HC men’s basketball falls to Ursinus
By biconews On 8 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Mike Newshel

Despite having controlled two of the league’s top scorers, the Haverford men’s basketball team lost at home to Ursinus Wednesday, 68-46. Bears forward Richard Barrett came into the game leading the Centennial Conference in scoring with 18.2 PPG, and his teammate, Dan Luciano, came in at seventh in the conference with 13.9 PPG. The Ford defense was able to hold them to 16 total points, halt their average combined total of 32.

Both teams were ice cold from the floor in the first half, each mak ing only about a quarter of their shots. Haverford’s tight defense closed off the lane for the Bears, but they themselves could not get any penetration on the other end. Freshman Cam Scribner, who is third in the conference in blocks, led the defensive effort with an amazing five blocked shots in the half (seven total for the game).

The first field goal of the game did not come until five minutes in when Rob Bishop of Ursinus hit a three-pointer (the only one of the game) to give Ursinus a 6-0 lead. The Fords answered with their first points of the night when guard Matt Duffy drove the length of the court for two.

Both teams continued to exchange missed shots and turnovers for most of the half but Ursinus was able to build up a lead. The Bears’ 10 point lead lasted for an entire 10 minutes until, with three minutes left in the half, senior captain Mukul Kanabar stained a Haverford run by laying in a bucket on a fast break. The Fords scored 11 points in the last three minutes (compared to 7 in the first 17 minutes) while holding Ursinus to only four. Junior Alec Evans laid the ball of the glass as time ran out to cut the Ursinus lead to a 22-18 halftime score.

However, the Fords hot streak did not stretch into the second half. They got off to a slow start and went scoreless for six-and-a-half minutes until Evans hit a foul shot. Meanwhile, Ursinus had built up a 16-point lead which they would not relinquish. The Bears were able to get their inside game going and took advantage of offensive rebounds and fouls underneath. The Fords never got within 15 the rest of the game, and Ursinus went home with the win.

Center Mark Maggiotto led the Fords with 13 points, while Chris Riley and Cam Scribner each pulled down 10 rebounds. Frosh Stephen Erfie, who came off the bench for Ursinus, led all scorers with 16.

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