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Basketball Spotlight:
Tigers Pull Away in Second Half to Defeat Devils

Thursday, December 7, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

Holy Family University used a 10-0 run in the second half to swing momentum their way as the defeated the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, 49-39 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's basketball game tonight at the Bobby Morgan Arena on USP's campus.

The win improves the Tigers to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in league play. The Devils fall to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in conference games.

Howard Lanier (Jr., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, NJ) led the Devils with 13 points. Bill Kurtz (Sr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, N.J.) returned to action for the first time this season after and injury sidelined him for USP's first five games to score six points off the bench. Eric Cangelosi (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, NJ) led the Devils with a game-high 12 rebounds.

For the Tigers, Bruce Davenport came off the bench to score 17 points and pull down eight boards. Davenport connected on 8 of 11 shots from the field and also had three of the Tigers eight blocks. Raheem Scott added 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Devils led for all but the first 2:30 of the first half, taking a slim 24-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. Holy Family opened the second half with a 7-2 run to take a 28-26 lead at the 14:23 mark. Kurtz followed with the first of his two three-point field goals to give the Devils a 29-28 lead with 13:01 left. The Tigers then went on a 10-0 run to lead by nine, 38-29 with 9:07 left.

Scott started the run with a pair of baskets to make the score 32-29 and Davenport finished it with a short jumper and two layups off missed Tiger shots to complete the run. The Devils followed with six straight points to climb back within three, 38-35 with 6:53 left. USP got three free throws from Michael Mullane (Sr., Cherokee HS/Marlton, NJ) and another 'trey' from Kurtz to account for their scoring. A 7-2 run by the Tigers boosted their lead back to eight, 45-37 with 3:19 left. USP would manage just two more points over the final 2:19 (single free throws by Cangelosi and Lanier) as the Tigers made four of six free throws to close out the game with a 49-39 win.

For the game, the Devils made 13 of 42 shots from the field (31.0%) while Holy Family made 19 of 52 shots from the field (36.5%). From the free throw line, the Devils held a slight advantage (10-15, 66.7% to 9-17, 52.9%). The Tigers held a 35-34 advantage on the glass and committed just 11 turnovers to the Devils 23.

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