Saturday, December 9, 2006
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's basketball team placed five players in double figures and held the Caldwell College Cougars scoreless for a six minute stretch in the second half as they came from behind to defeat the Cougars, 65-52 this afternoon at the Bobby Morgan Arena in Philadelphia.
The win improves the Devils record to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. The Cougars fall to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Eric Cangelosi (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, N.J.) shook off his 1-for-13 shooting performance from two nights ago and led the Devils with 15 points, connecting on five of nine shots from the field and five of eight from the free throw line. Bill Kurtz (Sr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, N.J.) came off the bench to score 14 points (4-9 3 FG). Collin Harrington (Sr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, N.J.) added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Keith Dundas (Jr., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, Pa.) and Howard Lanier (Jr., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, N.J.) each had 10 points for the Devils. Lanier also dished out a game-high six assists.
B.J. Suchy led Caldwell with 18 points and nine rebounds. Jean Georges added 13 points and Sam Cricelli eight points and eight rebounds. Both Suchy and Georges were 5-for-10 from the field with two three-point field goals each. Suchy also was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Trailing by one at the half, the Devils opened the final stanza with a 10-4 run to take a 38-33 lead with Cangelosi getting six of the Devils 10 points. Caldwell followed with a 10-2 run to retake the lead, 43-40 with 11:03 left.
USP then turned up the defense, holding the Cougars scoreless for the next 5:57 while scoring the next 11 points to take a 51-43 lead. Lanier started things off with a short foul line jumper, followed by a layup and free throw by Michael Mullane (Sr., Cherokee HS/Marlton, N.J.) for a three-point play and give the Devils a 45-43 lead with 8:56 left. Dundas added a layup and Harrington made one of two free throws to boost the Devils lead to five 48-43 with 6:42 left. Kurtz followed with a three-point field goal to make the score 51-43 with 5:32 left. Georges broke the Cougar scoring drought with a layup at the 5:10 mark, making the score 51-45.
Kurtz added another 'trey' and Lanier two free throws to boost the Devils lead up to 10, 56-46 with 3:40 left. With Lanier's free throws the Devils had outscored the Cougars 16-3 over the last 7:30. Neither team would score again until the 1:58 mark when Caldwell's Suchy sank two free throws to make the score 56-48. Cangelosi's layup with 1:35 again boosted the Devils lead back to 10, 58-48. USP then converted seven of eight free throws in the final 1:14, outscoring the Cougars 7-4 to make the final margin, 13 points, 65-52.
The Devils made 12 of 21 shots in the second half (57.1%) and finished the game shooting exactly 50% (23-46). USP also made 15 of 21 shots from the free throw line (71.4%). Caldwell made just nine of 23 shots in the second period (39.1%) and finished the game shooting 44.2% (19-43). The Cougars made nine of 15 shots from the free throw line (60%). Caldwell also had a slight advantage on the board, 30-26 but committed 26 turnovers (10 assists) to USP's 19 (19 assists).
USP will play their next game on the road against Bloomfield College on December 19, 2006. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m.