PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team fought back from a seven-point second half deficit to take the lead with just over 12 minutes to play, before Jefferson ultimately pulled away for a 58-48 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory over the Devils on Thursday night at the Gallagher Center.
A Michael Fox 3-pointer with 12:46 remaining tied the score, 30-30, for the first time since the 14:01 mark of the first half, and 42 second later Jordan White capped a 13-5 surge with a layup to give USciences its first lead, 32-31, of the second half.
Jefferson (7-6, 2-2 CACC) quickly scored the next six points though and despite a Paddy Casey three-point play making it a one-possession game, 35-38 with 10:15 showing, that would be the last time the Devils would pull with a single possession.
Jefferson responded with five unanswered this time to put a stamp on a 11-3 stretch, and moments later a Rams 3-pointer with 8:15 to play made the score 45-37.
University of the Sciences did fight to make it a four-point game on two separate occasions, including when a Fox jumper brought the score to 43-47 with 5:56 left, but the Devils could never get any closer.
Tanner Kerr had a career game for USciences, leading all players with a career-high 17 rebounds while adding 11 points for his third double-double in four games.
Paddy Casey led the Devils with 13 points, while Fox's nine were one shy of a career-best.
Jordan White tallied six points and four boards off the bench.
Both teams struggled shooting, failing to eclipse 40.0 percent, and both made only six free throws, but Jefferson had a significant advantage in the turnover margin, 16-7, leading to a 14-5 edge in points off turnovers.
University of the Sciences held Jefferson to just two points through the first 5:21, and the Devils were leading 8-6 after a Kerr layup with 13:38 to play in the first half, but the Rams came right back with a 3-pointer and would lead the remainder of half.
That advantage ballooned to as a large as seven, 20-13, before White beat the halftime buzzer to make the score 20-15 at the break.
Casey then converted a four-point play 1:02 out of the locker room to bring USciences within one, 19-20, before Jefferson scored six unanswered for its seven-point advantage.
University of the Sciences plays at home for the first time in 2019 this Saturday, Jan. 5, welcoming Bloomfield to Bobby Morgan Arena for a 3 p.m. tip.