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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Livingstone Advances to CIAA Championship Game By Knocking Off Bowie State, 83-65



Charlotte, N.C. – The defending CIAA champion Livingstone knocked off CIAA Northern Division Champion Bowie State 83-66 in the semifinals of the 2015 CIAA Men’s  Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday evening. Bowie State entered the tournament ranked fifth in the latest NCAA Atlantic Region poll with the top eight receiving a bid to post season play.

Livingstone (18-9) jumped on Bowie State early, opening up a 10-5 lead capped by an Eric Mayo layup at the 16:28 mark.  That basket forced BSU to call a timeout to slow the Blue Bear momentum.

The Blue Bears continued to build the lead, going up 17-7 after Ty Newman knocked down a free throw with 12:58 left.  After a Bowie State miss, Livingstone’s Daryl Traynham hit a long jumper to make it 19-7.

Bowie State (22-8) cut the Livingstone lead to 21-11 after Julian Livingston scored on a tip-in while being fouled.  Livingston’s free throw was good to make it 21-12 at the 11:14 mark.

The Livingstone lead ballooned to 29-14 when Traynham converted a fast break layup while getting fouled.  Traynham’s free throw dropped, staking the Blue Bears to their largest lead.  Bowie State responded with a three point play of their own when Justin Beck got a twisting layup to go.  Beck’s free throw trimmed the Blue Bear lead to 29-17 with 9:21 left.  Beck added another free throw to further cut into the lead, making it 29-18.

Livingstone’s Eric Dubose added a three pointer, pushing the lead back to 14 points at 32-18.  Bowie State’s Andre Jackson followed up with a tip-in, but Livingstone’s Cristian Henry got a layup to go making it 34-20.  Bowie State’s Cameron Knox, the CIAA Player of the Year, then knocked down a three pointer, cutting the lead to 34-23 at the 7:07 mark.

After a Ty Newman long three pointer and a Juwan Cole layup, Livingstone found itself on top 40-23 with 5:15 to go.  The Blue Bears extended their lead to 42-23 after Dubose made two free throws.

Bowie State would go on a 15-8 run to close the half, but Livingstone’s Dwight Adams just beat the halftime buzzer with a tip in to spark the Blue Bears to the 50-38 halftime lead. 

Livingstone shot 47.4% in the first half compared to BSU’s 37.9%.  Livingstone forced 14 BSU turnovers, translating into 13 points.  The Blue Bears also pounded the ball inside, scoring 33 points in the paint, compared to BSU’s 14 inside points.

In the second half, the Bulldogs slowly chipped away at the Livingstone lead, cutting it to 54-48 with 15:15 remaining on a pair of Justin Beck free throws.  Livingstone would respond by jumping back up by nine points (57-48) after a Hakeem Jackson dunk at the 14:33 mark.  The Blue Bear lead would swell to 13 points after a Darresse Johnson tip in that made it 61-48 with 11:18 left.


Bowie State would then embark on a 9-0 run over a span of nearly three minutes sparked by a Cameron Knox three pointer from the corner.  Knox was fouled on the play, but the resulting free throw was no good.  Following a Livingstone miss, BSU would miss a three pointer, giving Livingstone the ball.  The Blue Bears’ Robert Flint would make a three pointer of his own, making it 64-58 at the 7:08 mark.

Livingstone was able to get to the free throw line after a BSU turnover, their 18th of the game.  Livingstone’s Daryl Traynham would hit the first shot.  After missing the second shot, Traynham boarded his own miss and laid it in, extending the Livingstone lead to 67-58 with 6:56 to play.

Bowie State was able to connect on a pair of free throws to draw within 67-60 with 5:38 on the clock.  Ty Newman then connected on a tip in for Livingstone, providing the 69-60 lead.  BSU then committed their 19th turnover of the evening, giving the Blue Bears the opportunity to extend their lead.

On the ensuing possession, Hakeem Jackson found his way to the foul line.  Jackson drilled two free throws, putting Livingstone up 71-60.

The Blue Bears got another basket from Jackson on a hook shot as the shot clock expired to make it 73-60.  Bowie State quickly sped down the floor and Julian Livingston nailed a three pointer from the top of the circle to make it 73-63 with 2:53 remaining.

