BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The University of the Sciences men's basketball team's double-digit comeback was halted by Bloomfield's game-winning 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining in a 78-75 loss to the Bears on Saturday afternoon.
The Devils trailed by as many as 14 late in the first half and did not tie the score in the second until Sean' Simon's two free throws made it 72-72 with 1:30 to play.
After a Bloomfield three-point play 14 seconds later, Jordan White evened the score once more with three free throws with 56 seconds remaining.
Bloomfield would respond with a triple of their own though and although the Bears missed two free throws after a first USciences miss, the Devils could not get a shot off in the final 10 seconds of their final possession.
White's game-tying free throws capped a game-high 27-point performance, which included making 9-of-15 field goals, 4-of-7 3-pointers and all five of his foul shots.
Paddy Casey was the only other Devil in double-figures with 15 points, to go along with a team-high four assists and a game-high three steals.
Murphy also had four assists, while falling one point shy of double-figures himself on 4-of-7 shooting.
University of the Sciences actually outshot Bloomfield, 48.1 percent to 41.3 percent, but the Bears made six more 3-pointers (15-9).
After seven lead changes and three ties in the opening 11 minutes, in which neither team led by more than three, Bloomfield finally took the first two-possession advantage, 21-16, with 8:44 on the clock.
That was part of eight unanswered, which paved the way for the Bears to take their first double-digit lead, 28-18, 2:32 later, as well as a game-high 14-point lead, 37-23, 2:39 ahead of the break.
USciences did close the half strong with the final five points, which included a Jordan Davidson jumper to beat the buzzer and make the score 40-33, but Bloomfield re-established the first of eight second half double-digit leads with a 3-pointer 12 seconds out of the locker room.
The final of those double-digit advantages, 65-55, came with 7:56 remaining, and University of the Sciences was not able to get closer than five until two Starr free throws made the score 70-66 with 4:01 to go.
After two Bloomfield free throws 19 seconds later, University of the Sciences scored six unanswered, capped by Simon's two free throws, to finally tie the score.
University of the Sciences returns home to host the first of two straight games on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Caldwell.