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Rutledge Sparks Devils to Win over Lightning as Cangelosi scores 1,000th Career Point

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

Brendan Rutledge came off the bench to record a double-double and Eric Cangelosi scored the 1,000th point of his college career as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia defeated the Goldey Beacom Lightning, 76-67 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball game at the Bobby Morgan Arena in Philadelphia tonight.

The win improved the Devils record to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in league play. Goldey Beacom falls to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in league games.

Rutledge (So., Hopewell Valley HS/ Pennington, N.J.) led the Devils with 16 points and 14 rebounds, both career highs. Brendan also recorded a career-high six blocked shot. Cangelosi (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) also recorded 16 points, getting his 1,000th career point on a free throw in the first half. Michael Mullane (Sr., Cherokee HS/Marlton, NJ) and Howard Lanier (So., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ) added 15 and 14 points respectively.

D.J Stanberry (24 points) and Adrian Miles (13 points) led the Lightning.

Cangelosi entered the game with 992 career points and needed eight to become just the 31st player in the 104-year history of men's basketball at the institution to record 1,000 career points. After a slow start, Cangelosi got two jumpers late in the first half to put him within one point of the 1,000-point mark. Eric was fouled with 3:41 left and promptly sank his first free throw to reach the 1,000 mark. Cangelosi's second free throw was his ninth point of the half. Eric went on to score seven more points in the second half to finish with 16 for the game and 1,007 for his career.

The Devils led by five, 34-29 at the half as the Lightning came out playing aggressive defense in the opening minutes of the second period, tying the game at 37-37 and taking their first lead since midway through the first period, 40-39 on a Stanberry 'trey'. The Devils then went on a 12-2 run to take a nine point lead, 51-42 with 8:01 left. USP scored the first eight points of the run, getting a layup from Curtis Fitch (Fr., Marianapolis Prep/North Grosvenordale, Conn.), a free throw and later a basket from Lanier, and baskets from Shane Connor (So., Pocono Mountain East HS/Canadensis, Pa.) and Keith Dundas (Jr., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, PA) before a pair of Miles free throws by GBC broke the run. Another free throw by Lanier and a layup by Rutledge completed the run.

After GBC's Derek Savage made two free throws to pull the Lightning within seven, the Devils ran off seven straight points to take a 14-point lead, 58-44 with 5:19 left. Five of the seven points came at the free throw line, with a layup by Rutledge proving the remaining two. USP took their biggest lead of the game 69-53 with just 1:57 left on a pair of free throws by Lanier. A 14-4 run by the Lighting over the next 1:24 cut the lead to six, 73-67 with just 23 seconds left. Lanier added two free throws and Cangelosi one to round out the scoring and give the devils a 76-67 win.

USP used an 11-2 run in the first half to turn a one-point deficit into an eight point lead 26-18 with 5:58 left. The Lightning closed out the half, outscoring the Devils 9-6 to pull within five at the break 34-29.

For the game, the Devils shots 56.8% from the field (25-44) and slightly better from the free throw line, connecting on 23 of 39 (59%). Goldey Beacom made just eight of 31 shots in the first half (25.8%) and finished the game shooting 33.3% (21-63).

From the free throw line, Goldey made just 18 of 28 shots (64.3).

USP dominated the boards, 46-30 which was offset by committing 23 turnovers to the Lightning's 12. A total of 52 fouls were called during the game (USP-25).

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