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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Firebirds Dealt Lopsided, 90-67 Loss vs. Bridgeport


January 30, 2013

 

WASHINGTON, DC – League-leading Bridgeport led from wire-to-wire as they handed the host University of the District of Columbia men's basketball team a lopsided, 90-67 defeat on Wednesday night in East Coast Conference play at UDC Gym.
With the loss, the Firebirds fell to 2-16 overall and 1-9 in the ECC. The Purple Knights, meanwhile, won their sixth straight game (10th triumph in 11 games), and improved to 13-8 overall and 9-2 in league play. Bridgeport remains half a game above LIU Post and Molloy for 1st place in the conference.
Junior transfer point guard Quasim Jones (Business Management – Philadelphia, PA/Johnson CC) notched his 2nd consecutive 21-point scoring effort to lead all District of Columbia scorers. Also, sophomore forward Florent Pontens (Business Management – Tarbes, France/Cheshire Academy) posted a season-high 14 points to go with five rebounds and two steals, and junior transfer guard Ralph Watts (Sociology – Peekskill, NY/UAlbany) netted 10 points.
Ivan Simic, Bridgeport's 6-foot-6, 220 lb. bruiser inside, was the key to the Purple Knights' quick start, as he registered 15 of his 20 points in the first half and helped UB race out to a 41-24 halftime advantage. Simic finished with a double-double, as he also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. The second half then belonged to senior guard Darian David, who knocked down 5-of-8 from three-point range to account for 15 of his game-high 24 points.
Bridgeport opened the game on an 8-2 run and forced a quick timeout by District of Columbia head coach Jeff Ruland. The Firebirds pulled within four twice (10-6 and 14-10), but that was as close as they would get all game. Over the next 11 minutes, the Purple Knights outscored the Firebirds 27-10 and mounted a commanding, 41-20 advantage. District of Columbia scored the final two baskets of the half and closed within 41-24 before intermission.
The Firebirds opened the second half on a 5-2 run, highlighted by a Watts three-pointer to close the gap to 43-29 almost a minute into the action when play resumed. Bridgeport countered, however, as David buried four consecutive three-pointers in a span of 1:31 to lead the Purple Knights on a 14-0 run that built a 57-29 cushion at the 16:34 mark. District of Columbia could never pull within 20 the rest of the way as the Bridgeport lead ballooned at 33 just before the six-minute mark. The Purple Knights went on to win comfortably, 90-67.
Bridgeport overwhelmed District of Columbia on the glass, 53-32 which resulted in a 56-28 advantage in points in the paint and a 22-9 disparity in 2nd chance points. The Purple Knights also out-shot their hosts from the field, 50-percent to 34-percent for the night, and they were much more efficient passing the ball (20 assists/14 turnovers to seven assists/ 12 turnovers).
The Firebirds will look to end their six-game losing skid when they visit ECC foe Mercy on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:30 p.m.

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