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Men’s Basketball Nearly Erases 18-Point Deficit at CACC North Leader and Regionally-Ranked Dominican; Devils Fall 70-62

Men’s Basketball Nearly Erases 18-Point Deficit at CACC North Leader and Regionally-Ranked Dominican; Devils Fall 70-62

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The University of the Science men's basketball team cut an 18-point deficit to as little as four points late in the second half at regionally-ranked Dominican on Saturday afternoon, before the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North leaders pulled away for an eventual 70-62 win over the Devils.

USciences trailed by as many as 18 twice, including 33-51 5:12 into the second half, and the Devils still trailed 40-54 with 10:39 to play before going on to score 10 unanswered beginning with a Tanner Kerr three-point play.

After a Brandon Starr free throw, Paddy Casey converted yet another three-point play to make it an eight-point game, 46-54, with 8:35 left.

39 seconds later Kerr made yet another layup, before Starr put the finishing touch on the run with two foul shots to get the Devils as close as four, 50-54, with 7:26 to go. 

Dominican (15-3, 10-0 CACC) – the fifth-ranked team in the East Region – quickly answered with seven points in 1:05 to make it a double-digit advantage once more, and University of the Sciences did not have another run in it. 

Kerr recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. 

Brendan Crawford led USciences with 16 points, to go along with a team-best three assists and two steals.  

Sean Simon was also in double-figures with 12 points and three assists, while Casey fell one point shy of double-figures and also had three assists. 

Jordan White led all players with three steals. 

University of the Sciences had a season-high 15 steals as a team, its most since Dec. 9, 2017.

The Devils led by many as six early on when a Crawford jump shot made the score 16-10 eight and a half minutes into the action. 

USciences would go scoreless for eight and a half minutes though, in which Dominican scored 18 straight points for 28-16 advantage entering the final three minutes of the first half. 

That advantage reached as high as 17, 38-21, in the final minute before a Simon 3-pointer brought the score to 24-38 entering the break. 

Dominican's first 18-point lead, 31-49, then came after a 9-2 surge was completed with 16:08 remaining.  

University of the Sciences plays it second straight Division leader on Tuesday when it hosts CACC South leader Jefferson at 7:30 p.m.