Friday, February 17, 2006
By Bob Heller
The Felician College Golden Falcons exploded for 51 second half points as they handed the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia their second straight loss 84-65 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball game in Rutherford, New Jersey tonight.
USP falls to 11-13 overall and 9-10 in league play. Felician improves to 12-12 overall and 10-9 in league play.
Shane Connor (Fr., Pocono Mountain East HS/Canadensis, PA) came off the bench to lead the Devils with a career high 18 points, connecting on seven of 11 shots from the field (two, three-point FG) and a pair of free throws. Joining him in double figures were Eric Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ), Bill Kurtz (Jr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) and Collin Harrington (Jr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, NJ). Cangelosi added 14 points, all in the second half before fouling out late in the game. Kurtz also scored all 11 of his points in the second half while Harrington had 11 as well before he fouled out as well.
Vincent Parnell led Felician with 19 points while Thomas Johnson and Raffinee Williams came off the bench to score 17 and 15 points respectively.
Twenty-eight of Felician's 51 second half points came at the foul line as a total of 23 fouls were called against the Devils in the final period. In all a total of 47 fouls were called in the game (37 of them in the second half).
USP led by three 26-23 with 5:16 to go in the first period before Felician closed out the half scoring ten straight points to take a 33-26 lead into the lockerroom at the break. Early in the second half, Felician built their lead to nine, 37-28 before the Devils went on a 10-3 run to pull within two, 40-38 with 15:05 left. Kurtz started the run with a short jumper to make the score 37-30. Felician's Johnson added a basket to boost the lead back to nine, 39-30 before Harrington had a baseline layup, was fouled and made the free throw to complete the three-point play and pull USP within six, 39-33. Cangelosi added a bucket at the 16:00 mark to make the score 39-35. A free throw by Felician's Michael Pierrot boosted the lead back to five 40-35 before Cangelosi made a three-point play of his own on a layup and free throw to make the score 40-38.
Felician then forced several USP turnovers and went on a 17-8 run to boost their lead to double digits, 57-46 midway through the period. Nearly a two minutes later, Felician's lead was 18, 66-48 with 8:27 left in the game. USP pulled back within 12, 73-61 with 4:36 left on Kurtz' lone three-point field goal of the game but this was as close as the Devils would get, scoring just four points the rest of the way as Felician cruised to the 19-point win, 84-65.
Felician held a big advantage on the free throw line, connecting on 30 of 39 (76.9%) shots from the stripe for the game while USP made just 16 of 24 (66.7%). The Golden Falcons also outshot the Devils, 56.8% (25-44) to 42.6% (23-54) and held a 30-24 advantage on the board. USP had just three assists while turning the ball over 15 times.
The Devils will play their final regular season road game this Saturday, February 18, 2006 at Bloomfield College. Tip off is slated for 3 p.m.