March 13, 2009

Lancaster, PA (March 13, 2009) - Unbelievable. The DeSales University men's basketball team used a 20-3 run over the final 7:26 of the game to defeat UMASS-Dartmouth, 67-59, and advance to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Division III Tournament in a thrilling "Sweet 16" game at Franklin & Marshall College on Friday evening in the Mayser Center.

The win improves DSU to 25-5 overall, setting a new school-record for wins in the process, while the Corsairs season comes to an end at 27-4 overall.

A sluggish start to the second half put DSU down by 10 points, 45-35, at the 14:02 mark, before a 12-4 run over the next five minutes cut the lead down to two points, 49-47, as junior Rob Schubach (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) and freshman Bob Zanneo (Philadelphia, PA/Father Judge) combined to score the final eight points of the run.

UMD countered the DSU comeback with seven straight points to claim a nine-point lead, 56-47, with 7:26 to go before the Bulldogs went to work, particularly on the defensive end.

Entering the game, DeSales ranked 12th in the country in scoring defense and the last seven and a half minutes everyone at the Mayser Center saw why. The Bulldogs held the Corsairs to just three points over the final 7:26, all of which came at the foul line and DSU took advantage on the offensive end hitting big shot after big shot.

Sophomore Brian Hunter (Allentown, PA/Emmaus) started the final spurt with a driving lay-up on the left side and senior Ed Lapinski (Red Hill, PA/Upper Perkiomen) hit a huge three-pointer at the top of the key on the next possession cutting the deficit down to four points.

DSU continued to get stops on the defensive end and junior Darnell Braswell (Allentown, PA/William Allen) cut the margin down to one point with a strong driving lay-up in transition. After two missed free throws from UMD, Braswell found senior Matt Zwetolitz (Whitehall, PA/Whitehall) all alone on the right wing and he buried a three-pointer giving the Bulldogs their first lead since early in the second half and setting off a deafening roar from two bus loads full of DeSales students.

Two more defensive stops saw Lapinski go to work in the post scoring on a short jumper on the right block and nearly 90 seconds of back and forth empty possessions was followed by one Hunter free throw and Hunter finding Lapinski all alone on a ¾ court pass for an uncontested lay-up as DeSales led 62-57, with 1:20 remaining.

One free throw cut the lead down to four points but Zwetolitz, Hunter, and Braswell combined to go 5-for-6 on the charity stripe over the final 43 ticks to ice the win and an Elite Eight berth.

DSU shot a terrific 59.1 percent from the field and out-rebounded UMD, 32-22. The Corsairs forced 25 Bulldog turnovers but shot just 36.7 percent in the second half and missed their last 10 shots from the field.

Braswell tallied his ninth double-double of the season with a game-high 15 points and 12 assists and Lapinski finished with 14 points and three blocked shots. Hunter added 11 points and had four assists, while Zwetolitz totaled nine points.

Brandon Shelton led UMD with 13 points and Reece Freeman had 11 points and five steals.

DeSales will take on Franklin & Marshall College, a 67-61 winner over Salem State in the other semifinal, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, VA. Tip time for Saturday evening is set for 7:00 pm at the Mayser Center.

Lancaster, PA (March 13, 2009) - Unbelievable. The DeSales University men's basketball team used a 20-3 run over the final 7:26 of the game to defeat UMASS-Dartmouth, 67-59, and advance to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Division III Tournament in a thrilling "Sweet 16" game at Franklin & Marshall College on Friday evening in the Mayser Center.

The win improves DSU to 25-5 overall, setting a new school-record for wins in the process, while the Corsairs season comes to an end at 27-4 overall.

A sluggish start to the second half put DSU down by 10 points, 45-35, at the 14:02 mark, before a 12-4 run over the next five minutes cut the lead down to two points, 49-47, as junior Rob Schubach (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) and freshman Bob Zanneo (Philadelphia, PA/Father Judge) combined to score the final eight points of the run.

UMD countered the DSU comeback with seven straight points to claim a nine-point lead, 56-47, with 7:26 to go before the Bulldogs went to work, particularly on the defensive end.

Entering the game, DeSales ranked 12th in the country in scoring defense and the last seven and a half minutes everyone at the Mayser Center saw why. The Bulldogs held the Corsairs to just three points over the final 7:26, all of which came at the foul line and DSU took advantage on the offensive end hitting big shot after big shot.

Sophomore Brian Hunter (Allentown, PA/Emmaus) started the final spurt with a driving lay-up on the left side and senior Ed Lapinski (Red Hill, PA/Upper Perkiomen) hit a huge three-pointer at the top of the key on the next possession cutting the deficit down to four points.

DSU continued to get stops on the defensive end and junior Darnell Braswell (Allentown, PA/William Allen) cut the margin down to one point with a strong driving lay-up in transition. After two missed free throws from UMD, Braswell found senior Matt Zwetolitz (Whitehall, PA/Whitehall) all alone on the right wing and he buried a three-pointer giving the Bulldogs their first lead since early in the second half and setting off a deafening roar from two bus loads full of DeSales students.

Two more defensive stops saw Lapinski go to work in the post scoring on a short jumper on the right block and nearly 90 seconds of back and forth empty possessions was followed by one Hunter free throw and Hunter finding Lapinski all alone on a ¾ court pass for an uncontested lay-up as DeSales led 62-57, with 1:20 remaining.

One free throw cut the lead down to four points but Zwetolitz, Hunter, and Braswell combined to go 5-for-6 on the charity stripe over the final 43 ticks to ice the win and an Elite Eight berth.

DSU shot a terrific 59.1 percent from the field and out-rebounded UMD, 32-22. The Corsairs forced 25 Bulldog turnovers but shot just 36.7 percent in the second half and missed their last 10 shots from the field.

Braswell tallied his ninth double-double of the season with a game-high 15 points and 12 assists and Lapinski finished with 14 points and three blocked shots. Hunter added 11 points and had four assists, while Zwetolitz totaled nine points.

Brandon Shelton led UMD with 13 points and Reece Freeman had 11 points and five steals.

DeSales will take on Franklin & Marshall College, a 67-61 winner over Salem State in the other semifinal, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, VA. Tip time for Saturday evening is set for 7:00 pm at the Mayser Center.