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Men’s Basketball’s Slow Start Dooms Devils in Season-Opening Loss to Regionally-Ranked St. Thomas Aquinas

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team could not shake off a slow start in an eventual 70-52 season-opening loss to regionally-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday evening at Bobby Morgan Arena.

USciences was held scoreless for the opening 7:34, allowing STAC to open the game on a 21-2 run over the first 11:56, and the Devils could never pull within single digits despite actually outscoring the Spartans 50-49 the rest of the way.

University of the Sciences got as close as 10, 29-19, when Sean Simon scored his fifth straight point on a 3-pointer with 4:08 remaining in the first, but St. Thomas Aquinas scored the final six points ahead of the break to re-establish control.

The Devils then scored the first five points of the second, capped by a Paddy Casey 3-pointer just 58 seconds out of the locker room, but the Spartans again had an answer with the next six points.

Simon led University of the Sciences with 11 points in just 17 minutes off the bench. He was one of three players in the game in double-figures.

Jordan White was the Devils' next leading scorer with eight points.

Cameron Hoffman, Connor Murphy and Casey each had six points, with Hoffman and Murphy tying for the team-lead with six rebounds, and Casey leading all players with three steals.

Notably, Devan Rodman came off the bench to tie a career-best with a game-high four assists, while Franklin Okpala set a new career-bests with four boards and two steals.

University of the Sciences turns right around to host District of Columbia tomorrow at 2 p.m.