Wednesday, March 1, 2006
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men’s basketball team’s season came to an end tonight as the top seeded Bloomfield College Deacons defeated the Devils 101-75 in the quarterfinals of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoffs in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
USP ends their season with a 12-16 record. The Deacons advance to the semi-finals where they will take on #4 seed Nyack College who defeated #5 seed Felician College. Bloomfield improves to 19-8 with the win.
Keith Dundas (So., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, PA) paced the Devils with 15 points. Eric Cangelosi (Jr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) added 13 points and a game high 10 rebounds. Bill Kurtz (Jr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, NJ) chipped in 11 points while Shane Connor (Fr., Pocono Mountain East HS/Canadensis, PA) came off the bench to score 10 (eight in the second half).
Daniel Terrell and Rob Lawrence paced the Deacon with 19 points apiece. Tony Wilson added 15 points while Shelton Powell and Andre Dabney added 13 and 12 respectively. Powell paced the Deacons with nine rebounds.
The Deacons jumped on the Devils right from the opening tap, opening up a 16-2 lead and never looked back. Bloomfield still led by 14 when they went on a 17-2 run to boost their lead to 29, 43-14 with 6:23 left and increased the lead to 32 by the break, 56-24.
USP battled back in the second half, whittling the lead to 20, 86-66 with 3:43 left but Bloomfield scored eight points in a span of a minute to go back up by 28, 94-66 with 2:47 left. A 9-5 run by USP cut the lead back down to 24, 99-75 with 36 seconds left before the Deacons added a final basket to make the score 101-75 at the end of the game.
USP’s offense was not clicking in the first half as they shot just 27% (10-37) from the field. The Deacons produced a 58.3% effort in the first period, connecting on 21 of 36 shots from the field. For the game, USP shot 37.3% (28-75) while Bloomfield made 56.3% of their shots from the field (36-64). The Devils made just one of 15 shots from beyond the arc while Bloomfield made 8 of 21. Bloomfield also held the advantage on the charity stripe, making 21 of 30 free throws (70%) while USP hit just 18 of 25 (72%). Bloomfield held a slight edge on the boards 39-38 while committing 20 turnovers. (21 assists) USP had 17 turnovers and just 13 assists.