The University of the District of Columbia has scored 100 points or more 11 times and is averaging 95 points per game. Teams have tried running with the Firebirds and holding the ball. Nothing has worked.
New York Tech tried a little of both, but wasn't able to handle the Earl Jones-Michael Britt-led Firebirds last night and were beaten, 96-75, before 1,875 pleased fans at the Van Ness Physical Activities Center.
Jones enjoyed another fine evening, hitting 13 of 20 field goals and all nine free throws for a game-high 35 points. Britt, after a slow start, finished with 22 points and had seven steals. With Jones, Britt and Greg Carson (10 points) leading the way, the hosts jumped out to a 22-6 advantage midway in the first half and were never headed in winning their 16th straight game and 27th consecutive at home.
"Everything we're doing now is geared for the (NCAA Division II) tournament," said UDC Coach Wil Jones, minutes after his team raised its season to 21-2. "We're peaking at the right time. New York Tech has good players who like to go the basket and we were trying a lot of new stunts on our man-to-man defense. We were trying something new, some things that will help us later."
The Firebirds' pressure forced eight turnovers and five missed shots by the smaller Bears in the game's first 10 minutes. Earl Jones scored nine quick points and Carson made three long jump shots to help the hosts to a 16-point advantage.
Lyord DeBerry, Tech's top player, missed the trip with a leg injury but his back court mate Peter Edwards (28) played well enough to keep his team from being embarrassed. Edwards had eight points and Matt Kaufler made three 22-footers to keep Tech within 44-32 at the half.
Tech managed to get within 11 points once in the second half, but two 8-0 spurts, one started by Jones, the other by Britt, gave the Firebirds a 20-point lead midway in the half.