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Men’s Basketball Battles in First Half Before No. 8 Daemen Pulls Away in Second

Credit: David Broytman
Credit: David Broytman

PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team led in the first half and trailed by just six at the break, before Daemen pulled away early in the second en route to an 83-57 win over the Devils at Bobby Morgan Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing by as many as seven, 20-13, midway through the first, USciences scored the next seven points to even the score on Jordan White's 3-pointer with 6:56 to go in the half.

After Daemen responded with five straight points of its own, this the Devils scored eight unanswered to take its first and only lead, 28-25, on Javon Gordon's 3-pointer 4:08 ahead of the break.

Again the Wildcats had an answer, closing the half with 11 of the final 13 points to take a 36-30 advantage into the locker room.

They would carry that momentum into the second, holding USciences scoreless for the first 5:33 while scoring the half's first 17 points to put the game out of reach.

Franklin Okpala came off the bench to lead the Devils with a career-best nine points in just 15 minutes, while also finishing second on the team with Thomas Melonja with five rebounds.

The University of the Sciences bench outscored Daemen's 42-22 and did a good job to cut a deficit that was as high as 26 to 14, as all nine bench players scored.

Connor Murphy pulled down a team-high eight boards, while Gordon was second on the team with seven points.

University of the Sciences opens up Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play this Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. tip at cross-city rival Holy Family.