PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – In a back-and-fourth contest that saw 13 tied scores and neither side leading by more than six points, the Concordia College New York men's basketball team used a 4-0 run with under 90 seconds remaining to take a three-point lead over Chestnut Hill and held onto the advantage over the host Griffins on Sunday afternoon in a 66-61 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) triumph.
• Concordia improves to 8-11, 5-5 in CACC play.
• Chestnut Hill drops to 3-15, 0-9 in league action.
• Senior guard Michael Demello (White Plains, N.Y.) scored a team-best 22 points on 6-12 shooting with two steals.
• Sophomore forward Alex White Jr. (Middletown, Conn.) pulled down nine rebounds with a block.
• Redshirt senior Cedrick McFadden (Washington, D.C.) recorded a team-leading four assists with four steals, two coming in the final minute of play, while chipping in seven points and six rebounds.
• Senior forward Stephen Milhaven (Port Washington, N.Y.) pulled down nine rebounds with two steals and a block.
• For Chestnut Hill, Ed McWade scored 22 points with eight rebounds while Tony Toplyn Jr. and Liban Awl both recorded three assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Following a pair of Jason Cethoute (Queens, N.Y.) free throws to start the contest, Chestnut Hill responded with a 5-0 run to take a 5-2 advantage with 18:19 remaining in the half.
• Concordia evened the score off a Demello three pointer, with the two sides splitting the ensuing eight points before another 5-0 spurt from the host propelled them to a 14-9 lead with 12:50 to go in the half.
• The Clippers used a 12-2 spree with McFadden, Milhaven and Demello all scoring to take a 21-16 lead, and created a six-point separation at 25-19 off a White Jr. free throw with 5:14 remaining in the half.
• The host countered with a 6-0 rally to even the score at 25-all, but back-to-back layups from freshman forward Devon Sims (Centreville, Va.) and Cethoute put the Clippers ahead 29-25 with 1:43 left in the half.
• Chestnut Hill used a free throw and layup to cut the deficit to one at 29-28 before a pair of free throws from junior forward Anthony Barnes (Bowie, Md.) created a 31-28 halftime score.
• The Griffins used a quick 5-2 run at the beginning of the second half to knot the score at 33-33 with 17:18 remaining in the contest.
• The two sides went back-and-fourth with neither side holding a lead greater than four over the ensuing 32 points with six tied scores during the stretch before a White Jr. layup evened the score at 49-all and sparked an 8-0 run with sophomore guard Baron Goodridge (Bronx, N.Y.) and Cethoute contributing to propel the Clippers to a 55-49 advantage with 5:36 remaining in the contest.
• CHC college quickly chipped into the separation with a 5-0 run, taking the lead at 57-56 with 3:23 remaining in the contest off a three pointer.
• Concordia knotted the score at 59-all off a Sims free throw, adding another Sims free throw and Goodridge layup to push ahead 62-59 with 52 seconds left.
• The Griffins ended the run with a layup, only for four unanswered free throws by the Clippers in the final 30 seconds creating the final score.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 22-58 shots, going 5-24 from three-point territory and 17-24 from the free throw line.
• Chestnut Hill finished 22-56 from the field, 5-20 from distance and 12-15 from the free throw line.
• Concordia recorded 12 assists while Chestnut Hill had nine.
• Chestnut Hill held a 38-37 advantage in rebounds.
• Concordia had 17 turnovers, resulting in 17 points for Chestnut Hill. CHC had 22 turnovers, leading to 24 Clippers' points.
• Concordia' bench scored 21 points while the host got 16 from its bench.
• Concordia recorded a season-high 13 steals with two blocks while Chestnut Hill stole the ball seven times with three blocks.
The men's basketball team returns to the Meyer Athletic Center to host CACC North rival Bloomfield College on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.