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Basketball Spotlight:
Hot Second Half Powers Devils to Third Straight Win

Friday, February 10, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia shot a blistering 68.4% in the second half of their men's basketball game against Nyack College tonight to earn their third straight win, 75-69 and even their conference record at 8-8.

The Devils are now 10-11 overall and 8-8 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) games. Nyack falls to 10-12 overall and 9-8 in CACC games.

With the game tied at the break, the Devils took just 19 shots in the second half, making 13 of them. USP's 13 field goals equaled the total made by Nyack in the half, however the Devils shot even better from beyond the arc, connecting on six of eight shots (75%) while the Warriors failed to make a single three-point basket in the half (0-12). USP's six second half 'threes' proved to be the difference as both teams made 12 free throws in the period.

Eric Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) paced the Devils again with 26 points. Cangelosi made six of 10 shots from the field and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line and 2-2 from beyond the arc. Joining Cangelosi in double figures for the Devils was Howard Lanier (So., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ) with 17 points and Collin Harrington (Jr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ) with 12. Harrington also led the Devils with six rebounds.Lanier, Keith Dundas (So., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, PA) and Bill Kurtz (Jr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) each dished out four assists to pace USP.

Sheanan Martinez led Nyack with 23 points. Adam Bauman and Josh Tate joined Martinez in double figures with 10 points apiece. Lataiva Escho and John Van Dunk each had eight rebounds to lead the Warriors.

USP opened the second half with a 10-2 run to turn a 31-31 tie into an eight point lead. Lanier started things off with a short jumper before Martinez knotted the game up at 33-all. Kurtz and Cangelosi followed with three-point field goals and Cangelosi added a pair of free throws to make the score 41-33 with 16:21 left.

Nyack scored the next six points to pull back within two 41-39 before the Devils went on a 6-2 run to go back up by seven 48-41 with 13:06 left. The next 3:35 belonged to the Warriors as they outscored the Devils 12-2 to take their first lead of the half, 53-50. A minute later the score was tied for the tenth time, 55-55. A three-pointer by Lanier, baskets by Cangelosi and Harrington and a 'trey' by Cangelosi completed a 15-6 run by USP to give the Devils a 65-579 lead with just 4:13 left.

Nyack continued to claw back, cutting the lead to three on three occasions, the last with just 58 seconds left on a traditional three-point play by Josh Tate. After Lanier missed a free throw to give the Warriors the ball back, Martinez was fouled and sank two free throws to cut the Devils lead to one, 70-69 with 35 second left. Lanier went to the line again and this time made both free throws to put USP back up by three, 72-69 with 30 seconds to go. Martinez turned the ball over on the Warriors next possession and Lanier again went to the line, making one of two with 17 seconds left to give USP a four point lead 73-69. Cangelosi, who entered the game shooting only 54.2% from the free throw line this season, completed his perfect night at the charity stripe with two free throws in the final five seconds to seal the 75-69 win for the Devils.

For the game, the Devils shot 52.1% (25-48) and 7 of 16 from beyond the arc (43.8%). Nyack connected on 24 of 56 shots from the field (42.9%) and just five of 24 three-point attempts (20.8%). The Devils made 18 of 21 free throws (85.7%) to Nyack's 16-for-22 (72.7%) and were outrebounded 35-27.

The Devils return home to take on Goldey Beacom College in a CACC matchup on Saturday, February 11, 2006. Tip off is scheduled for 3p.m.

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