Philadelphia, Pa. - Junior Alberto Munoz (Morrisville, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) recorded his 1,000th career point as the Holy Family University men's basketball team picked up a 69-64 victory over visiting Bloomfield College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest Saturday afternoon at the Campus Center Gym.
Holy Family improves to 11-8 overall and 7-3 in conference play, while Bloomfield falls to 10-9 overall and 8-3 in the CACC. The win snapped the Tigers' five-game losing streak versus the Deacons and was the team's fifth victory in their last six games.
Munoz, who became the 22nd player in program history to score at least 1,000 points in a career, finished the game with a team-high 14 points to go along with eight rebounds and two assists. Munoz hit the milestone basket at the 7:48 mark of the second half. He currently has 1,001 career points.
Junior Ervin Ezell (Deptford, N.J./Deptford High) finished the game shooting 5-of-6 from the field, tallying 13 points to go along with five assists, four blocks and three steals. Senior Angel Ayala (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) also scored in double-figures as he finished the game with ten points and five boards. Sophomore Eric Fleming (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) added nine points after draining three three-pointers.
Holy Family also had a trio of freshmen that each scored seven points in the victory, including Isaiah Gans (Philadelphia, Pa./Redemption Christian Academy), Tuhran Griffin (Philadelphia, Pa./Franklin Learning Center) and Hunter Wysocki (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck).
For Bloomfield, sophomore Matt Hall led all scorers with a game-high 17 points. Hall finished one rebound shy of a double-double as he led the team with nine boards. Hall scored all 17 points in the second half after converting 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Junior Dondre Whitmore and sophomore Marvin Williams each scored 11 points.
Holy Family trailed by as many as eight points late in the first half after Whitmore drained a three-pointer for the Deacons to make the score 23-15 with 5:20 to play until halftime.
However, over the next two-plus minutes, Holy Family used a 12-0 run to tie the game at 25-25. A three-pointer by Ezell tied the game with 2:56 left in the half. After both teams exchanged baskets, Holy Family took a three-point lead after Munoz drained a three with 1:48 on the clock to make the score 30-27. The Tigers would go on to take a two-point advantage into the locker rooms at halftime, leading 31-29.
In the second half, Holy Family surrendered its lead early on after Whitmore knocked down another three to give the Deacons a 36-35 advantage. From that point, Holy Family went on to outscore Bloomfield, 27-11 to take its biggest lead of the game. A three-pointer by Fleming capped the surge as the Tigers led, 62-47, with 6:08 to play.
Bloomfield would quickly respond and rallied with a 12-0 run to cut the Holy Family lead to three-pointers after Hall converted a three-point play to make the score 62-59 with 2:35 on the clock.
The Deacons came as close as two points to the Tigers' lead after Williams scored a layup to make the score 64-62 with less than two minutes to play. However, the Holy Family defense held the Bloomfield defense to 0-for-3 shooting to preserve the victory. The Tigers also converted 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the final minute.
Holy Family shot 45.1-percent from the field and 47.4-percent (9-19) from deep range, while Bloomfield only shot 31.1-percent from the field and 19.2-percent (5-26) from three. Both teams finished similar from the free throw line as the Tigers knocked down 14-of-19, while the Deacons converted 13-of-17.
Holy Family is back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 29 as the Tigers travel to face Wilmington University in a CACC contest. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.
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