Bowie State could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way and Livingstone would go on to hit 10 free throws over the last 2:30 of the game to seal the 83-65 win.

The Blue Bears would place four players in double figures, led by Ty Newman’s 18 points.  Other players scoring in double figures for the Blue Bears include Daryl Traynham (15), Eric Mayo (12) and Eric Dubose (10).  Bowie State’s Justin Beck finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds while teammates Cameron Knox and Ahmaad Wilson finished with 17 and 10 points, respectively.

Livingstone’s defense forced BSU to shot only 32.2 % for the game (19-59).  The Blue Bears also forced 21 BSU turnovers and turned those miscues into 22 points.

Official Basketball Box Score
Livingstone vs Bowie State
2/27/15 7:00 pm at Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte, NC


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VISITORS: Livingstone 18-9
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 COLE,Juwan.......... *  1-3    0-2    0-0    0  1  1   2   2  2  0  0  1  16
03 JACKSON,Hakeem......    2-6    0-0    4-6    3  4  7   3   8  1  2  2  0  23
04 DUBOSE,Eric......... *  3-11   1-3    3-4    1  3  4   1  10  6  2  0  2  35
05 HENRY,Cristian...... *  2-5    0-0    2-4    2  3  5   3   6  0  2  0  1  17
12 WILLIAMS,Dwight..... *  1-1    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   1   2  1  0  0  2  14
14 HARRIS,Austin.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
15 FLINT,Robert........    1-1    1-1    0-0    1  1  2   1   3  0  0  0  1  10
21 JOHNSON,Darresse....    3-3    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   1   6  0  3  0  0  13
23 NEWMAN,Ty...........    6-16   1-2    5-6    3  5  8   2  18  2  0  0  5  27
32 JOHNSON,Cornelius...    0-1    0-0    1-2    0  2  2   1   1  0  2  0  1   4
34 MAYO,Eric........... *  5-9    0-1    2-4    5  4  9   4  12  0  3  2  2  19
44 JOHNSON,Mark........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
50 TRAYNHAM,Daryl......    3-9    0-1    9-12   1  2  3   2  15  0  0  0  0  20
   TEAM................                            1  1
   Totals..............   27-65   3-10  26-38  19 32 51  21  83 12 14  4 15 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 18-38 47.4%   2nd Half:  9-27 33.3%   Game: 41.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-5  40.0%   2nd Half:  1-5  20.0%   Game: 30.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 12-19 63.2%   2nd Half: 14-19 73.7%   Game: 68.4%    5


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HOME TEAM: Bowie State 22-8
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 WELLS,Dayshawn......    1-8    1-6    0-0    0  0  0   4   3  3  0  0  2  25
01 WILLIAMS,Zafir...... *  1-7    0-2    0-0    1  1  2   1   2  3  1  0  2  28
03 WILSON,Ahmaad.......    2-7    0-3    6-7    1  3  4   1  10  1  2  0  0  14
04 KNOX,Cameron........ *  6-17   4-11   1-3    0  2  2   4  17  1  5  1  0  27
10 JACKSON,Andre.......    2-5    1-2    0-0    1  3  4   3   5  0  2  1  0  16
11 LIVINGSTON,Julian...    3-7    1-4    1-1    1  0  1   1   8  0  2  1  0  18
20 GEORGE,Omari........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
21 JACKSON,Miles....... *  1-2    0-0    0-1    2  8 10   4   2  0  3  0  2  29
22 BECK,Justin......... *  3-6    0-2   12-14   4  8 12   4  18  3  5  0  0  28
25 TAPPIN,Kenneth......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
34 CLEMMONS,Joel....... *  0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   3   0  0  0  0  1   7
45 MARSHALL,Tai........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   6
   TEAM................                         2  1  3
   Totals..............   19-59   7-30  20-26  13 26 39  25  65 11 21  3  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-29 37.9%   2nd Half:  8-30 26.7%   Game: 32.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-14 21.4%   2nd Half:  4-16 25.0%   Game: 23.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 13-15 86.7%   2nd Half:  7-11 63.6%   Game: 76.9%    1


