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Published on Feb 10, 2012
February 8, 2012
The Albright College men's basketball team grabbed the lead with a 9-0 run midway through the second half and made it last in a tight 65-57 victory over Reading rival Alvernia, Wednesday in the Bollman Center.
Albright (14-8, 5-6) won its third consecutive Commonwealth Conference game for the first time since early last season. The Lions, 2-6 less than two weeks ago, now trail their neighbors from Alvernia (15-7, 6-5) by one game in the race for the final playoff spot.
Sophomore Reuel Moore was huge down the stretch and finished with 14 points, all in the second half. Senior Derek Hall turned in a big double-double in a battle with one of the conference's best big men (Cory Boone), notching 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Junior Dave Singleton also had a double-double, with 12 points and 10 boards, while sophomore Kyle Jordan added 10 points and four blocks.
Trailing 40-35 with 10:44 remaining, Moore kick-started the decisive run with a basket. Alvernia traveled on the inbounds pass for an unforced error, and Jordan made them pay with another hoop. Albright took the lead at 42-40 with a Moore three pointer that finally caused a packed Bollman Center to explode. Despite immediately calling timeout to regroup, the Crusaders would never lead again.
Two free throws from Jordan completed the 9-0 surge before Lamont Clark broke it with a free throw. The Crusaders snuck to within one at 46-45, but Singleton's acrobatic reverse lay-up soon made it 50-45 Albright.
Moore hit another three to put the Lions up seven, 55-48, and preserved that advantage with a pair of free throws a minute later. Two more freebies from the sophomore again put his team up seven after Boone made two from the line.
Hall and Boone (eight points, 10 rebounds) went head-to-head all night and both had four fouls down the stretch. Hall fouled out on an over-the-back call after finishing off a nice put-back that would have all but put the game away. Albright was forced to go small, but Boone then went on a similar over-the-back decision.
Neither side led by more than four in a tight first half that ended with Alvernia up 25-23. Hall made a trio of hook shots in the first half, and the Lions took a 12-10 lead on two free throws from Jordan midway through the period.
Hall finished with 10 points in the first half and beat the buzzer with a lay-in, on Singleton's pass over the top.
The Crusaders shot just 25% from the field after halftime, and 28.6% for the game. Clark had 18 points and three steals, while Stefan Thompson added 12 points.