Saturday, December 11, 2010

Griffins Yield to Lightning in CACC Affair

New Castle, DE – (12/11/2010) – Chestnut Hill College took the initial lead in this afternoon’s Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) contest at Goldey-Beacom College, but the Lightning rallied to a 37-28 halftime advantage before controlling the second-half of play for an 84-64 victory. The Lightning senior backcourt combined for 40 points while a team defensive effort held the Griffins to a 34.8% (23-of-66) shooting performance. Sophomore guard Jakeem Bogans (Philadelphia, PA) came of the bench to help junior center Dan Comas (Philadelphia, PA) led the Griffin effort.

 The inside-play of senior forward Trenton Davidheiser (Pottstown, PA) and Comas sprang Chestnut Hill College (2-7, 0-2) out to an initial 17-11 lead in the opening seven minutes (13:06). At 12:32, senior forward Terrance Parkes (New Rochelle, NY) tied the contest, 17-17, with three-point basket sparking the Lightning to a 37-28 halftime advantage. In the second half, Parkes got help from senior guard Jon Crawford (Pennsauken, NJ) who totaled 18 points in the frame. The Goldey-Beacom College (3-5, 2-1) lead reached 29, 84-55, with 1:41 remaining in the contest, but baskets from Bogans and freshman forward Khadim Ndiaye (Long Beach, NY), and two three-pointers from freshman guard Rich Dobin (West Long Branch, NJ) closed the gap t0 84-64 by the final buzzer.

Parkes and Crawford finished with 20 points apiece headlining the Lightning offense; Parkes also grabbed 16 rebounds to complete his double-double performance. As a team, the Lightning totaled seven blocks and nine steals defensively which helped to counter 19 turnovers they provided offensively. Unfortunately, a 49.1%-34.8% edge in shooting allowed the home team to defeat the Griffins. Graduate forward Rich Flemming (Chester, PA) contributed 14 points to the Lightning victory while senior guard Azeez Ellegood (Wilmington, DE) totaled nine points and seven assists at the helm.

Bogans 11 points and three assists off the bench led the Griffins. His energy was supported by Comas who recorded eight points and 11 rebounds. Ndiaye supplied nine points and Davidheiser added eight points as well.

The men’s basketball team will resume play in the New Year, when they host Holy Family University in an 8:00 p.m. CACC contest on Thursday, January 6.

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