Chestnut Hill Posts 70-69 Home Win To Snap Men's Hoops Two-Game Winning Streak
Philadelphia, Pa.-Chestnut Hill's Jakeem Bogans made the second of two free throws with 4.4 seconds left to give the host Griffins a 70-69 lead, and that score proved to be the final tally as a three-point shot by Bridgeport's Hakeem Rodriguez (Jr., Queensbridge, N.Y.) would not fall giving the hosts a narrow, non-conference men's basketball victory on Sunday afternoon. Bogans' winning free throw came after the Purple Knights' William Harrison (Sr., Bronx. N.Y,) tied things at 69-69 with a three-point shot with five seconds to play.
The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the Purple Knights who are now an even 3-3 on the year. With the win, Chestnut Hill is 5-2 on the season.
Bridgeport led by seven at the half, 30-23, and UB extended its lead to 12 points, 43-31, with 14:30 to play in the second half.
Chestnut Hill rallied mainly on the strength of its free throw shooting, as the Griffins went 28 of 32 from the line for the game, including going 22 of 24 from the stripe in the second half. The Purple Knights went 16 of 24 from the foul line on the day.
Senior Eion Lewis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Purple Knights in scoring with 17 points in a losing effort. Lewis was joined in double figures by Rodriguez with 11 points, and Harrison and junior Omari Howard (Bronx, N.Y.) each chipped in 10 points. Hakeem Rodriguez also dished out seven assist for UB.
Dan Comas led four Chestnut Hill players in double figures with 15 points.
The UB men's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday night at Bloomfield College.