Flyers Continue to Play the Bully Role in Win at the Garden

Flyers Continue to Play the Bully Role in Win at the Garden

The Flyers got their first win on their current road trip, beating the Bruins by a final of 2 to 1 in an exciting game.  Marty Biron played a great game in net and Mike Richards and Lupol were successful in putting the biscuit in the basket.

All wasn't chipper for the Flyers though as they continued to live up to their bully M.O.  Flyers defensemen Randy Jones laid out Boston's Patrice Bergeron in a hit from behind that sent Patrice face first into the glass.  Bergeron was left motionless on the ice and things didn't look good.

As teammate Chuck Kobasew angrily confronted Jones -- who received a
major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct -- a host of medical
personnel rushed to aid the fallen player. Orthopedic surgeon Dr.
Thomas Gill, Bruins trainer Don DelNegro, Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin
and several EMTs worked on Bergeron for roughly 15 minutes.

Bergeron’s jersey and upper-body equipment were cut from his body,
and his legs were taped together as the medical team worked on him.

A stretcher was immediately wheeled onto the ice, but it took 12-15
minutes before Bergeron was very slowly lifted onto it and taken from
the ice as the crowd cheered.

As of 7:00 PM Saturday evening there was no word on Bergeron's condition.

The hit, while clearly a brutal one, did not appear to executed with
vicious intentions.  Randy Jones issued an apology during the game,
"Words really can't express the way that I feel right now.  I am very
apologetic for the hit and what I did.   It was not intentional. It is
something that I have never done before and it is not part of my
character. I am extremely sorry.  I hope he does ok and everything
works out for him.   I wish him nothing but the best in his recovery.”

UPDATE: The injury is reported to be a broken nose and concussion.  Glad it didn't turn out worse.

>>Bergeron hospitalized after hitting boards head first [Boston Herald]

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

College hoops wrap: Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue

Villanova headlined Philly college basketball action today with a 78-68 win over Providence, led by Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins (see full recap). The win is dampened with the news that Phil Booth is increasingly unlikely to return this season as he still deals with knee discomfort (see story).

Here's a snapshot from the rest of area hoops today.

Penn State steamrolled by No. 21 Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The way it played this week, No. 21 Purdue is acting like a team that is determined to be in the race for the Big Ten championship all the way to the end of the regular season.

Caleb Swanigan had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Purdue built an 18-point halftime lead and coasted to a 77-52 victory over Penn State on Saturday, four days after shooting 60.4 percent in a 91-68 victory against Illinois.

Against Penn State, the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2) got 13 points from freshman guard Carsen Edwards and 10 each from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards.

"I would just say we were coming out ready to play," said Vince Edwards, who added seven rebounds and three assists. "Our goal is to win the Big Ten. Our focus is to take care of business."

Josh Reaves led Penn State (11-9, 3-4) with 12 points. The Nittany Lions made only 20 of 64 field goal attempts (31.3 percent) and were outrebounded 39-30. Purdue shot 56.6 percent (30 of 53) (see full recap).

Drexel drops road game at CAA-leading UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Devontae Cacok scored 12 points and set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 24 rebounds, helping UNC Wilmington stay perfect in conference with an 87-74 win over Drexel on Saturday.

Cacok, whose previous career-high rebounding was 16, broke the school record (21) and conference record (22) late in the second half as the Seahawks cruised to their ninth straight home win, tying the best mark in program history.

UNC Wilmington (19-2, 8-0) led 53-51 with 15:01 left before four players combined to rattle off 12 straight points. Cacok capped the run with one of his 11 offensive rebounds and a dunk to give the Seahawks a 65-51 lead with 11:23 remaining.

UNC Wilmington is off to its best start ever and has won 24 of its last 26 conference games, including 12 straight. Chris Flemmings led the Seahawks with 17 points.

Sammy Mojica had 15 points and Rodney Williams added 14 for Drexel (7-13, 1-6), which has lost seven of eight (see full recap).

Delaware swept in season series with Towson
NEWARK, Del. -- Mike Morsell and Arnaud William Adala Moto pulled down a dozen boards as Towson won its fourth straight and a season sweep of Delaware with a 75-58 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are fresh off a win over Hofstra that saw them erase a 16-point first-half deficit, and momentum carried over when they built a 17-point lead at halftime.

Alex Thomas and John Davis added 13 and 12 points, respectively, but Towson saw its streak of three-straight games shooting better than 50 percent end. The Tigers hit 26 of 55 shots from the floor (47.3 percent), including 6 of 15 from deep.

Delaware snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with a win over Northeastern. Ryan Daly scored 21 points for Delaware and became the first freshman in school history to post six 20-plus efforts in a season. He reached double-digits for the 12th time in 13 games (see full recap).