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Basketball Spotlight:
Second Half Run Propels Devils to Win

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia used a 21-3 run at the start of the second half and Keith Dumas hit two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal a 73-69 win in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men’s basketball game tonight in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

The Devils record improves to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in league play. Bloomfield falls to 2-7 overall and 0-4 in CACC games.

William Kurtz (Sr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, N.J.) led three Devils in double figures with 20 points. Collin Harrington (Sr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, N.J.) added 18 points and 12 rebounds while Keith Dundas (Jr., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, Pa.) chipped in 14. Michael Mullane (Sr., Cherokee HS/Marlton, N.J.) led the Devils with four assists while Harrington added three blocks.

Andre Dabney led all scorers with 24 points. Omari Knox had 15 points while Chris Sampson and Tony Wilson each had 11 points. Sampson and Knox led the Deacons with eight and seven rebounds respectively. Wilson paced the Deacons with six assists.

USP trailed by two at the break, 40-38 and the Deacons quickly connected on a layup by Sampson to open the second half. Two baskets by Harrington tied the game and Howard Lanier (Jr., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, N.J.) hit one of two from the free throw line to give the Devils a 43-42 lead. The Deacons came back to tie the score at 45-45 before the Devils reeled off 14 straight points to take a 59-45 lead with 13 minutes remaining.

Harrington and Dundas started the onslaught with layups. Jarrod Frazier (So., St. Augustine Prep/Port Norris, N.J.) was fouled making a short jumper and completed the three point play to give the Devils a 52-45 lead. Kurtz followed with a layup and Dundas added two free throws to boost USP’s lead to double digits, 56-45. Mullane closed out the run of 14 consecutive points, hitting three free throws after being fouled while attempting a three-pointer from the right corner.

The Deacons roared back, using a 10-2 run of their own to cut the Devils lead to six 61-55 with 8:26 remaining. USP’s lead would alternate being six and eight points with both teams exchanging baskets over the three minutes. Knox’s layup with 4:47 to go pulled the Deacons within four, 67-63 before Kurtz hit a three-pointer to boost the lead back up to seven, 70-63 with 4:06 left.

The Deacons made one final push, scoring the next six points to pull within one 70-69 with just under a minute remaining. Wilson started the run making one of two free throws and Sampson followed with a layup off a Wilson miss to make the score 70-66. Anthony Separovich added a basket with 56.5 seconds left to make the score 70-68. Knox then made one of two free throws with 44 seconds left to make the score 70-69. Lanier added a free throw with 13 seconds left to make the score 71-69. Separovich then missed a wide open layup and the Devils got the ball back. Dundas was fouled with 4.2 seconds and made both free throws to make the final score 73-69.

For the game, the Devils shot 27 for 61 (4-8 3FG) (44.2%) from the field while Bloomfield was 28 of 64 (8-18 3FG) (43.8%). The Devils made 15 of 22 free throws compared to Bloomfield’s five of 12. USP also held a slight advantage on the boards, 38-37 and committed 14 turnovers to the Deacons 15.

The Devils will return to the hardwood on December 28, 2006 when they take on Chestnut Hill College. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m.

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