PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team jumped out to a 21-8 advantage over Georgian Court on Saturday afternoon, but the Lions eventually came back to tie the score at the half before pulling away in the second for a 73-62 win over the Devils at Bobby Morgan Arena.
Sean Simon's 3-pointer to make the score 21-8 11:38 into the action matched the largest advantage either team had on the afternoon.
Georgian Court slowly made its way back into the game though, taking its first lead, 26-25, 3:01 ahead of the break.
Simon would make back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 1:17 to tie the score at 33 heading into the locker room, before making yet another triple 17 seconds into the second half to give USciences the lead back.
That advantage would grow to as large as four, 40-36, when Thomas Melonja made two free throws 1:30 later, and it was his jumper that made the score 42-39 with 16:34 remaining.
That would turn out to be USciences' last lead though, as Georgian Court hit a 3-pointer the next trip down the court to spark 11 unanswered, ending on a jumper that put the Lions ahead 50-42 with 13:59 to play.
University of the Sciences got as close as four twice following Paddy Casey 3-pointers, the second one making the score 58-54 with 7:03 to go, but the Devils could never make it a one possession game.
After another Casey 3-pointer brought USciences within seven, 67-60, with 2:40 left, the Devils would not score again as GCU closed out the game with six free throws.
That capped a performance in which the Lions made 18-of-26 from the line, compared to University of the Sciences' 4-of-7.
Simon fell two points shy of a game-high with 16, making 5-of-8 3-pointers.
Casey added 13 on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc as University of the Sciences made 12-of-28 as a team, one shy of its most dating back to the 2005-06 season.
Jordan White finished with 11 points and a game and career-high 11 rebounds for his second career double-double.
Melonja fell one point shy of making if four Devils in double-figures, while Cameron Hoffman led University of the Sciences with five assists.
The Devils take a week off before returning to action with a 3:30 p.m. tip at Southern Connecticut State next Saturday, Dec. 14.