.
Chris Rogers led Wilmington with 16 points while Taurean Temple and Bradford Morris had 15 and 10 points respectively.
Hot shooting in the first help boosted the Devils to a double-digit lead early in the game, taking a 19-6 lead just seven minutes into the game. USP made eight of their first 10 shots from the field and finished the half shooting 57.1% (16-28). Their strong shooting performance gave the Devils a 24-point advantage at the half, 46-22.
In contrast to their first half hot shooting, the Devils started out ice cold in the second half as Wilmington turned up the intensity. The Wildcats opened the period with a 16-5 run to whittled USP's lead down to 13, 51-38 at the 11:17 mark. The Devils struck back, going on a 9-1 run of their own over the next 2:31 to lead by 21, 60-39. Mullane started things off with a pair of free throws and a three-point field goal. Collin Harrington (Jr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ) then completed the run with a layup and a short jumper. Wilmington could pull no closer than 15 over the final seven minutes as the Devils pulled away, taking their biggest lead 25 points, 76-51 on a Shane Connor layup with 3:12 left before settling in for the 22-point win.
The Devils shot 51.9% for the game (27-52) and were 22-for-27 from the free throw line. (81.5%). Wilmington shot 36.1% from the field (22-61) and were 12-for-14 from the charity stripe. The Devils held a big advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats 39-27. Both teams committed 19 turnovers.
Next up for the Devils will be another key CACC matchup when they face area rival Holy Family University this Thursday night in Northeast Philadelphia. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m.