Firebirds Falter Late; Lose to Bridgeport, 83-72
Editors Baltimore Times | 2/22/2015, noon
BALTIMORE WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia men's basketball team played right with the 2nd place team in the East Coast Conference, Bridgeport, until midway through the 2nd half when the Purple Knights used a 14-2 run to put the game away and went on to win, 83-72 on a snowy Saturday afternoon in the nation's capital.
Still just a 61-60 Bridgeport lead after a layup by UDC's freshman forward Andre Williams (Business Management – Maybrook, NY/Valley Central HS) at the 10:30 mark when UB's Eddie Asamoah answered with an emphatic dunk at the other end followed later by a three-pointer at the top of the key to kick-start the game-changing, 14-2 Purple Knights surge to put the visitors in front, 75-62. UDC never got any closer than seven from that point on, as Bridgeport went on to win comfortably by 11.
Senior guard Michael Terry (Criminal Justice – Philadelphia, PA/Boston U) led all scorers with 25 points, which included 5-of-10 three-point shooting. Eighteen of his 25 came in the first half as he shot 6-of-12 FG (4-of-6 three-point FG) and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line to keep UDC within two at halftime (43-41). Also, junior transfer forward Geran Pope (Political Science – Washington, DC/Virginia Union) posted his 4th double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Bridgeport, which is just a game back of St. Thomas Aquinas in the win-column for 1st place in the ECC standings, won its 4th straight game with solid contributions from forward Willie Williams III (22 points, eight rebounds), Asamoah (14 points, five rebounds, two blocked shots) and guard Devon Elliot (13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals).
The Purple Knights out-shot UDC 50-percent (29-of-58) to 40-percent (27-of-67) and had more assists (16-11) and fewer turnovers (12-15).
UDC will host ECC foe Mercy on Thursday, February 26th at 5 p.m. for Senior Night, and the season home finale at the Sports Complex. The Firebirds will honor five seniors before the game: Prince Ritson, Din Moore, Lenjo Kilo, Quasim Jones and Michael Terry.