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Men’s Basketball Closes Season with 83-79 Victory Over Chestnut Hill on Senior Day

Credit: Hoon Choi
Credit: Hoon Choi

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team sent its six seniors out as winners, as the Devils held off Chestnut Hill, 83-79, in USciences' season-finale at Bobby Morgan Arena on Saturday afternoon. 

Prior to tip, University of the Sciences celebrated its Senior Class of 2019: Brandon Hathaway, Danny Kelly, Brendan Crawford, Tanner Kerr, Beni Toure and Michael Fox.  

Hathaway ended his time as a Devil with career-highs of 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds, all of which came in the first half, while Kelly also set a new career-best in boards with five. 

Crawford fell one carom shy of his fourth double-double in five games, while Kerr approached a triple-double with nine points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists without a turnover.  

He ends the season with 161 defensive rebounds, tied for the 10th in the program's single-season history. 

Freshman Sean Simon would wind up leading all players with a season-best 21 points in just 17 minutes in the second half. He shot 6-of-8 from the field, 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the foul line. 

University of the Sciences made more than double the amount of free throws as Chestnut Hill, 13-6, and the Devils turned the ball over a season-low eight times, allowing them to outscore the Griffins 15-6 in points off turnovers.  

USciences' seniors combined to play the entirety of the first half, which ended with CHC on top 40-39 after neither team led by more than five, but the Griffins came out of the locker room with 10 of the first 13 points for a game-high 50-42 advantage with 14:50 remaining. 

A Simon three-point play made it a one possession game, 52-49, just 1:13 later and begun a stretch in which the rookie scored 11 of the Devils' 13 points, culminating with a layup to tie the score at 59 with 8:53 to play. 

Back-to-back Paddy Casey layups gave USciences' its first second half lead, 63-61 with 7:21 to go, and after CHC momentarily went back on top with a 3-pointer, Simon nailed back-to-back trifectas for a 69-64 advantage with 5:52 showing. 

The Griffins come back to tie it with five straight points but after trading baskets to tie score at 71 entering the final four minutes, Crawford scored five as part of seven unanswered for the Devils' largest lead of the afternoon, 78-71 with just 1:15 left. 

Chestnut Hill came back with six straight to get as close as one with 20 seconds remaining, but Simon made 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch before stealing an inbounds pass in the final seconds to deny the Griffins one last opportunity to tie the score.