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Men’s Basketball Falls at Regionally Ranked and CACC-Leading Bloomfield

Credit: Madison Laplante
Credit: Madison Laplante

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team hung tough with regionally ranked Bloomfield, the No. 4 team in the East Region, but the Bears proved to be too much in a 79-64 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) win over the Devils on Wednesday night.

Flo Da-Silva registered his fourth double-double of the season in the defeat with a team-best 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, to go along with three assists.

He also had one steal to move into third in program history with 193 for his career.

Will Gregorits fell one board shy of his eighth double-double of the season, and fourth in five games, with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He fell just short of extending his streak of four consecutive double-digit rebounding games, as well six in the last seven.

With six defensive rebounds, the senior moved into fourth in program history with 507 for his career. 

Beni Toure fell two rebounds short of his third career-double and Brendan Crawford fell two shy of the first of his career, as each scored 10 points. Notably, Toure made a career-best six free throws on seven attempts. 

Paddy Casey led University of the Sciences with four assists. He was one of four Devils with a block as USciences tied a new season-high with four.

University of the Sciences (9-6, 5-2 CACC) had more rebounds (46) and assists (16) than Bloomfield, but the Devils shot just 35.9 percent (23-of-64) compared to the Bears' 43.1 percent (31-of-72) and committed 17 turnovers while forcing just eight, leading to a 21-8 edge in points off turnovers for Bloomfield.

After the Bears (12-3, 7-0) scored the first five points of the game USciences came back with 10 of the next 12, four of which were scored by Toure. Da-Silva capped six unanswered for a 10-7 lead when he made a layup 5:27 into play.

That was the first of three leads for the Devils (9-6, 5-2), who also led 15-13 after a Gregorits basket with 10:54 left in the first half.

Bloomfield answered with six straight points for a lead it would hold onto the rest of the night, although the game was played within two possessions for nearly the rest of the first half.

Three times University of the Sciences got as close as one point, including when Da-Silva found Crawford for a layup to make the score 25-24 with 6:38 showing.

The Devils also got as close as two, 30-28, 2:11 later when Toure capped four consecutive points with two free throws, but Bloomfield responded with six straight for the largest lead of the first half, 36-28, with 1:32 remaining. 

Crawford did make it a six-point game heading into the locker room with the final two points and after Bloomfield scored the basket of the second half, Tanner Kerr did the same when he made the score 38-32 with 17:47 to play.

The Bears finally pulled away for good with an 11-2 run over the next 2:14 though, and USciences could only get as close as eight, 58-50, when Brandon Starr made a 3-pointer with 9:35 on the clock. 

University of the Sciences returns home to host Domincan for a 3 p.m. tip on Saturday, Jan. 13.