Friday, February 3, 2006
By Bob Heller
Eric Cangelosi scored a game-high 19 points to lead the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia to a 60-46 victory over host New Jersey Institute of Technology in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) men's basketball game last night at the Fleischer Center in Newark, New Jersey.
The Devils improve to 8-11 overall and 6-8 in CACC games with the win, completing the season series sweep. (USP defeated NJIT 69-56 at USP on 1/7). NJIT falls to 7-14 overall and 4-12 in league play.
Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half as the Devils led right from the opening tap to take a 29-19 lead at the break. USP's defense stifled the Highlander offense in the first half as NJIT made just eight of 19 shots from the field (36.4%) including an 0-for-8 mark from beyond the arc.
USP meanwhile hit 12 of 27 shots from the field in the first half (44.4%) and took advantage of second chance opportunities, scoring seven points on second chance shots, while the Highlanders had only one second chance point.
USP scored the first two points of the second half to go up by 12, 31-19 before the Highlanders went on a 8-2 run to pull within six, 33-27 at the 15:38 mark. An 8-4 USP run put the devils back up by double digits 41-31 with 11:03 left. The Highlanders closed within six on two more occasions, the last being at the 4:46 mark making the score 47-41. USP closed out the game with a 13-5 run to provide the Devils with the final margin of victory. Cangelosi had five of his six second half points in the final run while Bill Kurtz (Jr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) added four points- all on free throws.
Cangelosi also pulled down eight rebounds. Collin Harrington (Jr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ) led the Devils with 12 rebounds while scoring eight points while Keith Dundas (So., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, PA) chipped in nine points. Marc Milbourne Swan led the Highlanders with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
For the game the Devils shot 44.7%(21-47) from the field and were 13-for-18 (72.2%) from the free throw line. NJIT made just 39.1% from the field (18-46) and 7-of-14 (50%) from the charity stripe.
USP returns home to face Post University on Saturday, February 4, 2006. Tip off time is scheduled for 3p.m.