PHILADELPHIA – Paddy Casey's 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer rimmed out, denying the University of the Sciences men's basketball team a second overtime against Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North leader Bloomfield in an 81-78 loss at Bobby Morgan Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Casey had sent the game to overtime with a mid-range jumper with eight seconds remaining in regulation, tying the score at 69.
Bloomfield (4-0 CACC) scored six of the first eight points in the extra period, taking a 75-71 lead with just 2:02 to go, before Jordan White came down and drained a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game 19 seconds later.
After a Bears layup, Brandon Starr grabbed a missed shot and laid it back up to make it a one-point game once more with 1:07 left.
Bloomfield then turned it over, giving USciences a chance to tie the score or take the lead, and the Devils tied it with a free throw with just 77 seconds to play.
The Bears were fouled on the ensuring trip down the court, resulting in two made free throws, only to have University of the Sciences come right back and draw a foul itself.
The Devils would only make 1-of-2 though and after the second one was made, the Bloomfield inbound resulted in a transition dunk with seven seconds showing to set the stage for Casey's near-heroics.
Brendan Crawford was the star of the afternoon, leading all players with career-highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds. He also tied another career-best with a team-high five assists. The senior made 10-of-16 field goals en route to his fourth career double-double.
Starr also set a new career-high with 22 points, to go along with three rebounds, three assits and two steals.
Tanner Kerr joined them in double-figures with 10 points, while White was one point short. Kerr added seven rebounds and a career-best four assists.
White finished with nine points, three rebounds and two assists, while Casey had eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
University of the Sciences outrebounded Bloomfield 43-34, leading to a 20-6 edge in second-chance points, but 17 Devils turnovers helped the Bears outscore USciences 20-10 in points off turnovers.
University of the Sciences trailed by as many as 10, 22-12, with 9:33 left in the first half, but the Devils quickly came back with 11 unanswered.
Bloomfield answered and found itself leading 37-29 just 2:21 ahead of the break though, and this time USciences scored seven straight to bring itself within one entering the half.
The game was played within two possessions from that point on, with the Bears leading until a Starr 3-pointer made the score 61-60 with 6:10 to go.
Three lead changes and two ties ensued, before Bloomfield scored six in a row to go up 69-64 with just 2:07 remaining, but Starr hit a clutch 3-pointer and after two turnovers and a missed free throw by the Bears, Casey send the game to overtime.
University of the Sciences is back on the road this Tuesday, Jan. 8, traveling to Georgian Court for an 8 p.m. tip.