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Men’s Basketball Pushes Kutztown to the Brink; Late Run Downs Devils in Home-Opener

Credit: Madison LaPlante
Credit: Madison LaPlante

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team was leading Kutztown, a team that beat the No. 2 team in the country over the weekend, 69-66 with 4:02 remaining in the Devils' home-opener at Bobby Morgan Arena on Tuesday evening. 

KU would go on to end the game on a 10-2 run over the final 3:46. 

After the Golden Bears scored seven straight points, Tanner Kerr would pull USciences back within two with 47 seconds to go, but Kutztown would seal the game with a basket off an offensive rebound.

Playing his first career home game, freshman Sean Simon led all players with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-8 3-point shooting. He added four rebounds and three assists. 

He was one of four Devils in double-figures, as Brendan Crawford and Brandon Starr each had 14. Crawford contributed five rebounds and three assists, while Starr had a game-high two steals. 

Kerr fell two rebounds shy of his first career double-double with a career-high 12 points, and he also had three assists.   

Paddy Casey was two points shy of making it five Devils in double figures, and he dished out a career and game-high nine assists to go along with two steals. 

University of the Sciences assisted on 20-of-26 field goals, but could not overcome a 41.3 percent shooting performance, as Kutztown shot 28-of-56 on the other end, including making 54.5 percent from beyond the arc (12-of-22).

USciences fought all the way back from down as many as 12 in the first half to knot the score at 41 heading into the locker room. 

Trailing 35-24 with 4:27 left, the Devils went on a 13-1 surge to regain the lead on Starr's triple 1:22 ahead of the break. 

Moments later Simon beat the halftime buzzer with a running floater to tie the score for one of 10 times on the night. 

There were also 17 lead changes as no team led by more than four in the second half until Kutztown made a free throw with just four seconds to play.  

University of the Sciences returns to its home court to host Southern Connecticut State, a team it beat 69-67 on Casey's 3-point buzzer-beater last Sunday, next Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.