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Officials: Haywood Bostic, William Covington, Jr. & Clyde Owens
Technical fouls: Livingstone-None. Bowie State-None.
Attendance:
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Livingstone...................   50   33  -   83
Bowie State...................   38   27  -   65
CIAA Men's Basketball Tournament - Semifinal Game 1

Points in the paint-LC-M 49,BSU-M 22. Points off turnovers-LC-M 22,BSU-M 13.
2nd chance points-LC-M 18,BSU-M 14. Fast break points-LC-M 15,BSU-M 2.
Bench points-LC-M 51,BSU-M 26. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-2 times.
Last FG-LC-M 2nd-03:02, BSU-M 2nd-02:57.
Largest lead-LC-M by 19 1st-04:51, BSU-M by 1 1st-17:29.
LC-M led for 38:37. BSU-M led for 00:30. Game  was tied for 00:53.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

East Coast Conference Players of the Week

This week's East Coast Conference Player of the Week awards are listed below. More information is available in the weekly reports that are attached. 

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week: Tyuan Williams, LIU Post (Newark, N.J./St. Anthony's HS)
Rookie of the Week: Tristan Brown, Dowling College (Elmont, N.Y./Elmont Memorial)

Honor Roll: Devon Elliott, University of Bridgeport (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin HS); Jordan Greene, Daemen College (Fort Edward, N.Y./South Glens Falls HS); Evan Maxwell, Dowling College (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip HS); Jeremiah Mordi, Queens College (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central)

Women's Basketball
Player of the Week: Madison Rowland, Queens College (Cohoes, N.Y./Shaker HS)
Rookie of the Week: Sarah Saba, Daemen College (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster HS)

Honor Roll: Tanayzha Augustine, Mercy College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie HS); Nyasia Davis, LIU Post (Rahway, N.J./Abraham Clark HS); Kaitlyn McCue, St. Thomas Aquinas College (Bergenfield, N.J./Bergenfield HS); Julie Williams, NYIT (Smithtown, N.Y./Hauppauge HS)

Men's Lacrosse
Player of the Week: Matt Bellando, LIU Post (Miami, Fla./Saint Andrew's School)
Goalkeeper of the Week: Alex Seltzer, NYIT (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview JFK HS)
Rookie of the Week: Ryan Toomey, Molloy College (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville HS)

Honor Roll: Joe Leonard, Molloy College (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville HS); Luke Miller, NYIT (Mastic, N.Y./Williams Floyd HS); Brian White, Dowling College (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point HS); Jesse Wood, Mercy College (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central)

Baseball
Player of the Week: Scott Hagan, Mercy College (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck HS)
Pitcher of the Week: Matt Nalbone, Mercy College (Islip, N.Y./Islip HS)
Rookie of the Week: Elijah Leerdam, Molloy College (Jamaica, N.Y./Bayside HS)

Honor Roll: Alex Brosnan, Molloy College (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale HS); John Young, Mercy College (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy)

Men's Tennis
Player of the Week: Rafal Charkiewicz, NYIT (Opole, Poland/Autorska Szkola Samorozwoju [ASSA])
Rookie of the Week: Mark Veitengruber, Daemen College (Rockford, Mich./Rockford HS)

Lady Blue Bears Roll Past Bowie State 91-73 in CIAA Tournament Opening Round



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Livingstone College Lady Blue Bears advanced to the second round of the CIAA Tournament on Tuesday afternoon with a 91-73 win over Bowie State University.  The Lady Blue Bears, the third seed out of the CIAA Southern Division, advance to the next round with a 10-19 record while the Lady Bulldogs, the sixth seed out of the Northern Division, end their season with a 9-18 mark. 

Each team had four players score double-digit points in the contest.  Amber Curtis led the effort for Livingstone with 18 points while Precious Roberts added 16 points in the victory.  Labrea Walker chipped in 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds (two offensive, seven defensive) while Cierra York followed with 11 points.

