WATERBURY, Conn. – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team's best 3-point shooting performance in at least eight-plus seasons could not lift the Devils past Post in a 91-77 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) loss on Saturday afternoon.
The Devils made 13-of-25 (52.0 percent) from beyond the arc for their most 3-point field goals as a team since available statistical records go back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
The previous high was the 12 USciences made on Wednesday against Wilmington.
The freshman Simon led all players in scoring off the bench and blocked a team-high two shots, while the senior Hathaway surpassed his previous career-best of nine points in his fifth career start.
Paddy Casey made a game-high 4-of-6 from beyond the arc as he joined them in double-figures with 16 points, while also adding seven rebounds and three assists.
Brandon Starr neared his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best nine boards.
Tanner Kerr had eight points, four rebounds and team and a career-high four assists.
University of the Sciences outshot Post 47.2 (23-of-53 field goals) to 40.5 percent (32-of-79), but the Eagles made seven more field goals on 26 more attempts.
That was in large part due to a 24-10 advantage in the turnover battle, which led to Post outscoring the Devils 35-4 in points off turnovers.
There were seven lead changes and four ties on the afternoon, all of which took place in the first 10 and a half minutes.
Post took the lead for good, 28-27, on a 3-pointer with 9:31 to go in the first half.
That advantage swelled to double-digits, 43-33, 4:54 ahead of the break, but USciences fought back to as close as two when a Michael Fox layup made the score 43-45 with 2:18 showing.
Post came right back with the next four points though, and although a Simon 3-pointer in the closing seconds made the score 48-52 at the break, the Devils were never able to make it a single-possession game again.
After the Eagles opened the second half with a 3-pointer, University of the Sciences got as close as five four times, including after trailing by double-digits on two separate ccasions.
The last occurrence came when a Hathaway triple brought the Devils within 72-77 with 4:14 to play, but Post responded with a 12-2 run to finally put the game away for good.
USciences returns home to host Goldey-Beacom this Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m.