Thursday, February 1, 2007
By Bob Heller
Eric Cangelosi scored 17 points in the second half, but it was not nearly enough as the Devils could not overcome their poor first half shooting effort as Goldey Beacom College handed the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia their second consecutive loss, 68-55 last night at America Hall in Wilmington, Delaware.
The loss drops the Devils to 10-9 overall and 8-6 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games. Goldey Beacom improves to 11-8 overall and 8-5 in league play. USP's loss also tightens the standing as the Devils drop into a three-way tie for fifth place with six conference games remaining. Goldey Beacom moves into a tie for third place with Holy Family University.
Adrian Miles led all scorers, pacing the Lightning's effort with 22 points. Derek Savage added 19 points while D.J. Stanberry chipped in 15. Stephen Cooper pulled down nine rebounds for Goldey Beacom.
Cangelosi (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, N.J.) led the Devils with his 17 points. Collin Harrington (Sr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, N.J.) came off the bench to score 11 points and pull down nine rebounds. William Kurtz (Sr., Shawnee HS/Shamong, N.J.) paced the Devils with five assists.
The Lightning opened up the game with a 10-3 effort and later built a 20-8 lead at the 9:40 mark. USP cut the lead in half with free throws by Kurtz and Howard Lanier (Jr., St. Augustine Prep/ Sicklerville, N.J.) and a layup by Keith Dundas (Jr., Pennsbury HS/Morrisville, Pa.), making the score 20-14 with 5:38 left. The Lightning closed out the half with an 11-6 spurt to go up by 11, 31-20 at the break. The Devils shot a paltry 7-for-32 in the first half (21.9%) while the Lightning made 12 of 26 shots (46.2%).
The Devils opened the second half with a 15-3 run. Cangelosi scored the first eight points of the run, pulling the Devils within six, 34-28. Lanier added two free throws and a jumper to make the score 34-32 before Cangelosi capped off the rally with a three-point field goal to give the Devils their first lead of the game 35-34 at the 14:26 mark. The lead was short-lived as the Lightning scored the next eight points, taking advantage of three USP turnovers, two which turned into dunks by Savage to take a 42-35 lead at the 11:25 mark. This started a 17-4 spurt by the Lightning which turned the game around, giving GBC a 12-point lead, 51-39 with 6:52 left. The Devils could pull no closer than eight down the stretch as the Lightning made eight of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win, 68-55.
Goldey Beacom made 11 of 19 shots in the second half (57.9%) to finish the game shooting 51.1% from the field (23-45). The Devils turned in a better shooting effort in the final 20 minutes, connecting on 12 of 26 shots (46.2%) to finish the game shooting 32.8% (19-58). Goldey Beacom also made 17 of 23 free throws, helping to offset their 17 turnovers. The Devils shot 12-for-16 from the free throw line while committing 12 turnovers. Goldey Beacom also held a 34-33 advantage on the boards.
The Devils are on the road again for their next game, a pivotal CACC contest at Post University on Saturday, February 3, 2007. Tip off is set for 3 p.m.