Saturday, February 10, 2007
By Bob Heller
The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia placed four players in double figures but it was not enough as Dominican College defeated the Devils 75-68 in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men’s basketball game at the Hennessy Center in Orangeburg, New York this afternoon.
The loss drops the Devils record to 10-13 overall and 8-10 in league games. Dominican improves to 11-12 overall and 9-8 in league games.
William Kurtz (Sr., Shawnee HS/ Shamong, N.J.) and Howard Lanier (Jr., St. Augustine Prep/ Sicklerville, N.J.) led the Devils with 14 points apiece. Collin Harrington (Sr., Bishop Eustace HS/Sewell, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Eric Cangelosi (Sr., Camden Catholic HS/Haddon Heights, N.J.) chipped in 11. Lanier led USP with three assists.
Ron Wyatt led the Chargers with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Will Carty added 21 points while Prince Jackson added 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Shelton Gibbs had 10 points. Kevin Buono led Dominican with four assists.
The Devils held the early lead in the first half until a 19-6 run by the Chargers erased USP’s four point lead and gave the Chargers a nine-point advantage 28-19 at the 5:16 mark of the period. The Devils came back to cut the deficit to six at the break, 37-31.
Dominican opened the second half with an 11-4 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 13 points, 48-35 with 13:11 left, with the Devils managing just a free throw by Cangelosi and a three-point field goal from Kurtz over the first 6:49. USP whittled the lead back down to seven, 54-47 with 8:09 left before the Chargers boosted the lead back up to 12, 61-49 with six minutes to go. The Devils could get no closer than seven over the final six minutes which was the final margin of victory for the Chargers as they completed the season series sweep of the Devils.
The Devils finished the game shooting 37.5% (21-56, 5-14 3FG) from the field while the Chargers shot 53.8% (28-52, 2-9 3FG). Both teams shot well from the free throw line with USP making 21 of 30 shots (70%) and Dominican making 17 of 24 (70.8%). The Chargers held a slight advantage on the boards, 36-32 while producing a solid assist/turnover ratio 10/14. The Devils also had a good assist/turnover ratio with eight assists to 10 turnovers.
The Devils will return to the Bobby Morgan Arena to take on Philadelphia University on Tuesday, February 13, 2007. Tip off is set for 8 p.m.