Waterbury, Conn. - The Holy Family University men's basketball team dropped a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) road contest at Post University by the score of 57-55 Saturday afternoon at the Drubner Center.
Holy Family is now 12-9 overall and 8-4 in the CACC, while Post improves to 13-9 overall and 9-6 in conference action.
Juniors Alberto Munoz (Morrisville, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Ervin Ezell (Deptford, N.J./Deptford High) scored 17 and 16 points respectively to lead the Holy Family offense. Munoz drained a game-high five three-pointers (5-9) on his way to a game-high 17-point performance. He also recorded five defensive rebounds. Ezell, who scored 16 points, also dished out a team-high four assists to go along with three steals and three blocks.
Freshman Hunter Wysocki (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck) finished the game with eight points off the bench after shooting 3-of-4 from the field. He also tallied seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Senior Angel Ayala (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) finished with six points and six boards, while sophomore Richard Council (New York, N.Y./Rice) contributed six points and grabbed a game-high ten boards.
For Post, junior Zach Krischer was the lone Eagle to score in double-figures as he finished with a team-high 14 points. Krischer finished the game with four three-pointers (4-12). Junior Jerry Cummings finished with eight points and six rebounds, while sophomore Braxton Gardner added seven points and five boards.
The game came down to the final five minutes after Post tied the game at 48-48 at the 5:07 mark of the second half. On the Eagles next possession, Krischer knocked down a three-pointer to give Post a 51-48 lead (4:35).
However, three possessions later, Holy Family tied the game at 51-51 after Munoz drained his fifth three-pointer of the game with 3:11 to play. On the ensuing possession, Post responded with a three of its own as junior Jerry Cummings made the score 54-51 with 2:47 on the clock.
After 2:12 of neither team scoring, Holy Family broke the short cold spell with a jumper by Ezell to come within one point of the Eagles' lead (54-53) with :35 seconds remaining in regulation.
On the following possession, Holy Family fouled Post forcing a one-and-one situation. Krischer missed the front end of the one-and-one as freshman Isaiah Gans (Philadelphia, Pa./Redemption Christian Academy) grabbed a key defensive rebound resulting in an Ezell layup. Ezell's basket gave the Tigers a 55-54 lead with :21 seconds left.
Post would go on to call a timeout with nine seconds left in regulation. The Eagles came out of the timeout and regained the lead after Krischer knocked down a jumper with 3.2 seconds on the clock. Krischer's two-point basket gave the Eagles a 56-55 advantage.
Holy Family had a chance to regain the lead in the final seconds but a costly turnover with about one second remaining sealed the victory for Post. Holy Family quickly fouled as senior Jake Wilcox split a pair of free throws to give the Eagles the 57-55 victory.
Both teams drained eight three-pointers during the course of the game as Holy Family shot the highest from beyond the arc at 42-percent (8-19), while Post shot 31-percent (8-26). Holy Family also controlled the boards by the margin, 41-34.
Holy Family is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 6 as the Tigers host cross-town rival Philadelphia University in a CACC contest. Game time is slated for 8 p.m. Wednesday's game is also 'Pack the House' Night at the Campus Center. For more information visit the official website for Holy Family athletics at http://athletics.holyfamily.edu (.)
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