Slippery Rock Tops UDC 78-63
East Stroudsburg, PA: December 4, 2009-- Jabril Bailey scored 18 points to lead Slippery Rock University to a, 78-63, win over the University of the District of Columbia Men's Basketball Team this afternoon. The game was played in the first round of the 45th Annual Pocono Classic sponsored by East Stroudsburg University at the Koehler Fieldhouse in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
The first half of play was very close, with the teams exchanging leads twice and tying the score 3 times. Slippery Rock led by 2 points at the half-time break. UDC Freshman forward Dyrek Jones (Brooklyn, NY) scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the first half.
Both teams had trouble finding the bottom of the net today as Slippery Rock won the game on only 38 percent (24 for 63) field goal shooting to UDC's 35 percent (21-60). Free throw shooting made the difference as Slippery Rock converted 23 of 33 for 70 percent while UDC made good on 17 of 33 for 52 percent.
The second half was a new ball game as Slippery Rock opened the half with an 12-1 run to extend their lead to 41-29. Slippery Rock then extended the lead to as many as 20 points before UDC cut it down to 13 and before Slippery Rock managed to end it all with a 15 point lead.
Three Slippery Rock players scored in double figures, including Bailey, who was joined by Mike Evans, Jr., with 17 points and Maurice Douglas with 11. The Slippery Rock bench was deep and outscored UDC's 27 to 8. UDC took advantage of Slippery Rock turnovers, converting them to 14 points to Slippery Rock's 4.
Joining Jones in double figures for UDC were sophomore guard Nigel Munson (Washington, DC) and freshman guard Kenneth James with 13 points apiece.
UDC falls to 0-6 with this loss and will continue play in the second round of the Classic on Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m., against East Stroudsburg University.