Ty-Nita Baker (Houston, Miss.) paced Bowie State with 18 points.  Sheldeen Joseph (Belair St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies) added 14 points while Donia Naylor (Washington, D.C.) chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Keira Phipps (Arlington, Texas) rounded out the double-digit scoring effort with 11 points.

“I’m extremely proud of this team.  We got off to a slow start today but our team never gave up and fought all the way until the end of the game.  I honestly think the slow start is what hurt us the most today,” stated Bowie State interim head coach Shadae Swan.

York started the contest with a jumper for the Livingstone.  The bucket marked the start of a 13-0 run before Baker’s jumper for Bowie State at the 14:57 mark brought an end to a five minute scoring drought for Bowie State.  With 13:40 left in the first half, Jourdan Stanhope (Columbus, Ohio) netted a layup for the Lady Bulldogs to cut the deficit to nine points (16-7).  After a free throw by York for Livingstone, Joseph netted a layup for Bowie State allowing the Lady Bulldogs to pull within eight points, 17-9, at the 12:43 mark.

A jumper by Alexis Hicks on the Lady Blue Bears’ next possession contributed to a 16-2 run for Livingstone, leaving Bowie State trailing 33-11 with 8:23 on the clock in the first half.  The Lady Bulldogs were unable to stop Livingstone’s momentum and headed into halftime trailing 55-24. 
Amber Curtis’ three-pointer with 18:40 on the clock in the first half gave the Lady Blue Bears a 34 point lead (63-29) and their largest advantage of the contest.  Trailing 69-37 with 14:21 on the clock, Naylor’s made free throws led to a 9-0 run for Bowie State.  The late run proved to be short lived as Livingstone regained a 30 point advantage (76-46) with 10:41 remaining in the contest.

Down but not out, Bowie State used a 9-2 run to make the score78-55 after Naylor’s jumper.

Livingstone held onto the momentum for the remainder of the contest and closed out the game with the 91-73 victory.

UDC Women’s Basketball Team Ranked No. 4 in the 2nd NCAA East Region Poll

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of the District of Columbia is once again ranked No. 4 in the 2nd NCAA East Region Poll released late Wednesdayafternoon.
The Firebirds are 23-3 overall (16-2 East Coast Conference), and they are also ranked T-22nd in the USA Today/WBCA Division II Poll and No. 4 in the D2SIDA East Region Poll. UDC won its 11th and 12th straight games last week and have already clinched at least a share of the ECC Regular Season Championship.
Sixteen of UDC's 23 wins have come by double-figures, and the Firebirds are 7-1 outside of conference play and 12-1 on the road this season. UDC also boasts a win over a top-25 ranked team as they dominated then-No. 25 Virginia St., 88-62 back on November 19th.
Meanwhile, New Haven (22-3) jumped two spots from the first poll to top this week’s poll after winning its only game last week, 66-60 at American International. The Chargers, who boast a 72-71 victory over Stonehill on January 24th, are one spot ahead of UDC in the USA Today national poll at No. 21. They have, however, since lost to the No. 10 ranked team in the nation (3rd ranked in the region), Adelphi last night after the voting was in for all of this week’s women’s basketball polls.
Coming in at No. 2 for the second straight week is Stonehill. The Skyhawks (21-3) fell on the road at Franklin Pierce (No. 5 in the region), 81-71 on Wednesday night, but bounced back to beat Bentley on Saturday at home, 85-71. Stonehill, who boasts an 86-72 win over Adelphi on January 7th,  is T-12th in the USA Today national poll. The Skyhawks have since won their regular season finale, 64-56 over Saint Anselm last night to improve to 22-3.
Adelphi dropped from No. 2 in last week’s poll to No. 3 despite two wins last week at home over College of Saint Rose (69-56) and in overtime on the road at Pace, 82-72. The Panthers are 24-3 overall and are ranked No. 10 in the nation. After the poll was voted on, they defeated New Haven, 76-73 last night.
Two other ECC teams join UDC in this week’s poll, including Queens at No. 5 and Roberts Wesleyan at No. 10.

