By John Manley
Teikyo Post’s Mick Richardson was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week following a pair of double-doubles in winning causes.
The Dublin junior led TPU to an 80-67 victory over Bloomfield College with 22 points and 13 rebounds. In a 93-89 overtime win over Nyack, the 6-foot-4 forward posted 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. In between those two games was a loss to Southern Connecticut, in which Richardson scored 25 points in just 24 minutes.
Two members of Teikyo’s Irish brigade are out for the season. Kieran Quinn suffered a broken finger and Ronan O’Leary went down with a broken ankle.
The Eagles are 7-17.
Also, Azusa Pacific’s Gary Dredge lent an inauspicious air to the second half as the Cougars resumed play against Westmont. With Azusa up by two, the sophomore from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, missed a layup, then dropped a pass before receiving an assignment to ride the pine. Reinserted in the game later in the half, Dredge redeemed himself by dropping in a layup to put the Cougars ahead by one with 1:42 left on the game clock. He also converted a foul shot to extend the lead to two, then grabbed a pivotal rebound at the other end of the floor to seal the victory. The final score was 72-68.
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Dredge finished with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting and was 3-for-5 from the foul line. Dredge subsequently had five points in Azusa’s 80-63 win over Hope International. Azusa, ranked eighth in the NAIA poll, is 22-4.
Manhattan’s Siobhan Kilkenny was high scorer for the Lady Jaspers in their 54-37 loss to St. Peter’s. The 5-9 freshman from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, drained 6-for-8 from the floor, including the only three-pointer she attempted. Kilkenny also put the mitts on seven rebounds and had three steals. Manhattan is 13-9.
Meanwhile, Susan Moran paced St. Joseph’s (Pa.) to a 67-44 victory over LaSalle in a Big Five tilt in Philadelphia. Moran was the game’s high scorer with 18 points while also leading all rebounders with 11 boards. The Tullamore, Co. Offaly, sophomore connected on seven of 13 shots and was successful on all four foul shots. Seven of her 11 rebounds were off the offensive glass.
Moran also escaped serious injury on a drive to the hoop midway through the second half when undercut by a defender. Moran’s back and hip slammed against the hardwood, leaving her still for at least a minute before she was able to muster the strength to right herself. She left the court under her own power and returned late in the second half.
"I think that I was just fouled real hard," Moran said. "She got my upper body, so my legs kind of went first. I just landed real hard on my back. I kind of stayed down for a while. It’s fine now, though, just a little bit bruised."
Moran is expected to be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 17, when the Hawks (19-4) venture to the Bronx, where they take on Fordham. Gametime is 7 p.m.
Also, Niamh Joyce nailed two of three shots from the field for four points in Stevens Tech’s 71-52 loss to St. Joseph’s (N.Y.) Joyce, an Irish native living in Edison, N.J., also received credit for four rebounds. She is a junior. Stevens is 14-7.