The Kerr brothers,Garret and Wes, combined for 31 points and the University of the Sciences men's basketball team never trailed as they dominated Nyack College enroute to a 74-53 win Saturday at the Bobby Morgan Arena in Philadelphia.
It was the Devils second straight win as they improve to 3-6 overall and even their record in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference games at 2-2. Nyack falls to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Garret Kerr (Middle Township HS/Moorestown, N.J.) led the Devils with 22 points on an efficient 8-for-11 shooting effort from the field and a near perfect 5-for-6 mark from the free throw line. The sophomore forward also recorded a season-high 15 rebounds. Kerr also added six assists and three steals to his stellar line for the game. The younger Kerr, Wes (Moorestown HS/Moorestown, N.J.), came off the bench and went 4-4 from the field with a one free throw made for a career-high nine points (in just 13 minutes on the court). Wes also added three rebounds. Henry Messinger (Dallas Area HS/Trucksville, Pa.) joined Garret in double figures with 11 points. Patrick Connaghan (Chestnut Hill Academy/Warrington, Pa.) grabbed eight rebounds and William Kernan (The Lawrenceville School/Medford, N.J.) had five assists.
Khalid Samuels led all scorers with 24 points (5-11 FG, 3-5 3FG, 11-14 FT).
Sciences took control from the opening tap, jumping out leads of 11-3 and 17-9. Nyack had one run in the first half, and 11-3 spurt which tied the game at 20-20 with 8:06 left. The Devils then closed out the half with an 11-1 spurt to lead by ten 31-20 at the break.
The run carried over into the second half as the Devils doubled up the Warriors, 12-6 to take a 17-point lead 43-26 just six minutes in. Following Samuels' two free throws, the Devils got the first of two Kerr-to-Kerr buckets as Wes back-doored his man, took a pass from his brother Garret and laid it in the basket, and was fouled. He completed the three-point play to give Sciences a 46-28 lead. Four minutes later Wes again took a pass from Garret and scored, putting the Devils up 19 with 9:19 remaining. Nyack never got the score lower than 17 the rest of the way. Sciences continued their steady shooting, making seven of their final 13 shots from the field as they settled in for the 21-point win.
Sciences also had one of their better games at the free throw line, making six of nine in the final five minutes to finish the game with a 63% average (17-27), their best effort in their last four games. Nyack made just 15 of 26 (57.7%) from the line. The Devils offense was clicking with strong shooting, 55.3% (26-47), passing (19 assists, many leading to back-door layups) and rebounding (44 to Nyack's 22). Defensively the Devils held the Warriors to just 33.3% (17-51) shooting from the field, which included a 4-17 (23.5%) effort from beyond the arc. The Warriors did commit fewer turnovers (10) but recorded just four assists during the game.
The Devils are back in action as the face another PSAC opponent on their non-conference slate on Wednesday night, traveling to Cheyney University. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m.