Monday, February 23, 2015

UDC Women’s Basketball Still No. 4 in D2SIDA East Region Poll for 4th Straight Week

 


Head Coach Lester Butler's squad is 23-3 overall with two games remaining. The Firebirds are just one win shy of tying the school record for wins in a season (24).
WASHINGTON, DC – For the 4th consecutive week, the D2SIDA Media Poll has ranked the University of the District of Columbia women's basketball team No. 4 in the East Region as the Week 14 poll was released this afternoon.
The Firebirds won their 11th and 12th straight games last week to improve to 23-3 overall and move within one win of clinching an East Coast Conference Regular Season Championship. Their 23 wins are 2nd only to the No. 1 ranked team in the East Region, Adelphi (24-3).
Adelphi, ranked No. 12 in last week's WBCA Division II National Poll, won both its games last week to jump Stonehill for the No. 1 spot in the East Region. The Skyhawks (21-3), ranked No. 10 in last week's poll, fell on the road at Franklin Pierce (No. 5 East Region), 81-71 before bouncing back to beat Bentley, 85-71. The loss to FPU, however, dropped Stonehill a spot to No. 2, followed by New Haven (22-3) at No. 3.
Last week, UDC defeated Dowling on the road, 77-59 on Wednesday night and returned home to beat Bridgeport, 70-56 on Saturday afternoon. The Firebirds have now beaten all 10 other schools in the ECC at least once while sweeping six of them. They currently have a two-game lead for 1st place in a league which features the No. 6 and 8 ranked teams in this poll – Roberts Wesleyan and Queens.
Sixteen of UDC's 23 wins have come by double-figures, and the Firebirds are 7-1 outside of conference play and 12-1 on the road this season. UDC also boasts a win over a top-25 ranked team as they dominated No. 25 Virginia St., 88-62 back on November 19th.
The 2nd NCAA Division II East Region poll will be released on Wednesday, February 25th. The 1st poll also had UDC at No. 4.
EAST
1
Adelphi (2)
24-3
29
2
WH Saint Rose (69-56; WA Pace (82-72)
2
Stonehill (1)
21-3
27
1
LA Franklin Pierce (81-71); WH Bentley (85-71)
3
New Haven
22-3
25
3
WA American Int'l (66-60)
4
Dist. Columbia
23-3
21
4
WA Dowling (77-59); WH Bridgeport (70-56)
5
Franklin Pierce
16-9
18
5
WH Stonehill (81-71); LA Merrimack (53-49)
6
Roberts Wesleyan
18-5
14
7
WH Mercy (71-58); WH St. Thomas Aq. (50-46)
7
USciences
18-6
13
6
LH Bloomfield (61-59)
8
Queens
18-6
9
8
WH NYIT (74-61); WA LIU Post (63-55)
9
Philadelphia
19-6
5
9
LA Bloomfield (79-69); WA Concordia (N.Y.) (85-60)
10
Bloomfield
17-8
4
NR
WH Post (81-48); WH Philadelphia (79-69); WA Usciences (61-59)
Dropped out:Southern Conn.
   

Sunday, February 22, 2015

UDC Mens and Womens Basketball Recaps

 

Firebirds Storm Past Purple Knights, 70-56

Senior forward Denikka Brent led all scorers with 16 points.

