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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Firebirds Succumb to Molloy on the Road, 82-52

February 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Just a five-point game at halftime, the University of the District of Columbia men's basketball team was out-scored 45-20 in the second period as they fell to East Coast Conference foe Molloy, 82-52 on Saturday afternoon.
The Firebirds (5-20, 4-13 ECC) are now mathematically eliminated from the six-team ECC playoff chase as they fell to 0-15 away from home this season. Molloy improved to 17-7 overall and 13-3 in league play.
Leading District of Columbia offensively was junior transfer guard Michael Terry (Criminal Justice – Philadelphia, PA/Boston U) with 18 points. Junior transfer point guard Quasim Jones (Business Management – Philadelphia, PA/Johnson CC) registered nine points and three assists, senior transfer forward D'Angelo Johnson (Mass Media – Washington, DC/Virginia St.) pitched in eight points and seven rebounds, and sophomore forward Florent Pontens (Business Management – Tarbes, France/Cheshire Academy) collected a team-high nine rebounds.
Molloy's John Petrucelli played all 40 minutes as he finished with game-highs of 26 points, 15 rebounds and six steals. Guards Jimmy Nolan and Matt McLeod added nine points apiece, and nine Lions players entered the scoring column in total.
Terry knocked down two early three-pointers to help the Firebirds grab a 12-9 lead near the mid-point of the first half, but a 14-3 charge by Molloy lifted the Lions to a 23-15 lead at the 7:39 mark. Later, a Jones three-pointer brought the Firebirds back within five, 25-20, but a 10-2 Lions run extended the host's lead to 35-22 with just over three minutes left before halftime and forced a District of Columbia timeout. Out of the timeout, Jones buried another three-pointer at the top of the key to spark the Firebirds' own 10-2 response over the final three minutes of play, as they went into intermission trailing 37-32 despite shooting 30-percent from the field.
The Lions would take the game over in the second half as they scored the first seven points after the re-start and capped a 21-4 run with four consecutive three-pointers to take a commanding, 58-36 lead with 14:22 left to play. Molloy never let up, scoring the final nine points of the game to win by their largest margin of the afternoon.
District of Columbia shot a season-low 27-percent from the field for the day while Molloy shot 47-percent. The Lions were also 9-of-21 (43-percent) from three-point range as the Firebirds made just 6-of-32 (19-percent). Molloy also owned a 51-34 rebounding advantage and out-scored District of Columbia 40-18 in the paint. Both teams committed 15 turnovers, but the Lions finished with 22 points off of turnovers while the Firebirds only had one such point. Molloy also had a 19-7 edge in fast-break points and a 25-15 advantage in bench points.
The Firebirds have a week off before they host their season finale against Mercy on Saturday, March 2nd at 1 p.m. District of Columbia will look to earn its fourth straight win at home and send its four seniors (Brandon Ennis, D'Angelo Johnson, Ralph WattsKeith Brooks) off with a season-ending victory.

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