PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball built a double-digit halftime lead and were leading by as many as eight in the final minute, but it took a Jordan White block at the buzzer to finally secure an 83-82 triumph at Goldey-Beacom on Saturday afternoon.
The result completed the Devils' season sweep of the Lightning, the second place team in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) South.
A Paddy Casey free throw with just 28 seconds remaining made the score 82-74, but a missed free throw, two turnovers, and three GBC baskets – including a 3-pointer – made it a two-point game, 83-81, entering the final 10 seconds.
The second turnover came with the score at 83-81 and led to two Lightning free throws for a chance to tie the game for the first time since it was 4-4 four and a half minutes into the action.
Goldey-Beacom (10-7 CACC) made the first foul shot and after missing the second, the Lightning recovered the offensive rebound for a chance at the win only to have White finally reject the comeback attempt.
Senior Brendan Crawford became the 39th player in program history to reach 1000 points on the afternoon.
He was one of five Devils in double-figures with 16 points, grabbed a career and game-high 15 rebounds for his third double-double in four contests, and also led all players with a career-best six assists.
Tanner Kerr paced University of the Sciences with 20 points - one shy of his career-best – on 9-of-10 shooting.
Casey made 11-of-12 free throws en route to 15 points, while White had 14 on 6-of-9 shooting and Brandon Starr added 13 on 4-of-5 shooting off the bench.
USciences' 58.0 field goal percentage (29-of-50) was its best shooting performance since shooting 58.3 percent (28-of-48) in a win at Goldey-Beacom on Feb. 15, 2017.
The Devils reached 20 assists for the third time this season.
USciences built its first double-digit lead, 24-13, on a White 3-opinter with 8:34 remaining in the first half and outside of GBC coming down to score its next trip down the court, the Devils advantage remained in double-digits until 2:19 into the second half.
Goldey-Beacom got as close as two, 46-44, with 13:02 to play, but after six straight University of the Sciences points the Lightning could not make it a one-possession game again, 63-60, until the 5:07 mark.
GBC then got as close as two, 71-69, with just 1:48 to go, but a White jumper and Casey going 6-of-6 from the line completed an 8-2 surge over the next minute to give USciences its first eight-point advantage, 79-71, in the final minute.
University of the Sciences closes out its 2018-19 campaign next Saturday, hosting Chestnut Hill for Senior Day. Prior to the 3 p.m. tip, the Devils will honor Crawford, Kerr, Brandon Hathaway, Beni Toure and Michael Fox.