LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Paddy Casey sent the game to overtime with a running 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer, and the University of the Sciences men's basketball's would go on to defeat Georgian Court 84-78 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action at the GCU Wellness Center on Tuesday night.
Casey had given the Devils a 68-66 advantage with a 3-pointer with just 51 seconds remaining in regulation, only to have Georgian Court come back with a triple of its own to re-capture the lead 27 seconds later.
After a USciences miss on the other end, the Lions made two foul shots to make the score 71-68 with just four seconds on the clock.
University of the Sciences would capitalize on the momentum, leading throughout the entirety of the overtime period after Tanner Kerr's layup 29 seconds in. The Devils held GCU without a field goal for first 3:20.
The Lions got as close as one with a free throw 41 seconds later, but Brandon Starr made 3-of-4 foul shots over the next two possessions.
Following yet another Georgian Court free throw making the score 76-73 with 2:46 left, it was Brendan Crawford hitting a jumper at the 1:50 mark.
The Lions made it a one-possession game with a layup just 10 seconds later, but ultimately it was Sean Simon producing the dagger; a 3-pointer for an 81-75 lead with just 1:11 to play.
University of the Sciences then made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 11 seconds to seal the victory.
For the second straight game it was Crawford nearly turning in a career-high in scoring. His 24 points were two shy of the career-best he set on Saturday.
Casey was right behind him with 21 points - one shy of a career-best - on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws. The sophomore added seven rebounds and a game-high six assists.
Simon matched his season-high with 18 points off the bench, with the freshman draining 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
Kerr made it four Devils in double-figures with 10 points, to go along with 10 boards for his fourth double-double in five contests. He also led all players with a career-best three blocks.
As a team, University of the Sciences had a season-high seven blocks.
Georgian Court scored first and led through the entirety of the first half, going up by as many as 16, 25-9, with 7:23 remaining. The Lions were still leading by 11 just 41 seconds ahead of the break, before USciences scored the final four points to cut the deficit to seven points entering the half.
The Devils then scored the first four points of the second half, but they still found themselves trailing by eight, 44-36, just 4:31 out of the break.
University of the Sciences finally took its first lead, 47-46, when Crawford made a jumper with 11:58 to play.
Another Crawford jumper put USciences up five, 61-56 with 5:28 to go, and Kerr made a jump shot of his own to match the Devils' largest advantage of the night, 63-57, 52 seconds later.
University of the Sciences was still up four, 65-61, on a free throw at the 2:55 mark, but Georgian Court would go on to score five points in just 53 seconds to quickly re-take the lead before Casey's first of two 3-pointers in the final minute.
The Devils are back at home this Saturday, Jan. 8 to host Felician at 3 p.m.