Men’s Basketball Falls Just Short Against Holy Family, 77-75, with Two Misses in Final 10 Seconds of CACC Opener

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team had two opportunities to take the lead with 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds, but neither would fall leading to a 77-75 loss to Holy Family in the Devils' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener on Tuesday night at Bobby Morgan Arena. 

The Devils took their largest lead of the night, 71-65, when Tanner Kerr scored the Devils' seventh straight point, capping five unanswered with just 5:49 to play. 

Holy Family got within three twice over the next couple of minutes, but Brendan Crawford and Brandon Starr baskets re-established five-point advantages, the latter coming with 2:50 to go. 

That Starr jumper was the last USciences point of the night though, as the Tigers made two 3-pointers as well as a free throw in-between, the second one coming with just 39 seconds remaining. 

3-point shooting was the difference on the night, as HFU made 14 to the Devils' 6. 

USciences had two possessions to tie the score or take the lead thanks to a missed front-end of a one-and-one, but the Devils could not take advantage.

Kerr had a career night with a career-best 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting and a game-high 10 rebounds for his second career double-double. It was the fourth time in seven contests that the senior surpassed his career-high in scoring. 

Crawford and Paddy Casey each scored 14, while Starr contributed 10, giving USciences five players in double figures. 

Casey led all players with six assists and pulled down four rebounds, while Crawford added seven rebounds and four assists. 

Jordan White came off the bench to score 11 points, while Beni Toure had four points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal in 12 minutes. 

Holy Family took the largest advantage of the night, 15-7, just 2:45 into the action, and the Tigers would lead until USciences capped off 10 unanswered with a Crawford layup to make the score 34-29 with 4:58 left in the first half. 

HFU responded by getting its lead back up to seven, 44-37, just seven seconds ahead of the break but Casey converted a 3-point play to end the half, and after a White layup 1:26 into the second made the score 47-44, the game was played within four points until Kerr scored his seven straight points.  

University of the Sciences plays its first CACC road contest of the season at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Chestnut Hill.