PHILADELPHIA – Powered by monster double-doubles by seniors Brendan Crawford and Tanner Kerr, the University of the Sciences men's basketball team led wire-to-wire in an 88-79 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) win at Holy Family on Wednesday night.
Crawford led all players with a career-best 31 points, to go along with 13 rebounds, while Kerr added 17 points and a game-high 16 boards.
The double-doubles were the eighth of Kerr's career and the fifth of Crawford's.
Freshman Jordan White joined those two with his first career double-double of his career; 11 points and a season-best 10 rebounds, to go along with a season and game-high four steals.
The two other starters, Paddy Casey and Sean Simon, each grabbed six boards as USciences outrebounded Holy Family 56-39 for its most caroms in a game since at least the beginning of the 2011-12 season. That led to a 26-17 edge in second-chance points for the Devils.
Casey and Simon also scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, putting all five starters in double-figures.
University of the Sciences scored the first eight points of the evening and as mentioned, led wire-to-wire.
USciences took its first double-digit lead, 17-7, on a Kerr free throw with 12:11 to play in the first half, but Holy Family would come back with nine straight points to get as close it would all night just 1:23 later.
The Devils then went ahead 11 points, 34-23, on a Simon 3-pointer just 5:06 ahead of the break, but again the Tigers roared back to get within two 39-37, at the one minute mark.
White closed the first half scoring for a 41-37 advantage at the half, and University of the Sciences would come out of the locker room with the first 11 points to cap 13 unanswered to put the game away.
All five starters scored in the stretch and although Holy Family got as close as five, 60-55 with 9:37 to play, the Tigers could never manage to make it a one-possession game again.
USciences returns home to host Nyack this Saturday at 3 p.m.