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Saturday, January 12, 2013

UDC Men's Basketball Falls at LIU Post, 84-73

January 12, 2013

District of Columbia Suffers 84-73 Defeat at LIU Post

BROOKVILLE, NY – The University of the District of Columbia men's basketball team was defeated by LIU Post, 84-73 on Saturday afternoon in East Coast Conference play at the Pratt Center.
The Firebirds fell to 2-11 overall and 1-4 in league play with the loss while the reigning conference champion Pioneers improved to 10-3 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the ECC.
Junior transfer guard Michael Terry (Criminal Justice – Philadelphia, PA/Boston U) led the Firebirds with team-highs of 21 points and five rebounds. Senior transfer forward D'Angelo Johnson (Mass Media – Washington, DC/Virginia St.) and junior transfer point guard Quasim Jones (Business Management – Philadelphia, PA/Johnson CC) added 14 and 13 points, respectively as well.
Meanwhile, the Pioneers were led by the ECC pre-season player of the year, Tobin Carberry. The 3rd highest scorer in the league coming into the game, Carberry shot 8-of-15 from the field to finish with a game-high 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds from his guard position. Reserve guard Jonathan Kohler also added 19 points while starting guard Vaughn Allen registered 15 points and 11 rebounds. Charles McCann came off the bench to pitch in with a game-high 13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass.
District of Columbia out-shot LIU Post 48-percent to 39-percent from the field and made just as many three-pointers with one less attempt (8-of-23 vs. 8-of-24). The Firebirds were also a more efficient team with 15 assists and just 12 turnovers compared to LIU Post's 17 assists and 22 turnovers. However, the most glaring statistical disparity came in the rebounding column. The league's best rebounding team, LIU Post, dominated on the boards with 61 rebounds compared to the Firebirds' 21. The Pioneers also got to the free-throw line more often and shot much better when they did. They made 22-of-27 (82-percent) compared to District of Columbia's 9-of-19 (47-percent). District of Columbia, limited to just two substitutes throughout the game, was also outscored 30-10 in bench points.   
Carberry started the game off with back-to-back three-pointers on his first two shot attempts of the game. He scored 11 points in the first 4:13 of action to help the Pioneers grab an early 17-7 lead. Quasim Jones' three-pointer about three minutes later capped a 7-2 Firebirds run which cut the deficit to five, but LIU Post answered back with an 11-2 run to claim a 30-16 lead about halfway through the first stanza. The Firebirds were trailing by 12 with under three minutes to play when the Pioneers closed out the half on a 5-0 run to take a 17-point cushion (46-29) into intermission.
A determined Firebirds squad, coming off its second win of the season on Wednesday night against St. Thomas Aquinas, out-scored LIU Post 14-4 in the opening 4:48 and closed the 17-point halftime gap to just seven (50-43) following a made jumper by D'Angelo Johnson. That was as close as the Firebirds would come the rest of the way, as the Pioneers put the game away with a frantic 17-2 power surge in a span of just 4:01 to take a 67-45 lead as the clock approached 10-minutes. The LIU Post lead ballooned at 82-58 at the 4:12 mark before the Firebirds closed out the game on a 15-2 run for a final verdict of 84-73.
Next up, the Firebirds will visit ECC foe Dowling on Wednesday, January 16th at 7 p.m.

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