GAME LEADERS

TEAM STATS

Field Goal %

Rebounds

Assists

Turnovers

Pts off Turnovers

2nd Chance Pts

Pts in the Paint

Fastbreak Pts

Bench Pts

WASHINGTON, DC – Amidst a snowstorm that hit the DC area late Saturday morning, the University of the District of Columbia women's basketball team soared past East Coast Conference foe, Bridgeport, 70-56 for its 12th straight win.
The Firebirds, ranked No. 4 in the first NCAA Division II East Region poll, improved to 23-3 overall and 16-2 in league play to move within one more win of clinching a regular season ECC Championship. This also marks their 9th straight home win at the UDC Sports Complex and completes the season sweep of the Purple Knights. Bridgeport lost its fifth straight game and fell to 4-21 overall (2-15 ECC).
Senior forward Denikka Brent (Mechanical Engineering – Chesapeake, VA/Booker T. Washington HS), who left the game early in the 2nd half after cutting her chin during a hard spill on the UDC Gym floor, still led all scorers with 16 points as she made 8-of-10 shots from the field. Junior guardTajruba Baldwin-Kollore (Criminal Justice – Newport News, VA/Denbigh HS) was the only other Firebird in double-figures with 13 points as nine different UDC student-athletes entered the scoring column.
Bridgeport was led by forward Evelyn Ovner who scored a team-high 15 points and tied for the team-lead with five rebounds. Vanessa Schindler came off the bench to add 10 points, and starting guard Tiara Aziz added nine points and a game-high five assists, but also turned it over a game-high eight times. The Purple Knights had 26 turnovers, collectively, which the Firebirds turned into 24 points.
The Purple Knights actually out-shot UDC 41-percent to 40-percent from the field and out-rebounded the Firebirds 43-32; however, with just 11 turnovers to UB's 26, the Firebirds got off seven more FG attempts and more than doubled-up Bridgeport in free-throws (14-of-18 to 6-of-8).
The two teams traded baskets early on with UDC in front the entire way besides a 2-2 tie in the opening minutes. After Schindler's layup at the 11-minute mark brought the visiting Purple Knights within one, 16-15, Baldwin-Kollore knocked down consecutive jump shots to kick-start a 27-8 Firebirds surge to end the half. Baldwin-Kollore finished with eight points in the first half while Brent led all scorers with 14. UDC shot a blistering 53-percent from the field in the first half as the host Firebirds took a commanding, 43-23 lead at intermission.
In the second half, the Firebirds never allowed Bridgeport to get any closer than 16, as they cruised to a 14-point victory.
UDC will play ECC foe Mercy next on Thursday, February 26th as the Firebirds celebrate Senior Night at the Sports Complex. Telisha Turner (Criminal Justice – Wilmington, DE/Harcum), Brent, Diamonique Carr (Criminal Justice – Camden, NJ/Harcum) and ShaKena Williams (Accounting – Washington, DC/Frederick CC) will all be honored before the start of the game.

Firebirds Falter Late; Lose to Bridgeport, 83-72

Senior guard Michael Terry had a game-high 25 points.

GAME LEADERS

TEAM STATS

Field Goal %

Rebounds

Assists

Turnovers

Pts off Turnovers

2nd Chance Pts

Pts in the Paint

Fastbreak Pts

Bench Pts

WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia men's basketball team played right with the 2nd place team in the East Coast Conference, Bridgeport, until midway through the 2ndhalf when the Purple Knights used a 14-2 run to put the game away and went on to win, 83-72 on a snowy Saturday afternoon in the nation's capital.
Still just a 61-60 Bridgeport lead after a layup by UDC's freshman forward Andre Williams(Business Management – Maybrook, NY/Valley Central HS) at the 10:30 mark when UB's Eddie Asamoah answered with an emphatic dunk at the other end followed later by a three-pointer at the top of the key to kick-start the game-changing, 14-2 Purple Knights surge to put the visitors in front, 75-62. UDC never got any closer than seven from that point on, as Bridgeport went on to win comfortably by 11.
Senior guard Michael Terry (Criminal Justice – Philadelphia, PA/Boston U) led all scorers with 25 points, which included 5-of-10 three-point shooting. Eighteen of his 25 came in the first half as he shot 6-of-12 FG (4-of-6 three-point FG) and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line to keep UDC within two at halftime (43-41). Also, junior transfer forward Geran Pope (Political Science – Washington, DC/Virginia Union) posted his 4th double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Bridgeport, which is just a game back of St. Thomas Aquinas in the win-column for 1st place in the ECC standings, won its 4th straight game with solid contributions from forward Willie Williams III (22 points, eight rebounds), Asamoah (14 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots) and guard Devon Elliot (13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals).
The Purple Knights out-shot UDC 50-percent (29-of-58) to 40-percent (27-of-67) and had more assists (16-11) and fewer turnovers (12-15).
UDC will host ECC foe Mercy on Thursday, February 26th at 5 p.m. for Senior Night, and the season home finale at the Sports Complex. The Firebirds will honor five seniors before the game: Prince Ritson, Din MooreLenjo KiloQuasim Jones and Michael Terry.


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