Bears get defensive, down Fords 72-58

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Trailing by ten 6:30 into the game, Ursinus tightened the screws defensively as the Bears held Haverford to just seven points the rest of the half snapping a two-game skid with a 72-58 win over the Fords Wednesday night.

Ursinus (4-3, 1-2 Centennial) got 15 points from junior guard Matt Hilton (Lewistown, Pa./Lewistown Area) while freshman forward John Ward (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and freshman guard Matt Donahue (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity School) each chipped in 12.

Freshman forward Kevin Janowski (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) had ten points as Ursinus led by as much as 16 points in the second half.

For Haverford, freshman guard Matt Palmer pumped in a game-high 17 points, while junior forward Sam Permutt had 15. Freshman guard Cameron Baker added in 12 points for the Fords.

Ursinus won the war of the boards, 38-23, with senior guard Remy Cousart (Philadelphia, Pa./Holy Ghost) collecting a game-high nine. Permutt had eight caroms for the Fords.

Early on, it was all Fords as Haverford raced out to a 14-4 lead 5:03 in on a pair of foul shots by Baker. Ursinus stayed in the game via the three-point line, hitting four three-pointers to start the contest. With the score in favor of the visitors 17-7, Ursinus embarked on a 12-1 run to get within one at 19-18 with 7:18 left on a basket by Donahue.

Following a three-pointer by Permutt with 6:04 left to give Haverford a 22-18 lead, Ursinus outscored the Fords 14-2 to end the half.

In the final half, Haverford could get no closer than six points (37-31) the rest of the way.

Ursinus breaks for exams, before hosting regional power Immaculata on Tuesday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m.