Wednesday, January 24, 2007
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's basketball team survived a huge second half run from the Wilmington College Wildcats to earn the fourth win in five games, a 68-57 triumph at the Bobby Morgan Arena in Philadelphia tonight.
The win improves the Devils record to 10-7 overall and 8-4 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. Wilmington remains winless on the season, falling to 0-19 overall and 0-11 in league games. With the win, and coupled with Holy Family University's loss tonight, the Devils move into sole possession of third place in the CACC league standings.
USP placed three players in double figures led by Eric Cangelosi (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, N.J.). Cangelosi scored 18 points (14 in the first half), connecting on nine of 14 shots from the field. Cangelosi also had seven rebounds on the night. William Kurtz (Sr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, N.J.) added 15 points and four assists while Keith Dundas (Jr., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, Pa.) chipped in 12 points (6-8 FG) and seven rebounds. Michael Mullane (Sr., Cherokee HS/Marlton, N.J.) led the Devils with eight rebounds (4 offensive) on the night while scoring nine points.
Wilmington's offense came primarily from two players, Michael Keyes and Tauren Temple. Keyes scored a game high 23 points with seven rebounds while Temple had 19 points and a game-high nine boards.
Lackluster play by the Devils found themselves trailing for most of the first 11 minutes of the game. The Wildcats led by one, 14-13 at the 8:57 mark of the half when the Devils ran off 18 straight points over the next 6:45 to take a 17-point lead 31-14 with 2:12 left. Mullane started the run with a layup, followed by a Dundas jumper. Four straight layups by the Devils (two from Cangelosi) made the score 25-14. Cangelosi added another jumper and Dundas a layup before Temple broke the streak with a layup at the 1:46 mark. Dundas closed out the first half scoring with a jumper at the 1:36 mark and the Devils took a 33-16 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Devils opened the second half with a 14-3 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 48-19. Kurtz had two three-point field goals and Cangelosi two baskets to open the period before the Wildcats got on the board for the first time in the period on two free throws by Keyes at the 17:49 mark. Keyes later made one of two free throws to make the score 45-19 before the Devils added a bucket to end the run.
It was now the Wildcats turn to throw a scare into the Devils going on a 27-8 run to cut the deficit to nine points, 55-46 with 6:41 to go. Wilmington scored nine straight points in just 2:17 to make the score 47-28, getting a three-point field goal from Maurice Furrowh and three straight layups (2 by Keyes, one by Temple). A free throw by Jarrod Frazier (So., St. Augustine Prep/Port Norris, N.J.) and a layup by Dundas pushed the lead back up to 22, 50-28 at the 11:27 mark. Howard Lanier (Jr., St. Augustine Prep/ Sicklerville, N.J.) added a three-point field goal at the 10:39 mark to make the score 53-30 before Wilmington countered with six of the next eight points to cut the lead back to 19, 55-36. The Wildcats then scored 10 straight points to bring the lead to single digits, getting a layup from Temple, a three-point field goal from Furrowh, a traditional three point play from Keyes and another layup from Keyes to make the score 55-46.
This was as close as the Wildcats would get. Kurtz sank his third and final three-point field goal of the night at the 3:53 mark, making the score 60-48 and then the Devils went to the free throw line, making eight of 12 free throws down the stretch, starting with a pair from Kurtz on a technical foul by WC's Temple, to seal the win, 68-57.
For the game, the Devils made exactly half of their shots (26-52) and despite their lackluster play in the second half made 10 of 19 (52.6%) in the period. The Wildcats were a bit hotter in the second half, making 16 of 29 shots (55.2%) and finished the game shooting 40.7% (24-59). USP held a slight advantage on the boards 37-30 and committed one fewer turnover 13-14. From the free throw line, USP made 12 of 22 (54.5%) while Wilmington made seven of 11 (63.6%).
The Devils are on the road for their next game, a rare Saturday evening stint at Caldwell College this Saturday, January 27, 2007. Tip off is set for 8 p.m.