Tuesday, January 9, 2007
By Bob Heller
Dominican College led nearly wire-to-wire as they handed the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia their third Central Atlantic Collegiate conference loss of the season, 60-49 in a men's basketball game at the Bobby Morgan Arena tonight.
The loss drops the Devils to 6-6 overall and 4-3 in league play. The Chargers improve to 6-6 overall and 5-2 in league play.
Dominican was led by Will Carty who scored 20 points coming off the bench. Prince Jackson added 19 points and a team-high eight boards, while Shelton Gibbs chipped in 13.
Both teams started off slow with the Devils holding a 7-6 lead at the 12:17 mark of the period. Dominican then ran off seven straight points to take a 13-7 lead. A small 5-2 run by USP pulled the Devils within three, 15-12 as Cangelosi recorded all five points. Dominican countered with a 7-2 run to go up by eight 22-14 at the 5:02 mark before settling in for a 25-18 lead at the break.
The Devils made just 25% of their shots from the field in the first half (7-28) and were 0-6 from beyond the arc. Dominican connected on 11 of 26 shots (42.3%) and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
The Devils shaved three points off the lead in the opening minutes of the final period to pull within four, 28-24 as Mullane capped the mini-run with a three-point field goal. The Chargers then built their lead to double digits with a 12-5 run over the next six minutes to take a 40-29 lead at the 10:14 mark.
The Chargers built their lead to 12, their biggest of the game, 48-36 with 5:58 left before the Devils went on a 7-2 run to shave five points off the lead and trail by seven, 50-43. USP got a pair of free throws from Howard Lanier (Jr., St. Augustine Prep/Sicklerville, N.J.) and William Kurtz (Sr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, N.J.) and Kurtz completed the run with a traditional three-point play. The Devils could get no closer than six points down the stretch as the Charger made seven of eight free throws in the final 1:19, outscoring the Devils 7-2 to make the final score 60-49.
For the game the Devils shot 32.7% (16-49) from the field and made just one of 14 three-point attempts. The Chargers finished the game shooting 45.8% (22-48) and were 4-for-8 from long range. USP was 16 of 22 from the free throw line (72.7%) while Dominican was 12-for-19 (63.2%) Dominican held the advantage on the boards 35-32 and committed 13 turnovers to USP's 12
The Devils return to action on Saturday, January 13, 2007 when they take on the Felician College Golden Falcons at the Bobby Morgan Arena. Tip is set for 3 p.m.