Febuary 8, 2010

Huskies Comeback Bid Falls Short



Box Score

BLOOMSBURG- Despite 19 points and 14 rebounds from sophomore forward Larry Webster (Elkton, MD/Elkton), Bloomsburg University fell to Cheyney University in overtime, 92-78 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East men's basketball action on Monday night at the Nelson Field House.

Trailing 43-31 going into the break, the Huskies (8-12, 2-6) started their comeback at the 14:21 mark of the second half. After going down 56-43, a layup by senior forward Adon El (Philadelphia/St. John Neumann) and a jumper by senior guard Ruben Britt (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) off of a turnover pulled Bloomsburg to within nine.

Then, El and sophomore guard Trevon Johnson (Snow Hill, MD/Snow Hill) each converted a pair of free throws on consecutive trips down the court to cut the deficit to five and layups by Johnson and senior guard Greg Elliott (White Rock, British Columbia/Earl Marriott) after a Cheyney jumper completed a 10-3 Huskies run to make the score 58-55 in favor of the Wolves.

Cheyney (13-8, 6-2) went back on top by eight points with 7:03 remaining before Britt started a 12-3 Huskies run with a three-pointer just 14 seconds later. Britt would score seven points in the run, which gave Bloomsburg a 72-68 lead with 1:07 left.

The Wolves Sharif Bray cut the lead to one after his layup and foul shot with 21 seconds remaining but a free throw by Johnson two seconds later gave the Huskies a two-point lead. A foul by Webster with nine seconds left sent Tyrone Smith to the line, where he would make both of his foul shots, sending the game to overtime.

After the Huskies started the overtime period with two free throws by Johnson, Cheyney countered with 16 straight points, putting the game out of reach for Bloomsburg.

Bray led all scorers with 24 points while Smith posted a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Along with Webster, El also registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and two other Huskies scored in double-figures as Johnson had 19 with nine rebounds and Britt scored 17.

The Huskies hit the court again on Wednesday when they travel to East Stroudsburg to take on the rival Warriors. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. from the Koehler Fieldhouse.