PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team erased a 15-point first half deficit and closed the game on a 13-3 run over the final 2:51 to overcome Nyack in a 68-58 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) triumph on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Morgan Arena.
After Nyack knotted the score at 55 with a 3-pointer with just 3:12 to play, the Devils defense held the Warriors to just one free throw and late meaningless layup in the final seconds.
Offensively, USciences made all three of its field goal attempts, beginning with Brendan Crawford's jumper 21 seconds after the Nyack triple, and the Devils held off the Warriors by making 5-of-6 free throws in the final 34 seconds.
After a Nyack foul shot followed Crawford's basket, Brandon Starr made a jumper of his own to make the score 59-56 with 2:18 remaining.
The Devils then made three more defensive stops to ensure the free throws could close out the game-sealing run.
University of the Sciences made nearly triple the free throws as Nyack, 17-6, which turned out to be the major statistical edge in the game.
Crawford and Casey led the Devils with six and seven foul shots, respectively, en route to the contest's two-highest point totals, 20 and 16. Crawford added eight rebounds, while Casey dished out a game-high five assists.
White was also in double-figures with 12 points, while Starr made it four Devils in double-digits with 10 points off the bench.
Kerr led all players with 16 rebounds for the second game in a row.
The two teams were tied at 11 7:12 into the action, before USciences went scoreless for six and half minutes to allow Nyack to jump out to a game-high 26-11 lead with eight minutes to play in the half.
The advantage was still double-digits, 28-18, before White hit a 3-pointer 1:22 ahead of the break and Crawford made it a five-point game heading into the half.
Nyack quickly reestablished a double-digit advantage, 35-25, just 1:42 out of the locker room, and were still ahead 42-35 with just 13 minutes remaining.
USciences would score the next seven points to knot the score the first time in the second half, 42-42, on a Starr jumper with 9:55 showing, and after the two teams traded two points each, the latter two Casey free throws with 9:08 to go, the Warriors would never regain the lead.
The Devils led by as many as five, 51-46, after a Casey three-point play and a Crawford layup with 6:19 left, before Nyack came back to tie it at 55.
University of the Sciences goes for a season-long three-game win streak on Tuesday when it travels to Wilmington for an 8 p.m. tip.