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Second Half Surge Leads to Men’s Basketball’s First CACC Win of Season at Chestnut Hill

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team defeated Chestnut Hill for a fifth straight time, surging in the second half to down the Griffins 76-64 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action on Saturday afternoon at Sorgenti Arena.  

Trailing by as many as 11 eight minutes into the action and by one, 30-29, at the half, USciences outscored the Griffins 47-34 over the final 20 minutes.   

Tied at 34 in the opening minutes of the second half, Paddy Casey nailed a 3-pointer with 18:03 remaining to get it all started.

Brendan Crawford then scored and after a Chestnut Hill layup, Tanner Kerr, Crawford and Casey each made baskets, the final one coming with 15:38 showing to put the finishing touches on an 11-2 run and make the score 45-36.

Those three were the catalysts in the dominant second half, combining to score 41 of University of the Sciences' 47 points. 

When Chestnut Hill did rally to finally make it a one-possession game again, 59-56 with 5:21 to play, Kerr made a free throw the next trip down the floor and following a turnover, Crawford nailed a jumper to re-establish a six-point advantage 1:06 later. 

Kerr then converted a 3-point play with 3:27 left, and the three combined to make 9-of-10 free throws over the final 2:20 to seal the victory. 

Kerr made the final two foul shots to cap his first 20-point performance, as he set new career-highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. He scored 16 of his 21 in the second half on 5-of-7 shooting and 6-of-8 free throws. 

Crawford scored all 17 of his points in the second half on 5-of-7 shooting and 7-of-7 free throws. 

Casey added eight in the half, as he finished with 14 points. 

Also in double figures, for the first time in his career, was Michael Fox, who sparked the Devils in the first half with a team-high eight of his 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. He also tied or set new career-bests with four rebounds and two assists. 

Fox was part of an efficient shooting performance in which University of the Sciences shot over 50 percent from the field (28-of-55), while holding CHC to just 39.7 percent (23-of-58).

The Devils also made 18-of-23 from the line (78.3 percent) and were dominant inside, outrebounding the Griffins 41-29 and outscoring them in the paint, 36-22.   

Notably, Beni Toure led all players with a career-high five assists, and he also had six rebounds, four points and block. 

USciences closes out play in 2018 on Sunday, Dec. 16, hosting Cheyney for its non-conference finale at 1 p.m.