DOYLESTOWN (PA) – Delaware Valley University men's basketball went on a 14-0 run in the second half to distance itself from visiting Haverford College, but needed to hold on late, to earn a 62-58 home, non-conference, triumph.
The Aggies improved to 3-2 overall while the Fords fell to 2-3.
Haverford held an early 7-5 lead after a Joe Scibelli jumper, but DelVal responded with a 16-2 run over the next seven minutes of play to jump out to a 21-9 lead. Freshman Terrence Johnson hit his first collegiate 3-pointer to cap the spurt and the Aggies did not trail the rest of the night.
The Fords shot just 7-for-34 (20.6%) from the field in the first half compared to 9-for-21 (42.9%) for DelVal which took a 29-24 lead into the break.
Jesse Turkson converted an and-1 and pulled Haverford within two, 29-27, to start the second half. The teams traded baskets to make it 31-29 before the Aggies made their run.
Damien Singleton got things started with a second-chance layup and Alex Matsinye came away with a steal and sprung Mike Cianciulli for two more. After an offensive foul on the Fords, Damian Washington converted a layup then blocked a shot on the other end that led to another fast break layup for Cianciulli. Washington put a stamp on the 14-0 run with a pair of treys to make it 45-29 with 12:53 still to play.
DelVal led by as many as 17 with the score, 49-32, with 9:33 remaining. Haverford chipped away by outscoring the Aggies 22-9 over the next eight minutes of play to cut its deficit to four, 58-54, with just 1:42 left on the clock.
With 34 seconds remaining, Scibelli blocked a shot and got a transition layup at the other end to make it 61-58 and the Fords were still alive. They forced a turnover on DelVal's next possession but missed three straight layups, the last of which was blocked by Matsinye, but remained Haverford's possession. Joe Hartman got off a decent look from 3-point land, but the rebound was gathered by Washington and he hit one-of-two free throws for the 62-58 final.
Matsinye led the Aggies with 17 points followed by Washington's 14 and Cianciulli's 11. Cianciulli and Washington each grabbed four boards to pace the squad. Defensively, Matsinye and Washington each had a pair of blocks and Damani Myers came off the bench to grab four steals and added four points. Lybrant Robinson, the team's leading scorer, was held to just six points.
For the Fords, Turkson scored 16 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds to go with two steals. Hartman finished with 15 points, six rebounds and two assists. Scibelli came into the night averaging 21.5 points per game but was held to just four points on 2-of-6 shooting, but did contribute 11 rebounds before fouling out late in the second half.
As a team, Haverford outrebounded Delaware Valley, 49-21, but had seven more turnovers (21-14). Second chance points were 19-4 in favor of the visiting team.