Box Score Collegeville, Pa.- The TCNJ men’s basketball team fell victim to a hot-shooting Ursinus squad in a 99-72 season-opening setback on Tuesday night.
Pat Higgins He scored a team-high 17 points in his debut Danny Bodin And Anthony DeCaro (13 each), but the Lions couldn’t slow down a prolific Bears team that already had two games to go.
Ursinus (3-0) certainly looked like its season started a week ago, shooting 60.0 percent from the field (36-of-60) and nearly 3-point range (13-of-22, 59.1). percentage). Two-time All-Region star Ryan Hughes looked the part with a 25-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist stat line on 9-for-11 shooting, and Trevor Wall added 21 points for the Bears on 8-of-13 shooting.
Aside from an early jumper by Bodin, the Lions bounced back from the jump. In the middle of this period Ursinus began to take control. Jim Clemente a Nissan Burch The assist, followed by five free throws, extended the lead to 29-16 Matthew Okorie A free throw at the 7:26 mark sealed the run.
The Bears twice raced to a 14-point advantage, first with another Wall triple to make it 35-21 and again with a Muhammad Tour layup with less than four minutes remaining. The rest of the stanza was TCNJ, as DeCaro maneuvered around a screen and before hitting a right tackle. Pat Higgins 37-28 hung in the air to bring the visitors back.
After a pair of Ursinus freebies, DiCaro sent a pass back overhead Jason Larranaga, directly connected on an NBA-range 3-pointer to make it 39-31 with less than a minute to play in the half. Twenty seconds later, DeCaro knocked down two from the charity stripe to get within six, but Ryan Hughes scored on a left-handed layup to give the Bears a 41-33 lead at the break.
Bodine pulled the Lions a little closer with a left-handed 3-pointer, but the Bears took their biggest lead of the night on the back of a 10-2 spurt that made it 53-38 with 16:03 left. Another triple.
Still leading by 15 at 61-46, the Bears made three straight 3-pointers — by nearly one. Trevor Covey – TCNJ got no closer than the 18 to open a 70-49 lead with 11:26 left.
Ursinus shot 72.4 percent (21-for-29) overall and was nine of 12 from 3-point range after halftime.
Higgins made six of 13 attempts from the field and added five rebounds in 32 minutes. Bodine was 6-for-7 from the floor with a team-high six rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Clemente had six points, four rebounds and a team-high four assists, while Covey also Olare Olatippo Each knocked down a pair of trays.
The Lions return home to host the TCNJ Tip-Off Tournament beginning with a matchup against Pratt Institute on Friday.