Saturday, January 21, 2006
By Bob Heller
Eric Cangelosi scored a season high 23-points as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's basketball team recorded their second upset victory in three days, defeating the then first-place Nyack College Warriors 66-62 early this evening at USP's Morgan Arena.
The win, USP's fourth straight conference win, improves the Devils overall record to 7-9 and 5-6 in Central atlantic Collegiate Conference play. Nyack falls to 9-6 overall, 8-3 in CACC games. USP is now 7-2 over their last nine games after starting the season 0-7.
Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) connected on eight of 14 shots from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to go along with four free throws en route to his season high. Howard Lanier (So., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ), the hero from last Thursday's win against Holy Family added 14 points. Cangelosi also led the Devils with six rebounds.
Sheanan Martinez led Nyack with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Lataiva Escho and Brian Roberts added 11 and 10 points respectively.
The game was close with three lead changes and a tie over the first 6:26 until the Devils went on an 8-0 run to turn a one-point deficit into a seven point lead, 17-10 at the 9:32 mark. Keith Dundas (So., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, PA) started the run with a layup with Cangelosi scoring the next six points. After Nyack pulled within four, 19-15 the Devils closed out the half with a 12-6 run to take a 10-point advantage into the locker room at the break 31-21.
In the second half, the Devils built their lead to 13 on two occasions before the Warriors came back to cut the lead to seven, 41-34 at the 14 minute mark. USP then went on a 9-2 run over the next 3:15, getting all their points from downtown on "treys' by Cangelosi, Bill Kurtz (Jr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) and Shane Connor (Fr., Pocono Mountain East HS/Canadensis, PA) to take a 50-36 lead at the 10:45 mark.
Nyack made another push, going on a 16-3 run to pull within one 53-52 with 4:02 left. Martinez scored nine of Nyack's 16 points during the run. The Devils withstood the Warriors charge and countered with a mini-run of 7-3 to boost their lead back up to five 60-55 with just 1:24 remaining.
Martinez hit a jumper to pull Nyack within three, 60-57, before Cangelosi nailed his last basket of the day with 45 seconds left to put USP back up by five, 62-57. After Roberts missed a three-point attempt the Warriors were forced to foul. Dundas went 1-for-2 from the line and Kurtz did the same to give USP a seven point lead, 64-57 with 21.2 seconds left. Escho's 'trey' with 10.8 seconds left pulled the Warriors back within four 64-60 and Martinez made a short jumper after Cangelosi also made only one of two shots from the line to make the score 65-62 with six seconds left. Nyack fouled Lanier with 4.1 seconds left, who also made only one of two shots which gave the Devils a four point lead, 66-62 and more importantly made it a two-possession game. Martinez' three-point attempt fell short at the buzzer and the Devils had another upset win, 66-62.
The Devils connected on 41.4% of their shots from the field (24-58) and were 7-for-19 from long distance (36.8%). Nyack outshot the Devils, shooting 42.9% (24-56) from the field but when only 4-for-16 from downtown (25%). Both teams were fairly even from the charity stripe with the Devils making 11 of 21 (52.4%) and Nyack connecting on 10 of 16 (92.5%). The Warriors held a 44-30 advantage on the boards but committed 20 turnovers and four assists to the Devils 9 turnovers and 15 assists.
USP opens up the second half of their conference season with a home game against area rival Philadelphia University on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m.