Saturday, January 28, 2006
By Bob Heller
A late rally by the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia fell short as Dominican College handed the Devils their second straight loss, 72-65 in a CACC men’s basketball game at the Hennessy Center in Orangeburg, New York this afternoon.
The loss drops the Devils to 7-11 overall and 5-8 in league play. Dominican moves into a tie with the Devils with an identical 5-8 league record and improves to 6-12 overall.
USP was led by Eric Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ), who scored a game-high 21 points (15 second half). Howard Lanier (So., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ) added 18 points while Bill Kurtz (Jr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) chipped in 10 (all in the first half).
Dominican was led by Prince Jackson’s 20 points. Will Carty added 15 points off the bench and Tahiem Stewart chipped in 12 and had a game high nine rebounds.
Dominican led by seven, 64-57 with just 2:41 remaining when the Devils made their final push. Cangelosi started things off with a layup to pull USP within five 64-59 at the 2:15 mark. Cangelosi was fouled but missed the free throw giving the Chargers possession. Two missed jumpers, a turnover and a foul by the Chargers put Cangelosi back on the line with 1:05 to go. The junior forward sank both free throws to pull the Devils within three, 64-61. DC’s Damien Davis and Cangelosi exchanged layups and the Devils still trailed by three, 66-63 with 26 seconds left. This was as close as the Devils would get as the Chargers made six straight free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the 72-65 win. Lanier scored the Devils' final two points with a pair of free throws with 7.3 seconds left.
The Devils took an early 10-point lead 13-3 in the first half only to see their lead evaporate with a 15-2 run by the Chargers as they took a 16-15 lead with 8:16 left. The Devils regained the lead and led 22-20 with 3:44 left. Dominican closed out the half with a 9-4 run to take a 29-26 lead into the locker room at the break.
USP made just seven of 20 shots from the field in the first half (35%0 as compared to Dominican’s 11-for-22.. The Devils shot better in the second half, connecting on 12 of 23 shots (52.2%) to finish the game shooting 44.2% (19-43). USP made 7 of 13 shots from beyond the arc and were 20 for 23 from the free throw line. For the game, the Chargers shot 53.3% (24-45) from the field (3-9 beyond the arc) and 21 of 28 from the charity stripe (75.0%). The Chargers held a 30-21 advantage on the boards while committing just 14 turnovers to USP’s 17.
The Devils return to action on Thursday, February 2, 2006 when they travel to Newark, New Jersey to take on New Jersey Institute of Technology in a CACC conference game. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m.