THREE OF TOP FOUR SEEDS ADVANCE IN CACC MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Three of the top four seeds won their Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Basketball Tournament quarter-final games Tuesday night to move on to Friday's semi-final round. Top seeds Bloomfield College and Goldey-Beacom College won, along with the North No. 2 seed, Post University. The lone road team to get a win was the south No. 3 seed, Chestnut Hill College, which earned a win at Philadelphia University.
Goldey-Beacom will host Post in Friday's first semi-final game at 5:00 pm, while Bloomfield will face Chestnut Hill at approximately 7:00 pm. The semi-final and championship rounds will be hosted by Holy Family University.
Junior guard Uros Kovacevic erupted for a career-high 27 points as Chestnut Hill upended crosstown rival Philadelphia to earn the program's first postseason victory at the Division II level. The Griffins also avenged two straight CACC Tournament losses at the Gallagher Center.
Kovacevic scored 10 of his team's 14 points in a key 14-2 run in the second half, including two triples. The lead eventually reached a game-high 13 (55-42) with 6:36 left. PhilaU was able to get within five (59-54) late in the game, but couldn't get any closer.
Kovacevic's 27 points are 10 more than his previous carer-high, as he went 9-for-10 from the floor and 5-for-6 from long range. Junior center Dan Comas added 15 points for CHC, while junior Temi Adebayo led Philadelphia with 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.
Defending tournament champ Felician College fell at North #1 Bloomfield as Gage Daye dropped 31 and became BC's all-time leading scorer in the process, surpassing former BC star Andre Dabney.
BC led by 10 on numerous occasions in the first half before the Golden Falcons pared it down to 38-34 by intermission after a lay-up from senior forward Devon Young (19 points, seven boards, three assists), who also closed out his career as his program's all-time leading scorer.
In the second half, BC's lead grew to 54-40 at the 11:32 mark before Felician embarked on a 17-6 run, closing within 60-57 on a three-pointer by senior center Kashiif Foster (14 points, 10 rebounds) with 5:57 on the clock. Felician was able to stay close by forcing 23 BC turnovers, but the Deacons made 12 of their 14 free-throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Ryan Rodrigues contributd 13 points for Bloomfield, while Ryan Moseley had 13 points and four blocks for the Golden Falcons.
The other #1 seed, Goldey-Beacom, got past USciences to finish its home slate with a region-best 12-game win streak. A nine-point first-half lead (15-6) dwindled to 28-27 by the break, and a 13-6 USciences spurt to begin the second half gave the visitors a 40-34 advantage. A lay-up by senior forward Adewale Adefemi (19 points, 10 rebounds) increased the spread to 48-41 with 9:31 left, but senior Sam McDuffie meshed four straight free-throws to trigger a 19-4 run that put the Lightning on top, 60-53 with 3:49 remaining. McDuffie finished with 24 points.
The Devils got within 65-62 with 27 seconds to go, but GBC senior guard Azeez Ellegood followed with two free-throws to clinch the win. Senior forward Terrence Parkes posted a double-double for the Lightning with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while USci sophomore William Kernan notched 23 points and three assists while playing 40 minutes.
Post got off to a dominating start in its victory over Dominican and led by as many as 21 in the second half, but the Chargers made a run en route to an exciting finish.
Junior guard Josh Lopez registered a career-high 17 points (8-14 FG), four assists and three steals for the Eagles, who never trailed in matching the school record for consecutive wins with eight. Post went on a 14-4 run over the final 4:22 of the first half to increase a 25-19 lead to 39-23 advantage at the break. It crested at 44-23 just 39 seconds into the final frame, and was still a 59-44 lead past the midway mark when the Chargers went on a 10-1 spurt to close within 60-54. A Lopez jumper started a 8-0 spurt that increased the advantage to 68-54, but Dominican responded with a 14-1 blitz, capped by two foul shots from sophomore point guard Leon Porter (19 points, eight assists) to pull within one (69-68) with 11 seconds left. Post senior Cecil Stinson was fouled a second later and converted both of his attempts to close the scoring.
Freshman guard Khaleev Ginyard scored 12 points for the Chargers.
2010-11 CACC Men's Basketball Tournament
Quarter-finals, Tuesday, March 1
N#1 Bloomfield 77, N#4 Felician 70
N#2 Post 71, N#3 Dominican 68
S#1 Goldey-Beacom 69, S#4 USciences 64
S#3 Chestnut Hill 64, S#2 Philadelphia 54
Semi-finals (at Holy Family University), Friday, March 4
Game 1 – Goldey-Beacom vs. Post - 5:00 pm
Game 2 – Bloomfield vs. Chestnut Hill - 7:00 pm
Championship (at Holy Family University), Saturday, March 5