Philadelphia, Pa. - The Holy Family University men's basketball team avenged its earlier loss this season to the University of the Sciences by picking up a 55-40 victory over the Devils in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Tuesday night at the Campus Center Gym.
Holy Family improves to 9-7 overall and 5-2 in the CACC, while USciences is now 7-10 overall and 5-5 in conference play. The win marked the Tigers third straight victory and fourth in their last five games. As a result, Holy Family is currently tied for first place in the CACC South Division with cross-town rival Philadelphia University.
Sophomores Richard Council (New York, N.Y./Rice) and Eric Fleming (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) each led the Tigers with a team-high 12 points. Council, who also tallied a team-high ten rebounds, recorded his first career double-double. Fleming added six rebounds and three steals off the bench to go along with his 12 points.
Junior Ervin Ezell (Deptford, N.J./Deptford High) also scored in double-figures for the Tigers as he finished with ten points and six rebounds. In addition, Ezell totaled two blocks and two steals. Fellow classmate Alberto Munoz (Morrisville, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) finished the game with eight points and four blocks. Munoz is inching closer to 1,000-career points as he now has 956 career-points.
Senior Angel Ayala (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) contributed nine points, seven rebounds and a game-high six assists off the bench for the Tigers. Ayala also recorded two steals on the defensive end.
For USciences, sophomore Garret Kerr, the nation's leader in double-doubles, added to his season total as he tallied his 11th double-double of the season. Kerr finished with a game-high 15 points and 18 rebounds; one shy board of his career-high. Freshman Shofolarin Dasilva tallied 13 points off the bench to go along with five rebounds and three steals for the Devils.
Holy Family led from beginning to end in this one as the Tigers opened the game with a 12-0 run over the first seven-plus minutes of the first half. Holy Family led by as many as 18 points as the Tigers entered the locker rooms at halftime with a 30-12 advantage.
The Holy Family defense limited USciences to just 5-of-28 shooting in the first half and forced ten turnovers.
In the second half, the Tigers again came out on fire opening the half with an 11-2 run to take a 41-14 lead at the 13:55 mark after Council scored a layup.
However, the Tigers' lead quickly diminished as the Devils began heating up using a 19-2 run over the next six-plus minutes to come within ten points of the Tigers' lead. A jumper by freshman Wes Kerr made the score 43-33 with 7:36 to play.
Despite the rally, that would be as close as the Devils would get as Holy Family closed the game outscoring its visitors, 12-7, the rest of the way.
Holy Family is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 19 as the Tigers host Wilmington University in a CACC contest. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
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