December 10, 2009

Hall's Basket the Difference in Bloomsburg Win

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BLOOMSBURG--Freshman Ed Hall's (Spencerville, MD/Paint Branch) rebound basket with 17 seconds to play put Bloomsburg University ahead and the Huskies went on to post a 61-58 victory over Chestnut Hill College on Thursday night at the Nelson Field House in men's college basketball action. The win was the fourth in-a-row for the Huskies.


With the Huskies trailing by one, 58-57, after a layup by the Griffins Larz Jeter, Bloomsburg's Trevon Johnson (Snow Hill, MD/Snow Hill) missed a jumper in the lane. Hall, though, was there to put in the rebound that put the Huskies back on top. Chestnut Hill came down with a chance to go ahead, but Larz missed the show with Hall getting the rebound and was fouled. Hall converted both shots to give the Huskies a three-point lead. Chestnut Hill had a chance to tie, but was called for a travelling violation with a second to play and Bloomsburg ran out the clock.

The game was a see-saw affair early in the first half with five lead changes and three ties. Bloomsburg, though, was able to open up a nine-point lead using a 14-6 run over the final nine minutes of the half to hold a 32-23 edge at the break.

In the second half the Huskies saw their nine-point halftime advantage dwindle to two, 36-34, with 14:36 to play. Bloomsburg, though, got five straight points from Jesse Betar (Altoona/Altoona) to regain a 41-35 edge with 13:03 to go. Later a dunk by Hall put the Huskies up by seven, but the Griffins fought back and took their first lead since early in the game, 56-55, after Jeter converted a three-point play with 2:01 to go. After missed attempts by both teams, Ruben Britt (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) hit a jumper in the lane for a 57-56 Bloomsburg lead. Jeter than came back with a basket setting up Hall's late game heroics.

Johnson finished with 14 points, while Britt added 12. Hall chipped in with nine off the bench to go with 11 rebounds. Chestnut Hill, now 4-5, got a game-high 24 points from Jeter, while Dan Comas finished with 19.

Bloomsburg, 4-2, will host Pitt-Johnstown on Saturday at 3 p.m.