ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – The University of the Science men's basketball team cut an 18-point deficit to as little as four points late in the second half at regionally-ranked Dominican on Saturday afternoon, before the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North leaders pulled away for an eventual 70-62 win over the Devils.
USciences trailed by as many as 18 twice, including 33-51 5:12 into the second half, and the Devils still trailed 40-54 with 10:39 to play before going on to score 10 unanswered beginning with a Tanner Kerr three-point play.
39 seconds later Kerr made yet another layup, before Starr put the finishing touch on the run with two foul shots to get the Devils as close as four, 50-54, with 7:26 to go.
Dominican (15-3, 10-0 CACC) – the fifth-ranked team in the East Region – quickly answered with seven points in 1:05 to make it a double-digit advantage once more, and University of the Sciences did not have another run in it.
Kerr recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Brendan Crawford led USciences with 16 points, to go along with a team-best three assists and two steals.
Sean Simon was also in double-figures with 12 points and three assists, while Casey fell one point shy of double-figures and also had three assists.
Jordan White led all players with three steals.
University of the Sciences had a season-high 15 steals as a team, its most since Dec. 9, 2017.
The Devils led by many as six early on when a Crawford jump shot made the score 16-10 eight and a half minutes into the action.
USciences would go scoreless for eight and a half minutes though, in which Dominican scored 18 straight points for 28-16 advantage entering the final three minutes of the first half.
That advantage reached as high as 17, 38-21, in the final minute before a Simon 3-pointer brought the score to 24-38 entering the break.
Dominican's first 18-point lead, 31-49, then came after a 9-2 surge was completed with 16:08 remaining.
University of the Sciences plays it second straight Division leader on Tuesday when it hosts CACC South leader Jefferson at 7:30 p.m.