February 11, 2010

Huskies Rally to Upset No. 12 East Stroudsburg



Box Score

EAST STROUDSBURG-Sophomore guard Trevon Johnson's (Snow Hill, MD/Snow Hill) two foul shots with 6.0 seconds remaining and senior guard Ruben Britt's (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) 27 points helped give Bloomsburg University a 59-57 come-from-behind upset victory over 12th-ranked East Stroudsburg University on Thursday night at the Koehler Fieldhouse.

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Johnson

Both teams went back and forth during the first half as the lead changed hands five times and the score was tied six times. The Huskies (9-12, 3-6) grabbed their first lead at the 14:45 mark when Britt's layup gave Bloomsburg a 12-10 advantage. The Huskies made it a 15-12 lead less than two minutes later when Britt knocked down a jumper for his 10th point of the game. The Warriors responded, scoring seven of the game's next eight points, capped by a three-pointer by Andy Heimbach, giving them a 19-16 lead with 10:14 remaining in the first half.

After a pair of free throws by Britt, the Huskies would take a 20-19 lead on a jumper by senior guard Greg Elliott (White Rock, British Columbia/Earl Marriott). Bloomsburg would again stretch its lead to three points after a tip-in by sophomore forward Larry Webster (Elkton, MD/Elkton) at the 7:11 mark but a 12-4 Warriors run to end the half gave them a 33-28 lead going into the locker room.

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Britt

East Stroudsburg (19-2, 6-2) increased the lead to eight points on another three-pointer from Heimbach, making the score 40-32 with 17:13 left to play. The Huskies cut their deficit to three after a three-point play by senior forward Adon El (Philadelphia/St. John Neumann) and a layup by Johnson. The Warriors would increase that lead to nine points after a dunk by Terrance King nearly three minutes later.

The Huskies slowly chipped away, tying the game at 53-apiece on a layup by Britt at the 5:49 mark and then going on top by two with another Britt layup 24 seconds later. The Warriors tied it up with 1:50 left to play on a layup by Micah Covert and went ahead 57-55 on a pair of Heimbach free throws on their next trip down the court. Webster tied the score at 57-all with 44 seconds remaining and the Huskies got two huge blocks on the defensive end by Britt and Johnson, giving Bloomsburg the ball with 26 seconds left. After a timeout by the Huskies, Johnson would get fouled going to the basket and converted both of his free throws for the 59-57 lead. East Stroudsburg had one last chance but a three-pointer at the buzzer by Robby Pines went long as the Huskies finished the comeback and gained the huge win.

Heimbach led the Warriors with 13 points, converting 3-of-11 three-point attempts. In scoring 27 points, Britt went 11-of-16 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line in 39 minutes of action. Johnson scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds while Webster added 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Huskies hit the court again this Saturday when they travel to West Chester to take on the Golden Rams. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.